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NASA finds a mineral on Mars that could rewrite its entire history

There’s a bit of a mystery unfolding on Mars. Late last year, Curiosity drilled into the surface of the Red Planet and unearthed something …

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First particle-beams of 2016 in Cern's Large Hadron Collider

The LHC has begun circulating proton beams again, after a 13-week maintenance break. What are the next steps?<p>It was definitely a “maintenance break”, not a holiday. Those accelerator people don’t care about holidays, as indicated by that fact that, like last year, they are working over Easter. …

Microbes and toxins frozen within glaciers could reveal the future of human life on Earth—or threaten it

Dust particles in Arctic ice contain minerals that originate halfway around the world, according to U of A glaciologist Martin Sharp. "If you know …

Audio Recordings Document 'Weird Music' Heard By Apollo Astronauts On Far Side Of Moon

"If you’re behind the moon and hear some weird noise on your radio, and you know you’re blocked from the Earth, then what could you possibly think?"<p>The crew of an Apollo mission to the moon were so startled when they encountered strange music-like noises coming through their headsets, they didn't …

Pluto: New Horizons sends back the best images yet of a distant world

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the highest definition images of Pluto yet, and they are spectacular.<p>In the video above, the dwarf planet's landscape is revealed in unprecedented detail, allowing viewers to peer into craters, examine the fine details of a distant mountain range and …

New Telescope to Take First-Ever Black Hole Photo

A group of astronomers are meeting this week to plan out an ambitious and unprecedented project — capturing the first-ever image of a black hole.<p>The …

The Physics Of Non-Newtonian Goo Could Save Astronauts' Lives

Understanding its mechanism will help researchers create better space suits and even concussion preventing helmets<p>There’s an experiment you may have done in high school: When you mix cornstarch with water—a concoction colloquially called oobleck—and give it a stir, it acts like a liquid. But scrape …

Earth Could Be Surrounded By Long Hairs of Dark Matter

Our planet may be surrounded by filaments of dark matter stretching away from its surface, according to a new study published by NASA researchers.<p>In …

Research

This Physicist Says Dark Matter May Have Killed Off The Dinosaurs

We can't see it or feel it. But as Lisa Randall says, dark matter may explain a lot about our universe--including the dinos' demise.<p>As every astronomy buff knows, dark matter is pretty elusive stuff.<p>We can't see it. We can't hear it or feel it, and we certainly can't smell or taste it. Even with …

Are Those Really Alien Megastructures? How Astronomers Plan To Investigate

There's something weird happening around a faraway star.<p>Skywatchers have noticed something "bizarre" in the data from the planet-hunting Kepler telescope. Located 1,480 light-years away, a star named KIC 8462852 has something big circling around it, and it's not a planet.<p>Usually when a planet …

The new biggest thing in the universe, and why it’s a headache for scientists

By Robert Gebelhoff<p>Robert Gebelhoff<p>Opinions contributor focusing on health, science and public policy.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The biggest thing in the universe — sounds pretty straightforward, right?<p>Well, not exactly. We all love a good cosmological superlative — the hottest, the brightest, the most …

Universe

New species of human found

Scientists say they have found a total of 1,550 bones representing 15 individuals. They say it’s the largest fossil hominin find on the African …

Astronomers find 'teeny supermassive black hole'

University of Michigan astronomers have found the smallest black hole ever observed in the centre of a galaxy<p>As supermassive black holes go it’s really not that super or massive,<p>In a dwarf, disc galaxy 340 million light years away, University of Michigan astronomers have found the smallest black …

The Neuroscience of Drumming: Researchers Discover the Secrets of Drumming & The Human Brain

An old musician’s joke goes “there are three kinds of drummers in the world—those who can count and those who can’t.” But perhaps there is an even …

Drums

Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Study Skills

Nasa may have found the most Earth-like planet to date

<i>UPDATE: Nasa has now announced its findings. Read all about it here.</i><p>Nasa may have just found the closest thing to an Earth-like planet in the …

New Pluto pictures show jelly-bean moon and mountains

Newly-discovered frozen peaks on Pluto are taller than Ben Nevis while images of Nix reveal an unusual red spot<p>The latest pictures to be beamed back from the far reaches of the Solar System show a new mountain range on Pluto and the first close up images of two of the dwarf-planet’s smaller …

More ice mountains in Pluto’s heart

A second range of ice mountains has been found on Pluto, in images from New Horizons.<p>Here’s a new image just released of a second range of ice …

Will You Be Ready for the Virtual Reality Future?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I recently finished reading <i>Ready Player One</i> by Ernest Cline. Admittedly, I am a little late to the party. The book, published in 2011, is already a classic, soon to be a movie directed by Steven Spielberg.<p>The book has made a profound …

Rare system of five stars discovered

<b>Astronomers have discovered a very rare system of five connected stars.</b><p>The quintuplet consists of a pair of closely linked stars - binaries - one of which has a lone companion; it is the first known system of its kind.<p>The pair of stars orbit around a mutual centre of gravity, but are separated by …

Black hole wakes up after 27 years

On June 15, a monster black hole started showing signs of extraordinary activity that hasn’t happened since 1989. Astronomers around the world are …

NASA spies strange lone 'pyramid' on dwarf planet Ceres

The closer we get to Ceres, the more perplexing the dwarf planet grows. NASA's Dawn spacecraft has found several more bright spots as well as a pyramid-like peak jutting out of the frigid world's surface.<p>The discovery is painting an increasingly complex portrait of one of the biggest "fossils" from …

Bill Nye’s Solar Sail Has Stopped Sending Data Back To Earth … Again

We really need to work on our communication skills<p>LightSail must be low on blood sugar, because it has fallen asleep for the second time since launching into space. The Planetary Society’s spacecraft, designed to propel itself forward using energy from the Sun, stopped communicating with ground …

Future lasers may mimic gamma-ray bursts

Gamma-ray bursts — explosions lasting no more than a few minutes but that release more energy than the sun will emit in its lifetime — may be coming …

Physics

How You'll Die On Mars

Many hopefuls have signed up for a one-way ticket to the red planet. But if they aren't prepared, the trip may be a short one.<p>We're on our way to Mars. NASA has a plan to land astronauts on its surface by the 2030s. Private spaceflight companies like SpaceX have also expressed interest in starting …

Strange Signal from Space May Solve One of Science's Greatest Mysteries

A clue to one of the biggest questions in cosmology — why regular matter, rather than antimatter, survived to fill the universe — may have been found …

Magnetism

New for brain scientists: a census of neurons

The human brain is a noisy, busy place, teeming with diversity. To produce the wondrously complex mammalian behavior we take for granted every minute, cells of different sizes, shapes and chemical affinities buzz, hum, crackle and pop in conflict and cooperation with one another.<p>When everything is …

Vote For Zoltan If You Want To Live Forever

The founder of the Transhumanist party plans to upgrade humanity, and he’s running for president in 2016<p>Zoltan Istvan didn’t see the half-buried bomb. He was reporting on a story about Vietnam’s forgotten landmines when he wandered off the path to look at the scar of an explosion on the jungle …

What Would It Be Like to Live on Alien Planet Kepler-186f?

In recent years, NASA's Kepler space telescope and other observatories have discovered more than 1,800 extra-solar planets, with thousands of …