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The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called “octonions.”

Physics

The Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the 21st Century Lights Up the Skies This Weekend

A new video will give you a tour of the Moon as you've never seen it, courtesy of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The 4K-resolution …

Lunar Eclipse

NASA’s virtual tour of the moon in 4K will blow your mind

The moon can look spectacular enough from here on Earth, but a just-posted NASA video showing the lunar surface in amazing close-up detail is also …

We asked astronauts if they think aliens exist. Here's what they said

Jeff Hoffman has floated in the vacuum of space. He’s looked down at our planet from above, seen the whorls of clouds, the vast oceans, and the …

Our consciousness will shoot through the cosmos on laser beams, says Michio Kaku

Humans are going to terraform Mars. And communicate with aliens. And merge with robots. And possibly find the key to immortality, or at least …

Either stars are strange, or 234 alien species are trying to contact us

We all want there to be aliens. Green ones, pink ones, brown ones, Greys. Or maybe Vulcans, Klingons, even a being of pure energy. Any type will …

A US design firm has plans for a skyscraper that would hang from an asteroid

A New York design firm called Clouds Architecture Office has proposed a tower that would hang from an asteroid 31,068 miles above Earth.<p>The Analemma Tower would be the tallest building ever made. The plans say it would be powered by solar panels and those panels would constantly be exposed to …

Solar Panels

Elon Musk might have another $50 billion company on his hands (TSLA)

If you haven't watched one of SpaceX's live rocket launches, and subsequent landings, you are really missing out.<p>Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, started the company in 2002 with the eventual mission of colonizing Mars. It's a lofty goal, and one that's hard to totally comprehend. But, as SpaceX …

Elon Musk

Scientists Have Created a Super-Thin Fabric That Harvests Energy From Our Movements

They call it "twistron".<p>A twisted fibre made of gel-coated carbon nanotubes could be the very thing we need to steal energy from our surroundings …

Watch outer space for free on a live stream

Of course you have to sign up<p>A company called Slooh, which provides live streams of outer space via telescope, is opening up its sightings of eclipses, full moons, asteroids, and comets to anyone with an internet connection — for free. All you need to do is sign up on their website.<p>Slooh owns seven …

Here are Juno’s first closeup photos of the Great Red Spot

Less than 48 hours ago, NASA’s Juno spacecraft got its first up-close-and-personal view with Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, and today, the space agency …

That Story About the Million Dollar US Space Pen and Russian Pencil is BS

Did you hear the one about how the US government spent millions on R&D for a pen that would work in space while the Russians simply used a pencil? …

Space Exploration

Stephen Hawking lays out plan for settling space, from moon and Mars to the stars

British physicist Stephen Hawking has repeatedly warned us that we have just a century or two to move off Earth, and he just shared his vision for …

What Will Happen When Betelgeuse Explodes?

Every star will someday run out of fuel in its core, bringing an end to its run as natural source of nuclear fusion in the Universe. While stars like our Sun will fuse hydrogen into helium and then — swelling into a red giant — helium into carbon, there are other, more massive stars which can …

French hoverboard inventor banned from flying in France

Investigation into Franky Zapata’s Flyboard Air hovercraft stirs debate over innovation and regulation in France<p>The man who invented the Flyboard Air has been barred from flying his jet-powered hoverboard in France, sparking a debate over the country’s policies on innovation. In a Facebook post on …

Hoverboards

This boat will make its own fuel on a round-the-world voyage

Remember Solar Impulse 2, the solar-powered plane that circumnavigated the world in July 2016? This could be the ocean-going equivalent. In a bid to …

Physicists Have Found a Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

Defying one of the most fundamental laws of conductors.<p>Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat - an …

A Radical New Hypothesis Claims to Have a Simple Explanation For Dark Energy

What if the Universe had leaked energy?<p>For decades, scientists have puzzled over the fact that our Universe is expanding. Logically, gravity should …

Dark Matter

The Most Detailed View of Black Holes in the Universe Will Blow Your Mind

Stare into the abyss, my friends. The image above features the highest concentration of black holes humans have ever seen. So dense are the merciless …

The Hunt For Alien Megastructures Is On

Last year, a single star found fame. It consistently made headlines and even appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and "The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert." The star (often referred to as Tabby’s star) is located 1,200 light-years away toward the constellation Cygnus and has been inexplicably …

NASA Just Published Hundreds Of Stunning Gifs – These Are 10 Of The Best

You'll be blown away.<p>With access to Earth’s best telescopes and most distant spacecraft, it’s no surprise that NASA’s space photography is …

This Might Be Our Best Shot at Finding That 'Alien Megastructure'

Since it was first suggested that the flickering star known as KIC 8462852 might be a Dyson Sphere, telescope-toting astronomers associated with the …

Astronomers Just Found a Second ‘Dyson Sphere’ (‘Alien’) Star

Amongst the far reaches of space, there resides a mysterious alien star whose odd variations in brightness and tendency to dim inexplicably have left …

Universe

Making Rocket Fuel From Water Could Drive a Power Revolution on Earth

The fuel of the future.<p>Researchers led by NASA’s former chief technologist are hoping to launch a satellite carrying water as the source of its …

These 5 Crazy Thought Experiments Show How Einstein Formed His Revolutionary Hypotheses

They're not easy.<p>Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, forever changed the landscape of science by introducing …

This Is The End of The Fossil Fuel Age as We Know It, Says Report

You can't fight the future.<p>Fossil fuels are holding on, but end of their reign is nigh, says a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which …

The Existence of Massive Particles of Light Could Finally Explain Dark Energy

But we'll have to give up our fundamental understanding of light first.<p>In the late 1990s, astronomers discovered something mysterious pushing …

Dark Matter

NASA directly observes fundamental process of nature for 1st time - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Like sending sensors up into a hurricane, NASA has flown four spacecraft through an invisible maelstrom in space, called magnetic reconnection. …

Quebec teen uses stars to locate possible lost Mayan city in Mexican jungle

A 15-year-old boy from Saint-Jean-de-Matha, Que., has discovered what could be the ruins of a lost 4,600-year-old city in Mexico by comparing ancient …