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The Science Behind Why We Listen to Our Favorite Songs on Repeat

Fact, 90% of the music we listen to is music we've heard before.<p>Why, when there are hundreds of thousands of songs released each year, do we choose …

Use Cassiopeia to find Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, try star-hopping to the Andromeda galaxy from the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen. In a dark sky, you might even spot this hazy patch of …

12 Diagrams That Changed How We Understood Our Solar System

These days, we are treated to glorious images of the cosmos through astrophotography and sophisticated three-dimensional visualizations of the …

First Asteroid With Rings Discovered

Move over, Saturn—rings aren't just for giant planets anymore.<p>Saturn has rings, of course, and so do the other gas giants of our solar system—Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune—albeit wispier ones than Saturn's.<p><b>But until now it seemed that only giant planets had the gravity to hold on to the billions of</b> …

The Best Hubble Photos After 25 Years

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND<p>The Best Hubble Photos After 25 Years<p>Since its 1990 launch, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has snapped some of the most …

7 places for top-notch stargazing

Eyes on the sky<p>When many of us turn our eyes toward the night sky, we see a yellowish-grey swatch sweeping across the horizon with an occasional …

How to Photograph the Milky Way in 12 Steps (With 6 Epic Examples)

I don’t recall ever meeting anyone who claimed to not be fascinated to some degree by the night sky. There’s just something hypnotic about gazing …

[Video] Visualizing The Hidden Cosmos | The Making Of "Dark Universe"

An in-depth look at how scientists are visualizing dark matter.<p>No matter how hard you squint your eyes, some things will always remain invisible to the naked eye: molecules, for instance, and the atoms that make them up, shall remain remain hidden, fundaments for us to put mathematically-supported …

Why stars twinkle, but planets don’t

Stars and planets both shine steadily, when seen from outer space. But – from Earth – stars twinkle while planets (usually) don’t. Why?<p>Stars twinkle, …

Cosmic Curation — °⚪ Exoplanets Visualized ⚪° Exploring our...

Why Are Some People Early Birds and Others Night Owls?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><b>Answer by Suzanne Sadedin, Ph.D. in zoology from Monash University:</b><p>Advertisement<p>Your sleep cycle is …

Listen to 'Space Project' make music from Voyager spacecraft recordings

Portland-based Lefse Records has released <i>Space Project</i>, a compilation of songs that use recordings from the Voyager 1 and 2 space probes. The album, which entered stores on April 19th, features tracks from 14 different artists including Porcelain Raft, The Antlers, Youth Lagoon, Blues Control and …

Neanderthals Lived in Small, Isolated Populations, Gene Analysis Shows

Genetic differences highlight how the path of these ancient humans diverged from ours.<p>Modern humanity's ancient cousins, the Neanderthals, lived in small groups that were isolated from one another, suggests an investigation into their DNA. The analysis also finds that Neanderthals lacked some human …

Stephan’s Quintet. Four galaxies merging into one - Exploring Space

The Mystery of the Solar System's Weirdest Moon, Explained

The first and only space probe ever to visit the planet Uranus timed its encounter very badly from a public-relations perspective. Voyager 2 zipped …

The 13 Most Important Numbers in the Universe

In the order in which science first became aware of them.<p>Some numbers, such as your phone number or your Social Security number, are decidedly more important than others. But the numbers on this list are of cosmic importance—they are the fundamental concepts that define our universe, that make the …

Maven, martyrs and mental disorders - blogs roundup

<i>Welcome to Signal Boost, our weekly roundup of blog posts over the past week.</i><p><b>The six books shortlisted for the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for science books was announced this week.</b> Grrlscientist has you covered, with an overview of the literary line-up.<p><b>The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile</b> …

Is a solar flare the same thing as a CME?

Solar flares and CMEs – coronal mass ejections – are both gigantic explosions of energy on the sun, but they’re not the same thing. Here’s the …

Indian spacecraft reaches Mars for less than it cost to make 'Gravity'

Country becomes the first to reach the red planet's orbit on its maiden voyage<p>India is celebrating a major milestone today, after becoming the first country to reach the orbit of Mars on its very first attempt. After launching in November 2013, an Indian spacecraft called Mangalyaan finally reached …