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It’s Official: Voyager 2 Has Entered Interstellar Space

A human-made object has entered the space between the stars for the second time in history, scientists report. Read More >>

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The Biggest Science Stories of 2018

This year taught us more about distant planets and our own world, about the ways we’re influencing our environment and the ways we’re changing ourselves. A whole lot of stuff happened, and last January seems like it was, well, a year ago. Read More >>

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What Happens When Two Black Holes Collide?

On 14 September 2015, signals from one of the Universe’s most mind-boggling, powerful events produced the tiniest signal in a pair of detectors, one in the US state of Louisiana and one in the state of Washington. They’d detected two already-wild objects, black holes, slamming into one another. Read More >>

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We Must Prepare Now for Quantum Attacks, National Academy of Sciences Warns

The road ahead is rocky for those hoping to build quantum computers, according to a new report from the National Academy of Sciences. But as these computers become possible, the government should prioritize preparing for the potential consequences, which could be dire for cybersecurity. Read More >>

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Physicists Spot Four Black Hole Collisions, Including the Largest One Ever Recorded

Physicists have spotted four new instances of black holes colliding and sending their gravitational waves toward the Earth, including the most massive collision recorded to date. Read More >>

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NASA’s Asteroid-Sampling Spacecraft Has Arrived at Its Target

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx arrived today at its target asteroid, Bennu, an important step on its mission to collect a sample from an asteroid and return it to Earth. Read More >>

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Scientists Build Atomic Clocks Accurate Enough to Measure Changes in Spacetime Itself

Physicists have created atomic clocks so precise that they can measure deformations in spacetime itself, according to new research. Read More >>

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Meet Dawn Shaughnessy, the Real-Life Alchemist Who Expanded the Periodic Table

The periodic table is chemistry’s holy text. Not only does it list all of the tools at chemists’ disposal, but its mere shape – where these elements fall into specific rows and columns – has made profound predictions about new elements and their properties that later came true. But few chemists on Earth have a closer relationship with the document than Dawn Shaughnessy, whose team is partially responsible for adding six new elements to table’s ranks. Read More >>

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Blockchain Is Especially at Risk for Quantum Attacks, Scientists Warn

Blockchain is meant to be secure – but a new paper from quantum computing scientists warns that quickly advancing quantum technology poses a vulnerability for the much-hyped blockchain. Read More >>

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So What’s Going on With That ‘Hurricane of Dark Matter?’

It’s the perfect science-fiction device: a hurricane of dark matter. Recent, real-life research has demonstrated that our Sun is currently engulfed in a so-called a stellar stream. Some publications have seized on this ominous-sounding idea, reporting that Earth is about to be walloped by a dark matter storm—but in fact, if it exists, we’re already inside the storm. The reality of the situation isn’t quite so dire, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Read More >>

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Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair and Doctoral Thesis Sell in Million Pound Auction

A selection of work and belongings of the late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking snatched hundreds of thousands of pounds per item at a recent Christie’s auction. Among the items sold were his motorised red leather wheelchair and a copy of his doctoral thesis Properties of Expanding Universes – one of five known copies – which sold for £296,750 pounds and £584,750 respectively. Read More >>

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How Plants Produce Oxygen Revealed by ‘Tour-de-Force’ Laser Measurement

An experiment using intense laser pulses has allowed scientists to watch plants produce oxygen from water as part of photosynthesis in real time, according to a groundbreaking new paper. Read More >>

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We Could Solve the Mysteries of Time and Space—If We Had a Particle Accelerator the Size of the Solar System

Gravity is incredibly weak. Just think: You can lift your foot despite the mass of the entire Earth pulling against it. Why is it so weak? That’s unclear. And it might take a very, very big science experiment to find out. Read More >>

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Hey, Did You Know Stephen Hawking Thought There Is No God?

In what would be somewhat of a revelation had the late theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking not been one of the world’s most famous atheists – and spoken or written on the topic on numerous occasions – media outlets are playing up that Hawking’s final book Brief Answers to the Big Questions contains the assertion that there is no God. Read More >>

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NASA’s Flagship X-Ray Telescope Back Online After Weekend Safe Mode

One of NASA’s flagship telescopes, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, went into safe mode last week following gyroscope problems. That telescope is now back up and running. Read More >>