Piece of a Comet Found Tucked Inside Meteorite

Scientists have found a cometary building block in an unexpected place: deep inside a meteorite, according to a new paper. Read More >>

Gravitational Wave Detectors Spot Two Potential Black Hole Collisions in a Week

Less than two weeks after the gravitational wave detectors turned back on, they’ve already seen evidence of two pairs of colliding black holes. Read More >>

Why Doesn’t the Black Hole Image Look Like the One From Interstellar?

No one knew what a black hole looked like before yesterday. Sure, we thought we knew, thanks to simulations and the now-famous black hole featured in the movie Interstellar. Read More >>

What We Learned From the First Black Hole Image

Today, scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope released a picture that will go down in scientific history: the first-ever image of a black hole. But there’s more to science than pretty pictures. Alongside the release, scientists dropped six papers documenting how they created the image and what they’ve already learned about the black hole at the centre of M87, a galaxy 55 million light-years away. Read More >>

Pyroclastic Flows May Spread Swift Death on a Cushion of Air

Scientists think they’ve figured out how pyroclastic flows, fast-moving bringers of death during volcanic events, can travel such incredible distances and speeds despite the friction between the volcanic material and the ground. Read More >>

This is the First Photo of a Black Hole

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here: scientists have presented the first-ever image of a black hole. Read More >>

New Mirror-Like Pools Discovered Deep in the Pacific Ocean

Scientists researching the microbial life on volcanic vents uncovered more incredible ocean landscapes from the seafloor off the coast of California. Just check this out: Read More >>

What Do Mars Rovers Sound Like?

Before meeting its end in a planet-circling dust storm, the Opportunity rover traversed nearly 30 miles over the perilous Martian surface. In some ways, we travelled along with Oppy thanks to the thousands of images it sent back to Earth. But what did Oppy’s journey sound like? Read More >>

Huge Lava Lamp-Like Blobs Spotted in 40-Year-Old Observations of the Sun

Scientists have found lava lamp-like blobs up to 500 times larger than the Earth in the solar wind, in data from a pair of spacecraft that launched in the 1970s. Read More >>

We May Get the First Close-Up Image of a Black Hole Next Week

The Event Horizon Telescope, a network of telescopes on mission to observe supermassive black holes at the centres of galaxies, is set to release its first results in a public press conference next week. Read More >>

MDMA Made Older Mice Start Socialising Like Teenagers

You might think of young brains as soft clay that can take on new shapes in response to various inputs. But as time passes, the clay hardens and is less workable—and like clay, older brains can be less likely to change in response to new situations. Scientists doing research in mice have realised this analogy seems to work for learning social behaviours, and that MDMA, the active ingredient of the drug ecstasy, might return older brains to a more malleable state. Read More >>

Here is an Important Scientific Study About How Animals Relax

Scientists have determined that the way an animal rests – reclining on its back, sprawling on its belly, standing up, or sitting, is determined by primarily by its size. But more importantly, the study authors have provided a large selection of images of animals luxuriating in various ways, and they are delightful. Read More >>

The Gravitational Wave Detectors Are Turning Back On and We’re Excited

The LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave detectors are set to resume their hunt for gravitational waves on April 1. This time around, they’ll be even more sensitive thanks to a set of upgrades to their lasers, mirrors and other components. This next run will be a big deal – for different reasons than the first two observation sessions. Read More >>

Scientists Find Fossilised Fish That May Have Been Blasted by Debris From Asteroid That Ended the Dinosaur Age

Palaeontologists unearthed among the most important graveyards on Earth in the US state of North Dakota: the fossilised remains of fish seemingly killed by the effects of the dinosaur-ending meteor. Read More >>

A Scottish Woman Has Lived Her Whole Life Without Feeling Pain, Thought It Was Normal

During one Scottish woman’s lifetime, she has broken bones, burned her skin, and undergone surgery without feeling any pain – and she didn’t realise she’d been experiencing anything unusual until she was well into her 60s, according to a new case study. Read More >>