Category: Science News

Planet-hunting TESS Spacecraft Has Already Spotted 2 Exoplanets

In the last few decades, we’ve gone from knowing of exactly zero exoplanets to several thousand. That’s largely thanks to the Kepler Space Telescope, but that...

Cardiologist Questions Accuracy of ECG Function in Apple Watch 4

Of all the features of the Apple Watch 4, probably the most-discussed is its ability to perform an electrocardiogram, or ECG. An ECG (also called an EKG) is typically...

‘Nuclear Pasta’ Inside Neutron Stars Is Strongest Material in Universe

The physics at work inside a neutron star can be mind-bogglingly complex. The neutrons that are well-understood in the rest of the universe do strange things when...

Russian Media Spreading Absurd Conspiracy Theory Regarding ISS Damage

The discovery of a small, 2mm drill hole in the Soyuz capsule attached to the International Space Station in late August sent a shock wave through both NASA and...

NASA Tests Foldable Umbrella-Like Heat Shield

The technology to reach another planet or moon is only worth so much if you can’t land on it. Every landing has its own challenges, but celestial bodies with an...

More Mysterious Bursts of Light From Deep Space Found

There are a great many mysteries still to unravel in the cosmos, and we may be one step closer to solving one of them thanks to machine learning. Scientists from the...

The Large Hadron Collider Came Online 10 Years Ago Today

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the most complex machine ever built by humanity. It took thousands of scientists from more than 100 countries to make the LHC a...

New Research Makes the Case for Pluto as a Planet

There was no doubt Pluto was a planet back when Clyde Tombaugh spotted it in 1930, but scientists rethought that after learning more about the solar system. In 2006, a...

Kepler Spacecraft Wakes Up to Begin New Observations

By all rights, NASA’s Kepler spacecraft should have stopped working long ago. The observatory launched in 2009 with the aim of finding out how common exoplanets are...

NASA’s Laser-Powered Ice Measurement Satellite Launches in September

There’s substantial evidence that Earth’s ice caps are shrinking, but we often lack the instruments to track the changes in detail. NASA launched a satellite in 2003...