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'Missing' Light Has Astronomers Scratching Their Heads

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 08.18.2014 | Science

An extraordinary amount of ultraviolet light appears to be missing from the universe, scientists have found. One potential source of this missing l...

Bizarre Energy 'Bursts' Baffle Astronomers

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 08.06.2014 | Science

A split-second burst of energy that erupted in deep space is giving astronomers important new clues about a mysterious class of astrophysical phenome...

'Hot Jupiters' Cast Doubt On Planet Theories

natureheader | Mark Zastrow | Posted 07.25.2014 | Science

Scientists searching for worlds outside of the Solar System say that three such planets — distant gas giants that resemble Jupiter — are surprisin...

Strange Waves Yield Big Surprise About Sun

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 06.30.2014 | Science

The sun's volatile atmosphere is even bigger than expected, a NASA spacecraft revealed through observations of gigantic waves. While the sun itself...

Huge Black Hole At Galaxy's Heart Is Behaving Very Oddly

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 06.26.2014 | Science

Call it a severe case of gas--on a cosmic scale. Data from multiple space observatories show that gas is spewing at very high speed from the super...

This Dead Star May Be A Giant Diamond The Size Of Earth

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 06.25.2014 | Science

Astronomers aren't being poetic when they say this star is a diamond. Scientists have identified what is possibly the coldest white dwarf ever detec...

Higgs Physics Suggests The Universe Shouldn't Exist

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science

The universe shouldn't exist — at least according to a new theory. Modeling of conditions soon after the Big Bang suggests the universe should ha...

David Freeman

LISTEN: The Accidental Discovery That Proved The Big Bang Theory

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Science

Today the Big Bang theory is accepted as scientific fact. That wasn't the case a half-century ago, when a young radio astronomer named Robert W. Wilso...

WATCH: Adorable 8-Year-Old Hits Neil deGrasse Tyson With Tricky Black Holes Question

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 06.10.2014 | Science

Is it possible to survive falling into a black hole? Eight-year-old Dane Rogan Showalter, a science enthusiast, posed this question to "Cosmos" hos...

'Clumping' Study Pokes Holes In Black Hole Theory

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.02.2014 | Science

Why are some black holes hidden behind space dust? That's a complicated question -- but one astronomers thought they had figured out. Now they're n...

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WATCH: The Biggest Thing In Universe Shouldn't Even Exist, Scientists Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science

What's the biggest known structure in the universe? Astronomers used to think it was a "filament" of galaxies known as the Sloan Great Wall. But r...

WATCH: Neil deGrasse Tyson Weighs In On Hilarious 'Cosmos On Weed' Spoof

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 05.23.2014 | Science

You don't need weed to contemplate the cosmos--just a good guide. But what would "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" be like if the series' beloved host, Ne...

WATCH: Your Body Is The Stuff Of Collapsed Stars

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 05.21.2014 | Science

Living shoulder-to-shoulder on a small blue planet zooming through an ever-expanding universe, it's easy to feel very, very small. But what we are is ...

Fresh Doubts Raised Over Sensational 'Wave' Discovery

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 05.19.2014 | Science

The evidence for the primordial gravitational waves that caused a sensation when it was announced in March could be less strong than previously though...

WATCH: Gravity Turns Violent As Colliding Stars Rip Each Other Apart

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Science

Unless you're very, very unlucky, you're never going to bump up against a black hole. But a new animation from NASA gives a spectacular, close-up look...

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LISTEN: Physics Legend Explains The One Thing We Don't Get About Science

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 05.07.2014 | Science

In a science career that has spanned more than 60 years, Freeman Dyson has worked alongside some of the greatest minds in theoretical physics, includi...

WATCH: Student's Trippy Video Gives You Tour Of Alien Worlds

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 05.06.2014 | Science

How would you like to journey through space for a quick tour of all those alien worlds astronomers have discovered? No spaceship, you say? No worr...

Have Scientists Found Solution To Planetary Puzzle?

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 05.04.2014 | Science

New ideas about how the solar system took shape are helping astronomers tackle a planetary puzzle — why Mars is so much smaller than its rocky nei...

Have Physicists Found Dark Matter's Hiding Place?

Space.com | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 05.01.2014 | Science

Dark matter, the invisible and mysterious stuff that makes up most of the material universe, might be hiding itself in microscopic black holes, says...

'Real-Time' Analysis Shows Just How Our Universe Is Expanding

Space.com | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 04.30.2014 | Science

The universe is expanding — and it is doing so at the same rate in all directions, according to new measurements that appear to confirm the standa...

Five Science Thoughts to Blow Your Mind

Jeffrey Bennett | Posted 06.21.2014 | Science
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We may actually be of the utmost significance to the universe, because after nearly 14 billion years of cosmic evolution, it is through our brain power that the universe has finally achieved self-awareness.

Supersensitive 'Wave' Detector Set To Go Online

Space.com | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 04.14.2014 | Science

The ripples from violent cosmic collisions can be felt far across the universe, and thanks to a new, sensitive detector expected to start collecting ...

WATCH: Has Space Telescope Spotted Dark Matter?

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 04.07.2014 | Science

Astronomers have perhaps their best lead to date about the nature of dark matter, the strange and invisible stuff that dominates the material univers...

'Inflation' Discovery Puts Multiverse Debate Front And Center

| Clara Moskowitz | Posted 03.31.2014 | Science

The multiverse is one of the most divisive topics in physics, and it just became more so. The major announcement last week of evidence for primordial ...

New Data Suggest Theory About Black Holes Was All Wrong

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 03.30.2014 | Science

The gigantic black holes that lurk at the hearts of galaxies were apparently born big. The central black holes in dwarf galaxies — the "seeds" th...