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Study Finds Over Half of Psych Research is Not Reproducible


How much of published research can’t be reproduced? Image Credit Maggie Villiger According to a study published in the latest issue of Science, only 39 out of 100 psychology papers could be repeated with similar results.

Scientists Discover Supermassive Black Hole Duo in Quasar Nearest Earth


NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope was used to find two supermassive black holes in Markarian 231. Credit: Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland In a staggering find, scientists recently announced that the quasar closest to Earth is powered by two, not one, supermassive black holes.

The Search for Alien Life Heads to the Vacuum of Space


Kombucha topped with scoby. Source You’ve probably heard of kombucha by now. If not, it is marketed as a healthy (and by some, a hippie) drink.

Glimpsing the Past: Scientists Unravel the Mystery of How Galaxies Evolve


M74 (pictured) is a flat, disc shaped spiral galaxy. (Image Credit: NASA, ESA) Astronomers believe that galaxies undergo major changes over the course of their lives—transforming from relatively flat, disc-shaped structures, into large, oval-shaped ellipticals. However, since these changes don’t happen overnight, it has been difficult to corroborate that hypothesis… until now.

Astronomers Prove Galaxies Change Over Time


M74 (pictured) is a flat, disc shaped spiral galaxy. (Image Credit: NASA, ESA) Astronomers believe that galaxies undergo major changes over the course of their lives—transforming from relatively flat, disc-shaped structures, into large, oval-shaped ellipticals. However, since these changes don’t happen overnight, it has been difficult to corroborate that hypothesis… until now.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 8/28/15 — NGC 4535


NGC 4535 (Image Credit: ESO) NGC 4535—otherwise known as PGC 41806 or UGC 7729—is an odd galaxy located roughly 50 million light-years from Earth toward the constellation of Virgo.

Pareidolia: Why We See What Isn’t There


A happy face on Mars. Image credit: NASA A cloud resembling an angel reassures some – and terrifies others.

Pareidolia: Why We See What Isn’t There


A happy face on Mars. Image credit: NASA A cloud resembling an angel reassures some – and terrifies others.

Science Explained: How Long Can Photons Live? Will They Ever Die?


Everything dies. To many, this seems to be the one absolute truth to the universe: Plants and animals rot and decay, stars explode and grow dark, planets crumble or are burned, and even black holes may radiate away.

Science Explained: How Long Can Photons Live? Will They Ever Die?


Everything dies. To many, this seems to be the one absolute truth to the universe: Plants and animals rot and decay, stars explode and grow dark, planets crumble or are burned, and even black holes may radiate away.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 8/27/15 — The Twin Jet Nebula


The Twin Jet Nebula (Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt) Planetary nebulae, which come together following the death of medium-mass stars (roughly equivalent to the Sun in mass, sometimes a bit heavier), are often expansive, but rarely are they this exquisitely detailed.

A Photon’s Million-Year Journey From the Center of the Sun


The Sun is our parent star (Image Credit: NASA SDO) It’s a well-known fact that the light we see from stars has taken hundreds, even thousands, of years to reach us.

Myths, Misconceptions, and the Real Science of Black Holes

Black holes are some of the most extreme objects known to science.  They can be over 1 billion times the mass of our Sun, with gravitational fields that swallow whole stars (indeed, whole star systems), and they mangle spacetime itself.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 8/26/15 — Cassini Captures Eruption on Enceladus


Cassini takes an icy look and frozen Enceladus, one of the most likely candidates for life beyond Earth.

Solar Scientists Have Raised the Bar Even Higher


It seems that solar panels are all the rage. Every month, there’s a new development. But even with all of the advances, the panels sold today are still largely inefficient. In fact, the average panel on the market now is estimated to be around 10 to 15 percent efficient: whereas, the more expensive panels reach an efficiency level of just 25 percent.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 8/25/15 — Auroral Smoke


Auroral Smoke (Image Credit: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey) Deep within Antarctica, there’s a place about 10,607 feet (3,233 meters) above sea level called Dome C.

Scientists Test Theories of Dark Energy by Mimicking the Vacuum of Space


Besides the atoms that make up our bodies and all of the objects we encounter in everyday life, the universe also contains mysterious dark matter and dark energy.

Cicadas Are Crazy Good At Math.. Here’s Why

Most people would concede that most insects are the opposite of intelligent (at least by human standards).

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 8/24/15 — NGC 1783


NGC 1783 (Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt) A new image—taken using the Hubble Space Telescope’s ‘Advanced Camera For Surveys’ instrument—shows a vast and colorful field of stars collectively known as NGC 1783.

How Long Would it Take to Walk a Light-Year?


Jellyfish Nebula and its surroundings (Image Credit: Patrick Gilliland) Thanks to Albert Einstein’s Theories of Relativity, we know that our universe has a speed limit.


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