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Strange Supernova Is “Missing Link” in Gamma-Ray Burst Connection


Artist rendering of Gamma-Ray Burst (via ShutterStock) Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array (VLA) have found a long-sought “missing link” between supernova explosions that generate gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and those that don’t.

Strange & Unexplained Things in Science: Star Jelly


I was reading through a BBC article the other afternoon and saw the term “star jelly” being used by concerned citizens in Scotland.

12 Amazing & Unsettling Historical Medical Images


Some of these images are amazing. Most of them are terrifying and somewhat unsettling. But all of them involve real people. These aren’t weird and wacky imaginings.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 4/27/15 — NGC 371


Image Credit: ESO/Manu Mejias Meet NGC 371, a celestial region that lurks approximately 200,000 light-years from Earth in the Small Magellanic Cloud (toward the constellation of Tucana).

Amazing Images from This Weeks Calbuco Volcanic Eruption


Several days ago, the Calbuco volcano erupted for the first time in nearly 50 years, and it did so with quite a vengeance.

Scientists Generate Broadband Terahertz Radiation from Microplasma in Air


A microplasma is created by focusing intense laser pulses in ambient air with a microscope objective in the lab of University of Rochester Institute of Optics Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics have shown that a laser-generated microplasma in air can be used as a source of broadband terahertz radiation.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 4/26/15 — A Quasar (CID-42) With a Twist


Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/F.Civano et al. Optical: NASA/STScI CID-42, which can be found approximately 3.9 billion light-years from Earth in the constellation of Sextans, is a bit of a cosmological conundrum.

First Visible Light Observations of Exoplanet Made


Artistic rendering of 51 Pegasi b (Image Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger) Despite the fact that helium is one of the most abundant elements in the universe, its existence wasn’t known until 1868, when Pierre Janssen—a french physicist and mathematician—accidently stumbled across strange spectral lines in the Sun’s light during a solar eclipse.

10 Solutions to the Fermi Paradox


Tentatively finding even the most faint sign of extraterrestrial life would be the single most important discovery in the history of mankind, it could possibly help us find answers to the most existential mysteries of science, like “how did life on Earth arise,” and, more importantly, “are we alone?

Forget 3D Printed Constructs: 4D Printing is Becoming All the Rage


Another dimension: Professor Marc in het Panhuis and PhD student Shannon Bakarich are building objects using 4-D printing, where time is the fourth dimension.

A Quarter Century of Hubble: 25 Best Images from the Hubble Space Telescope


Since it went into orbit, piggybacking on the Discovery Space shuttle in the spring of 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized nearly everything that we know about our universe.

(Watch) A Timeline of the Future & Death of The Universe: Our Solar System

Pointing telescopes towards the heavens is not an arbitrary practice. It’s not something that we do just to see pretty things.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 4/24/15 — Abell 2052


Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/BU/E.Blanton; Optical: ESO/VLT Meet Abell 2052: a distant galaxy cluster surrounded by an illustrious blue cloud of gas.

What Exploding Stars Can Teach Us About ‘Thunderclouds’


This shows a particle shower initiated by a cosmic ray reaches LOFAR through a thundercloud. (Credit: Radboud University) How is lightning initiated in thunderclouds?

New Image Reveals that, Despite Operating for a Quarter Century, Hubble is Still Going Strong


This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the cluster Westerlund 2 and its surroundings has been released to celebrate Hubble’s 25th year in orbit The Hubble Space Telescope is turning 25 tomorrow, and in celebration of this day, NASA and the ESA are focusing the telescope in on some of the most astounding features in our universe.

Calbuco Volcano Erupts Not Once, But Twice, For First Time in Nearly 50 Years


Credit: Rodrigo Barrera/Storyful Townsfolk from southern Chile were forced to evacuate when the Calbuco volcano experienced its first eruption in nearly 50 years.

What are the Zodiac Constellations?


Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer via Wikimedia Commons. The most famous constellations (other than perhaps Orion and the Big Dipper) are the Zodiac constellations.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 4/23/15 — New Look at Thor’s Helmet


Credit: J.A. Toala & M.A. Guerrero (IAA-CSIC), Y.-H. Chu (UIUC/ASIAA), R.A. Gruendl (UIUC), S. Mazlin, J.

“Vaccines are Important”: Elmo Joins the Surgeon General in the Fight to Keep Kids Healthy

If scientists, specialists, researchers, teachers, and basic scientific facts won’t convince you that vaccines are beneficial, well, maybe Elmo will.

New Detector May Lead to Breakthrough in Quantum Physics: The Neutrino’s Mass


Individual electrons measured by the detector – (Image by the researchers, via MIT) A longstanding mystery of particle physics may soon be solved, thanks to a surprisingly compact new particle detector developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


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