What Will Happen When the Earth’s Magnetic Field Switches

The Earth's magnetic field protects life on Earth, shielding it from damaging radiation and moderating our climate. So the idea that it could completely flip around, or collapse altogether, should cause us to worry, right? Well, yes and no. Read More >>

Can You Create a Perfectly Silent Space?

Imagine a place with no noise whatsoever: no sound, no light, no radio—hell, no Wi-Fi. How on Earth would you go about creating it? Read More >>

The Large Hadron Collider Has Found a New Particle Unlike Any Other Form of Matter

Not content with perhaps the biggest scientific discovery of the decade, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider continue to search for new particles—- and now they've found one that seems to be an entirely new form of matter. Read More >>

The Best Dark Matter Signals Scientists Have Ever Recorded

It may look more like a young child's art assignment than anything else, but this is in fact the best dark matter signal that scientists have ever recorded. Read More >>

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This is What it Looks Like When a Liquid Simultaneously Freezes and Boils

In thermodynamics, there's a concept known as triple point: it's a combination of temperature and pressure where a substance can exist as a solid, liquid and gas, all at the same time. This is what it looks like. Read More >>

You Can't Steer a Bike in Zero Gravity, Even if the Road's Magnetic

Gravity is the sworn enemy of any cyclist. Succumb to its force while you're on two wheels, and you'll end up bloody and bruised. But like any superhero's nemesis, gravity justifies a bike's very existence, because without it, you'd never be able to steer. Strap on a helmet, this is gonna get weird. Read More >>

This Map Shows all the Antineutrinos Spewed Out by Nuclear Plants

Antineutrinos are fascinating things, and they're spat out in uncommon quantities by the nuclear power plants around the world. This map shows just how many are churned out each year. Read More >>

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How NASA Will Assemble and Launch its New Manned Space Fleet

NASA has finalised the "the initial design and technology development phase for the Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Programme" that will build and launch their new manned spacecraft fleet. They made a fascinating technical video that shows how they will assemble and launch "different spacecraft and rockets in development for human exploration." Read More >>

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Watch the Royal Observatory Answer Some Complicated Questions About Space

The Royal Observatory of Greenwich has crafted three simple animations to explain three very complex things: what's inside a black hole? how do we know the age of the sun?—did you know the Sun weighs 4,000 trillion trillion hippopotamuses?—and how big is the Universe? Read More >>

MIT's Living E. Coli Materials Could Provide Self-Aware Surfaces

Researchers at MIT have been busy creating a new type of biofilms—sheets of living E. Coli cells combined with materials such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots—that could provide large, self-aware surfaces. Read More >>

Disordered Hyperuniformity: A Weird New State of Matter in Chicken Eyes

Despite what you learned in school, there are way more than four states of matter. One possible new one, disordered hyperuniformity, was recently found in the weirdest place – the eyes of chickens. Read More >>

Thor's Hammer is So Heavy it Would Kill Everything

There's a common misconception that Thor's hammer was forged from a dying star. It wasn't! It was forged inside of one, ya dummy. But just for fun, what would happen if Thor's hammer actually had been forged from a neutron star's demise? Read More >>

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How You Can (Kind of) Change the Past

Time travel might still be in the realms of science fiction, but that doesn't mean you can't change the past. Just don't build your hopes up too much. Read More >>

Why the Big Bang Discovery is Even More Important Than You Think

As you've probably heard, yesterday a team of scientists identified evidence of cosmic inflation right after the Big Bang, a finding which helps explain how the entire universe originated. Amazing as that sounds, it's way more important than you even imagine. Read More >>

Astronomers Discover First Direct Proof of the Big Bang Expansion

Somebody's going to win a Nobel Prize. At least that's what the physics community is saying after the announcement on Monday that a Harvard team has found the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation right after the Big Bang. It's more proof that the Big Bang really was the beginning of it all. Read More >>

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What Is Reality, Anyway?

Forgive us while we get a little philosophical on a Friday but: what the hell is reality anyway? Read More >>


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