Black Holes Alone Can’t Explain Dark Matter

Black Holes Alone Can’t Explain Dark Matter

Among the many unanswered astronomical questions, the problem of dark matter is one of the most difficult we are facing. If our physics is correct, 27 percent of the mass and energy in the universe is made of dark matter, and although there are many hypotheses, we still don’t what it is. But according to…

Watch The Perseid Meteor Shower Online

Watch The Perseid Meteor Shower Online

This year, the Perseid meteor shower promises to be even more spectacular than usual, with experts suggesting that up to 150 meteors every hour could be visible at peak time in the next few days. If the weather is not good in your location or you’d like to learn more about the phenomenon, the Slooh community observatory…

Hammerhead Sharks Swim On Their Side Nearly All The Time

Hammerhead Sharks Swim On Their Side Nearly All The Time

Though often thought of as nature’s perfect swimming machines, not all sharks are optimally designed to glide straight through the water. According to a new study appearing in the journal Nature Communications, hammerhead sharks are actually better at swimming on their sides than upright, and therefore keep their bodies contorted in this unnatural position around…

Mother Dolphins Sing To Their Babies In The Womb

Mother Dolphins Sing To Their Babies In The Womb

The intelligence of dolphins never fails to amaze us less-flippered friends – and we’re not just talking about the dolphin that stole a woman’s iPad this week. New research has shown that dolphins “sing” to their unborn calves in their womb. Dolphins use “signature whistles” to identify and communicate with one another, much like we use…

This Is What Earth Will Look Like In 100 Years – If We're Lucky

This Is What Earth Will Look Like In 100 Years – If We're Lucky

At this point, you’re probably fully aware of how hot it is. But in case you’re unaware: It’s really, really hot. In fact, 2016 is likely to be the hottest year on record, increasing 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit (1.3 degrees Celsius) above preindustrial averages. That brings us dangerously close to the 2.7-degree-Fahrenheit (1.5-degree-Celsius) limit set by…

SpaceX Pay Homage To The Falcon 9 Rocket In Beautiful Slow-Motion Video

SpaceX Pay Homage To The Falcon 9 Rocket In Beautiful Slow-Motion Video

Falcon 9 rockets have thrust SpaceX to the forefront of commercial space exploration in a matter of years. But aside from their technological prowess, their launches and landings look worthy of a Stanley Kubrick movie. SpaceX recently released a slow-motion montage reel showcasing four of their groundbreaking launches and landings, all of which were powered by their…

A Solar Storm Almost Started World War Three

A Solar Storm Almost Started World War Three

There are many important dates in history, a constant reminder of the best and worst pivotal moments humanity has to go through. But some days that didn’t make it into the history books are, sometimes, equally important. May 23, 1967, is one such day. On that day, the United States surveillance radars in polar regions…

Birds May Be Protecting Atlanta From West Nile Virus

Birds May Be Protecting Atlanta From West Nile Virus

As tropical diseases spread under the influence of climate change and increased global movement, the residents of one vulnerable city have found unusual protectors in the form of northern cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis).  West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne disease that has infected an estimated 780,000 North Americans since 1999. In severe cases, consequences include…

UK Woman's Transplanted Kidney Is Now 100 Years Old

UK Woman's Transplanted Kidney Is Now 100 Years Old

Today, doctors estimate that a transplanted kidney will continue to function for around two decades, but back in 1973 the prognosis was much lower. It was thought that around 30 to 40 percent of transplanted kidneys would last only five years. One woman from the UK is currently living an astonishing 43 years after receiving…

10 Popular "Life Hacks" That Are Completely Bogus

10 Popular "Life Hacks" That Are Completely Bogus

Life hacks give us cheap, elegant ways to stay organized and productive. For instance, who knew a bowl could double as a makeshift iPhone speaker? Or that binder clips could preserve the life of our toothpaste? But some life hacks are more trouble than they’re worth, and won’t actually save you time or energy. Here are the…

10 Maps That Reveal How Major Cities Could Be Underwater By 2100

10 Maps That Reveal How Major Cities Could Be Underwater By 2100

Future societies may not need driverless cars so much as driverless boats. By 2100, research suggests that oceans could be up to six feet higher than they currently are. According to a new report from the online real-estate database Zillow, these changes would have enormous (and enormously expensive) consequences for the US housing market, which…