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What Was It Like When We Lost The Last Of Our Antimatter?

Things happen fast in the earliest stages of the Universe. In the first 25 microseconds after the start of the hot Big Bang, a number of incredible events have already occurred. The Universe created all the particles and antiparticles — known and unknown — it was ever capable of creating, reaching …

Physics

Ask Ethan: Is Spacetime Really A Fabric?

Gravity might have been the first fundamental force ever discovered, but in many ways, it remains the least-well understood. We know that it’s always attractive, and that any two masses in the Universe, no matter where they are, will experience its force. When Einstein concocted his general theory …

Physics

Grow-your-own organs could be here within five years, as scientists prove they work in pigs

Grow-your-own organs could be available for desperately ill patients within five years, after scientists successfully transplanted bioengineered lungs into pigs for the first time.<p>The team at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) showed that lab-grown organs were quickly accepted by the …

Cell Biology

There's A Debate Raging Over Whether Dark Matter Is Real, But One Side Is Cheating

Imagine I told you that everything you ever saw, touched, or experienced — in this world and in the Universe beyond — was just a tiny fraction of the matter that’s out there. That for every particle of normal matter that existed, there was at least five times as much, mass-wise, of a new form of …

Dark Matter

Ask Ethan: Where Does The 'Energy' For Dark Energy Come From?

If you have a Universe full of stuff — whether that’s atoms, dark matter, radiation, neutrinos, or anything else — it’s virtually impossible to keep it static. The fabric of your Universe, at least in General Relativity, must either expand or contract on the largest scales. But if you have a …

Universe

Close-up of a black hole near the event horizon (fulldome)

This fulldome clip shows a close-up view of the black hole in the centre of the Milky Way near the event horizon.<p><b>Credit:</b><p>About the …

Black Holes

There Was No Big Bang Singularity

Almost everyone has heard the story of the Big Bang. But if you ask anyone, from a layperson to a cosmologist, to finish the following sentence, “In the beginning, there was…” you’ll get a slew of different answers. One of the most common ones is “a singularity,” which refers to an instant where …

Universe

Star’s black hole encounter puts Einstein’s theory of gravity to the test

For more than 20 years, a team of astronomers has tracked a single star whipping around the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy at up …

Black Holes

This Simple Thought Experiment Shows Why We Need Quantum Gravity

There are two theories we have that explain all the particles and their interactions in the known Universe: General Relativity and the Standard Model of particle physics. General Relativity describes gravity perfectly everywhere we’ve ever looked. From the smallest-scale attractions we’ve ever …

Quantum Physics

How A Failed Nuclear Experiment Accidentally Gave Birth To Neutrino Astronomy

Sometimes, the best-designed experiments fail. The effect you’re looking for might not even occur, meaning that a null result should always be a possible outcome you’re prepared for. When that happens, the experiment is often dismissed as a failure, even though you never would have known the …

New Higgs Boson Discovery Could Help Solve Cosmic Puzzle

Scientists can’t take pictures of the Higgs boson. But they can find proof of its existence by watching “E=mc2” play out in hundreds of millions of …

Physicists set limits on size of neutron stars

How large is a neutron star? Previous estimates varied from eight to 16 kilometres. Astrophysicists at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the FIAS …

Why Relativity's True: The Evidence for Einstein's Theory

<i>Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI science center. Sutter is also host of "Ask a Spaceman"</i> …

Physics

The Discovery of Complex Organic Molecules on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Is a Huge Deal

Using data collected by NASA’s late-great Cassini space probe, scientists have detected traces of complex organic molecules seeping out from …

Physicists Just Found the Last Missing Protons and Neutrons In the Universe

The universe's missing matter has been found, and it's floating between the stars.<p>Researchers who study the ancient history of the universe know how …

Are Space And Time Quantized? Maybe Not, Says Science

Throughout the history of science, one of the prime goals of making sense of the Universe has been to discover what’s fundamental. Many of the things we observe and interact with in the modern, macroscopic world are composed of, and can be derived from, smaller particles and the underlying laws …

Quantum Mechanics

This super clear video of a nearly perfect tornado is stunning

Mother nature is terrifyingly beautiful.<p>Storm chaser James Hammett caught footage of this tornado in Laramie, Wyoming. Driving along a highway, he …

Mysterious Objects Have Been Detected Coming Way Too Close to The Milky Way's Black Hole

WHAT ARE YOU?<p>During the 1970s, astronomer became aware of a massive radio source at the center of our galaxy that they later realized was a …

For The First Time, We May Have Detected a Baby Black Hole Created by Colliding Neutron Stars

Smashing!<p>The incredible gravitational wave event that gave us colliding neutron stars and pictures of colliding neutron stars is the astronomical …

This Brilliant Video Explaining Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity Won a Teenager $400K

Genius.<p>Eighteen-year-old student Ryan Chester won US$400,000 back in 2015 for this video explaining Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, as part …

This Is Why Physicists Think String Theory Might Be Our 'Theory Of Everything'

It’s one of the most brilliant, controversial and unproven ideas in all of physics: string theory. At the heart of string theory is the thread of an idea that’s run through physics for centuries, that at some fundamental level, all the different forces, particles, interactions and manifestations of …

Quantum Mechanics

Telescope Aimed at Black Hole Gives Taste of Incredible Results to Come

You might remember that about a year ago, astrophysicists <i>turned the whole Earth into a telescope</i> to try and get a picture of a black hole<i>.</i> That image …

Turns out Pluto might really be a giant comet

Ever since poor Pluto was stripped of its planetary status, a lingering question has been, Well then, what the heck is it? Dwarf planet? Big asteroid? Just another Kuiper Belt Object? There's an argument to be made that it's all three, but new research suggests it may also be something a little …

Keep Calm and Trust LeBron

The Cavaliers seemed a bit on edge after returning to Cleveland last week. The last time the Cavs lost the first two games of an Eastern Conference …

An All-Time Great Hiding in Plain Sight

These days, it’s the mundanities of the Warriors offense that snap everything into focus, the lineups and formations that are easily taken for …

Bill Gates Recommends These 5 Books for Your Summer Reading

It’s no secret that Bill Gates is a bookworm.<p>The Microsoft co-founder, who co-chairs the Gates Foundation, often writes about what he’s reading on …

Earth Doesn't Actually Have The Most Water in The Solar System

Not by a long shot.<p>Earth seems drenched with water from mountaintop to ocean bottom.<p>But our home planet is a desert compared to some places the solar …

A New Study Has Suggested A Fascinating Theory Behind The Fast Radio Bursts That Are Being Observed

FRBs may be the direct result of crusts collapsing around neutron stars.<p>Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs, were first observed by scientists in 2007, and …

PayPal Alum: How Blockchain Will Change Investing and Why Real Estate Will Be First

There’s a lot of hype about turning property into digital tokens and trading it on a blockchain—but so far no one is actually doing it. That’s going …

'Boom, we have an answer!' - Gaia's revolution in astronomy

"Just like that, boom, we have an answer!" - the smile spreads across astronomer Frédéric Arenou's face as he describes the latest data release from ESA satellite Gaia. It's fair to say that science has been waiting for centuries, or even millennia for such a detailed survey of the Milky Way, and …