Pluto’s moon has a mysterious red north pole, and we can finally find out why

Pluto's moon has a mysterious red north pole, and we can finally find out why

Pluto’s life partner, Charon, has a disarmingly red “cap.” Ever since New Horizons broke the moonfrom the rust-tinged North Pole during its 2015 flyby, scientists have been looking into the planetary processes responsible for the departure of such a bold landmark. Scientists first suspected that the iron-colored smear (dubbed Mordor Macula) was methane captured on … Read more

Deciding to read this article is not the result of gravity crushing your quantum mind

Deciding to read this article is not the result of gravity crushing your quantum mind

A few years ago, deep in the Apennine mountains in Italy, a team of physicists searched for flashes of light that might suggest that human consciousness is the product of gravitational forces. Just because they arrived empty-handed doesn’t mean we’re all meat computers with no free will; however, this makes finding an appropriate model explaining … Read more

A rogue black hole roaming our galaxy may have just been confirmed

A rogue black hole roaming our galaxy may have just been confirmed

The first detection of what appears to be a rogue black hole drifting through the Milky Way, revealed earlier this year, has just received significant validation. A second team of scientists, conducting a separate and independent analysis, came to almost the same conclusion, adding weight to the idea that we have potentially identified a rogue … Read more

The cosmic dawn of our universe ended much later than we thought

The cosmic dawn of our universe ended much later than we thought

For tens of millions of years, our newborn universe was shrouded in hydrogen. Gradually, this vast haze was torn apart by the light of the very first stars in a dawn that defined the shape of the nascent cosmos. Having a timeline for this colossal shift would go a long way in helping us understand … Read more

Researchers have discovered a new kind of Higgs relative in the most unlikely places

Researchers have discovered a new kind of Higgs relative in the most unlikely places

Sometimes discovering new physics requires insane levels of energy. Big gear. Fancy equipment. Countless hours sifting through tons of data. And then, sometimes the right combination of materials can open a door to unseen realms in a space a little bigger than a table. Take this new kind of Higgs boson parent, for example. It … Read more

A new quantum technique could change the way we study the universe

A new quantum technique could change the way we study the universe

There is a revolution going on in astronomy. In fact, you could say there are several. Over the past ten years, studies of exoplanets have advanced considerably, gravitational wave astronomy has emerged as a new field, and the first images of supermassive black holes (SMBHs) have been captured. A related field, interferometry, has also made … Read more

Astronomers have discovered a super-Earth near its star’s habitable zone

Astronomers have discovered a super-Earth near its star's habitable zone

The very small movement of a small star revealed the presence of a super-Earth exoplanet, orbiting at a distance close to the habitable. Around a pale red dwarf called Ross 508, located just 36.5 light-years away (but too dim to see with the naked eye), astronomers have confirmed the existence of a world just 4 … Read more

What would happen if someone moved at twice the speed of light?

What would happen if someone moved at twice the speed of light?

To our knowledge, it is not possible for a person to move at twice the speed of light. In fact, it is not possible for any object with the type of mass that you or I need to move faster than the speed of light. However, for some strange particles, traveling at twice the speed … Read more

New type of ‘solar’ cell shows we can generate electricity even at night

New type of 'solar' cell shows we can generate electricity even at night

Conventional solar technology absorbs incoming sunlight to increase voltage. Strange as it may sound, some materials are able to work in reverse, generating power by radiating heat back into the cold night sky. A team of engineers in Australia have now demonstrated the theory in action, using the kind of technology commonly found in night … Read more

Scientists Powered Basic Computer Just Algae For Over 6 Months

Scientists Powered Basic Computer Just Algae For Over 6 Months

In a dreadful vision of a future cut off from the sun, the machine overloads into the Matrix film series turned to sleeping human bodies as sources of electricity. Had they had sunlight, seaweed would undoubtedly have been the best choice. Engineers at the University of Cambridge in the UK ran a microprocessor for more … Read more