(via phys.washington.edu) Researchers at the University of Southampton have proposed a new fundamental particle which could explain why no one has managed to detect ‘dark matter’, the elusive missing 85 per cent of the Universe’s mass.
Maybe it is the most juvenile part of our fascination with science, but sometimes it seems that our most interesting observations of the universe around us are also the most destructive.
Black Beauty & Mars (Credit: Natural History Museum, London) NWA 7034, a meteorite found a few years ago in the Moroccan desert, is like no other rock ever found on Earth.
Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA (Processing: Judy Schmidt) NGC 4639, pictured above, is a galaxy unlike any other.
Image from Rishi Bandopadhay on Flickr New research reveals how social network data can be used to predict users mental and physical health, adding to a growing number of researchers using social media to make startlingly accurate predictions from the most basic information.
A rendering of what P13 would look like close up. Credit: Image created by Tom Russell (ICRAR) using software created by Rob Hynes (Louisiana State University).
Artist rendering of a gravitational wave (Credit NASA) Despite earlier reports of a possible detection, a joint analysis of data from ESA’s Planck satellite and the ground-based BICEP2 and Keck Array experiments has found no conclusive evidence of primordial gravitational waves.
Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ.Potsdam/L.Oskinova et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech In a stunning glance at a region found about 200,000 light-years away from Earth (in the little-known constellation of Tucana), Hubble happens across an active star forming region within the Small Magellanic Cloud: a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.
(via Science Photo Lab) 15 billion years ago, the universe, as we know it, didn’t exist. There were no stars, no galaxies, no atoms, no time, no life, no nothing.
Rendering of how the collision might look from an Earth-like planet (Credit: NASA, ESA, Z. Levay, R. Van Der Marel (STSci), T.
Image Credit: ESA, NASA: Acknowledgement: A. Gal-Yam (Weizmann Institute of Science) In Hubble’s latest piece of work, we meet a spiral galaxy found about 100 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Pisces.
Neodymium magnets are the strongest type of magnets that are available commercially. Unsurprisingly, this means that they can be rather dangerous.
Citizen scientists working with the Milky Way Project noticed and tagged the “yellowballs.” seen here (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) Some four years ago, a citizen scientist helping the Milky Way Project study Spitzer Space Telescope images for the tell-tale bubble patterns of star formation noticed something else. “Any ideas what these bright yellow fuzzy objects are?
Image Credit: BlackBird II Observatory Meet NGC 891: a picturesque galaxy found about 30 million light-years from Earth in the Andromeda constellation.
How far have our radio signals traveled? (Credit: Abstruse Goose) Based on what we know about the vastness of space, and how prevalent habitable planets must be, it would seem as if it’s mathematically implausible to assume we are completely alone in the universe.
Unfortunately, most of us are worth more dead than alive. At least, you probably are if you are a recent college grad.
The universe is populated with a number of amazingly massive stars, many of which dwarf our own sun. One of the most well known is VY Canis Majoris, which is one of the most sizable star in the known universe (and was the largest known star for quite some time).
Warning: this egg not actually unboiled (Photo by Steve Zylius, UC Irvine) Unless you have had your head under a rock for the past week, you’ve probably seen the headlines in any major newspaper or science website: Scientists from Flinders University in Australia and University of California, Irvine lead by Professor Gregory Weiss have invented a way to unboil eggs.
Artist rendering of the Kepler-444 system (Credit: Tiago Campante/Peter Devine) An international group of researchers primarily based at the University of Birmingham have now announced the discovery of a planetary system with a whopping total of 5 Earth-sized planets. The parent star, called Kepler-444, is similar to our own Sun in size and composition, but that’s where the similarities end.
Image Credit: ESO While yes, the universe has a penchant for producing wonderful things — majestic heart-shaped filaments, incomprehensibly vast nebular flowers and fantastically-colored galaxies resembling pinwheels — it isn’t all rainbows, unicorns and cotton candy.