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Have you ever wondered why we age and grow old? In the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Brad Pitt springs into being as an elderly man and ages in reverse. To the bafflement of scientists, the fundamental laws of physics have no preference for a direction in time, and work just as well for events going forward or going backward in time. Yet, in the real world, coffee cools and cars break down. No matter how many times you look in the mirror, you’ll never see you
UV-driven reactions on Saturn’s largest moon parallel the ones that created the hole in Earth’s ozone layer.
Rosetta’s camera captured images of the comet released earlier this week
Astrophysicists describe the inner structure of a Lyman-Alpha blob
Computer simulations reveal the factors that play into rings around the centaurs
Why celestial navigation is important in the age of GPS technology
Glaciers flow in Pluto's heart
Later reionization fingers first stars as the culprit
A year ago today, a select group of scientists became the first people on the planet to learn that, after a century of theory and experiments, Albert Einstein was right all along. Researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston, Louisiana had, at last, detected a gravitational wave. The ripple in space-time — a “chirp in the data — emanated from the merger of two black holes that collided some 1.3 billion years ago. This ripple in th
When an earthquake occurs, it represents the release of years, sometimes decades or centuries, of pent-up stress. Somewhere along the fault line, a section of rock can take the strain no longer and gives way, allowing a tectonic plate to jerk into motion in a series of spasmodic shudders. The factors that determine when, where and why earthquakes happen are numerous, and we’re still a long way from figuring out how to reliably predict them. But, it turns out that one of the many small str
As Pluto's atmosphere becomes an aerosol called tholin, Charon is there to catch a good brunt of the planetary "sneeze."
New evidence shows that the once-planet Theia may have been destroyed in the early impact that formed the moon.
A star in the Stingray Nebula has cycled through heating up and cooling down in our lifetimes.
NASA's rover captured images of layered rock formations on the "Murray Buttes" region of Mount Sharp last week.
The black holes don’t eject each other as expected
The New Glenn will take the previously-suborbital company to dizzying new heights.
A collection of stars from the beginning of our galaxy could shed light on how it formed.
The craft will scoop up a bit of asteroid and bring it back to Earth.
They can't get your letters to warp speed, but they are pretty great nonetheless.
OSIRIS-REx is due for an encounter with a near-Earth object in two years.