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A Passing Comet Will Be Visible to the Naked Eye This Weekend A Passing Comet Will Be Visible to the Naked Eye This Weekend

The year’s brightest comet will make its closest approach with Earth over the weekend—and, if you’re in the right spot, you should be able to see it without a telescope.

This Could Be the Best Quantum Computer Yet This Could Be the Best Quantum Computer Yet

A startup based in Maryland has released and tested an impressive new quantum computer that demonstrates the power of an occasionally overlooked quantum computing architecture.

It's Time to Plan for How Quantum Computing Could Go Wrong, Say Entrepreneurs and Physicists It's Time to Plan for How Quantum Computing Could Go Wrong, Say Entrepreneurs and Physicists

Quantum computers that can crack our strongest encryption methods might be decades away—but a group of entrepreneurs and researchers think we better start talking ethics now.

Physicists Create Incredible 'Quark Soup' Droplets That Expand Like Little Big Bangs Physicists Create Incredible 'Quark Soup' Droplets That Expand Like Little Big Bangs

The universe began with a bang—and things immediately got weird.

NASA Spacecraft Spots Signal of Water on Asteroid Bennu NASA Spacecraft Spots Signal of Water on Asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has already detected evidence of water on its target, the asteroid Bennu, just a week after arriving.

It's Official: Voyager 2 Has Entered Interstellar Space It's Official: Voyager 2 Has Entered Interstellar Space

A human-made object has entered the space between the stars for the second time in history, scientists report.

Can You Spot What's Special About This Photo of the Crescent Moon? Can You Spot What's Special About This Photo of the Crescent Moon?

Astronomer Steven Bellavia at Brookhaven National Labs caught a neat picture of the crescent Moon this past Monday, which he passed along for Gizmodo to share. Can you see what’s so special about it? Go ahead and examine it closely.

Chinese Spacecraft Launches on Mission to the Far Side of the Moon Chinese Spacecraft Launches on Mission to the Far Side of the Moon

China launched its Chang’e 4 lander and rover today (December 8, 2:22 a.m. local time) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, as part of a mission that hopes to land on the far side of the Moon.

These Birders Flock to Google Street View to Spot Birds Around the World These Birders Flock to Google Street View to Spot Birds Around the World

I noticed something in the distance while clicking along rural U.S. Route 59 in Minnesota, 80 miles southeast of Fargo, North Dakota. Two grainy heads appeared out of the water like a pair of Loch Ness monsters. I couldn’t make them out for certain, but given the location (Minnesota) and time of year (summer), I…

How NASA's Mission to Bennu Will Keep Earth Safe from Asteroids How NASA's Mission to Bennu Will Keep Earth Safe from Asteroids

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission won’t just take pretty pictures of the asteroid Bennu—it will also help scientists learn whether the rock will one day threaten Earth.

Why the Large Hadron Collider Is Shutting Down for Two Years Why the Large Hadron Collider Is Shutting Down for Two Years

The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest atom smasher, will be turned off for the next two years for upgrades. Hopefully, its particle-hunting abilities will be even better once it restarts in 2021.

Where Is Dark Matter? Another Experiment Fails to Find a Signal Where Is Dark Matter? Another Experiment Fails to Find a Signal

A dark matter experiment in South Korea may soon confirm or deny an outstanding piece of dark matter evidence.

World's Oldest Wild Bird Just Laid Another Dang Egg World's Oldest Wild Bird Just Laid Another Dang Egg

The world’s oldest wild bird, Wisdom the Laysan albatross, has once again returned to her breeding grounds, and she has laid another egg. She is at least 68 years old, but doesn’t look a day over 6.

We Must Prepare Now for Quantum Attacks, National Academy of Sciences Warns We Must Prepare Now for Quantum Attacks, National Academy of Sciences Warns

The road ahead is rocky for those hoping to build quantum computers, according to a new report from the National Academy of Sciences. But as these computers become possible, the government should prioritize preparing for the potential consequences, which could be dire for cybersecurity.

Baboon Survives for Six Months With a Pig's Heart Beating in Its Chest Baboon Survives for Six Months With a Pig's Heart Beating in Its Chest

A baboon survived 195 days after an experimental heart transplant, according to a new paper. But the heart didn’t come from another baboon—it came from a pig.

I Got Duped by Zozo's Polka Dot Suit-Powered 'Custom-Fit' Clothes Gimmick I Got Duped by Zozo's Polka Dot Suit-Powered 'Custom-Fit' Clothes Gimmick

The oversized jeans bunched up comically and uncomfortably around my waist as I tightened my belt last night, and I realized that I’d totally fallen for a diabolical scheme. I believed a brand and had been owned very hard.

NASA's Asteroid-Sampling Spacecraft Has Arrived at Its Target NASA's Asteroid-Sampling Spacecraft Has Arrived at Its Target

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx arrived today at its target asteroid, Bennu, an important step on its mission to collect a sample from an asteroid and return it to Earth.

Physicists Spot Four Black Hole Collisions, Including the Largest One Ever Recorded Physicists Spot Four Black Hole Collisions, Including the Largest One Ever Recorded

Physicists have spotted four new instances of black holes colliding and sending their gravitational waves toward the Earth, including the most massive collision recorded to date.

The Biggest Science Stories of 2018 The Biggest Science Stories of 2018

This year taught us more about distant planets and our own world, about the ways we’re influencing our environment and the ways we’re changing ourselves. A whole lot of stuff happened, and last January seems like it was, well, a year ago.

Why Scientists Tried to Measure All of the Starlight That Ever Shone Why Scientists Tried to Measure All of the Starlight That Ever Shone

Astronomers this week announced that they’d attempted to measure all of the starlight in the universe.

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