Science

What's The Largest Planet In The Universe?

In our Solar System, Jupiter is the largest planet we have, but what’s the upper limit to planetary size?<p>If you get too much mass together in a single object, its core will fuse lighter elements into heavier ones.<p>At about eighty times the mass of Jupiter, you’ll have a true star, burning hydrogen …

Astronomy

Donald Trump asked astronauts in space a question only he can answer

President Donald Trump called up to the International Space Station on Monday to congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson on her record-breaking spaceflight.<p>Trump used some of his time speaking with Whitson and her fellow crewmember Jack Fischer to talk about the military and the inspiration that …

NASA

Hole in One! Mars Orbiter Spies Opportunity Rover's Crater Landing Site (Photo)

A new photo shows just how improbable the Mars rover Opportunity's January 2004 hole-in-one landing really was.<p>The image — which was taken on April 8 …

Space Exploration

Scientists Think We Could Reach the Brightest Star in the Sky in 69 Years

Sirius, we are coming for you.<p>If you're going to send a nano-spacecraft powered by photons across the galaxy – travelling at a fraction of the speed …

Space Science

Albert Einstein was more than a 'Genius': Five things you didn't know

Here's what you probably know: Albert Einstein is the mastermind behind E=mc² and the Theory of Relativity. Here's what you likely weren't taught in school: The Pulitzer Prize winner was also a violin-playing womanizer who failed university entrance exams.<p>That is, however, what you’ll learn in …

Physics

Ripple effects of New Zealand earthquake continue to this day

November tremor sparked slow, deep movements in Earth’s crust that increase the chances of a similar severe quake within a year.<p>The consequences of a …

Earth Science

Now We Know: 'Every Star In The Sky Has At Least 1 Planet'

Three planet-hunters make Time magazine's 100 most influential people list.<p>Time magazine has included three planet-hunters on its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.”<p>They are Natalie Batalha of NASA’s Ames Research Center in California; Michael Gillon from the University …

Exoplanets

Does Dark Matter Exist? Computer Simulations Of Formation Of Galaxies Suggest It Does

Dark matter — the mysterious stuff that we know is there, but have no clue what it’s made of. This is because despite accounting for roughly 85 …

Dark Matter

The Weirdness of String Theory

Quantum mechanics is a difficult subject to get your head around and the more you think you know about it, the more you discover you don’t look much …

Quantum Mechanics

Scientists step closer to finding cause of multiple sclerosis

As they find out more about the cell biology of multiple sclerosis, scientists are gradually unraveling the mysteries of the disease, although the …

Biology

Scientists Found Something Super Weird in this Giant Glob of Stars

Globular clusters are just as they sound: giant spherical globs of stars gravitationally bound by a central force. But the source of that central …

Astrophysics

Bacteria May be Reason Some Foods Cause Heart Disease, Stroke

Researchers trying to figure out how meat causes heart disease came up with another possible explanation Monday: an essential nutrient found in meat and eggs might be a culprit.<p>They found evidence that choline may feed gut bacteria that in turn produce a compound that makes blood sticky and prone …

Vitamins

Watch as a giant explosion on the Sun blasts material into space, followed by dancing loops of glowing gas - ImaGeo

By Tom Yulsman | April 24, 2017 10:48 am<p>NASA describes the display of coronal loops as particularly unusual<p>Please click to watch a video showing a …

Astronomy

Is Quantum Theory About Reality or What We Know? - Facts So Romantic

Physicists know how to use quantum theory—your phone and computer give plenty of evidence of that. But knowing how to use it is a far cry from fully …

Quantum Mechanics

Beetles have been mooching off insect colonies for millions of years

Mooching roommates are an ancient problem. Certain species of beetles evolved to live with and leech off social insects such as ants and termites as …

Paleontology

The Evolving Cosmos: Is Reality Getting Any Closer?

By Deepak Chopra, MD and Pankaj S. Joshi, PhD<p>Science is the modern authority for telling us what’s real, using verifiable facts to prove its theories. Over the last century many facts have emerged about the nature of the universe, and since we know we live in an evolving universe since the big bang …

Physics

Why Scientists Should All Be Diplomats

This Saturday, in over 500 cities worldwide, thousands of people will take to the streets for an unprecedented show of support for all things …

March for Science

Not Even The Mars Curiosity Rover Can Escape The Back Seat Driver

As the Curiosity rover crawls its way across the Martian surface, it has to deal with a team of over 20 people to decide its every move. That makes …

Space

Got Gut Problems? Smoke Some Weed and Eat Spicy Food

If your gut is giving you a hard time, eating a whole bunch of spicy food and a pot brownie for dessert may sound like the worst idea in the world. …

Biology

This Photo of Earth Peeking Through Saturn's Rings Is Giving Us All the Feels

"That's here. That's home."<p>On Valentine's Day, 1990, a member of the Voyager imaging team named Carl Sagan pointed the probe backwards as it was …

Space

After the death of a friend, healing in a human social network

Wounds heal - the cells in a body knit over a cut. When a neuron dies, the brain can rewire itself to make up for the loss. And now, new research …

Chemistry

How our Milky Way looks from space?

Composite of 2 spiral galaxies – offered in celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope’s 27th birthday today – shows how our Milky Way galaxy might …

Astronomy

Sea Urchins Launch Their Weird Mobile Jaws to Scare Predators

A common and colorful sea urchin has some truly bizarre appendages that seem to move independently from its body, and now scientists know why: It …

Marine Biology

27 of Hubble's Best Photos for Its 27th Birthday

Hubble turns 27 today. Here's a look back at some of its most noteworthy accomplishments.

Astronomy

These Very Hungry Caterpillars Can Eat Your Plastic Trash

Is the real solution to our rapidly growing mountains of plastic trash lurking in the guts of the caterpillars that we feed to our pet birds and lizards?<p>Plastic trash is everywhere, and since it has a half-life of <i>at least</i> 450 years, every piece of plastic that has ever been made is still on the …

Plastic

What's the best way to crack an egg? Physics has the answer.

Swiftly, and smack in the middle<p>Learning to crack an egg is a culinary rite of passage. Do it correctly, and the shell swiftly breaks, spilling the liquid contents out in one fell swoop. Do it wrong, and you end up with yolk on your hands and shell in your bowl. Luckily, science has hatched a …

Physics

Dolphin Sex Is Complex And Might Be Just For Fun, According To Scientists

Scientists at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia are looking to answer some tough questions—namely, what is dolphin sex like? Postdoctoral fellow …

Biology

The earth’s got some space junk in its trunk, and the situation is not good

Why it matters to you<p>Space debris is likely to make space travel impossible if we don't come up with a solution to clean it up soon.<p>Scientists met in …

Space

A tiny droplet of the early universe?

About 13.8 billion years ago, the universe was a hot, thick soup of quarks and gluons—the fundamental components that eventually combined into …

Particle Physics

Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste

<b>A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic pollution.</b><p>Scientists have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic.<p>Experiments show the insect can break down the chemical bonds of plastic in a similar way to …

Recycling