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A Eulogy for the Luminiferous Ether A Eulogy for the Luminiferous Ether

Science is a field of progress, and in order to keep moving forward, you’ve got to break down a few walls. If you’re in New York on June 6, come join us for our Science Wake: Eulogies for Failed Theories. It’s a part of the Underground Science Festival, an alternative science festival meant to spotlight how science…

Scientists Observe ‘Black Widow’ Pulsar in Mind-Boggling Resolution Scientists Observe ‘Black Widow’ Pulsar in Mind-Boggling Resolution

Thanks to a quirk of astrophysics, astronomers were able to observe features just tens of kilometers apart near a spinning neutron star located 6,500 light-years away from Earth. This is like using a telescope in your backyard to see DNA strands on the moon.

A Recent Hurricane Shot a Bolt of Antimatter Toward Earth A Recent Hurricane Shot a Bolt of Antimatter Toward Earth

When you think of an alien world, you might think of a strange, stormy place with an inhospitable environment, frequent lightning strikes, and extreme radiation. But who needs an imagination when the storms here on Earth already beam radiation, including antimatter, down toward the ground?

Shuttered Experiment Shares New View of Ghostly Neutrino’s Shape-Shifting Behavior Shuttered Experiment Shares New View of Ghostly Neutrino’s Shape-Shifting Behavior

Can we take a minute to appreciate just how weird neutrinos are? The second most abundant known particle in the universe passes right through most regular matter like a ghost—you get hit with around a quadrillion of them from the Sun every second. Not only that, but neutrinos can even change between three different…

Could the Large Hadron Collider Collide a Sandwich? Could the Large Hadron Collider Collide a Sandwich?

You’d be surprised at how many times someone has asked whether the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could collide mundane things, like a sandwich. The answer is, not quite... but almost! It’s sort of a long story, and the explanation might surprise you.

Why Is This Asteroid Orbiting the Wrong Way Around the Sun? Why Is This Asteroid Orbiting the Wrong Way Around the Sun?

Asteroid 2015 BZ509 is orbiting the wrong way around the Sun. Why? According to a hyped new paper from astronomers Fathi Namouni and Helen Morais, this asteroid with its contrary orbit may not be native to our Solar System at all—it may have been captured from interstellar space.

How NASA Will Unlock the Secrets of Quantum Mechanics Aboard the ISS How NASA Will Unlock the Secrets of Quantum Mechanics Aboard the ISS

An Antares rocket launched from Virginia before sunrise this morning and is on its way to the International Space Station. Its 7,400 pounds of cargo include an experiment that will chill atoms to just about absolute zero—colder than the vacuum of space itself.

China to Launch Mission to Moon's Far Side on Monday China to Launch Mission to Moon's Far Side on Monday

China’s mission to explore the Moon’s far side is set to launch in part on Monday (Sunday in the US). As the Guardian reports:

Space Rock Discovery Boosts Evidence for Planet Nine Space Rock Discovery Boosts Evidence for Planet Nine

I’m sorry, but Pluto sucks and I’m glad it’s not a planet anymore. It’s smaller than our Moon, and it’s about the same size as several other distant, rocky solar system objects. Have you ever seen the way it orbits alongside its partner, Charon? Classifying it as a planet in the first place was a mistake. Can we get a…

Scientists Calculate the Pressure Inside a Proton and It's Higher Than in a Neutron Star Scientists Calculate the Pressure Inside a Proton and It's Higher Than in a Neutron Star

The pressure inside the particles that make up every atom in the universe could be greater than the pressure inside the densest stars, according to a new measurement.

Famous Neutron Star Just Glitched in a Huge Way Famous Neutron Star Just Glitched in a Huge Way

On November 8, 2017, a spinning neutron star inside one of the most studied objects in the sky “glitched” more than it had ever glitched before.

Spacecraft May Have Flown Right Through a Plume of Water on Jupiter's Moon Europa Spacecraft May Have Flown Right Through a Plume of Water on Jupiter's Moon Europa

Sometimes, scientists have the answers all along—they just don’t think to ask the question. For example, it appears that in 1997, the Galileo orbiter flew through a jet of water shooting out from Jupiter’s moon Europa without even trying.

100,000 Video Game Players Helped Scientists Prove Einstein Wrong 100,000 Video Game Players Helped Scientists Prove Einstein Wrong

On November 30, 2016, around 100,000 people all over the world logged online and played a video game. Together, they surely would have frustrated Albert Einstein.

Saturn's Rings Look Razor-Thin in This Posthumous Cassini Release Saturn's Rings Look Razor-Thin in This Posthumous Cassini Release

It’s been more than six months since the Cassini probe plummeted to its demise, but scientists are still releasing incredible images from two-decade mission to Saturn.

How the Hell Did This Asteroid Get All the Way Out Past Neptune? How the Hell Did This Asteroid Get All the Way Out Past Neptune?

A rock that formed in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter seems to have somehow traveled to the orbit of Neptune, according to a new observation.

Physicists Measure Precise Value of Proton's 'Weak Charge' for the First Time Physicists Measure Precise Value of Proton's 'Weak Charge' for the First Time

Scientists at Jefferson Lab in Virginia have precisely measured an important and innate property of the ubiquitous proton for the first time, according to a new paper.

The US Will Fund Another Super-Sensitive and Expensive Dark Matter Experiment The US Will Fund Another Super-Sensitive and Expensive Dark Matter Experiment

The US Department of Energy will fund the most sensitive search yet for theorized dark matter particles. It will sit over a mile underground, in a nickel mine near the Canadian city of Sudbury, according to a release.

Grab Your Telescope: Jupiter Will Shine Its Brightest Tonight Grab Your Telescope: Jupiter Will Shine Its Brightest Tonight

This weekend I got to experience the dark skies over a nameless lake somewhere between Grand Forks, North Dakota and Bemidji, Minnesota. It was my first time seeing the faint band of our own Milky Way. But we had our telescope pointed on something we could have seen just as easily from a Brooklyn stoop: Jupiter, the…

Scientists Find Time Crystals in Fertilizer Scientists Find Time Crystals in Fertilizer

Scientists have created time crystals out of ammonium dihydrogen phosphate, a chemical commonly found in fertilizers and fire extinguishers.

Toshiba Has a Plan to Extend Quantum Security to Record-Breaking Distances Toshiba Has a Plan to Extend Quantum Security to Record-Breaking Distances

Toshiba has devised a feasible new way to use the laws of quantum mechanics to send secure messages using present-day technology. Now it just has to build it.

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