Category: Science News

CERN Begins ‘High-Luminosity’ Upgrade for Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been churning out groundbreaking science ever since it went into operation in 2010. The giant particle accelerator, perched on the...

MIT Neural Network Accelerates MRI Image Processing by 1,000 Times

Doctors often need to compare two MRI images to track changes in the body over time, but the process of lining up the images to make accurate measurements is extremely...

NASA Loses Contact With Opportunity Rover as Martian Dust Storm Rages On

Things on Mars may have gone from bad to worse for the Opportunity rover. The dust storm on the planet shows no signs of abating, and NASA now says the rover has missed...

Astronomers Are Watching a Black Hole Tear a Star Apart in Another Galaxy

Astronomers detected a massive outpouring of energy from a distant galaxy 10 years ago, which would usually mean a supernova event — the death of a star. The galaxy in...

Astronomers Discover 3 Exoplanets Forming Around Young Star

Astronomers have discovered more than 3,700 confirmed exoplanets in the last few decades, but studying the origins of exoplanets is still difficult. Young solar systems...

Stanford Researchers Plan to Replace Progressive Lenses With ‘Autofocals’

When the call went out for volunteers to participate in a study on a new technology that could eventually improve on and replace progressive lenses, I was happy to sign...

Giant Martian Dust Storm Threatens Opportunity Rover

NASA’s Opportunity rover has survived on Mars much longer than originally intended, but the planet is testing the little robot right now. A massive dust storm is...

New Horizons Probe Is Awake and Ready to Explore the Kuiper Belt

NASA launched the New Horizons probe to visit Pluto, and it became the first-ever spacecraft to do that several years ago. With that phase of the mission complete, what...

Scientists Say Alpha Centauri A and B Could Be Ideal for Life

Finding planets orbiting distant stars is only the first stage in the search for alien life. Most of the exoplanets detected by astronomers currently are large gas...

We May Not Need ‘Planet 9’ to Explain Unusual Orbits in Outer Solar System

A bit more than two years ago, a pair of astronomers made waves when they suggested that the orbits of a group of trans-Neptunian Objects, or TNOs, might be evidence for...