Category: Science News

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...

Scientists Fear They Will Be Priced Out After Dinosaur Sells for $2.36 Million

A Wyoming landowner discovered a remarkably intact dinosaur fossil back in 2013, and the specimen has now sold at auction for $2.36 million. It’s a great day for the...

MIT Creates Wireless Power System For Medical Implants

Technology is constantly becoming more powerful and compact. What used to require a room full of equipment can now work with devices that fit in the palm of your hand....

Pluto Has Dunes Made of Ice Instead of Sand

It has been almost two years since NASA’s New Horizons probe made its historic flyby of Pluto, but we’re still learning new things about the dwarf planet from this...

Astronomers Just Found the Largest Known Neutron Star

Neutron stars are the smallest, densest stars known to exist. But their small size, and the fact that they often don’t emit light in the visible spectrum, can make...