A Wild New Helium Compound Could Rewrite Chemistry Textbooks

Here’s a popular GCSE school chemistry fact: Helium atoms don’t interact with other atoms to create compounds. Well, that fact might need some reevaluating. Read More >>

Did Scientists Actually Turn Hydrogen Into a Metal?

The more scientists achieve the same result, the more robust that result is. On the flip side, there’s reason to be skeptical when a single group claims to make a discovery based on a single observation. Read More >>

Shipwreck Hunters Bag an Amazing Discovery at the Bottom of a Lake

A group of retirees-cum-shipwreck-hunters have discovered the remains of the Washington, an 18th-century trading vessel that sank to the bottom of Lake Ontario 1803. The 53-foot (16m) sloop is the second largest shipwreck to ever be found in the Great Lakes. Read More >>

Holy Shit! Scientists Have Confirmed the Existence of Gravitational Waves

Since Albert Einstein first predicted their existence a century ago, physicists have been on the hunt for gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime. That hunt is now over. Gravitational waves exist, and we’ve found them. Read More >>

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Watch Live as Physicists Make a Big Announcement About Gravitational Waves

Could the rumours be true? After a month of rampant speculation that physicists have finally discovered gravitational waves, today we learn the truth. Lead scientists from the the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) have assembled at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and they’re about to make a big announcement. Read More >>

Archaeologists Baffled By 2,000 Tiny Gold Spirals Discovered in Denmark

Finding gold in Boeslunde, Denmark, is no huge surprise. It’s known as an area where Bronze Age gold offering are often uncovered, as curators there are explaining this month. But a recent discovery has surprised and baffled archaeologists: 2,000 tiny gold spirals. It’s a “golden enigma”. Read More >>

Three Stars Were Exiled From Their Galaxies to Explode in a Cosmic Void

It’s easy to imagine the universe as an endless sea of stars, but that’s a biased, Earthly perspective. If we could zoom very far out, we’d see bright cosmic clusters like our Milky Way, and between them, unimaginably vast stretches of empty intergalactic space. Read More >>