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Why Science and Education Are Blowing Up Online (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.08.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

We're geeking out in the What's Trending studio with a huge science-fueled chat, featuring NASA's Flight Director and iconic Mohawk Guy Bobak Ferdowsi, Veritasium's Derek Muller and I Fucking Love Science's Elise Andrew.

NASA Announces Ambitious Missions For 2017

Posted 04.07.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 04/06/2013 09:05 AM EDT on SPACE.com NASA has picked two new low-cost missions for launch in 2017: a planet-hunting satel...

Strange 'Runt' Supernova Could Be New Type

| Posted 03.27.2013 | Science

By Sid Perkins Some of the most powerful explosions in the universe just got a bit more varied. Astronomers have already categorized two broad group...

Has Missing Galaxy Mystery Finally Been Solved?

Posted 03.21.2013 | Science

By: Elizabeth Howell Published: 03/20/2013 07:00 AM EDT on SPACE.com Some dwarf galaxies in the early universe travelled so fast that their gas wa...

Alien World May Hold Clues To How Our Solar System Formed

Posted 03.16.2013 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 03/14/2013 02:08 PM EDT on SPACE.com The glowing atmosphere of a strangely giant alien world could help solve myste...

Strange Glow On Saturn's Moon Puzzles Scientists

| Posted 03.14.2013 | Science

By Sid Perkins A fluorescent glow high in the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, signifies the presence of a gas that astronomers have yet ...

David Freeman

Powerful New Observatory Inaugurated At High-Desert Site

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Science

ATACAMA DESERT, CHILE -- Astronomers from around the world gathered here today for the long-awaited inauguration of the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submi...

Massive Black Hole Set To Gobble Up Celestial Snack

Posted 03.08.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 03/08/2013 05:22 AM EST on SPACE.com The giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way is preparing to gobble up ...

Supermassive Black Holes Spin HOW Fast?

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 02.28.2013 | Science

LOS ANGELES -- There's a new spin on supermassive black holes: They're incredibly fast, astronomers say. It's long been suspected that gigantic black...

WATCH: Bill Nye Discusses The Universe's Expiration Date

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.26.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Scientists said that last year's discovery of the Higgs boson particle may give clues as to how the universe will end and how it may have begun. HuffP...

Cosmic Rays' Mysterious Origins Revealed

| Posted 02.16.2013 | Science

By Daniel Clery For the past century, physicists have puzzled over cosmic rays, particles (mostly protons) that hurtle through space at high spe...

Black Hole Simulation Yields 'Supermassive' Surprise

Posted 02.13.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 02/13/2013 07:50 AM EST on SPACE.com Giant black holes are famous for their appetites, but these matter-munching monste...

Faint Signals Reveal Secrets Of Failed Stars

Posted 01.31.2013 | Science

By: Elizabeth Howell Published: 01/31/2013 07:02 AM EST on SPACE.com Failed stars can emit detectable radio waves at much cooler temperatures th...

Super-Hot 'Braids' May Help Solve Solar Mystery

Posted 01.24.2013 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 01/23/2013 01:20 PM EST on SPACE.com A small NASA space telescope has revealed surprising magnetic braids of super-...

LOOK: Scientists Find 'Bone' In Galaxy's Skeleton

Posted 01.09.2013 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 01/08/2013 04:04 PM EST on SPACE.com Astronomers have spotted a new component of the Milky Way galaxy's skeleton —...

Do Black Holes Ever Go Away After They Are Created?

Quora | Posted 03.09.2013 | Science
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Jahnavi Prasanna, Student, Programmer Yes, it is believed that black holes can evaporate.The...

Biggest Black Hole Blast Ever Could Solve Cosmological Mystery

Posted 01.28.2013 | Science

By: Jesse Emspak, SPACE.com Contributor Published: 11/28/2012 07:46 AM EST on SPACE.com Astronomers have seen a distant galaxy that blasts away ma...

What Dying Star Study Reveals About Alien Life

Posted 11.22.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 11/21/2012 11:58 AM EST on SPACE.com Life is unlikely to survive on exoplanets that orbit cooling stars such as whit...

Is Our Universe the Ultimate Free Lunch?

Mario Livio | Posted 01.14.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

The inflationary model suggests an elegant solution to the puzzle of why our universe is expanding. But what happened before that? How did the universe get to that state?

Scientists Detect Alien Comets' Faint 'Fingerprints'

Posted 10.04.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 10/03/2012 01:07 PM EDT on SPACE.com Comets detected around other stars appear strikingly similar to the most prim...

'Shock Wave' Theory Offers New Explanation Of Planets' Birth

Posted 10.01.2012 | Science

By: Elizabeth Howell, SPACE.com Contributor Published: 10/01/2012 07:19 AM EDT on SPACE.com Our solar system's planets may have formed at differin...

Milky Way Study Helps Explain Birth Of Black Holes

Posted 08.23.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 08/23/2012 07:16 AM EDT on SPACE.com Scientists investigated our galaxy's central molecular zone, which contains th...

Black Hole Riddle Has Astrophysicists Searching For Answer

Posted 08.03.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 08/02/2012 02:58 PM EDT on SPACE.com Black holes have long been cosmic mysteries, even as research in the past deca...

WATCH: 'MRI' Of Sun Yields Big Surprise

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.27.2012 | Science

The sun isn't going to start having health problems for another few billion years, but that didn't stop a team of scientists from giving it a stellar ...

Comedian Gives Carl Sagan Papers To Library Of Congress

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 06.28.2012 | Science

WASHINGTON -- Seth MacFarlane once included a gag on his animated TV comedy "Family Guy" about an "edited for rednecks" version of Carl Sagan's "Cosmo...