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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 >>

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Citizen Scientists Discover New Feature of the Aurora Borealis

It wasn’t scientists who discovered the thin, purple, east-to-west travelling glow in the northern night sky. It was people with cameras and a nerdy passion for auroras. Read More >>

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Planet Nine Just Got An Unexpected New Team of Hunters

Since Pluto was infamously demoted to a dwarf planet in 2006, some astronomers have turned their attention to finding the true Planet 9, a hypothetical, Neptune-sized world that orbits the Sun at least a few hundred times further out than Earth. While there’s no shortage of ideas about what Planet 9 could look like—or what it may have experienced throughout its life—so far, no one has been able to spot this elusive world. Read More >>

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NASA’s Juno Mission Has Inspired Some Jaw-Dropping Artwork

NASA’s Juno mission may have fallen behind schedule, but that hasn’t stopped artists and amateur astronomers from having a blast with the data. The Jupiter-orbiting spacecraft’s citizen science camera just sent back its second batch of close-up images—and over the past few days, folks have been processing them to create some out-of-this-world artwork. Read More >>

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Here’s Your Chance to Help Astronomers Discover an Alien Megastructure

Has an advanced alien civilisation built a mind-boggling megastructure around the distant star KIC 8462852? It’s extremely unlikely, but astronomers promised to get to the bottom of the cosmic mystery, and they need our help. Read More >>

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Humans Can Still Do One Thing Better Than AI 

Google’s AlphaGo computer may have bested a human in four out of five matches last month, but human beings still excel when it comes to intuitive leaps in problem solving. That’s the conclusion of a new paper in Nature by Danish scientists. Blending the two approaches yields the best of both worlds in a marriage of man and machine. Read More >>

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Here’s How You Can Help Hunt For Gravitational Waves

Last month, the world celebrated as physicists confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, proving Einstein right for the umpteenth time. But if you were looking to get in on the glory that comes with catching a spacetime ripple, now’s your chance. This week, scientists began enlisting ordinary plebs like us to help make the next gravitational wave discovery. Read More >>

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How to Spot a Black Hole

You don’t need to be a professional astronomer to find black holes. Here’s how you can spot one, using just your laptop or phone. Read More >>

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New NASA Tool Helps You Imagine a Day on Pluto

Pluto is billions of miles away, and it took NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft nine years to get close. None of us will ever stand on the dwarf planet’s distant surface, but now, there’s a new NASA tool that’s bringing a little bit of Pluto back to the Blue Marble. Read More >>

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NASA’s Plan to Make Cheap Spacecraft That Will Explore Distant Worlds

Right now, the cost of studying the atmosphere of a distant planet or moon is a multi-million-pound mission. But NASA is working to make space exploration way more affordable—using cheap, lightweight CubeSats. Read More >>

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The University of Oxford Needs Your Help Playing Guess Who with the Serengeti’s Wildlife

Between the exotic illnesses, oppressive heat, and the fact that you're no longer the top predator, studying the Serengeti National Reserves' plethora of fauna is a challenge unto itself. However, through the University of Oxford's most recent citizen scientist program, you can help researchers better understand the region's complex web of interdependent animal systems. Read More >>