'Biggest' star in the universe discovered, 700K times heavier than Earth
Twice the mass of the Sun. Nearly 700,000 times heavier than Earth. A team of researchers has discovered the "most massive neutron star ever measured," one…
Sep 16, 2019 18:06 UTC Science Read More
Boeing reorganizing plans as it builds second NASA SLS Core Stage engine section
The engine section of the second NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage will look a lot like the first one, but prime contractor Boeing redesigned the way…
Sep 16, 2019 17:20 UTC Science Read More
First Glimpses of Interstellar Comet Suggest It's Not So Different
Early observations of Comet C/2019 Q4, which will likely be declared the first confirmed interstellar comet, suggest that its composition is pretty similar to that of…
Sep 16, 2019 16:57 UTC Science Read More
KATRIN cuts the mass estimate for the elusive neutrino in half
An international team of scientists has announced a breakthrough in its quest to measure the mass of the neutrino, one of the most abundant, yet elusive,…
Sep 16, 2019 16:42 UTC Science Read More
Atlantic Ocean may get a jump-start from the other side of the world
A key question for climate scientists in recent years has been whether the Atlantic Ocean's main circulation system is slowing down, a development that could…
Sep 16, 2019 15:00 UTC Science Read More
What it was like to fly the baddest airplane the world has ever known
The X-15 was not the first rocket-powered aircraft, but it is probably the best one ever built and flown. Before the first X-15 took flight in the late 1950s, the fastest…
Sep 16, 2019 11:29 UTC Science Read More
Why Some People Have Endless Thoughts of Death. They May Be 'Existentially Isolated'
Feeling as though nobody gets you may be linked to persistent thoughts of death. People who frequently feel alienated, isolated and misunderstood are more…
Sep 16, 2019 11:02 UTC Science Read More
2019 ozone hole could be smallest in three decades
The ozone hole over Antarctica this year could be one of the smallest seen in three decades, say scientists. Observations of the gas's depletion high in the…
Sep 16, 2019 10:49 UTC Science Read More
Why carbon dioxide has such outsized influence on Earth’s climate
Carbon dioxide, CO2, makes up less than one-twentieth of 1% of Earth's atmosphere. How does this relatively scarce gas control Earth's thermostat?
Sep 16, 2019 10:45 UTC Science Read More
New 'flying dragon of the north' with F-16 sized wingspan discovered by scientists
A newly discovered ancient reptile dubbed the “flying dragon of the north” is said to be the largest flying animal that ever existed, according to scientists.
Sep 16, 2019 08:53 UTC Science Read More
Immune Response Depends on Mathematics of Narrow Escape Problem
The way immune cells pick friends from foes can be described by a classic mathematics puzzle known as the “narrow escape problem.” That's a key finding…
Sep 16, 2019 06:33 UTC Science Read More
Not Only Didn't We Find Water On An Earth-Like Exoplanet, But We Can't With Current Technology
It's a great scientific opportunity of modern times, but we won't get there with our current observatories.
Sep 16, 2019 05:59 UTC Science Read More
'Ringing' Black Hole Validates Einstein's General Relativity 10 Years Ahead of Schedule
For the first time, astrophysicists have heard a black hole ringing like a bell. By reanalyzing the first black hole merger ever detected, the astrophysicists…
Sep 16, 2019 02:51 UTC Science Read More
Vandenberg to launch SpaceX rocket carrying an Argentine Earth-observation satellite
Vandenberg Air Force Base in California announced that SpaceX will launch a second SAOCOM Argentine Earth-observation satellite via a Falcon 9 rocket…
Sep 15, 2019 23:59 UTC Science Read More
WFIRST Will Help Uncover The Universe's Fate
Scientists have discovered that a mysterious pressure dubbed "dark energy" makes up about 68% of the total energy *content* of the cosmos, but so far we don't…
Sep 15, 2019 22:18 UTC Science Read More
Please get your digital affairs in order
I really wish I hadn't had cause to write this piece, but it recently came to my attention, in an especially unfortunate way, that death in the modern era can have a…
Sep 15, 2019 20:15 UTC Science Read More
Stunning Friday the 13th harvest moon rises over the Northern Hemisphere
The harvest moon is the name given to the full moon that appears around the autumn equinox when farmers do their main crop harvest. The equinox occurs on…
Sep 15, 2019 17:17 UTC Science Read More
Fossil discovery of pterosaur, Cryodrakon boreas, that flew above North America 75 million years ago
Researchers unearthed the partial Game of Thrones-like skeleton in Dinosaur Provincial Park in southern Alberta, Canada. They realised its muscular shape…
Sep 15, 2019 16:16 UTC Science Read More
Titan’s lakes are formed by explosions of methane from beneath its surface
Other than Earth, there's only one body in our solar system which has liquid on its surface - Titan, one of the moons of Saturn, which has lakes of methane.
Sep 15, 2019 15:45 UTC Science Read More
Astronomers discover hungry black hole that demands three square meals a day
We all know we should be getting three square meals a day. And now astronomers have found a black hole which seems to share this preference -- it consumes…
Sep 15, 2019 14:00 UTC Science Read More
After an asteroid, volcano, or nuke, mushrooms could save humanity
Human survivors of an apocalyptic catastrophe could start a new food system with mushrooms. The other food options might not be as appetizing.
Sep 15, 2019 13:36 UTC Science Read More
UAF researchers zero in on the day the dinosaurs died
Simply, it's the most exciting project I've ever been involved with in my career,” said Michael Whalen, a professor of geosciences.
Sep 15, 2019 12:59 UTC Science Read More
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