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March for Science: Protesters gather worldwide to support 'evidence'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Crowds massed in the US capital and around the world Saturday to support science and evidence-based research -- a protest partly fueled by opposition to President Donald Trump's threats of budget cuts to agencies funding scientists' work.<p>At the main March for Science, demonstrators gathered …

March for Science

Black holes theorized in the 18th century

At the beginning of the 1970s, Uhuru heralded in a new era for observational astronomy. The satellite surveyed the universe in the range of extremely …

Physics

A Massive Dead Galaxy Existed Just 1.7 Billion Years After the Big Bang, but No One Knows How

We might be very wrong about how galaxies form.<p>For the first time, astronomers have spotted a massive, inactive galaxy from when the Universe was …

Cosmology
Physics

How space travel leads to cognitive shifts in awareness

Astronauts returning from the moon never see things the same way again<p>The two people who have paid for a private moon mission next year will undergo a psychological as well as a physical journey. There’s a fundamental shift in human perspective offered by space flight. This radical shift in …

Space Travel
Cosmology
Climate Change

Astronomers Say They've Discovered the Largest Magnetic Fields in the Universe

That includes a 'galactic sausage'.<p>Galaxies don't drift freely through the empty void of space. Gravity organises most of them into groups, called …

Astronomy

The woman who hunts asteroids for a living: ‘I owe my job to a Bruce Willis film’

Space physicist Dr Carrie Nugent talks about the chances of Earth being hit by a giant asteroid – and why she owes her job to a Bruce Willis movie<p>Dr Carrie Nugent is a 32-year-old geo- and space physicist who specialises in asteroids. Her new book <i>Asteroid Hunters</i> – published by TED Books and …

Space

LHCb observes an exceptionally large group of particles

The LHCb experiment at CERN is a hotbed of new and outstanding physics results. In just the last few months, the collaboration has announced the …

Physics

When Did Science Become Apolitical?

There’s an extensive, controversial history behind scientists’ political leanings.Continue reading on Pacific Standard »

Democracy

These are all the missions planning to take humans to Mars

Mars is the obvious next staging post for mankind's exploration of the solar system - it's only 140 million miles away after all - and there's more …

Blue Origin Assemble Long-Awaited BE-4 Rocket Engine

Amazon founder and Blue Origin CEO, Jeff Bezos revealed this week that the company’s latest rocket engine is now ready and that the first ever …

NASA has found a moon robot that's been missing for nearly 8 years

NASA has managed to find a lost Indian spacecraft in orbit around the Moon using a novel technique that could be used to track spacecraft in the future.<p>Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, used NASA's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex — also in …

Scientists Are Missing from Trump's Government

President Trump “has moved to fill just one of 46 key science and technology positions that help the government counter risks ranging from chemical …

The Way the First Monster Black Holes Formed Was Pretty Dark

It’s no secret that supermassive black holes are heartless beasts: These objects of immense gravity that let nothing, not even light escape, have …

The EPA's science office just removed the word 'science' from its mission statement

As President Donald Trump took office in late January, his administration began changing the language on government websites. Changes to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pages were among the more notable modifications, including the deletion of "science" from the mission statement of the EPA's …

Messier 37 – the NGC 2099 Open Star Cluster

<i>Welcome back to Messier Monday! In our ongoing tribute to the great Tammy Plotner, we take a look at the Pinweel Cluster, otherwise known as Messier</i> …

Astronomy

Mysterious fast radio bursts might come from alien solar sail spacecraft

Astronomers have been puzzling over fast radio bursts (FRB) for the last decade, but there’s not yet any good explanation of these high-energy radio …

Mysterious isolated object investigated by astronomers

(Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers led by Philippe Delorme of the Grenoble Alpes University in France has recently investigated a …

Astronomy

Here’s the first 3D glimpse of how DNA is packaged up in a single cell

The balled structure reveals organization, which is critical for gene activity.<p>In a first, researchers have worked out a way to unravel and model the …

J. Richard Gott: What’s the Value of Pi in Your Universe?

Carl Sagan’s sci-fi novel <i>Contact</i> famously introduced wormholes for rapid transit between the stars. Carl had asked his friend Kip Thorne to tell him …

Cosmology

Boaty McBoatface submarine set for first voyage

<b>The yellow submarine named Boaty McBoatface is set to leave for Antarctica this week on its first science expedition.</b><p>The robot is going to map the movement of deep waters that play a critical role in regulating Earth's climate.<p>Boaty carries the name that a public poll had suggested be given to the …

Climate Change

Bezos’ Blue Origin Lands First Paying Client

Though it has so far been pitched most often as a space-tourism venture, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket company is now tackling a more mundane—and …

Why String Theory Could Be the Key to Uncovering the 'Theory of Everything'

Life, the Universe, and everything.<p>A central goal that modern physicists share is finding a single theory that can explain the entire Universe and …

Physics
San Diego

NASA released incredible new animations of a star that exploded with the energy of 100 million suns

New animations released by NASA are recasting a groundbreaking astronomical moment in a whole new light.<p>On February 24, 1987, astronomers Oscar Dhalde and Ian Shelton witnessed an incredible sight atop a Chilean mountain: a new star in the night sky. Soon, however, they realized it was not a star's …

Just who are these 300 'scientists' telling Trump to burn the climate?

As with all such lists, the 300 ‘scientists’ badly lack climate expertise<p>If you read my articles regularly, you may have noticed multiple times I have stated that the scientific argument is over; there are no longer any reputable scientists that deny the overwhelming human influence in our climate. …

Climate Change

Giant Arecibo telescope faces closure

After 53 years, many discoveries and starring roles in movies, funds for the Puerto Rico observatory are under threat<p>It has helped guard our planet from the threat of wayward asteroids, studied some of the most remote bodies in the cosmos and been used to make countless invaluable astronomical …

Astronomy