biology
A Norwegian City Wants to Abolish Time

Every day, the Earth rotates. The Sun appears on the horizon in the morning, and then some time later, it sets. We’ve built our lives and societies around this periodicity, with days that are divided into hours, minutes, and seconds, all kept track of by clocks. But in some places on Earth, the Sun rises only once per year, and sets once per year. With their concept of a day already so estranged from the rest of the world’s, one Arctic population started thinking: What if we ditched the concept of time altogether? Read More >>

computing
When Will Quantum Computers Outperform Regular Computers?

Any day now, quantum computers will solve a problem too hard for a classical computer to take on. Or at least, that’s what we’ve been hoping. Scientists and companies are racing toward this computing milestone, dubbed quantum supremacy and seemingly just beyond our reach, and if you’ve been following the quantum computing story, you might wonder why we’re not there yet, given all the hype. Read More >>

space
What’s Causing the Huge Mass Anomaly Beneath the Moon?

The far side of the Moon contains an enormous and very weird structure at its South Pole. Now, scientists think they might know the source of this anomaly. Read More >>

science
This Compact System Lets Scientists See Biological Molecules in a Whole New Way

Researchers have combined laser techniques and an ingenious detection scheme in order to create a powerful new molecule-imaging system—a quicker, easier way to determine the identity of microscopic molecules. Basically, it’s an advanced yet surprisingly simple microscope. Read More >>

science
Large Hadron Collider Experiment Reveals Alien Structure of a ‘Pentaquark’

New results from the world’s largest particle accelerator illuminate the structure of the pentaquark, an exotic particle consisting of five quarks bound together. Read More >>

space
Why NASA IS Sending an Atomic Clock Into Space

On 22 June, NASA will send an atomic clock the size of a football (though much heavier) to space onboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. Read More >>

space
Astronomers Spot Mysterious, 10-Million-Light-Year-Long Magnetic Field Connecting Two Galaxy Clusters

Scientists have detected radio waves emanating from the space between a pair of galaxy clusters—evidence of intergalactic magnetic fields and fast-moving particles in the space between these giant galactic assemblages. Read More >>

space
NASA Finally Has a Plan to Try to Free InSight’s Extremely Stuck Probe

Scientists have finally determined the first steps toward dislodging the Mars InSight lander’s frustratingly stuck heat probe. Read More >>

space
Why Does the Moon Flash?

A new experiment will attempt to explain the strange flashes that appear on the Moon’s surface. Read More >>

science
Scientists Save Schrödinger’s Cat

One of the hallmark predictions of quantum mechanics is that particles behave unpredictably—but a new experiment seems to complicate some of those core ideas. Read More >>

science
These Little Silica Hexagons Are Like Super-Advanced Lego Bricks

The problem with atoms is that they’re small. Too small. Don’t you wish they were... bigger? Read More >>

science
New Studies Reveal Intimate Links Between Human Microbiome And Preterm Pregnancies, IBD, And More

The newest results from the Human Microbiome Project have revealed just how connected the microbes in our gut are to our overall health. Read More >>

animals
Man Takes First-Ever Photo of Living Colombian Weasel After Finding It Standing on His Toilet

A man rediscovered the rarest South American carnivore after uploading a picture of it climbing on his toilet to a citizen science database. Read More >>

science
Scientists Are Stuck on the Mystery of Tape

There’s a certain patience required for studying sticky tape. Sure, sometimes experiments require peeling, but other times, researchers must simply sit around and wait for the adhesive to fail. These experiments are bringing scientists closer to something that doesn’t yet exist: a unified theory of tape. Read More >>

science
Laboratory Black Hole Shows Stephen Hawking Was Right, Obviously

Physicists have confirmed predictions of Stephen Hawking’s namesake theory of black holes using a black hole they constructed in their lab, according to a new paper. Read More >>