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Earth's Ionosphere

There’s a strange glow in the night sky, and it’s coming from a dynamic layer of the atmosphere at the boundary between Earth and space—what …

Scientists Prove That Light Can Stop Electrons

A team of scientists led by researchers from Imperial College London have proven that electrons can be stopped in their tracks solely with the use of light . The latest work carried out by the team delves into the quantum world and was published in Physical Review X.<p>Normally, when electrons are …

Physics

Astronauts Have Identified Unknown Microbes in Space For The First Time

No aliens... yet.<p>Wheresoe'er humans roam, there you will also find microbes. It's just a fact of life - we contaminate everything we touch.<p>Which …

Answering the question that won me the Ig Nobel prize: Are cats liquid?

A liquid is traditionally defined as a material that adapts its shape to fit a container. Yet under certain conditions, cats seem to fit this …

Science

The Week In Review: First Human Embryo Editing Experiment In U.S.

For the first time this week scientists removed deadly gene mutations from human embryos, marking a significant breakthrough that scientists theorize could potentially engender the end of some genetic diseases.<p>The landmark study, which successfully expunged a portion of disease-causing genes, …

Genetics

Physicists Have Captured The First Spectral Fingerprints of Antimatter

A new chapter in antimatter research.<p>It's been about nine months since a team of CERN researchers succeeded in their goal of measuring the spectrum …

First ever close-up footage of DNA replication will have experts rewriting science textbooks

For the first time, scientists have recorded DNA replication in real time. The scientists extracted DNA from E. coli bacteria, dyed it, and then watched the DNA replicate itself. The footage, alone, is fascinating. But the real shocker comes with what scientists discovered from the footage. They …

How Does Earth Move Through Space? Now We Know, On Every Scale

Ask a scientist for our cosmic address, and you’ll get quite a mouthful. Here we are, on planet Earth, which spins on its axis and revolves around the Sun, which orbits in an ellipse around the center of the Milky Way, which is being pulled towards Andromeda within our local group, which is being …

Universe

3 Separate Experiments Report Signs of a Phenomenon Beyond The Standard Model of Physics

A 99.95% certainty.<p>A review of three separate experiments has turned up "remarkably similar" results, pointing to what researchers say is a strong …

Do Stars Vanish Into a Black Hole or Crash Against a Surface? A New Test Answers

While there are lots of theories about black holes, a staple of singularity lore is that all black holes have event horizons — a one-way membrane …

Our Quest to Find a One-Sided Magnet Just Took an Unexpected Turn

Why do all magnets have two poles?<p>Of the many 'white whales' that theoretical physicists are pursuing, the elusive magnetic monopole - a magnetic …

The scientific breakthrough that enabled physicists to solve the puzzle of infinity

During the mid 20th century, physicists were grappling with a perplexing puzzle. It seemed that every time they applied equations to explain fundamental properties we see and experience around us — like the mass of a particle or what happens when two particles interact with each other — they always …

Ask Ethan: How Far Is The Edge Of The Universe From The Farthest Galaxy?

When we look out into the Universe, there’s light everywhere we can see, for as far as our telescopes are capable of looking. But at some point, there’s a limit to what we’ll encounter. One limit is set by the cosmic structure that forms in the Universe: we can only see the stars, galaxies, etc., …

Equations

The Higgs Boson: A Not-So-Godlike Particle

<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

Mind-Blowing New Theory Connects Black Holes, Dark Matter, and Gravitational Waves

The past few years have been incredible for physics discoveries. Scientists spotted the Higgs boson, a particle they’d been hunting for almost 50 …

Astronomers to Peer Into a Black Hole for 1st Time with Event Horizon Telescope

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Black Holes

Scientists create time crystals, a rule-bending new form of matter

A new phase of matter, called a time crystal, has been created and observed for the first time. In a regular crystal, the atoms are arranged in a …

Quantum Mechanics

Here's Why It Smells So Nice After It Rains

Ah, that fresh smell just after it rains. It brings a sense of calm to the world. But did you know that it could kill you? That’s right, rain …

Human nature makes it easier to deny climate change than to confront it

At one point in the Senate hearing to confirm Oklahoma Atty. Gen.<p>Scott Pruittas head of theEnvironmental Protection Agency, Vermont Sen.Bernie Sandersasked the nominee to share his personal views about climate change. Pruitt, a longtime ally of the oil industry and bane of the EPA, repeatedly …

Clean Technology

Scientists Have Confirmed a Brand New Phase of Matter: Time Crystals

Constant motion without energy.<p>For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals - strange crystals …

The definitive, scientific answers to 20 health questions everyone has

In the past few years alone, we got more evidence that coffee isn't a cause of cancer and the debate over the health effects of sugar became even more heated.<p>To help you parse out what works from what's merely myth, we compiled the definitive (at least for now) answers to some of the most pressing …

Ask Ethan: What's The Deal With The Speed Of Light?

Nothing in the Universe can move faster than the speed of light in vacuum. 299,792,458 meters per second. If you’re a massive particle, you can only approach — but never reach — that speed; if you’re a massless particle, you are compelled to always travel at exactly that speed so long as you’re …

Physics

Physicists Say They've Produced The First 'Supersolid', And It's Even Stranger Than Predicted

Liquid and solid at the same time.<p>At its most simple, matter can come in the form of a solid, a liquid, a gas, or plasma. But what if you could …

Watch Humans Take Over the World in 200,000 Years

In the grand scheme of things, it really hasn’t taken humans very long to conquer the world. Modern humans didn’t evolve until 200,000 years ago, and …

Rhode Island

A material from shapeshifting planes could heal human flesh

What generates voltage when you warm it up, push on it, or blow on it?<p>Get your mind out of the gutter. The correct answer is polyvinylidene fluoride, a material NASA researchers have refined for use in morphing aircraft that shapeshift in response to their environment. But wait! There’s more: It …

Electrons Cooled Close to Absolute Zero Reveal Their Quantum Nature

We can finally see things more clearly.<p>Scientists have discovered that electrons cooled close to absolute zero slow down so much that they can be …

Interactive periodic table finally clues us in to what elements are used for

Looking at the periodic table, most of us have no issues identifying the use of certain elements. Sodium, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and others are no-brainers but what about the less talked about elements.<p>Seriously, do you know what Vanadium is used for? How about Polonium? Of course you don’t. …

The placebo effect: is there something in it after all?

The placebo effect remains one of the most baffling mysteries in medicine. The idea that a useless sugar pill or harmless saline injection could result in a measurable improvement in a patient’s symptoms, sometimes as good as taking an active drug, has been so hard to explain that some have even …

Placebos

Stunning Series of Fantasy Art Created by Guangjian Huang

IBM Develops A Broad-Spectrum Virus Cure That Outsmarts Viral Mutation

If you lined up everything alive on the planet today and counted them one-by-one, you’d find that viruses are the most common creatures by far. …