Fringe

May 5, 2017

Stephen Hawking says we have 100 years to colonize a new planet—or die. Could we do it?

Here’s what it would take to survive this particular doomsday prophecy Stephen Hawking is making apocalyptic predictions again. The respected theoretical physicist warns that humanity needs […]
April 24, 2017

Mysteries of Crown-like Structures on Venus’ Surface Unveiled in New Study

On Venus, plumes of superheated rock from near the planet’s core may rise up intermittently, destroy patches of the planet’s surface and create unique crown-shaped geologic […]
April 21, 2017

A warp in space-time just gave us four views of one exploding star

Astronomers catch a galaxy magnifying and splitting the light from a supernova Although the night sky often seems so peaceful and still, a closer look reveals […]
April 20, 2017

Astronomers Say This Distant ‘Super-Earth’ Might Just Be Habitable

A recently found exoplanet has astronomers thinking that it may be the best place to look for signs of life beyond our solar system. Move over, […]
April 18, 2017

Astronomers Capture the First ‘Image’ of the Dark Matter That Holds the Universe Together

Researchers have produced what they say is the first composite image of a dark matter filament that connects galaxies across the cosmos. For decades, scientists have […]
April 15, 2017

An Asteroid the Size of the Rock of Gibraltar Is Hurtling Toward Earth… but Don’t Worry

NASA says there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, but this will be a very close approach for an asteroid this […]
March 29, 2017

Something big exploded in a galaxy far, far away: what was it?

At 10:49pm Western Australian time on February 2 this year, cosmic gamma rays hit the NASA satellite, Swift, orbiting the Earth. Within seconds of the detection, […]
March 18, 2017

Who’s Out There?—Stuck With Carbon

As a microbiologist (by training), I’ve been delighted with the recent interest Physics Today has taken in reporting current findings in biology. This trend reflects the […]
March 13, 2017

NASA Will Create the Coldest Spot in the Known Universe Onboard the ISS

Have you ever been so cold you became a Bose-Einstein condensate? This summer, NASA scientists will create the chillest zone in the known universe inside of […]