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What Is Life?

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.08.2017 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

Zombies and the walking dead make for good copy, but do little to advance our understanding of life and death. Unfortunately, neither did the National Geographic with a cover article entitled, "The Science of Death: Coming Back from the Beyond."

This Is What It Looks Like When A Star Explodes

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 03.22.2016 | Science

Get those sunglasses ready. For the first time ever, scientists at NASA have seen the glorious flash of an exploding star's shockwave. Using t...

Scientists Cut Uncertainty of the Size of the Universe in Half

Don Lincoln | Posted 06.10.2015 | Science
Don Lincoln

The study used supernovae within about 400 million light years of Earth, which is a relatively small fraction of the size of the visible universe, but it is hoped that future studies will significantly improve our measurements of even more distant supernovae.

Astronomers Solve Long-Standing Cosmic Mystery

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.22.2015 | Science

Scientists have long known that "we are made of star stuff" -- or, in other words, cosmic dust. But where all that dust came from, and how it survived...

A Gold Digger's Guide to the Universe

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 04.20.2015 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

We all love gold, but the best and fastest way to get more of it is by doing what we have been doing for thousands of years. Learn geology, get lucky, and hope for a gold vein!

The Betelgeuse Supernova

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 04.04.2015 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Astronomers have been waiting for this for a long time, and at some time in the not so distant future the brilliant red star in the constellation Orion will explode. What will it look like?

Are 'Zombie Stars' The Key To Cosmic Mystery? | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 08.07.2014 | Science

The most powerful stellar blasts in the universe may not always destroy stars in explosive supernovas as scientists had thought, but instead leave beh...

Strange Supernova Has Astronomers Scratching Their Heads | Jesse Emspak | Posted 08.04.2014 | Science

Light from a radioactive metal forged inside a supernova blast could prompt a rethink of how some star explosions occur. The supernova SN 2014J is lo...

Cosmic Dust Mystery May Have Just Been Solved

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 07.09.2014 | Science

Astronomers watching a supernova may have found out where the dust that makes up much of the Universe came from.Cosmic dust is crucial to the birth of...

"Smoking Gun' Discovery Shows How Biggest, Brightest Stars Die | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 05.22.2014 | Science

The most massive and luminous stars were long suspected to explode when they die, and astronomers now have the most direct evidence yet that these cos...

Ryan Kristobak

Ray LaMontagne's 'Supernova': 'The Most Pure Me Record I've Ever Done' | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment

After Ray LaMontagne released the first singles off of his fifth record, "Supernova," a number of comments appeared on Facebook and YouTube from liste...

We Were Wrong About 'Supernova' Cave Art, Astronomer Says

| Clara Moskowitz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Thousands of years ago a star exploded in a supernova, leaving behind the glorious riot of colored gas we see now as the Crab Nebula. The light from t...

Has Ailing Probe Finally Solved Mystery Of Exploding Stars?

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

They are cosmic detonations that briefly outshine the light of entire galaxies. And they were a crucial tool in the discovery of dark energy, the forc...

LOOK: Giant Telescope Snaps Killer Views Of Cosmic Dust Factory | Miriam Kramer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON — New views from a giant radio telescope in Chile are revealing massive amounts of dust created by an exploding star for the first time. ...

Star of Bethlehem: Heavenly and Scientific Mystery

Dean Regas | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science
Dean Regas

At this time of year, people often ask for my astronomical/religious opinion: "What was the Star of Bethlehem?" What was this heavenly sign that a savior, that a Messiah, that Jesus was born? Can modern science prove what this object really was?

The Nearest Supernova in Modern Times

Mario Livio | Posted 11.17.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

Supernova explosions occur when the dense core of a massive star collapses to form a neutron star (a very compact object, only about 12 miles in diameter), producing copious amounts of neutrinos in the process.

The Perseids: Our Connection to the Stars

Jim Moore | Posted 10.12.2013 | Science
Jim Moore

It is time for the Perseid meteor shower, August's illuminating pre-dawn treat for sky gazers. The fiery streaks of dust and sand-sized bits of grit are the sparkling wake residue of comet Swift-Tuttle, last seen in northern hemisphere skies in 1992.

Have Astronomers Found New Form Of Matter? | Clara Moskowitz | Posted 06.27.2013 | Science

A rare state of matter dubbed "nuclear pasta" appears to exist only inside ultra-dense objects called neutron stars, astronomers say. There, the nucl...

WATCH: 'Eye-Wateringly Bright' Star Explosion Breaks Record

Posted 05.07.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 05/06/2013 05:49 PM EDT on Two NASA space telescopes have captured what appears to be the most powerful sta...

LOOK: Dead Star Leaves Ghostly Remains

Posted 05.02.2013 | Science

The "thin, blood-red shells" of gas in this amazing deep-space image are SNR 0519, the remains of a sun-like star that exploded in a supernova about 6...

Two Meteorites With VERY Exotic Origins Identified

Posted 04.28.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 04/28/2013 10:26 AM EDT on Two surprising grains of sand in a pair of meteorites that landed on Earth sug...

Spectacular Supernova Sparks Major Debate

Posted 04.21.2013 | Science

By John Matson All supernovae are bright. When a star ends its life in a cataclysmic explosion, it emits a burst of energy and light that can outshi...

Mystery Of Massive 1604 Star Explosion Finally Solved

Posted 04.18.2013 | Science

By: Megan Gannon Published: 04/18/2013 06:21 AM EDT on Scientists have conducted a postmortem exam on the last gigantic star explosion e...

Fossils May Show Traces Of Ancient Supernova

natureheader | Posted 04.16.2013 | Science

By Alexandra Witze Sediment in a deep-sea core may hold radioactive iron spewed by a distant supernova 2.2 million years ago and preserved in the fos...


Mario Livio | Posted 06.11.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

One of the most remarkable things that modern science has taught us is that spanning a vast range of phenomena, evolution appears to be the norm.