Scientists Resolve Mysterious Violation to Einstein’s Relativity

Even if you don’t know much physics, you probably know one of its core tenets: an object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion. In fact, in a vacuum where there’s literally nothing to slow things down, things don’t prefer being at rest or in motion. This plays out in real life all the time—when you’re sitting in the loo on a plane, for instance, you can’t feel that you’re moving 500 miles an hour. You only feel the changes in your velocity via the bumps. Read More >>

Highest-Energy Cosmic Radiation Comes From a Mysterious Source Beyond Our Galaxy

Not to scare you, but you’re getting hit with radiation constantly. First, there’s just regular old light (yep, that’s a kind of radiation). Then there are low levels of higher energy radiation like the kind in nuclear reactors, including particles coming out of the soil and off of bananas. But the highest-energy radiation is the weirdest stuff. It’s literally out of this galaxy. Read More >>

This Extinct Frog Probably Ate Crocodiles and Dinosaurs

Poison aside, frogs are generally weak and pathetic. Dinosaurs, meanwhile, range from weak and pathetic to huge and strong, so I’m going to say they’re generally “not weak.” But 70 million years ago, things were different. Extinct species of frogs like the Beelzebufo ampinga grew to be ten pounds in size. Maybe they even ate the weakest dinosaurs. Read More >>

Thunderstorm Turns Into a Nuclear Reactor and Blasts Wind Turbine With Particles

Thunderclouds rolled into the Japanese beach town of Uchinada early one December morning in 2015. The scientists expected the storms; they’d staked out the location specifically for studying something normally only seen by satellites. Sometime after 5am, a flash of lightning struck a wind turbine. And along came a more perplexing weather phenomenon, too: The thunderstorm turned into a particle accelerator and blasted radiation at the ground. Read More >>

These Dinosaurs Had Colourful Eggs Just Like Birds

In the spring, you might find fragmented blue eggshells sitting on the pavement, a sign that baby robins hatched somewhere up above. Taking the same walk 66 million years ago, you may have found a giant version of those same blue eggs. Except a much larger, sillier-looking dinosaur was probably sitting nearby. Read More >>

Scientists Store Light as Sound on a Microchip for the First Time

On Monday, a team of scientists in Australia announced an exciting breakthrough: For the first time, researchers were able to turn light into sound on a microchip. But—as crazy-sounding new physics applications tend to be—it’s probably going to be a long time before you see one of these chips on a computer you can buy. More importantly, what the heck does “turn light into sound” even mean? Read More >>

Leading Science Journal Finally Apologises for Offensive Editorial About ‘Whitewashing’ Science

The history of science has a lot of really dark, racist, and outright horrible chapters. In an attempt to engage in the discussion on what to do with this history, the prestigious science journal Nature managed to piss off a large portion of the scientific community, by claiming that removing a statue of one of science’s most blatantly offensive figures was “whitewashing.” Today, Nature editor-in-chief Philip Campbell published a new article stating that the journal’s original take was wrong. Read More >>

Stop Wasting My Time With This Stupid Planet X Doomsday Conspiracy Theory

Holy shit, stop, please stop. When a crazy person says something crazy in real life, we ignore them. But for some reason on the internet we decide that every crazy person is worth listening to, news outlets with large audiences write about their fever dreams, and less crazy people suddenly get concerned because now every news outlet is the Daily Star spewing hot garbage about some made-up astronomy bolstered by someone’s ridiculous fake religious enlightenment. Read More >>

The Motorised Longboard Is the Vape of Transport and I Love It

Electric personal transporters are mostly horrible. Segways are for people who are really just the worst. Hoverboards, which also explode, are just fodder for You've Been Framed. Everyone I’ve ever seen riding one of those electric unicycles has nearly caused a car accident. These machines are strange status symbols of lazy Western excess. Read More >>

No, Scientists Did Not Say Light Drinking During Pregnancy Was Okay

“I don’t know” and “yes” are very different things. “I don’t know if my child is allergic to peanuts” does not mean, “yes, I should feed my child peanuts.” “I don’t know if this berry is poisonous” does not mean, “yes, I should eat this berry.” And “I don’t know if light drinking will harm my pregnancy” does not mean, “I should drink alcohol while I’m pregnant.” Read More >>

Liquid Cats, Vagina Speakers and More From the Strangest Science Papers of 2017

Scientists spend their days hypothesising, experimenting, and analysing in order to find evidence to better understand our strange Universe. Sometimes, that requires playing the didgeridoo and then falling asleep. Read More >>

Salmon Spill Sends Thousands of Invasive Fish Swimming Up and Down the Pacific Coast

Last month, a pen in Washington State holding hundreds of thousands of fish broke, sending swarms of silver Atlantic salmon swimming to the south and north. If you're up on your US geography, you may know that Washington State is not on the Atlantic. Now, these invasive fish have been reported as far as 150 miles away in Canada. Read More >>

It Looks Like We Were Wrong About a Basic Property of Mars

When you think about what makes a planet special, maybe you think about its size, its composition, how far it is from the Sun, and maybe how large its collection of apples is. You are probably not thinking about its density. But maybe you should be. Read More >>

Hubble Telescope Observes Goth Jupiter

Over a thousand light years away, there’s a planet that isn’t conforming to your so-called rules. It’s not one of the sporty kids like Earth, or one of the poshos like Saturn. WASP-12b probably hangs out in the local cemetery dressed in its black outfit with the chequered wristbands it bought from Jupiter's equivalent of Camden Market, listening to The Cure while making pentagram stick-and-pokes and discussing the inevitability of the Universe’s heat death. Read More >>

IBM’s Latest Quantum Computer Does Record-Breaking Chemistry

As cool as they sound, quantum computers will probably not be best suited for designing websites or making pretty word processors. Instead, their quirky bits may one day be used to solve special algorithms, for artificial intelligence applications, or to model things that actually follow the wild rules of quantum physics. One day. Read More >>