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Gravitational waves get to play a starring role in ‘Black Hole Apocalypse’ on TV

Black holes are the collapsed stars of the show on “Black Hole Apocalypse,” a two-hour “NOVA” presentation that’s premiering Wednesday on PBS. But …

Black Holes

Two Experiments Show Fourth Spatial Dimension Effect

To the best of our knowledge, we humans can only experience this world in three spatial dimensions (plus one time dimension): up and down, left and …

Quantum Mechanics

Physicists Have Created a Set of Conditions in Which Time Seems to Run in Reverse

Nobody panic.<p>While we all take for granted the fact that time's arrow forever points towards the future, physicists have always had trouble showing …

Quantum Mechanics

The Best Science Photos of 2017

Photo Credit: Darlene Tanner/ ZUMA<p>Slide 1 of 193<p>Science is stunning<p>The year was full of exciting, jaw-dropping photos related to science. From …

New South Wales

Planet killer: Mysterious 'winking' star in outer space spotted devouring planets that rotate around it [VIDEO]

RZ Piscium, located 550 light-years away from Earth, is surrounded by dust clouds that could be the remains of destroyed planets.<p>A team of US …

This Seriously Creepy Asteroid Is Coming Back To Earth For Round Two

As I’ve said before, there’s nothing more both goth than space, and the universe <i>constantly</i> reminds us . On Halloween in 2015, a spooktacular asteroid …

Universe

7 science stories in 2017 that made us go, “Whoa, that’s awesome”

The news that lifted our existential dread.<p>Science is inherently optimistic. Why else would researchers spend countless hours on frustrating experiments that so often fail? They toil in labs, wade through massive data sets, and point their instruments at the sky because they believe answers to …

James Webb Space Telescope

Distant sun-like star eating its planets, astronomers say

Discovery 'stroke of good luck,' researcher says<p>A new study suggests that a star 550 light-years away is gobbling up the remains of destroyed planets.<p>…

Universe

155-million-year-old Jurassic underwater lizard fossil with a whip-like tail discovered

The fossil reveals how ancient animals evolved from land to sea creatures.<p>A newly-discovered fossil of a prehistoric underwater reptile that wandered …

Earliest Black Hole Gives Rare Glimpse of Ancient Universe

Astronomers have at least two gnawing questions about the first billion years of the universe, an era steeped in literal fog and figurative mystery. …

The secrets hiding under Europa's ice

Europa, the second moon of Jupiter, is encased in a thick crust of ice. Sitting far from the Sun, it's one of the last places you would expect to …

Astronomy

A Giant Space Collision Let Scientists Measure Size of Superdense Neutron Star for the First Time

In August, scientists caught their first-ever glimpse of two superdense neutron stars colliding, setting off ripples of gravitational waves that …

These Easy Cheesecake Cookies Will Win the Cookie Swap

Creamy Cheesecake Cookies<p>Makes 24 cookies<p>1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour <br>1/2 teaspoon baking powder <br>1/2 teaspoon baking soda <br>1/4 teaspoon salt <br>1/2 cup …

This incredibly gorgeous photo of Jupiter will mesmerize you

To say that 2017 has been weird would be a huge understatement. It’s been a year packed with political unrest, tech gaffes and security breaches, but …

Astronomy

Two Incredible New Quantum Machines Have Made Actual Science Discoveries

There’s a nebulous concept that’s floating around the public conscious, called quantum advantage or quantum supremacy. One of these days, someone is …

Quantum Computing

Volcanologist Who Shifted Date of Next Super-Eruption Is Surprisingly Chill

"We should not be worried about super-eruptions."<p>A supervolcano could kill millions of humans, pushing us back to a pre-civilization state, far …

Geology

This Is the Deepest View Into the Universe That Has Ever Been Seen

The Very Large Telescope in Chile has taken the deepest spectroscopic survey of space ever, with astronomers focusing on the Hubble Ultra Deep …

This is Cassini’s Last Photo of Saturn After 13 Years in Orbit

On September 15, 2017, NASA’s Cassini space probe plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere and burned up, concluding its mission after 13 years in orbit. Two …

Herschel discovers galaxy merger in the very early Universe

What seemed at first like a rare instance of a huge, ancient galaxy revealed itself to be an even rarer pair of extremely massive galaxies, seen on …

Universe

Physicists Might Finally Be Able to Detect The Spectacularly Rare Radiation Escaping Black Holes

Don't blink!<p>In the 1970s, physicist Stephen Hawking envisioned a strange radiation shining from the boundaries of black holes, meaning they aren't …

The Answer To Life, The Universe — And Everything? It's 63

Often, as we go through the world, the key is to ask the right question.<p>When it comes to figuring out the nature of physical reality, part of that process starts at the absolute edge of the observable universe — the cosmic horizon, a distant layer from which light has only just, in this very …

Universe

Prehistoric Mammals Wouldn't Have Messed with This Huge Otter

Six million years ago, the shallow swamps of what's now southern China may have been dominated by massive, 110-lb. (50 kilograms) otters that have …

Paleontology

Rare 2,000 Year-Old Sundial Discovery Changes Assumptions About Roman History

"A special find."<p>Archaeologists in central Italy have dug up a truly remarkable sundial. The inscription on the ancient slab of limestone is so well …

NASA Spots a Weird (and Rare) Circular Sight on the Sun

A NASA spacecraft watching the sun has captured a rare view of a true space oddity: something scientists call an "encircling filament" near a "hole" …

Astronomy

'Zombie star' keeps exploding, refuses to die, astronomers say

A supernova that “cheated” death more than once is baffling astronomers — and still refuses to die. It’s exploded twice already, but 1,000 days later, its light still continues to shine.<p>The star, dubbed the “zombie star,” was first discovered by astronomers in 2014 when it exploded — the first sign …

Black Holes

NASA's Odyssey Takes Its First Picture of Martian Moon Phobos After 16 Years

The Odyssey orbiter has been hovering above Mars, photographing its surface and taking data for 16 years now. There’s seemingly infinite combinations …

Astronomy

How a 1604 Supernova Presented a Challenge to Astronomers

More than 400 years ago, a bright new star appeared in the sky. Its appearance helped a groundbreaking generation of astronomers puzzle out new …

Incredible Galactic Photographs by NASA

Everyday NASA is publishing on its website photographs taken from outer space. From Mars, Jupiter and star constellations, NASA is showing us the …

Exploring Deep Ocean Trenches

The Deepest Regions on Earth<p>Ocean trenches are long, narrow depressions on the seafloor, hidden deep beneath Earth's oceans. These dark, …