Science

Ask Ethan: Does Dark Energy Mean We're Losing Information About The Universe?

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all about the Universe came at the very end of the 20th century: the discovery of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of the Universe. Rather than being pulled towards us gravitationally, the most distant galaxies in the Universe are speeding away from us at …

Theoretical battle: dark energy vs. modified gravity

LIGO could help tell us whether gravitational waves move at the speed of light.<p>Two decades ago, scientists found that the Universe’s expansion is …

Physics

Elite: Dangerous ‘predicted’ the discovery of the Trappist-1 system

Sort of. Developers found something very similar after NASA’s announcement.<p>This week, astronomers announced the discovery of the Trappist 1 system, 39.5 light years away, which contains seven rocky worlds orbiting their star within a zone believed to support liquid water, therefore good candidates …

Astronomy

We Were Wrong About How the Asteroid Apocalypse Will Go Down

Here’s a cheery thought to send you into the weekend: New research suggests that the greatest danger posed by an incoming asteroid is not from the …

Space

This gorgeous video about the Hubble Space Telescope puts our existence into perspective

‘We’re smaller than we can readily comprehend’<p>In 1995, astronomers pointed the Hubble Space Telescope toward a seemingly empty region of space to see what was there. What they found was astounding: almost 3,000 objects, too faint to see with the naked eye. In a short animated video from Vimeo user …

Astronomy

20 years after Dolly

Everything you always wanted to know about the Dolly the cloned sheep and what came next, from a biomedical researcher and cloning expert.<p>It’s been …

Genetics

A Fasting Diet Could Reverse Diabetes and Repair the Pancreas, Says New Research

This looks promising.<p>Researchers have been able to reverse symptoms of diabetes and restore pancreas functions in mice by putting them on a version …

Diabetes

2020: A Space Station odyssey

Half a century ago it was easy to imagine that a Hilton hotel would soon be orbiting the Earth. The massive floating bagel of a space station in …

Space Travel

Check Out An Interactive Map of Every Dinosaur Fossil Found On Earth

The map lets you search by period, taxonomy and strata.<p>Some engineers have created an interactive map to navigate the overwhelming amount of data created by the Paleobiology Database, a massive collection of information about fossils and related research. The map essentially plots the location of …

Paleontology

How Good Gut Bacteria Could Transform Your Health (Page 1)

Barefoot and coated in fine desert dust, Jeff Leach hops around the fire, adjusting logs. Its roaring glow provides the only light as the sun sinks …

Biology

Why Did the House Science Committee Overlook NASA's Former Chief Scientist?

Ellen Stofan was the only woman to testify at a congressional hearing about the future of space exploration—and the only person left out of the official tweets about the event.<p>Last week, the House Science, Space and Technology committee invited four witnesses from NASA’s past to discuss the …

NASA

Humans Are Driving a New Burst of Evolution - Including Possibly Our Own

We're changing ourselves.<p>The unprecedented impact that humans are having on the planet is well known to us all. Scarcely a day passes by without a …

Biology

New map reveals the world's most toxic countries

1/10<p>Toxic Countries World Map Full Width Tall<p>Just about every country in the world grapples with pollution, no matter how rich or poor they are. But …

Physical Geography

The Star That Looks Like the Eye of Sauron

"A great eye, lidless, wreathed in flame."<p>Fomalhaut, the eighteenth brightest star in the night sky, is about 25 light-years from the Earth. It has twice the mass of the sun and burns much hotter and brighter. When we observe Fomalhaut in infrared (above), we see a large ring of debris where …

Astronomy

EM-1 could become Apollo 8 for the 21st century

NASA is looking into the potential of adding a crew to the first flight of the Space Launch System. The EM-1 mission is currently planned on being …

Space Travel

Is spending billions on space research worth it?

Scientists have discovered nearly 3,500 planets that circle a star other than our sun. And, yet, something about the announcement of seven new exoplanets this week seemed to have struck a chord with millions of people in ways the previous thousands did not. Even my colleague’s six-year-old daughter …

Astronomy

Weekly Rewind: Insane stunt pilot lady, life beyond Earth, $700 self-driving car

A lot can happen in a week when it comes to tech. The constant onslaught of news makes it nigh impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep …

Gear & Gadgets

NASA’s Trump-inspired moon mission is still looking for a reason to exist

At the behest of the Trump administration, NASA is figuring out if it makes any sense to fly humans on an untested rocket.<p>Two executives at the US space agency said today they were conducting a study for the White House to see if two astronauts can fly on the first launch of a next-generation …

Space Travel

NASA's New Exoplanet Posters Have Us Booking Rockets to Trappist-1 - Creators

The news of NASA discovering potentially habitable exoplanets a mere 39 light years from Earth, announced Tuesday, is big. The seven-planet Trappist-1 system is exciting not only for both UFO truther, but those who, like Elon Musk, want to get the hell off Earth before we burn it to a crisp.<p>To get …

Exoplanets

Study reveals why so many met a sticky end in Boston's Great Molasses Flood

In 1919, a tank holding 2.3m gallons of molasses burst, causing tragedy. Scientists now understand why the syrup tsunami was so deadly<p>It may sound like the fantastical plot of a children’s story but Boston’s Great Molasses Flood was one of the most destructive and sombre events in the city’s …

California’s rain may shed light on new questions about what causes earthquakes

The effect is likely to be subtle and will require sophisticated computer modeling and statistical analysis<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>In recent weeks, California has experienced unusually heavy rainfall. California is also earthquake-prone, hosting the great San …

Geology

A 'Ring of Fire' Eclipse Is Happening This Sunday - Here's How to Watch

Watch it live here.<p>This Sunday, parts of the Southern Hemisphere will witness a spectacular 'Ring of Fire' eclipse, as the Moon moves between us and …

Space

Does the Universe Actually Have a Center?

We may have already worked out that our universe began with the Big Bang, but do we know what happened? Many people think there was a massive …

Cosmology

30 Years After It's Discovery, This Titanic Supernova is Still a Captivating Marvel

Thirty years ago to this day, a telescope operator in Chile discovered the closest supernova observed in over 400 years. The explosive death of this …

Astronomy

Know Your Lore, TFH Edition: Of Light and Void

<i>Legion</i> may propose to be focused on the threat of the Burning Legion, but there are darker portents to be found, if one listens carefully. We’ve …

Cosmology

Happy 30th Birthday, Supernova 1987A

At center is the ongoing three-ring circus of the Supernova 1987A remnant, as recently imaged by Hubble. The two bright stars superposed on it are …

Astronomy

Everyone Might Be A Loser In The Gene Editing Patent Fight

DNA editor CRISPR has shown seemingly endless promise. Will companies block its use for good?<p>A bruising battle over rights to a landmark gene editing technology threatens to block its benefits, such as new vaccines or killing pests that carry disease, when they won’t lead to profits.<p>The “CRISPR” …

Genetics

Look Up! A 'Ring of Fire' Eclipse Blazes the Southern Hemisphere

If you're in the Southern Hemisphere, look up tomorrow morning, February 26, and brace yourself. You are going to see the Sun, big and bright as …

Solar System

One firm is crafting a safer, cheaper way to reach space with hybrid rocket fuel

On his way to a top altitude of more than 62 miles, test pilot Mike Melvill heard what he described as a “tremendous bang” from the engine of …

Space Travel

Inmarsat and AVI's Satellite Data-Relay Service Exits Stealth Mode After Months of Secret, In-Space Tests

SAN FRANCISCO — For more than a year, mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat has been working with Addvalue Innovation (AVI), a communications …

Space