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Mining the Heavens: Astronomers Could Spot Asteroid Prospects

NEW YORK — Smithsonian astrophysicist Martin Elvis would like to see astronomers take on a crucial role for future asteroid mining: as astronomical …

Space Exploration

Stephen Hawking And 32 Top Physicists Just Signed a Heated Letter on The Universe's Origin

Sh*t just got real.<p>For centuries, people have puzzled over how our Universe began. But the heat just got turned <i>way</i> up on a debate that's quietly been …

Stephen Hawking

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

Black holes are not made up of matter, although they have a large mass. This explains why it has not yet been possible to observe them directly, but …

Astrophysics

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 …

Universe

Why Are There Too Many Papers In Theoretical Physics?

My fellow physics blogger Sabine Hossenfelder has a Commentary article in <i>Nature Physics</i> headlined Science needs reason to be trusted (paywalled, because <i>Nature</i>, but you can see the PDF via ReadCube). This is mostly motivated by one of her pet issues, the need for better measurements of academic …

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 …

Cognition

Hey Shaq? Here's How You Can Figure Out The Earth Is Round For Yourself

If you step outside anywhere on the surface of the Earth, there’s no obvious signs that tell you the Earth isn’t flat. It looks flat pretty much anywhere you go, including — as Shaq recently noted — if you drive all the way from Florida to California along Interstate 10. Sure, there’s a good chance …

Shaquille O'Neal

Science Committee Chair Says 'Science' Is Not a Good Source For Science

An awful lot happened during a hearing on Wednesday by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology titled “Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method.” I know the very title is snooze-inducing, but if you fast-forward through the long-winded prepared …

Science

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 …

Magnetism

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 Exploration

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?

Almost immediately after President Donald Trump took office, some scientists began planning a march on Washington; almost immediately after that, the …

Political Science

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 …

Space Exploration

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 …

A Wild New Hypothesis for How the First Monster Black Holes Formed

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

Universe

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 …

Climate

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 - ExtremeTech

By on March 13, 2017 at 1:07 pm<p>Astronomers have been puzzling over fast radio bursts (FRB) for the last decade, but there’s not yet any good …

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 …

Universe

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

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 …

Biology

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 …

Physics

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 …

Exploration

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
Immigration

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 …

Space