Not nearly well enough. And we should all be concerned. In 1859, the science of solar physics truly began with the largest eruption in recorded history: the Carrington event. Prior […]
1859's Carrington event gave us a preview of how catastrophic the Sun could be for humanity. But it could get even worse than we imagined.
For the past 150+ years, the big ones have all missed us. But at some point, our good luck will run out.
Watch the plasma slide down the prominence like a roller coaster! Our Sun, despite it’s outward appearance as a perfectly hot sphere, is anything but uniform. When take a closer look […]
Presidential gravesites are spread out “democratically” — but this is more by accident than design.
Thomas Baldwin's Airopaidia (1786) includes the earliest sketches of the earth from a balloon.
The study sheds new light on the relationship between sleep and mental health.
Most potentially hazardous asteroids remain unidentified. NEO surveyor could change that, but only if it's funded, and soon.
The NSF’s new, cutting-edge solar observatory shows us the Sun as never before. Here’s why we need to know. On December 12, 2019, the world’s most powerful solar observatory — the National Science […]
A recent clinical trial in Brazil highlights the dangers of two potential COVID-19 treatments: chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.
Trump is #45 but Pence is #48 – and other strange consequences of the curious office of vice president.
America's socialists owe a lot to one man, but what did he think about socialism?
Can passenger airships make a triumphantly 'green' comeback?
With radio and X-ray data combined, we’re understanding how energy flows like never before. When we look out at the Universe on the largest cosmic scales of all, gravity is the […]
With tens of thousands of satellites requiring AI-control to avoid collisions, a single solar flare could everything. Over the next few years, the night sky and the volume of space […]
In 774/775, tree rings show a spike in carbon-14 unlike anything else. At last, scientists think they know why. Every once in a while, science gives us a mystery that comes […]
Back with another one of those block(chain)-rockin' reads.
At least 60 will be running at the federal level, and thousands for state offices.
There’s a big reason no one, not even Stephen Hawking, could fill Carl Sagan’s shoes. Everyone has a unique story to tell. For scientists, that story is one that usually only […]
How the U.S. teaches foreign languages to its diplomats.
What would happen if gene editing fell into the wrong hands?
Experts assess what would happen if the U.S. and North Korea go to war.
I'll meet you at the corner of Saruman and Aragorn
Before you even look through your telescope, you need to know where to begin. “If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control […]
Geneticists make a surprising find in the DNA of Melanesians.
Occasionally, a star will blow off its outer layers in a sphere. The vast majority don’t, and ours probably won’t, either. “The self-same atoms which, chaotically dispersed, made the nebula, now, […]
There are some who feel that cemeteries should be treated as sacred places and should be exempt from the Pokemon experience. There are others who feel that they want to catch a Pokemon right now.