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Space engine for Mars missions shatters thrust record

An advanced space engine in the running to propel humans to Mars has broken records for operating current, power, and thrust for a device of its …

Scientists Have Concluded That The Universe Shouldn't Really Exist

And yet here we are.<p>Scientists just confirmed the problem at the centre of the Universe: it shouldn't really exist at all.<p>That's because at the very …

Scientist Find Treasure Trove of Giant Black Hole Pairs

For decades, astronomers have known that Supermassive Black Holes (SMBHs) reside at the center of most massive galaxies. These black holes, which …

Ancient Humans Knew Incest Was Gross and Built a Safety Net

They put Game of Thrones characters to shame.<p>Cultural disavowal aside, incest and subsequent inbreeding are not great. Incestuous relationships …

Astronomers have uncovered evidence of "dynamical dark energy"

Baffling Matter in the Universe<p>For several decades now, since Albert Einstein first posited his general theory of relativity, astronomers have come …

Dark Energy

Wait a second: What came before the big bang?

The Voorhes<p>Not everyone thinks the universe had a beginning.<p>Cosmologists used to think the universe was totally timeless: no beginning, no end. That might sound mind-melting, but it’s easier on the scientific brain than figuring out what a set starting point would mean, let alone when it would be. …

Physics

Here Are 15 All-Time Best Photos From Cassini That You Absolutely Must See

Wow. Just, wow.<p>Cassini has been out there hard at work for a long time. The Saturn probe departed Earth in 1997 and spent seven years speeding across …

Before Its Death, Cassini Has Sent Us The Closest-Ever View of Saturn's Rings

These pictures are incredible.<p>In the months leading up to its final flight on 15 September, Cassini has been working like mad. Since April, it has …

New Theory Emerges as to how the Universe Became Such a Light-Filled State

After the Big Bang occurred, the universe was pretty dark due to the thick gas that had been churned up, trapping any light that ever was. When the …

Universe

87 million-year-old space dust discovered in British cliff

Fossilized pieces of extraterrestrial dust have been discovered along the British coastline.<p>Scientists found the galactic specks – known as …

Massive black hole 100,000 times bigger than the Sun discovered

An immense black hole 100,000 times bigger than the sun has been discovered at the heart of the Milky Way.<p>The enormous void, which lies around 25,000 light years from Earth, could help scientists uncover the how stars, galaxies and even life itself came to be in the universe.<p>Supermassive black …

This is what it looks like inside Hurricane Irma

Most people — normal, not insane people — will do everything in their power to avoid ending up inside a hurricane. For the brave scientists …

Weather

Tour every planet in our solar system through NASA images

Stars Orbiting a Supermassive Black Hole May Have Finally Confirmed General Relativity

Suck it, Newton.<p>If you really, really want to scrutinise the limits of Einstein's general theory of relativity, there's a unique testing ground you …

Get them while they're young: Astronomers catch exploding supernova early

"To turn into a Type Ia supernova, a white dwarf can't be by itself," explained Sand, the principal investigator of the DLT40 survey. "It has to have …

The Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole is Proving Einstein Correct

As if he needs it.<p>Sitting at the center of the Milky Way galaxy lies a supermassive black hole named Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), possessing the mass of …

'Ghost particles' detected interacting with atom's nucleus for first time

Neutrinos are some of the most common particles in the universe, but they're also some of the most mysterious. They have (almost) no mass and no …

Cassini spacecraft sends back stunning images and data as it prepares to crash into Saturn

The Cassini spacecraft is about to crash into Saturn. But before that it's sending back images and information about the planet in more detail than …

Astronomy

Why Is the Great Red Spot Dying?

Jupiter’s ancient storm "may become the Great Red Memory."<p>The Great Red Spot is shrinking.<p>There is no question that the solar system’s most famous …

11 Scientific Advances Of The Past 100 Years Gave Us Our Entire Universe

Exactly 100 years ago, our conception of the Universe was far different from what it is today. The stars within the Milky Way were known, and were known to be at distances up to thousands of light years away, but nothing was thought to be further. The Universe was assumed to be static, as the …

Galaxies

NASA released the closest-ever images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

As NASA's Juno probe flew over Jupiter on July 10th, it snapped photographs of the planet's most iconic feature, the Great Red Spot. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>This is our closest look at Jupiter's iconic "Great Red Spot." These photographs were taken by NASA's Juno probe. It flew just</i> …

NASA will fly closer to Jupiter's Great Red Spot tonight than ever before — here's what it could see

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is about twice as wide as Earth and has tumbled in the planet's atmosphere for at least 350 years.<p>Despite astronomers' long-standing fascination with this tempest, however, it's mysterious: It's hundreds of millions of miles away, and only a handful of spacecraft have taken …

Hubble's hidden galaxy

IC 342 is a challenging cosmic target. Although it is bright, the galaxy sits near the equator of the Milky Way's galactic disk, where the sky is …

This is the closest thing we have to a master equation of the universe

The table is also organized to represent how these teeny, tiny bits of matter interact with the fundamental forces of nature.<p>But it didn't begin as a table.<p>The grand theory of almost everything actually represents a collection of several mathematical models that proved to be timeless …

Particles

We Have More Details on the Outermost Trappist-1 Planet!

The announcement of a seven-planet system around the star TRAPPIST-1 earlier this year set off a flurry of scientific interest. Not only was this one …

A Powerful Energy Beam in Space Seems to Exceed the Speed of Light

A Fascinating Cosmic Q-Tip<p>In the Galaxy M87 (which was created when two other galaxies merged), a jet of hot plasma — caused by gas being sucked into …

University of Maryland

A Strange, Primitive Atmosphere Has Been Discovered Around a Water-Rich Alien World

We didn't know planets like this were possible.<p>Unexpected findings about the atmosphere of a distant Neptune-sized world have surprised scientists, …

Stephen Hawking And 32 Top Physicists Just Signed a Heated Letter on The Universe's Origin

Sh*t just got real.<p>For centuries, people have puzzled over how our Universe began. But the heat just got turned <i>way</i> up on a debate that's quietly been …

Secret Netflix Codes to Unlock Thousands of Hidden Categories

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) uses a special algorithm to help you find movies and shows based on what you have previously watched as well as what you …