Fermilab's TeVatron just released the best mass measurement of the W-boson, ever. Here's what doesn't add up.
It could evolve, strengthen, decay, or not be alone. Our known Universe contains matter, radiation, and dark energy. While matter (both normal and dark) and radiation become less dense as […]
One single plot of data embodies the most profound thing we know about the stars.
If you think ‘particles are matter’ and ‘antiparticles are antimatter,’ think again. In this Universe, there are certain rules that have never been observed to be broken. Some of these […]
Puerto Rico's iconic telescope facilitated important scientific discoveries while inspiring young scientists and the public imagination.
A study reports that people think those with similar personality traits look alike and vice versa.
For the cosmos, it’s all too easy being green. Stars come in a wide variety of colors, but never green. Stars form in a wide variety of sizes, colors and masses, […]
Move over, IC 1101. You may be impressively large, but you never stood a chance against the largest known galaxy: Alcyoneus.
Even if we traveled at the speed of light, we'd never catch up to these galaxies.
Every observation out into deep space is also a look back in time. Whenever you observe an object, you aren’t viewing it in its present state. When one of Jupiter’s moons […]
From wearable electronics to microscopic sensors to telemedicine, new advances like graphene and supercapacitors are bringing "impossible" electronics to life.
We can describe what we see happening, but we don’t understand why. Despite our vast cosmic knowledge, enormous unknowns remain. The quantum fluctuations inherent to space, stretched across the Universe […]
Why are the rest masses of fundamental particles related like this? When it comes to the nature of matter in the Universe, the Standard Model describes the known elementary particles perfectly […]
Archaeologists discover a cave painting of a wild pig that is now the world's oldest dated work of representational art.
The neutrino is the most ghostly, rarely-interacting particle in all the Standard Model. How well can we truly make "beams" out of them?
Have any of the stars we can see burned themselves out completely? When we look out across the Universe, we’re also peering back in time. In the early 21st-century, we’ve […]
The Standard Model may or may not be in trouble, but particle physics definitely needs saving. Here's what the new LHC can do.
Infrared, visible, and ultraviolet combine to show us Jupiter’s features as never before. The largest planet in our Solar System, Jupiter, is our own ‘failed star.’ The best evidence-based classification scheme […]
For centuries, men prevented women from writing music. These classical composers broke with social norms and made their mark on history.
If argumentation led to nothing, it would soon be thrown into the evolutionary dustbin.
One image can give over 100 times the data we now get from Hubble. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, launched in 1990, revealed the previously unseen Universe. The most distant galaxy ever […]
This world map shows how the rest of the world LOLs. In France, you MDR; in China, you 23333.
Some rare galaxies exhibit a green glow thanks to the presence of doubly ionized oxygen. This requires UV light from stellar temperatures of 50,000 K and above. Oxygen is the […]