Category: Science News

Virgin Galactic Completes First In-Flight Rocket Engine Test

Virgin Galactic is today much closer to its goal to take passengers on quick jaunts into space. Its prototype vehicle known as SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity successfully...

CERN Determines the Color of Antimatter

Modern physics is a little fuzzy on the very earliest moments of the universe, but our greatest thinkers hypothesize that the universe was equal parts matter and...

New AI Classifies the Chance of Life on Other Worlds

When it comes to finding life on other planets, so far the score stands at Earth 1, Universe 0. It’s certainly not been for lack of trying. Over the past few decades...

Life Might Exist in the Clouds of Venus

The planet Venus is not usually what you’d think of as “habitable,” with its clouds of sulfuric acid and atmospheric pressure 92 times higher than Earth. The...

NASA Delays James Webb Space Telescope Again to May 2020

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has seen its fair share of delays (and then some), but we had every reason to expect it would finally launch in about a year....

We Just Found the First Normal Planet to Orbit a Brown Dwarf

Scientists have announced the first planet found to be orbiting a brown dwarf. It’s a significant discovery and a fascinating window into the evolution of a type of...

How Darren Aronofsky Makes Earth Seem Unreal in ‘One Strange Rock’

The Earth is the most alien planet you’ve never seen. Watching One Strange Rock, the Nat Geo series directed by Darren Aronofsky that premieres tonight with the...

China’s First Space Station Will Reenter the Atmosphere in About a Week

China didn’t intend for the Tiangong-1 space station to last forever, but it also didn’t want the station to plummet into the atmosphere randomly. After China lost...

Scientists Detect Brightest Ever Fast Radio Burst

Humanity has made significant progress understanding the cosmos in recent decades thanks to amazing instruments like the Hubble Space Telescope. There are still some...

TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanets May Have Too Much Water for Life

The TRAPPIST-1 system seems at first to be a good place to look for extraterrestrial life. It has seven rocky planets roughly the same size as Earth, and some of them...