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Saturn’s stunning north pole actually changed colors

NASA’s Cassini orbiter was the first to deliver a really clear look at the eye-catching, hexagonal storm swirling on Saturn’s north pole, so it’s …

Dark Matter: Exploring Multiverse Theory in Fiction and Fact

In Blake Crouch’s novel <i>Dark Matter</i>, physics professor James Dessen is knocked unconscious by a masked abductor. When he comes to, he’s strapped to a …

NASA has plans of mining an asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion in metal

NASA has plans of mining an asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion in metal<p>Okay so how expensive would a rock floating about in space be worth? A few …

New Ideas for the Mysterious Tabby’s Star: a Gigantic Planet or a Planet With Rings

KIC 8462852 (aka. Tabby’s Star) captured the world’s attention back in September of 2015 when it was found to be experiencing a mysterious drop in …

Universe

Researchers develop magnetic switch to turn on and off a strange quantum property

When a ballerina pirouettes, twirling a full revolution, she looks just as she did when she started. But for electrons and other subatomic particles, …

Here's What it Sounds Like on Jupiter

NASA’s Juno space probe is currently undergoing a multi-year orbit of Jupiter, and on Thursday the agency released a series of important discoveries …

How Wild Monkeys Embraced The Thug Life to Sell Stolen Human Valuables For Food

Those jerks.<p>For years, tourists visiting the picturesque Uluwatu temple in Bali have been warned about a local gang of marauding macaques who …

Astronomers Have Finally Pinpointed The Source of One of Those Mysterious Cosmic Radio Bursts

This explains a lot.<p>Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are arguably the weirdest phenomena in our Universe right now. They're some of the most explosive …

The south pole of Jupiter

From Nasa's Juno probe:<p>This image shows Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers). …

Giant 'Styrofoam' Planet Could Help Scientists Find New Habitable Worlds

The huge, "puffy" planet has the same density as styrofoam.<p>We’re all pretty familiar with objects made from styrofoam. Our daily lives intersect with disposable items like coffee cups, insulation, hot and cold coolers and those seemingly millions of little cushioning styrofoam-y “things” that are …

Universe

Here's What Happens After You Die

From dust to dust.<p>"It might take a little bit of force to break this up," says mortician Holly Williams, lifting John's arm and gently bending it at …

How female moths snag guys with big antennae

Male moths with larger antennae are better equipped to detect the low quantities of sex pheromone, a chemical signal, that female moths release to …

Birth of a black hole witnessed as star vanishes without a bang

For the first time, astronomers have witnessed a star disappear right before their eyes. Known as N6946-BH1, the star appears to have collapsed into …

Scientists Watch Star Become Black Hole, But They Were Expecting Supernova

Scientists expected to see an enormous star explode in a supernova but they may have watched it collapse into a black hole instead.<p>NASA’s Goddard …

Jupiter is the gigantic, stormy hellscape we always feared

Jupiter looks like hell.<p>The huge planet in the middle of our solar system has giant Earth-sized storms, a powerful magnetic field, and extreme …

Researchers demonstrated violation of Bell's inequality on frequency-bin entangled photon pairs

Quantum entanglement, one of the most intriguing features of multi-particle quantum systems, has become a fundamental building block in both quantum …

This Intimidating Parasite Burrows Into Its Host's Eye And Hijacks Its Brain

Where is my mind.<p>Biology is really one big horror story. You don't need to look much further than the various types of parasites that drive their …

Will we evolve to adapt to life in space?

So Stephen Hawking says we'll need to get off-planet within 100 years. He may be right, or not. We may live on Mars or the moon, or not. Either way, …

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Does Jupiter have a solid core?

Jupiter is composed primarily of gaseous and liquid matter, with denser matter beneath. It's upper atmosphere is composed of about 88–92% hydrogen …

Comets Produce Their Own Oxygen, Planets Could Do The Same Without Needing Life

In a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Communications, two researchers from the California Institute of Technology explained how …

Scientists warn thawing soil could suddenly unleash deadly pathogens unseen in centuries

Humans have fought viruses for centuries. We struck a temporary winning blow with the discovery of penicillin, but now we’re watching bacteria …

Global Warming

The Next Phase Of Human Evolution Could Include Immortality

People may merge with machines.<p>What will humans be like in 1,000 years? They will likely be taller, bionic and maybe even immortal.<p>TechInsider looked at the possible future of the human race after another 10 centuries of evolution and found people and machines could literally join together ― …

Evolution

NASA Appears to Be Looking for Partners to Help Them Mine the Moon

NASA is looking to get deeply involved in the moon in the coming decades. The space agency has recently delivered a request for information to …

These Colliding Galaxies Live on Because of Galactic Shocks

When galaxies collide, a whole mess of activity ensues, including new star formation. But, what scientists had yet to understand was the process …

Study finds bonobos may be better representation of the last common ancestor with humans than common chimpanzees

A new study examining the muscular system of bonobos provides firsthand evidence that the rare great ape species may be more closely linked, …

Time travel is 'possible' -- mathematically anyway

Pull out your list of regrets, mistakes and runs of just plain bad luck, because it turns out you can go back. A University of British Columbia professor has run the numbers on the feasibility of time travel, and he says they check out.<p>"People think of time travel as something fictional," math and …

After Centuries of Searching, Scientists Finally Find the Mysterious Giant Shipworm Alive

The giant shipworm, <i>Kuphus polythalamia</i>, is not new to science. As Ben Guarino at <i>The Washington Post</i> reports, even Carl Linnaeus, the father of …

Biology

Scientists just unearthed an absolutely terrifying new sea creature

It’s hard to imagine that, after thousands of years of cataloguing every living thing we come across, humans are still discovering new animals, but …

Climate 420 Million Years Ago Poised for Comeback

Starting in the next century, atmospheric carbon levels could begin to approach those of hundreds of millions of years ago, and have their warming …