Organic Materials On Ceres: Life's Building Blocks Discovered On Frigid Dwarf Planet
The discovery, made by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, bolsters the possibility that the frigid dwarf planet may have had conditions suitable for life as we know it in the distant past.
Human Gene Editing: Influential US Science Advisory Group Cautiously Backs Research On Germline Interventions
In a new report, scientists from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine have endorsed clinical trials on germline editing — but only in cases where no “reasonable alternatives” are present.
CERN’s LHCb Experiment Observes Extremely Rare Particle Decay, Reaffirms Resilience Of Standard Model
The LHCb experiment at CERN succeeded in making the most precise measurement to date of a very rare decay of a strange B meson, confirming that the Standard Model is holding strong, for now.
Apple vs. Right To Repair: Tech Giant Planning To Contest Proposed Nebraska Legislation, Report Says
The company plans to argue that allowing customers or independent mechanics to repair their own phones could cause the lithium-ion batteries to catch fire, according to a report by Motherboard.
Hunt For Exoplanets Gets A Boost With Release Of 20 Years Worth Of Keck Observatory Data
A massive repository of data gathered over a period of two decades by the Keck Observatory in Hawaii has now been made public.
ISRO PSLV-C37 Launch Live Stream: Indian Space Agency To Launch Record-Breaking 104 Satellites On A Single Rocket
The current record for the maximum number of satellites launched in a single mission is held by Russia, whose Dnepr rocket lifted off with a cluster of 37 satellites in June 2014.
Hubble Space Telescope Photographs NGC 7640, A Distant Barred Spiral Galaxy In The Andromeda Constellation
Located over 19 million light-years from Earth in the Andromeda constellation, the galaxy resembles the Milky Way, but its diameter is just over half that of our home galaxy.
What Drives The Universe’s Accelerated Expansion? Researchers Propose Experiment To Determine If Dark Energy Or Modified Gravity Is Responsible
Is it dark energy, or do we need to rewrite the laws of gravity? Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have proposed an experiment to find out.
Oscillons From Early Universe: Physicists Calculate Shape Of Long-Lost Signals
If the gravitational waves emitted by these intense fluctuations — which scientists believe took place less than a second after the Big Bang — are discovered, it could provide the much-needed evidence for cosmic inflation.
Life On Europa? NASA Details Plan To Send Lander To The Jovian Moon To Look For Biological Signatures
The 264-page report lists out three key science goals for a future lander mission, including, among other things, the search for life on the Jovian moon.
Beating The Heat On Venus: NASA Scientists Demonstrate Tech That Could Make Longer Surface Missions Possible
Scientists at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed a new computer chip that they say is capable of functioning even in the harsh conditions found on Venus.
Is Proxima B Habitable? Red Dwarf Stellar Eruptions May Have Made Closest Earth-Like Planet Ill-Suited For Life, Study Suggests
A new study suggests that the nearest Earth-like planet may have too little oxygen and water to host life as we know it.
Black Hole ‘Missing Link’ Found? Astronomers Discover Best Evidence Yet Of An Intermediate-Mass Black Hole
New evidence suggests that a black hole of roughly 2,200 solar masses is hiding in the center of a globular star cluster 13,000 light-years from Earth.
Astronomers Discover A White Dwarf-Red Dwarf Binary System That Behaves Like A Pulsar
The AR Scorpii system, which consists of a rapidly spinning white dwarf and cool red dwarf, has been identified as a white dwarf pulsar — the first of its kind to be discovered.
ExoMars Update: ESA Raises Trace Gas Orbiter’s Angle To Prep For Main Science Mission
The orbital angle of the spacecraft, which has been locked in orbit around Mars since October, was raised to almost 74 degrees from 7 degrees with respect to the planet's equator.
Quantum Entanglement: 600-Year-Old Starlight Confirms ‘Spooky Action At A Distance’ Is Very Real
Physicists have, in an experiment that involved using 600-year-old starlight, confirmed that entanglement, wherein even particles separated by light-years can share an existence, is very real.
‘Rotten Egg’ Nebula: Hubble Captures The Death Of A Star 5,000 Light-Years Away
About 5,000 light-years from Earth, in the direction of the constellation Puppis, lies a stellar structure that goes by an unappetizing name — the Rotten Egg Nebula.
Hunt For Alien Life: Researchers Propose Using Gigantic Light Sail-Equipped Probes To Visit Alpha Centauri, Orbit Proxima B
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Germany have put forth a proposal they say would allow tiny spacecraft to not only fly by our nearest stellar neighbor, but also stop by for a closer look.
Wandering Black Hole Found Hiding In Gas Cloud Of Nearby Supernova Remnant
The black hole, found lurking about 10,000 light-years away in the gas cloud of the supernova remnant W44, is believed to be just one of the millions peppered throughout our cosmic neighborhood.
Origin Of Life: Low Levels Of Atmospheric Oxygen Held Back Birth Of Multicellular Life For Over 2 Billion Years, Study Says
In a new study, a team of researchers has attempted to explain why the "great oxidation event," which took place 2.4 billion years ago, did not generate enough oxygen for complex life to evolve.
Ceres’ Solitary Ice Volcano Ahuna Mons May Once Have Had Company
A team of researchers has suggested that Ahuna Mons — the only extant ice volcano on the dwarf planet — may once have had company.
Dipole Repeller: A Gigantic Extragalactic Void That’s Pushing Us Through Space
Our galaxy is not only being pulled through space at 1.2 million miles an hour by dense regions in its extragalactic neighborhood, it is also being pushed by a “void” that is largely devoid of galaxies.
NASA’s Juno Preps For Fourth Jupiter Flyby, All 8 Science Instruments To Be Switched On
During its closest approach at 7:57 a.m. EST Thursday, the spacecraft will pass roughly 2,670 miles above the gas giant’s cloud tops.
Space Exploration: Astronauts’ Brains Are Changed By Spaceflight, MRI-Based Study Reveals
A team of researchers has, after examining the structural MRIs of 26 astronauts, revealed the impact spaceflight has on the shape of astronauts’ brains.
Quantum Computing Update: Researchers Unveil ‘Construction Plan’ For An Actual Large-Scale Device
The proposed device, which would use trapped ions to carry out quantum computations, could occupy an entire football pitch if and when it's constructed.
Humans’ Earliest Known Ancestor, Saccorhytus Coronarius, Was A Microscopic, Bag-Like Sea Creature
Microfossils of the creature were found in China’s Shaanxi Province, and are estimated to be about 540 million years old — dating back to the early Cambrian period.
Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry: CERN’s LHCb Experiment Detects Hints Of Charge-Parity Violation In Baryons
The detection, made by researchers associated with the LHCb experiment at CERN, could help scientists answer a longstanding question — why does the universe we live in exist?
NASA’s Twins Study: Preliminary Findings Hint At Unexpected Changes In Gene Expression And Chromosome Length
While the final results of the Twins Study — which involved the twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly — are yet to be announced, the preliminary results are already throwing up some unexpected findings.
Hubble Spies NGC 4861: A Distant Wolf-Rayet Galaxy That Defies Classification
Astronomers are having a hard time categorizing the galaxy, located nearly 30 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Canes Venatici.
Watch 4 Exoplanets Dance Around An Alien Star Not So Far Away
A three-second clip, made using images collected over a period of seven years, shows the four planets in the HR 8799 system orbiting their parent star.