High-Energy "Trap" Found In The Center Of The Milky Way

High-Energy "Trap" Found In The Center Of The Milky Way

Scientists have discovered that the center of our galaxy may trap some of the highest-energy cosmic rays, producing bursts of gamma-rays that head our way. The study was carried out by an international team of astronomers, using data from the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) in Namibia and NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope in, well,…

High-Ranking Republican Asks NASA: "Was There A Civilization On Mars?"

High-Ranking Republican Asks NASA: "Was There A Civilization On Mars?"

America’s House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is, to put it politely, a joke. The Republican-dominated chamber is lacking in actual scientists, full of climate change deniers, and it regularly shares Breitbart articles on its Trump apologist-themed Twitter feed of falsehoods. Despite being able to direct the country’s science policy, it is about as…

SETI Has A New Plan To Hunt For Alien Life

SETI Has A New Plan To Hunt For Alien Life

The SETI Institute wants to begin a new hunt for alien life, one that will look for laser emissions from alien civilizations, and they need your help. Called Laser SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), the idea is to build a new prototype telescope that can hunt for flashes of laser light from another race. An…

Earth May Have Been Created By Giant Balls Of Mud

Earth May Have Been Created By Giant Balls Of Mud

How planets like Earth formed remains a bit of a mystery. Most of our ideas revolve around clumps of rock slowly joining together, whether that’s one growing rock picking up others or multiple large chunks joining together. A new study, however, proposes a different theory. Published in the journal Science Advances, it suggests that giant…

Japan's New Space Robot Is Unbearably Cute

Japan's New Space Robot Is Unbearably Cute

Say “konnichiwa” to the International Space Station’s (ISS) newest resident, a floating robot ball designed to document space experiments and simultaneously steal your heart. Japan’s space agency, JAXA, has been showing off its newest drone, the not-so-catchily named Internal Ball Camera or Int-Ball, whose mission is to float around the ISS recording images and videos. The…

Russian Scientists Just Launched An "Artificial Star" That Could Threaten Astronomy

Russian Scientists Just Launched An "Artificial Star" That Could Threaten Astronomy

A Russian Soyuz rocket has successfully launched a controversial satellite into orbit, which will become one of our brightest stars in a few days – and may hamper astronomical observations. The satellite is called Mayak, developed by Moscow State Mechanical Engineering University (MAMI) and funded with $30,000 through Russian crowdfunding website Boomstarter. We first learned…

Russian Scientists Just Launched A Controversial "Artificial Star" That Might Anger Astronomers

Russian Scientists Just Launched A Controversial "Artificial Star" That Might Anger Astronomers

A Russian Soyuz rocket has successfully launched a controversial satellite into orbit, which will become one of our brightest stars in a few days – and may hamper astronomical observations. The satellite is called Mayak, developed by Moscow State Mechanical Engineering University (MAMI) and funded with $30,000 through Russian crowdfunding website Boomstarter. We first learned…

NASA Is Going To Stop Talking To Mars For A Week

NASA Is Going To Stop Talking To Mars For A Week

If you’re on the Red Planet right now, a word of warning. You’re about to hear nothing for us for more than a week. Apologies. That’s going to occur because Mars is moving almost behind the Sun relative to Earth, as both planets continue their dance around the Solar System. From July 22 to August…