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New South African Telescope Releases Epic Image of the Galactic Centre

You’re looking at the centre of our galactic home, the Milky Way, as imaged by 64 radio telescopes in the South African wilderness. Read More >>

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Watching Leaves Defy Gravity on a Trampoline is the Best Way to Welcome Autumn

The arrival of pumpkin spice jokes is often seen as the first sign of fall, but a trampoline full of gravity-defying dead leaves is a far more satisfying way to welcome the arrival of cooler temps and gourd-flavoured coffee. Read More >>

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A New Method Could Reveal the Stealthiest Black Holes in the Galaxy

Black holes are the strong, silent type — an age-old enigma. Hubble estimates that there are roughly 100 million black holes in our galaxy alone, but because their gravitational pull is so intense, light can’t escape. So even with the most advanced equipment,“stray” black holes wandering in space are nearly impossible to find. Read More >>

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What Exactly Does Going to Space Do to Your Body?

Going to space is definitely one of the coolest things a human could ever do but damn if it doesn’t do a doozy to your body. If you were able to spend time in space, your bones would become brittle, your leg and back muscles would wither away, the back of your eyeballs might flatten, and your heart could lose mass and become more spherical. None of that is good. Read More >>

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Prolonged Exposure to Outer Space is a Serious Pain in the Back

New research shows that astronauts who return from extended missions in space experience a significant weakening of their spinal muscles. Disturbingly, their back muscles didn’t return to normal even after several weeks back on Earth. Read More >>

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Watch Gravity Satisfyingly Foil This World Record Domino Tower Attempt

Sometimes failure isn’t always a bad thing. This 19-foot tall domino tower was only ten layers away from officially becoming the second tallest in the world—but then gravity claimed yet another victim. As heartbreaking it is to see all this hard work go to waste, it’s also pretty cool to watch 241 layers of dominoes, some 3,242 in total, come spectacularly crashing to the ground. Read More >>

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Nottingham Students Make a Black Hole (Out of Paint)

A team of quantum gravity specialists have succeeded in making a black hole in the lab, only it's more like a whirlpool to the layman seeing as it resembles what happens when you pull the plug out of a particularly deep and necessary bath. Read More >>

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This ‘Hourglass’ Liquid Battery Runs on Gravity

Scientists at MIT have designed an ingenious new concept for a battery that operates on the same fundamental principal as an hourglass—it relies on gravity to generate energy. They described the device in a recent paper for Energy and Environmental Science. Read More >>

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Can We Create Artificial Gravity?

Yes, we can. We can totally create the artificial gravity seen in movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey or Elysium, it’ll just cost a lot of money and require a lot of resources. Read More >>

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These Guys Doing Crazy Tricks on a Pole Must Have Magnetic Superpowers

Forgive me, but I think it’s plausible that these two guys are actually the first mutants in the world. The way they move so easily around this Chinese pole makes it seem like they have magnetic superpowers, or access to an invisible wall. Read More >>

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Nauseating Video Shows How Difficult it is to Get Dizzy in Space

Astronauts typically need a couple of days to get used to microgravity. But as Tim Peake demonstrates in this new video, astronauts eventually develop an extreme tolerance to all that spinning and floating. Read More >>

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The Most Detailed Gravity Maps of Mars Let Us Peer Inside the Planet

These colourful maps of Mars are the most accurate depiction of how gravity varies around the Red Planet. Created by measuring subtle variations in the gravitational field experienced by NASA spacecraft as they zip past the planet, the images allow us to understand what lurks inside better than ever. Read More >>

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Researchers Just Discovered Hundreds of Galaxies Hidden Behind the Milky Way

Astronomers just uncovered hundreds of hidden galaxies a mere 250 light years away — well within our own galactic neighbourhood. But how did they stay unknown for so long? The fault isn’t with them, it’s with our own Milky Way. Read More >>

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After the Supermoon, Comes the Supertide

Many locations along the UK, US and Australian coasts will experience their highest tides for tens of years around September 29 or 30. Coastal roads in Miami, for instance, have already been closed in anticipation of exceptional tides. Read More >>

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Every Satellite Got Into Space Thanks to Newton’s Law of Gravitation

What goes up must come down — though not always in the way you’d expect. This is Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation, and you can thank it for GPS, Google Earth and even the pictures beamed back from the other side of the Solar System. Here’s why. Read More >>