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Supercomputer comes up with a profile of dark matter

In the search for the mysterious dark matter, physicists have used elaborate computer calculations to come up with an outline of the particles of …

Formation and composition of planets around very low mass stars

Computer simulations by astrophysicists at the University of Bern of the formation of planets orbiting in the habitable zone of low mass stars such …

With the familiar Cavendish banana in danger, can science help it survive?

The banana is the world’s most popular fruit crop, with over 100 million metric tons produced annually in over 130 tropical and subtropical …

Supergrids: the challenging comeback of direct current

The number of infrastructural direct current programmes is increasing all over the world, widening the gap between energy producers and energy …

Found: Oldest known planet-forming disk

A group of citizen scientists and professional astronomers, including Carnegie’s Jonathan Gagné, joined forces to discover an unusual hunting ground …

Curious tilt of the Sun traced to undiscovered planet

Planet Nine the undiscovered planet at the edge of the solar system that was predicted by the work of Caltech’s Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown in …

Discovery of first binary-binary calls solar system formation into question

Everything we know about the formation of solar systems might be wrong, says University of Florida astronomy professor Jian Ge and his postdoc, Bo …

Origin of minor planets’ rings revealed

A team of researchers has clarified the origin of the rings recently discovered around two minor planets known as centaurs, and their results suggest …

After More Than 12 Years of Studying Saturn Cassini Begins Epic Final Year

After more than 12 years studying Saturn, its rings and moons, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has entered the final year of its epic voyage. The …

Simple Math, Antimatter, and the Birth of the Universe

If x2 = 4, then what is x? Did you just think “2”? Is that correct? Well, yes and no. The fact that there is a parallel but equally valid answer that …

Do only humans have souls, or do animals possess them too?

In common parlance, the word ‘soul’ pops up everywhere. We may speak of a vast, soulless corporation or describe an athlete as the ‘heart and soul’ …

Brain-sensing technology allows typing at 12 words per minute

It does not take an infinite number of monkeys to type a passage of Shakespeare. Instead, it takes a single monkey equipped with brain-sensing …

Arctic Sea Ice Annual Minimum Ties Second Lowest on Record

Arctic sea ice appeared to have reached its annual lowest extent on Sept. 10, NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) …

What happened after the lights came on in the universe?

An experiment to explore the aftermath of cosmic dawn, when stars and galaxies first lit up the universe, has received nearly $10 million in funding …

Charon’s Polar Coloring Comes from Pluto Itself

In June 2015, when the cameras on NASA’s approaching New Horizons spacecraft first spotted the large reddish polar region on Pluto’s largest moon, …

An effective and low-cost solution for storing solar energy

How can we store solar energy for period when the sun doesn’t shine? One solution is to convert it into hydrogen through water electrolysis. The idea …

Possibly habitable planet found around our nearest neighbour star

With thousands of exoplanets discovered to date, it’s no wonder that we regularly come across “Earth-like worlds” around distant stars. But let’s …

Physicists discover ‘apparent departure from the laws of thermodynamics’

According to the basic laws of thermodynamics, if you leave a warm apple pie in a winter window eventually the pie would cool down to the same …

Scientists uncover origin of high-temperature superconductivity in copper-oxide compound

Since the 1986 discovery of high-temperature superconductivity in copper-oxide compounds called cuprates, scientists have been trying to understand …

What do aliens look like? The clue is in evolution

Speculating about what aliens look like has kept children, film producers and scientists amused for decades. If they exist, will extra terrestrials …

Greenland sharks live for hundreds of years

Greenland sharks live at least as long as 400 years, and they reach sexual maturity at the age of about 150, a new study reports. The results place …

How do you know you’re not living in a computer simulation?

Consider this: right now, you are not where you think you are. In fact, you happen to be the subject of a science experiment being conducted by an …

White Dwarf Lashes Red Dwarf with Mystery Ray

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, along with other telescopes on the ground and in space, have discovered a new type of exotic …

New material could advance superconductivity

Scientists have looked for different ways to force hydrogen into a metallic state for decades. A metallic state of hydrogen is a holy grail for …

Physicist offers leading theory about mysterious Large Hadron Collider excess

In December of last year, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe announced startling results hinting at the existence of an undiscovered …

Electric brain stimulation during sleep can boost memory

When you sleep, your brain is busy storing and consolidating things you learned that day, stuff you’ll need in your memory toolkit tomorrow, next …

Bacteria from the human nose produces a novel antibiotic which is effective against multiresistant pathogens

A potential lifesaver lies unrecognized in the human body: Scientists at the University of Tübingen and the German Center for Infection Research …

Portable device produces biopharmaceuticals on demand

For medics on the battlefield and doctors in remote or developing parts of the world, getting rapid access to the drugs needed to treat patients can …