Ultraviolet light gives astronomers new clues on mysterious stellar eruptions

White dwarfs explode under certain conditions, but the causes of these events remain a mysterious process. However, the detection of a flash of ultrav...

The dangers SpaceX’s Crew Dragon will face during its return to Earth

The Crew Dragon spacecraft, produced by private company SpaceX, is scheduled to return from the International Space Station (ISS) and splash down in t...

SpaceX successfully launches astronauts into space for the first time

SpaceX created history today as it successfully launched astronauts in the space for the first time. The space agency became the first commercial agen...

Study: Volcanoes on Mars were to blame for massive mud flows, not lava

Mud volcanoes on Mars could be the cause of distinctive features that most researchers had thought were left over from ancient lava flows. Tens of tho...

How cosmic rays may have sparked life on Earth — and what this could mean for life on other planets

Long before animals roamed the Earth, before the first bacteria, and even before the development of DNA, tiny molecules found they could make simple c...

‘Freezing’ our bodies is the key to long-distance space travel — but can we do it?

Long-distance space travel, traveling at sub-light speeds, will require a way to make the journey with a crew of aging humans. While it’s possible to ...

How to recognize an alien when you see one

What would convince you that aliens existed? The question came up recently at a conference on astrobiology, held at Stanford University in California....

Scientists discovered a galactic ghost — but there’s nothing paranormal about it

It’s a classic Halloween tale. A group of ghost hunters visit a grand old house that is rumoured to be haunted. But after thoroughly exploring, they l...

New physics research boldly indicates ‘warp drives’ may be possible

Humans are within years of sending the first crewed mission to Mars. And then what? Maybe another 100 years from now we’ll eventually have the resourc...

Why it’s so hard to detect dangerous asteroids before they hit Earth

Earth is often in the firing line of fragments of asteroids and comets, most of which burn up tens of kilometers above our heads. But occasionally, so...

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