Scientists Solve Spaghetti Mystery that Irked Richard Feynman

Scientists have spent a lot more time breaking dry spaghetti noodles than you might think. For, if you can control cracked noodles, perhaps you can control the world. Read More >>

Surprising Accelerator Finding Could Change the Way We Think About Neutron Stars

Neutron stars are having a renaissance, as far as space objects go. These ultra-dense collapsed stars are the source of last year’s most important astrophysical discovery, and they could supply the universe with much of its gold and other heavier elements. But, confusingly, many of their most important properties may not come from the neutrons they are named for. Instead, protons might hold the key to many neutron star phenomena. Read More >>

This Exoplanet Is So Hot, It Apparently Tears Apart Water Molecules

There’s an exoplanet whose surface is so hot, it rips apart water molecules. It’s almost a star, but not quite; it’s an ultra-hot, Jupiter-like world located around 880 light-years from Earth. Read More >>

This ‘Born-Again’ Nebula Appears to Be Inside Out

When some stars get old, they eject gas and dust, forming a cloud of electrically charged material in space called a planetary nebula. These nebulae all tend to have the same layered structure, but a team of scientists recently spotted a kind of planetary nebula that looks to be inside out. Read More >>

Rosetta Image Makes You Feel Like You’re on the Surface of a Comet

The Rosetta orbiter ended its mission in September 2016, but science fans continue to unearth and reprocess some of its incredible images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Check out this one, above. Read More >>

NASA’s Sun Probe Set to Launch Next Week on Its Journey to Hell

Next week, NASA is scheduled to send human technology closer to a star than ever before. What they learn could change our understanding of, well, the whole galaxy. Read More >>

Top Scientists Explain to US Senators Why We Must Look for Aliens

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is holding a series of hearings leading up to another NASA authorisation bill, which helps set goals and authorises funding for the agency (2017-2018's bill is here). On Wednesday, scientists from U.S. universities, the Smithsonian Institution, and NASA answered senators’ questions about why Congress should fund the hunt for extraterrestrial life. Read More >>

The Large Hadron Collider Accelerated ‘Atoms’ With Electrons for the First Time

You can feasibly put anything inside the world’s largest physics experiment, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, so long as it can be vaporised. You could even stick a sandwich in there. But for the first time, scientists have accelerated an atomic nucleus with electrons still attached. Read More >>

Scientists Made a Weird System to Study the Mysteries of Photonic Crystals

When you see light, you’re looking at photons spat out by an excited atom. But what if instead of light, an excited atom released a wave of matter? Read More >>

New American Particle Collider Gets Thumbs Up From National Academies of Sciences

A proposed billion-dollar American particle collider has received enthusiastic backing from the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, according to a newly released report. Read More >>

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How Many Nukes Would it Take to Send The Earth Spiralling Off Into The Sun?

The modern age has brought one of the most nightmarish inventions in all of human history—the atomic bomb. These weapons harness the power of physics, releasing an immense amount of energy from a relatively small amount of mass to generate unfathomable fire, disease, and death. They have the power to end the world as we know it. Read More >>

Scientists Made the Fastest-Spinning Particles Ever to Test the Limits of Physics

Scientists made nanoparticles that spin around each other a billion times per second, the fastest mechanical rotation on record. They want to use these spinning particles to study the very fabric of spacetime. Read More >>

See the South Pole Message That Alerted Astronomers to the Cosmic-Ray-Spewing Blazar

On Thursday, scientists made a huge announcement: Telescopes around the world recorded a source of mysterious, ultra-high-energy cosmic rays, the highest-energy particles that hit the Earth. It all started with a text message. Read More >>

Cosmic Ray Mystery Finally Cracked Thanks to Supermassive Black Hole Beaming Energy Straight at Earth

Every so often, protons and even entire atomic nuclei strike the Earth with extremely high energies—much higher than what scientists can produce in their most powerful physics experiments. Since the discovery of “cosmic rays” a hundred years ago, no one knew for sure where the most energetic of these particles came from—until now. Read More >>