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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...

With Help From Public, Agency's Space Probe Fetches Primordial Dust

| Richard A. Kerr | Posted 03.25.2014 | Science

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS—After a massive, years-long search, researchers have recovered seven interstellar dust particles returned to Earth by the Star...

WATCH: Just How Big IS The Universe?

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 03.24.2014 | Science

The universe is really, really big. How big? Well, if you sent a text message to the nearest galaxy, Andromeda, it would take 2.5 million years to get...

Kid Holds His Own In Q&A With Neil deGrasse Tyson

Posted 03.25.2014 | Science

Forget Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton. If a doomsday asteroid is heading our way, this is the duo we want trying to stop it. During a questio...

WATCH: Just What ARE Gravitational Waves?

natureheader | Davide Castelvecchi | Posted 03.18.2014 | Science

Astronomers have announced the detection of the imprint of primordial 'gravitational waves' that originated in the Big Bang that created our Universe ...

WATCH: Astronomers Find Cosmic 'Smoking Gun'

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 03.17.2014 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) — The universe was born almost 14 billion years ago, exploding into existence in an event called the Big Bang. Now researchers say the...

The Hunt Is On For 'Rogue' Black Holes

Space.com | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 03.17.2014 | Science

Hundreds of wandering "rogue" black holes may dwell in the Milky Way — and now researchers say they know how to detect them. Discovering these str...

Has Black Hole Paradox Finally Been Resolved?

Space.com | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 03.14.2014 | Science

Every black hole conceals a secret — the quantum remains of the star from which it formed, say a group of scientists, who also predict that these ...

Did Dark Matter Kill the Dinosaurs?

Amir Aczel | Posted 03.10.2014 | Science
Amir Aczel

New research suggests a tantalizing hypothesis: that the dark matter in the Milky Way caused the mass extinction 65 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs, as well as other mass extinctions, which seem to take place somewhat regularly, with a period of some 35 million years.

EXPLAINED: How Black Holes Get Really, Really Big

| Yudhijit Bhattacharjee | Posted 03.10.2014 | Science

Astronomers know that most supermassive black holes start out small and grow over time. But how does this growth occur? Researchers who have measured ...

WATCH: What Happens When A Star Falls Into A Black Hole

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.20.2014 | Science

When a black hole swallows a star, things get violent. Very violent. At least, that's what scientists found in a new study when they used computer...

Weird 'Cloud' Takes Astronomers By Surprise

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 02.13.2014 | Science

A dusty gas cloud around a young sun-like star is surprising astronomers with its strange chemistry, suggesting that such planet-forming disks may b...

Space Telescope Helps Solve Mystery Of Massive 'Burnouts'

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 02.09.2014 | Science

Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories, astronomers are learning why some massive galaxies hit their peak young and quit...

Defining Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Generation Exoplanet'

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 04.07.2014 | Science
Dr. Chris Martine

If you were born after 1995, Neil deGrasse Tyson isn't satisfied with calling you a millennial. In his mind you're part of something new: Generation Exoplanet.

Lab Aims To Use Precious Metal To Make 'Primordial Soup'

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 02.05.2014 | Science

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 4:00 p.m. E.T. A new experiment that smashes gold nuclei at near light speed could mimic the particle so...

Physicists Weigh In On Stephen Hawking's New Black Hole Paper

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 01.29.2014 | Science

Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has shaken up the popular science world with his newest study about the basic nature of black holes, but is his ...

In a Moment of Time, in a Moment of Space

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Jack Schimmelman

That overwhelming feeling separated my senses from the richness of existence just beyond a luminous curtain. As infant and old man, both of whom are wrinkly and limited, we share the ability to navigate wonder.

'Silent' Black Hole Has Astronomers Rethinking Their Theories

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Astronomers have found a quiescent black hole orbiting a massive, fast-rotating star, suggesting that these strange binary systems may be common thro...

Neil Gives Scientists A Not-So-Subtle Nudge

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson wants his colleagues to get the world more excited about science. Well-known for being both enter...

Newfound Stellar Trio May Put Einstein Theory To The Test

| ADRIAN CHO | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

In a cosmic coup, astronomers have found a celestial beacon known as a pulsar in orbit with not one, but two other stars. The first-of-its-kind trio c...

Dark Matter Search Turns To Ideas Once Considered Fringe

| Clara Moskowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Ever since astronomers realized that most of the matter in the universe is invisible, they have tried to sort out what that obscure stuff might be. B...

Scientists Plan To Catch Black Hole On Camera

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 12.18.2013 | Science

A team of European astrophysicists plans to capture the world's first image of a black hole, and a newly awarded grant may help that dream come true....