The highest-energy particles of all come from space, not human-made colliders. When it comes to the most energetic particle collisions of all, you might think that the Large Hadron Collider […]
The contact binary system KIC 9832227 is worth another look. Astronomers have seen some incredible occurrences across space and time. The nova of the star GK Persei, shown here in an […]
Put two grapes close together in a microwave and you'll get an electrifying result, all because of the physics of plasmas.
Parental anxieties stem from the complex relationship between technology, child development, and the internet's trove of unseemly content.
The most unique interloper into our Solar System has a natural explanation that fits perfectly — no aliens required.
Telescopes from the ground are bigger, but have to fight the atmosphere. Here’s how to win. In astronomy, seeing farther and fainter than ever before requires three simultaneous approaches. First light, […]
From one serendipitously fortunate system, we gain a new window into the expanding Universe’s biggest conundrum. We’ve known our Universe is expanding for ~90 years, yet unsolved mysteries persist. The […]
At just 3 solar masses, it eliminates the “mass gap.” Searching for black holes is one of the most difficult astronomical games a scientist can play. Emitting no light of their […]
Hubble’s still going strong after 31+ years. James Webb will never make it that long. Every decision that’s made — in both astronomy and in life — comes with its own set of pros and […]
And which ones are probably examples where we’ve fooled ourselves? Every once in a while — multiple times per year — a new research finding fails to line up with our theoretical expectations. In […]
The definitive answer requires better, unbiased data. Despite all the advances that have occurred in human history, one extraordinary puzzle still remains right in our own backyard: we aren’t sure how […]
The most massive nearby stars could be the seeds our supermassive black holes need. The problem with the Universe, as we see it today, is that we only get a snapshot […]
Often viewed as a theoretical, calculational tool only, the Lamb Shift proved their existence. If you spend enough time listening to theoretical physicists, it starts to sound like there are […]
Is information the fifth form of matter?
How does one supernova get so bright, so energetic, and so massive? It’s a spectacular mystery to solve. On February 22, 2016, one of humanity’s automated sky-scanning telescopes — the Pan-STARRS Survey for […]
If it holds up, it would revolutionize physics and be a slam-dunk Nobel Prize. Here’s why that’s unlikely to be the case. Every so often, an experiment comes along in physics […]
In her new memoir, Duke Divinity School professor Kate Bowler opens up about battling Stage IV cancer.
The FDA has approved the first drug designed to prevent migraines, a move that could help the four million Americans who suffer from at least 15 migraine days per month.
Who should sit atop the iron throne? Let your DNA decide. Here on Earth, we hold one important truth to be self-evident above all others: that all humans are created equal. […]
Limiting smartphone exposure in teens is probably a good idea. It’s also easier said than done.
If you think we know it all, you’ll never be ready for the next big breakthrough. When you’re taught the scientific method, you think of a neat procedure you can […]
A rare counter-example to the flood of Temperance maps, this Prohibition-era chart celebrates alcohol in its many forms