Did Scientists Just Find a Missing Piece of the Universe?

It would be silly to think we completely understand our universe, given how small the Earth is compared to the vastness of the cosmos. But from here on our tiny planet, it appears that much of the universe is missing. And I’m not just talking about dark matter. Regular stuff seems to be missing, too. Read More >>

Can Thousands of Smartphones Help Detect Cosmic Rays?

Your smartphone has a particle detector on it, and scientists want you to help them uncover how the universe really works and maybe even discover the true nature of dark matter. There are just a few bugs to work out. Read More >>

Scientists Find Stronger Evidence for New Kind of Black Hole

We’ve seen supermassive black holes at the centres of galaxies tearing stars to shreds. We’ve detected the energy wave from relatively tiny black holes slamming together to create a wobble in space-time a billion light-years away. But what about the medium-sized black holes in between these extremes? Read More >>

Extreme Weather on Venus Might Change the Length of Its Days

Venus might seem rather Earthly, given its similar size and presence of a thick, carbon dioxide-filled atmosphere. But the more scientists observe it, the more surprises the second planet from the Sun throws at us. Read More >>

Scientists Propose a New Kind of Matter Inside the Densest Stars

You might have a pretty rigid understanding of the way stuff should look, at the most basic level. It should have a nucleus that is orbited by electrons. The nucleus should have protons and neutrons, inside each of which reside three quarks. Read More >>

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This Video Made From Real Mars Data Will Make You Feel Like You’re Flying Over the Red Planet

There are lots of incredible things you can do with data. Like make this incredible animation of the Martian surface, for example. Read More >>

Black Holes Can Maybe Turn Into Dark Matter Lasers

Black holes are already some of the strangest objects in the universe, and scientists sometimes dream up some pretty wild theories about their behaviour. Like maybe they can accumulate dark matter particles and turn into black hole lasers, beaming radiation out into space. Read More >>

Don’t Be Fooled by the ‘Forced a Bot’ Meme

By now, you’ve probably seen the satirical posts where someone claims to have “forced a bot” to watch thousands of hours of video and then write their own script. The posts are funny, but if you haven’t realised, they’re jokes that don’t quite encapsulate how artificial intelligence works. Read More >>

The Large Hadron Collider Is Getting an Upgrade

Today, workers at the world’s largest atom smasher are breaking ground on a performance-enhancing upgrade that will allow scientists to conduct even bigger and better physics experiments. Read More >>

10 Years of Data Appears to Show Black Hole Eating a Star

A newly published study relies on 10 years of observations from a slew of well-known telescopes to sort through that chaos and reveal what seems to have happened when a star met a black hole at the centre of two colliding galaxies. Read More >>

What Are These Mystery Puffs Near the Galactic Centre?

The centre of our galaxy is an extreme place that holds all sorts of mysteries. Among those enigmas are what appear to be gas clouds that somehow refuse to be pulled apart by the immense gravity of the galactic centre. Read More >>

NASA’s New Horizons Is Awake and Ready to Explore Space Beyond Pluto

Pluto’s most famous visitor, the New Horizons spacecraft, has woken up after 165 days of hibernation. Read More >>

NASA’s Administrator Is Talking to Private Companies About Commercial Takeover of the ISS

You may have heard about the White House’s plans to privatise the International Space Station and turn low-Earth orbit into a place of business that NASA can become a customer of, rather than its sponsor. Now, according to an interview with the Washington Post, NASA’s recently confirmed Jim Bridenstine has begun speaking to companies about how that might work. Read More >>

Curiosity Rover Finds 3.5-Billion-Year-Old Organic Compounds and Strange Methane on Mars

No, NASA hasn’t discovered life on Mars yet—but a new result makes it seem like maybe, at some point in the planet’s history, the conditions were ripe for some extraterrestrial beings. Maybe. Read More >>

Jupiter’s Lightning is Somehow More and Less Like Earth’s Than Scientists Thought

As unearthly as it may be, Jupiter shares a phenomenon with our own planet that you might find very familiar: lightning strikes. And lightning on Jupiter is somehow both more (and less) like the lightning on Earth than scientists previously thought. Read More >>