Astronomy 18 hours ago

The solar system follows the galactic standard—but it is a rare breed

Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, have investigated more than 1000 planetary systems orbiting stars in our own galaxy, the Milky Way, and have discovered a series of connections between planetary ...

Astronomy Nov 27, 2020

The case of the missing dark matter: new suspect found in galactic mystery

A faraway galaxy with almost no dark matter has threatened to break our theory of galaxy formation. New evidence suggests the galaxy isn't an anomaly—but a victim of theft.

Earth Sciences 30 minutes ago

What will the climate be like when Earth's next supercontinent forms?

Long ago, all the continents were crammed together into one large land mass called Pangea. Pangea broke apart about 200 million years ago, its pieces drifting away on the tectonic plates—but not permanently. The continents ...

Earth Sciences 21 hours ago

Worst-case emissions projections are already off-track

Under the worst-case scenarios laid out in the United Nations' climate change projections, global temperatures would increase more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) by 2100, leading to at least 1.5 feet (0.5 ...

Earth Sciences 2 hours ago

Examining climate effects of regional nuclear exchange

A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers has found that the global climatic consequences of a regional nuclear weapons exchange could range from a minimal impact to more significant cooling lasting ...

General Physics Nov 30, 2020

In search for dark matter, new fountain design could become wellspring of answers

You can't see it. You can't feel it. But the substance scientists refer to as dark matter could account for five times as much "stuff" in the universe as the regular matter that forms everything from trees, trains and the ...

Quantum Physics 18 hours ago

Hitting the quantum 'sweet spot': Researchers find best position for atom qubits in silicon

Researchers from the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) working with Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC) have located the 'sweet spot' for positioning qubits in silicon to scale ...

Archaeology & Fossils 7 hours ago

Researchers offer new theory on 'Venus' figurines

One of world's earliest examples of art, the enigmatic 'Venus' figurines carved some 30,000 years ago, have intrigued and puzzled scientists for nearly two centuries. Now a researcher from the University of Colorado Anschutz ...

Space Exploration 19 hours ago

New tech can get oxygen, fuel from Mars's salty water

When it comes to water and Mars, there's good news and not-so-good news. The good news: there's water on Mars! The not-so-good news?

Environment Nov 23, 2020

Greenhouse gas levels at new high, despite Covid-19 measures

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the main driver of climate change, hit record highs last year and have continued climbing in 2020 despite measures to halt the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said Monday.

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