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This New Treatment Could Heal Tooth Cavities Without Any Fillings

It regrows the enamel itself.<p>Scientists have invented a new product that can encourage tooth enamel to grow back, which means we could finally have a …

Exploring the Mirror Link Between Two Geometric Worlds

Twenty-seven years ago, a group of physicists made an accidental discovery that flipped mathematics on its head. The physicists were trying to work …

Breakthrough: Researchers fix Alzheimer's gene

Groundbreaking research shows, for the first time, how the most well-known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease causes signs in human brain …

Neuroscience

The quantum internet is already being built

A quantum internet could revolutionise communication, computing and basic science, and it may be only 10 years away. But what is it? Michael Lucy …

Quantum Mechanics

Africa is splitting in two. Here is why

A sudden tear in the East African Rift Valley is part of a process that will see the Horn of Africa split from the rest of the continent.<p>A large …

There's Mounting Evidence The African Continent Is Splitting in Two

A huge crack has appeared in Kenya, and it's growing.<p>A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western …

The Puzzle Of Quantum Reality

There’s a hole at the heart of quantum physics.It’s a deep hole. Yet it’s not a hole that prevents the theory from working. Quantum physics is, by …

Quantum Mechanics

Scientists aim to use lasers to turn light into matter

Scientists at Imperial College London are attempting to use powerful lasers turn light into matter, potentially proving the 84-year-old theory known …

A 'trapped' atom is visible to the naked eye

The tiny dot in the center of the screen, between the two metal electrodes, is the light emitted by a single atom. The photo, <i>Single Atom in an Ion Trap</i>, just won the grand prize in the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) science photo and imaging contest. "The idea of …

Mind-Bending New Paper Could Explain The Strange 'Patterns' Within Our Solar System

Meet pilot wave gravity.<p>There's a strange pattern in our Solar System – if you look at the orbits of the first seven planets, each one gets …

UK weather: Mobile phone signal could be lost in icy cold snap, Met Office warns

Plunging temperatures could cause mobile phones to cut out in a cold snap that will bring widespread snow and ice over the coming days.<p>The Met Office warned that heavy hail and snow showers could cause severe disruption on Monday morning as the half-term holiday gets off to a shivery start, with …

Northern Ireland

Astronomers discover 1st possible exoplanets in another galaxy

“We are able to study them, unveil their presence and even have an idea of their masses. This is very cool science.”<p>Thousands of exoplanets have been …

Universe

Yes, The Multiverse Is Real, But It Won't Fix Physics

“We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct.” Niels Bohr spoke these words to Wolfgang Pauli about the latter’s theory of elementary particles, but it could just as easily apply to many of today’s most …

Dark Matter

Scientists expect 1st direct black hole image soon

This was the most popular post at EarthSky this week, and no wonder. It’s exciting! We’re holding our breaths for the 1st-ever direct image of a …

Black Holes

Physicists Say They've Created a Device That Generates 'Negative Mass'

Say what?<p>Physicists have created what they say is the first device that's capable of generating particles that behave as if they have negative …

Quantum Physics

Glowing slinky-like 'creature' is actually a mass of eggs

A massive, glowing, Slinky-like "creature" photographed by a scuba diver off the coast of Australia has spurred intense speculation about what the mystery beast could be.<p>Is it a sea monster of the deep? A giant sea squirt? An enormous, fire-bodied sea worm?<p>As it turns out, it's none of the above. …

We Can Now Store Light as Sound, And It's a Game Changer For Computing

One step closer to computers that process data at the speed of light.<p>Last year, scientists took a big step towards creating the next generation of …

iPhone 8 Leaks Expose Apple's Expensive Secrets

We know almost everything about the iPhone 8, from its design and new user interface to the potentially revolutionary screen unlock and even the one disappointing omission. But Apple’s biggest secret is going to hit you in the pocket…<p>With the iPhone 8 launch now very close disbelief remains …

Mobile Technology

The Cassini Spacecraft Will Soon Commit Suicide on Saturn. Here's What to Know

After more than a decade of exploring Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft will soon commit suicide by plunging into the planet it has been documenting for …

New cancer treatment can eradicate tumors, scientists say

Scientists unveiled a new cancer treatment on Monday that can remove tumors, reduce side effects and prevent the disease from coming back better than current techniques.<p>The treatment, called Caspase Independent Cell Death (CICD), showed to effectively remove tumors in experimental models. Unlike …

Elon Musk Just Shared The First Photo of SpaceX's Fully Functional Space Suits

Wow.<p>This past weekend, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk promised to reveal photos of the space suit his company has been developing for NASA.<p>Musk …

It Rains Diamonds on Neptune And We've Now Re-Created That Effect Here on Earth

Cloudy with a chance of bling.<p>If you think the weather's bad on our planet, consider the ice giants Neptune and Uranus, where intense pressures and …

This Absolutely Ginormous Asteroid Is Passing Close by Earth in Two Weeks Time

The mother of near-Earth asteroids.<p>On 1 September, a mammoth 4.4 kilometre (2.7 mile) chunk of rock will pass within an astronomical whisker of our …

Asteroids

We Have First-Ever Evidence That Mars Gets Intense Snowstorms in The Dead of Night

That's so weird.<p>Mars may seem to resemble a cold, dusty, and dry landscape, but it looks like the atmosphere can also produce violent, unexpected …

New bunch of galaxy clusters may be farthest yet - Futurity

A catalog of about 200 galaxy clusters may be contain the most distant ever found—it could also help solve some of the universe's biggest mysteries.

Super Fast Cosmic Clouds Could Unearth a Slew of Hidden Black Holes in Milky Way

You don't hear that happening every day.<p>Clouds move at a snail’s pace in Earth’s atmosphere, but in outer space, they’re capable of zooming through …

Saturn’s moon Titan has a key ingredient that could be used to cook up life

How to form cell membranes in lakes of methane<p>Saturn’s moon Titan harbors a key chemical ingredient that may allow organisms to exist on this distant, chilly world. Astronomers have spotted a molecule in Titan’s atmosphere that could be instrumental in the formation of cells, which are a crucial …

Clear August 21 in your diary: It's a total solar eclipse for the smart

With apologies to Bonnie TylerScientists are gearing up for the hotly anticipated total solar eclipse on August 21 by preparing a series of …

Solar Eclipse

Summer Highlights: Nebulae and Clusters - Sky & Telescope

<i>Warm nights and dark skies are ideal for enjoying these classic beauties.</i><p>Atop our windy hill, emerald fields turn obsidian as night sweeps her cloak …

Cosmology

Image: Hubble's cosmic atlas

This beautiful clump of glowing gas, dark dust and glittering stars is the spiral galaxy NGC 4248, located about 24 million light-years away in the …

Cosmology