Physics

Michigan Meteorologist Blows Up Watermelon With Rubber Bands, Because Science

We're not sure what makes for a slower news day: a weather expert blowing up a watermelon with rubber bands or... us, writing a story...

Gart Williams
Thursday, 11 July 2019 - 11:49AM

Scientists Spy Never-Before-Seen Halo of Cool Gas Circling the Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole Sagittarius A*

Well, that was unexpected.Nobody had any idea that there is a halo of cool gas circling the black hole at the center of our galaxy...

Scarlett James
Thursday, 06 June 2019 - 12:06PM

Scientists Publish First-Ever Direct Imaging of Two Young Exoplanets Cutting a Path Through the Protoplanetary Disc Surrounding a Newborn Star

Two young exoplanets have been directly imaged cutting a swath through the protoplanetary disc surrounding a newborn star, according...

Scarlett James
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 - 1:10PM

Stunning NASA Hubble Photograph Reveals a Blue Galaxy Spiraling Towards the Milky Way

A recent NASA Hubble photograph reveals that the Messier 90 galaxy is headed our way, according to reports. This is a rare thing...

Scarlett James
Tuesday, 04 June 2019 - 11:48AM

Infographic: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Melting Points on Earth

Ever thrown something into the fire to see if it would melt? If you were a kid trying to melt rocks, the process was likely pretty...

Olivia Biggs
Monday, 29 April 2019 - 12:36PM

MIT and NASA Engineers Reveal Aircraft Wing That Changes Shape During Flight

A team of engineers from NASA and MIT have designed, built, and tested a new type of aircraft wing constructed from thousands of...

K.S. Anthony
Thursday, 04 April 2019 - 11:11AM

Scott Kelly Dissolving an Effervescent Tablet In Water Aboard the ISS is the Best of the Internet

Were it not for Reddit – and the tendency of its visitors to repost ancient video in search of sweet, sweet karma points – many of...

Gart Williams
Friday, 15 March 2019 - 3:09PM

Astronomers Detect Giant Cosmic Bubbles Emitting Shockwaves Through Galaxy

A team of astronomers using data from NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope discovered a pair of gigantic...

Gart Williams
Monday, 04 March 2019 - 12:29PM

New Technology Uses Lasers to Transmit Audible Messages to Specific People

WASHINGTON — Researchers have demonstrated that a laser can transmit an audible message to a person without any type of receiver...

Optical Society of America
Thursday, 24 January 2019 - 4:28PM

The Sun Will Turn Into a Solid Crystal When It Dies, Astronomers Say

Before you get too excited: none of us will be alive to witness this, so you'll have to use your imagination to picture what it would...

Andrew LaSane
Thursday, 10 January 2019 - 2:02PM

Falling Into a Black Hole Might Actually Be Totally Survivable, Says Physicist

There are a million ways to die in space (as Cas Anvar from The Expanse is happy to point out), but one of the most terrifying has to...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 10 January 2019 - 1:15PM

Scientists Claim That Newborn Stars Can Heat Dark Matter And Move It Around Their Host Galaxies

On the heels of the recent claim that dark matter is really a kind of "dark fluid," a team of researchers published a new study that...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 - 12:51PM

Nearby Galaxy Will Crash Into the Milky Way, Astrophysicists Say

Astrophysicists at Durham University have some bad news for anyone who cares about the distant future of this galaxy. Based on the...

Andrew LaSane
Friday, 04 January 2019 - 10:21AM

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Has Passed Ultima Thule, the Most Distant Target in History

While you were probably recovering from the night before on New Year's Day, NASA was making history again. The US space agency...

Andrew LaSane
Wednesday, 02 January 2019 - 10:41AM

New Model Suggests Our Universe Is Riding An Expanding Bubble In An Extra Dimension

When considering models of the universe, there is one very important factor that researchers have struggled with: the presence of...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 31 December 2018 - 11:45AM

Researchers Use Sound Waves To Levitate Small Objects

In a study published earlier this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers from Spain and the UK...

Andrew LaSane
Thursday, 20 December 2018 - 2:16PM

New Theory Says Black Holes Will Spit Out Their "Singularities" in Time

When reporting on Stephen Hawking's posthumous paper theorizing what happens to matter after falling into a black hole, New York...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 - 11:45AM

New Model Shows That Time Travel Is Possible, But Naturally, There's a Catch

If given the opportunity, most of us would jump at the chance to travel through time. It's something that sci-fi nerds and writers...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 17 December 2018 - 10:56AM

The Earth's Magnetic Field May Be Headed for a Cataclysm

We've reported on Earth's magnetic field before, including studies claiming that the planet's poles may reverse at any time and...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 - 1:03PM

New Theory Claims to Uncover the Nature of Dark Matter and Energy: It's a Dark 'Fluid'

Every few months, there seems to be a shocking new discovery or breakthrough theory that promises to finally lay bare the secrets of...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 06 December 2018 - 1:12PM