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Astrophysicists Believe They've Found Another Earth-Like Planet in a Nearby Star System

Hope for Exoplanets<p>Last year, the Trappist-1 system was discovered, and it reignited humanity’s hope of finding planets that could one day (or …

Universe

Are we alone? Statistical analysis suggests that if we are typical, then the answer is probably yes

If there are other civilizations in the Universe, then why, after 60 years of listening and looking, haven't we found any evidence of their …

Data Science

How Aliens Might Use 'Network Theory' For Galactic Communications

Advanced technological civilizations looking for efficient communication from one end of a galaxy to another would best be served by tapping into a network of transiting extrasolar earths. That is, extrasolar earths capable of being observed transiting across the face of their parent stars. Or so …

Aliens

The mystery planet that could destroy the Earth

Just in time for summer movie season comes news that something huge is lurking out there at the edge of the solar system. It’s really big. It’s never …

Solar System

Researchers Check Space-Time to See if It’s Made of Quantum Bits

Does space-time emerge from a network of quantum bits? That’s the theory behind emergent gravity, an idea most recently proposed by Erik Verlinde, a …

Dark Matter

A New Large Hadron Collider Discovery Adds Strangeness to the Already Strange

With so many mystifying discoveries in physics as of late, like finding brand new particles and a negative effect mass fluid, the newest data from …

Physics

Chinese satellite shatters quantum teleportation distance record

Chinese scientists have smashed the quantum entanglement distance record. Transmitting information through entangled photons had previously only been …

We're Way Below Average! Astronomers Say Milky Way Resides In A Great Cosmic Void

If you went to give our cosmic address, you might tell someone that we lived on planet Earth, orbiting our Sun, on the outskirts of a spur of the Milky Way’s spiral arms, in the second largest galaxy in our local group, about 50 million light years from the Virgo Cluster, embedded within the …

American Astronomical Society

Do Gravitational Waves Permanently Alter the Nature of Spacetime?

On February 11th, 2016, scientists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the first detection of gravitational …

Gravitational Waves

It's Dimming! Astronomers Jump At Opportunity To Solve The Mystery Of Tabby's Star

Of all the 150,000+ stars imaged by NASA’s Kepler, the most bizarre has to be KIC 8462852: Tabby’s Star.<p>While other stars show small, periodic dips in their brightness due to transiting planets, Tabby’s star shows something unique.<p>Its dips are much larger in magnitude by up to a factor of 20, and …

Universe

Scientists Achieve Direct Counterfactual Quantum Communication For The First Time

Communication without particle transmission.<p>Quantum communication is a strange beast, but one of the weirdest proposed forms of it is called …

Quantum Mechanics

Gravitational Waves Could Be The Key to Discovering Extra Dimensions in Our Universe

"Gravitational waves can walk along any dimension."<p>If we want to find extra dimensions lurking within our Universe - something that string theory …

Physics

A ‘Cuban Missile Crisis in Slow Motion’ in North Korea

WASHINGTON — All the elements of the North Korean nuclear crisis — the relentless drive by Kim Jong-un to assemble an arsenal, the propaganda and deception swirling around his progress, the hints of a covert war by the United States to undermine the effort, rather than be forced into open …

North Korea

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

Do aliens exist? The mysteries of the universe revealed

<b>Q: How big is the universe … and is it the only one?</b><p>Our cosmic horizons have grown enormously over the last century, but there is a definite limit to …

Boris Johnson

Quantum Physics is Bringing Our Wildest Sci-Fi Dreams to Life

Spooky Subatomic Space<p>Think of every amazing future technology you’ve seen or read about in science fiction, or imagined yourself. Big innovations …

Quantum Mechanics

The Quest to Kill the Superbug That Can Survive in Outer Space

After the tiny survivors returned from orbit, they showed greater resistance to antibiotics.<p>Highbay 1 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is one of the most sterile cleanrooms on Earth. Not long from now, NASA’s next big Mars mission, the life-hunting Mars 2020 rover will have its parts …

Space Station

Scientists have made a bizarre lifeform that bonds carbon to silicon

You're probably already familiar with a few products products that use carbon-silicon, or organosilicon: glues, caulks, and pesticides, to name a few.<p>But the new biological trick, which was forcefully evolved in bacteria, is safer and 15 times more efficient than synthetic, industrial chemistry at …

Chemistry

Earth - Asteroids are not the only threat to life from space

We are here by the skin of our teeth. Evolution could well have turned out differently, and the fact that it did not may well be down to freak, chance events. Life on Earth has faced a string of accidents, weird situations and outright catastrophes, from sudden ice ages to collisions with asteroids …

Universe

Five of the Biggest Problems in Physics May Have Been Solved at Once

A new theory proposes six new types of particles and could solve some of the biggest problems in physics.<p>A new theory claims to have solved five of the biggest problems in physics all at once.<p>The theory was developed by a group of French physicists at the University of Paris-Saclay, and it …

Physics

The Hubble telescope just discovered a relic that changes the way we understand our galaxy

The cluster is called Terzan 5 and Italian researchers have found evidence that it could be the same as the building blocks that made up our galaxy, because of the striking similarity of its stars to the most ancient ones in the Milky Way.<p>Terzan 5 lies 19,000 light-years away from Earth, and there …

Universe

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This is The Most Expensive Flight In The World

<i>This piece originally appeared on Travel + Leisure</i><p>It’s a long haul between New York and Mumbai, but Etihad, the United Arab Emirates national …

Abu Dhabi

NASA just detected oxygen in the Martian atmosphere — but half of it may be missing

For the first time in 40 years, NASA researchers have detected atomic oxygen in Mars' atmosphere, thanks to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), which soars on a plane 13.7 kilometers (45,000 feet) above Earth.<p>The oxygen atoms were found in the Martian upper atmosphere — …

Astronomy

Kepler Has Nearly Doubled the Number of Confirmed Exoplanets in Our Galaxy

Wait, you thought the Kepler Space Telescope was dead? Think again. Today, NASA’s Kepler team announced the discovery of a whopping 1,284 new …

Einstein's Equivalence Principle Put to Test

In the late 1500s, the Italian scientist Galileo Galilei conceived of an experiment that changed a foundation of physics. He mulled — and by some …

Physics

What If NASA Had Continued Its Lunar Program?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora –</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Robert Walker on Quora:</b><p><i>Could we have established a colony on the moon if NASA’s lunar program had continued?</i><p>Oh, I think quite possibly. They’d …

Space Exploration

Entanglement: Gravity's long-distance connection

When Albert Einstein scoffed at a “spooky” long-distance connection between particles, he wasn’t thinking about his general theory of …

My time as a UFO investigator for the government

Nick Pope investigated UFOs for a now-defunct British Ministry of Defence division. He argues it’s time for the programme to re-launch – for reasons that have nothing to do with small green men.<p>In 1950, Sir Henry Tizard, the Chief Scientific Adviser in the Ministry of Defence (MOD), became …

Paranormal