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Dark Matter: The Mystery Substance Physics Still Can’t Identify That Makes Up The Majority Of Our Universe

Dark Matter: The Mystery Substance Physics Still Can’t Identify That Makes Up The Majority Of Our Universe

Image credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech, CC BY   Guest Author Dan Hooper, University of Chicago The past few decades have ushered in an amazing era in the science of cosmology. A diverse array of high-precision measurements has allowed us to reconstruct our universe’s history in remarkable detail. And when we compare different measurements – of the expansion rate of

Does The Size Of The Universe Prove God Doesn’t Exist?

Image Credit: NASA/ESA Guest Author Emily Thomas, Durham University   Scientists now know that the universe contains at least two trillion galaxies. It’s a mind-scrunchingly big place, very different to the conception of the universe we had when the world’s major religions were founded. So do the astronomical discoveries of the last few centuries have implications

How We Discovered Gravitational Waves From ‘Neutron Stars’ – And Why It’s Such A Huge Deal

Image credit: National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet., CC BY-SA Guest Author Martin Hendry, University of Glasgow Rumours have been swirling for weeks that scientists have detected gravitational waves – tiny ripples in space and time – from a source other than colliding black holes. Now we can finally confirm that we’ve observed such waves produced

The First Results From The Juno Mission Are In – And They Already Challenge Our Understanding Of Jupiter

Image Credit:NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles Guest Author Leigh Fletcher, University of Leicester Ten months after its nerve-wracking arrival at Jupiter, NASA’s Juno mission has started to deliver – forcing scientists to reevaluate what they thought they knew about the giant planet. The first findings from Juno, published in Science, indicate that many aspects of Jupiter have

NASA Releases Ceres Images

Organic Molecules Found On Giant Asteroid Ceres – Why That’s A Such A Huge Deal

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA Guest Author Monica Grady, The Open University Sometimes, I think scientists are just that little bit too modest. A new paper in Science has a humdinger of a title: “Localized aliphatic organic material on the surface of Ceres”. It doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue and may not even seem that important. But what

Scientists Discover An Extremely Rare Type Of Galaxy

Scientists Discover An Extremely Rare Type Of Galaxy

Image credit: Researchers at University of Minnesota Duluth and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have discovered a rare ring like galaxy that has never been seen before. Named PGC 1000714, it is located about 359 million light-years and appears to belong to a class of rarely observed, Hoag-type galaxies. Typical galaxies of this class contain an

Astronomers Find Odd Shaped Structures Lurking In The Galaxy's Interstellar Medium

New Plan To Send Messages To Aliens Underway

Image Credit: CSIRO/Alex Cherney   A group of scientists are planning to send messages into space first targeting Proxima b – the closest Earth-like exoplanet to our Solar System. The group, Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) is starting a discussion about what the messages should say, with the intention to begin sending in 2018. Scientists say it’s time to try