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Jason Major

Jason Major

Jason Major

Why the Last Snow on Earth May Be Red

Every spring, in alpine regions around the world, one of Earth’s tiniest migrations takes place. The migrants are single-celled green algae; they are kin to seaweed, but instead of living in the sea they live in snow. (Snow weed, maybe?) They spend the winter deep in the snowpack, atop last …

In a Biased World, How Do We Tell Fake News From Truth?

<i>This article first appeared on the History News Network.</i><p>Oh the cacophony!<p>We live in a world of shrill and conflicting claims, with the authors of …

Earth’s water and the Flood

John Martin’s 1834 version of the Deluge COGwriter Does the amount of water on and in the Earth support the view of the flood of Noah’s time? Yes. …

On This Fourth-Century Map, All Roads Really Do Lead to Rome

The Peutinger Table reveals the vastness of the Roman Empire and the idea that its great city was at the center of everything that mattered.<p>Although it resembles nothing like the clear outline of a modern map of the region, thePeutinger Tableis a snapshot of how Romans viewed their world, one in …

10+ Unique Photos of The Eclipse You Really Need to See

Wowowowow.<p>If you're currently residing somewhere in the continental United States, chances are you were able to glimpse at least a partial solar …

Solar Eclipse

At Least One Star Will Have a Very Close Encounter With Our Sun

The Sun is good. Without our hot, gas ball of a friend, we’d all be dead. More accurately, we would have never been born! So it’s a good thing that …

Universe

Death stars

And it’s not the only one: There are up to two dozen such ‘Death Stars’ likely cut within 3.26 light years of our Solar System. Another 600 could …

Universe

The cosmic water trail uncovered by Herschel

19 September 2017<p><b>During almost four years of observing the cosmos, the Herschel Space Observatory traced out the presence of water. With its</b> …

Universe

Protecting Earth from an asteroid strike - what can we do?

As a humble Earth-bound species, humanity has been lucky enough to avoid major asteroid collisions. As we take our first steps into space, scientists …

Asteroids

Uranus' Moons Are Unluckier Than We Thought

Uranus can’t seem to catch a break these days. Besides spinning on its side like the drunkard of the solar system and being the butt of everyone’s …

Astronomy

Juno Missions Make Mysterious Finds about Auroras on Jupiter

Even after decades of study, Jupiter’s atmosphere continues to be something of a mystery to scientists. Consistent with the planet’s size, its …

Are we being watched? Tens of other worlds could spot the Earth

To look for worlds where civilisations would have the best chance of spotting our solar system, the astronomers looked for parts of the sky from …

Planet 9 Is Not a Stolen Exoplanet—So How Did It End Up Lurking at the Edge of the Solar System?

Scientists believe there may be a huge planet sitting at the far reaches of the solar system. Since new evidence of Planet 9’s existence emerged a …

The asteroid belt might actually be a giant a cosmic refugee camp

The origin of the asteroid belt is closely linked to the history of our Solar System, and astronomers thought they had a good idea of how it formed. …

Astronomy

Proof Of 'God Playing Dice With The Universe' Found In The Sun's Interior

Deep inside the Sun’s interior, the fusion of lighter nuclei into heavier ones causes a tiny amount of mass to be lost, converted into energy via the famous <i>E = mc2</i>. At temperatures of 4,000,000 K or above, all the way up to 15,000,000 K in the Sun’s very center, hydrogen and helium isotopes build …

Physics

Wakened from its latest hibernation, New Horizons may visit additional KBOs

Wakened from its latest hibernation, New Horizons may visit additional Kuiper Belt Objects<p>Flight controllers (from left) Katie Bechtold, Ed Colwell, …

Solar System

What do we need to know to mine an asteroid?

The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to …

Asteroids

New Space Telescope, 40 Times The Power Of Hubble, To Unlock Astronomy's Future

Since humanity first turned our gaze skyward, we’ve realized that the cosmic story of our existence — our origins, all that exists today, and what our ultimate fate is — is literally written across the Universe. Our understanding of what our Universe truly is, what it’s made up of, and how it came …

Universe

More Surface Ice on Mercury than Previously Thought, says New Study

Back in 2012, scientists were delighted to discover that within the polar regions of Mercury, vast amounts of water ice were detected. While the …

Satan's enigma: 'Possessed' nun's 17th-century letter deciphered

A mysterious letter written more than 300 years ago by a Sicilian nun who claimed to be possessed by Satan has finally been deciphered. Scientists used a deep-web code breaker to read the letter.<p>The message — indeed devilish — describes God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as "dead weights," the …

The Big Bang Wasn't The Beginning, After All

The Universe began not with a whimper, but with a bang! At least, that’s what you’re commonly told: the Universe and everything in it came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang. Space, time, and all the matter and energy within began from a singular point, and then expanded and cooled, …

Universe