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Astronomers Spot a Black Hole Sucking Up an Earth-Size Clump of Matter Astronomers Spot a Black Hole Sucking Up an Earth-Size Clump of Matter

You might think of black holes as enormous vacuum cleaners, sucking in all the matter and light that ventures too close. But confusingly, scientists normally see stuff leaving the area around a black hole, via jets of matter and light from ripped-apart dust. It’s rare to see matter get devoured.

Watch a Moth Keep Its Balance While Being Pelted With Tiny Cannonballs

Somehow during the history of Earth, life took to the skies. As these winged creatures evolved, they specialized and improved their flying abilities. Today, we have specimens like the incredible hawk moth, a hummingbird-like insect that can precisely control its hovering.

Scientists Gave MDMA to Octopuses—and What Happened Was Profound

When humans take the drug MDMA, versions of which are known as molly or ecstasy, they commonly feel very happy, extraverted, and particularly interested in physical touch. A group of scientists recently wondered whether this drug might have a similar effect on other species—specifically, octopuses, which are seemingly…

Astronomers Spot Unprecedented Glow Around Neutron Star, and Whatever It Is, It’s Important Astronomers Spot Unprecedented Glow Around Neutron Star, and Whatever It Is, It’s Important

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have glimpsed a neutron star unlike any seen before.

Where Are We in Space? Astronomers Update Their Celestial Frame of Reference Where Are We in Space? Astronomers Update Their Celestial Frame of Reference

How do you know where anything is in space? Sure, you can say, “Oh, that star, it’s the one in the middle of the Big Dipper,” but that’s not very useful in an era of incredible telescopes peeping at galaxies billions of light-years away. On January 1, 2019, scientists will adopt the newest, internationally…

Our Solar System's Largest Asteroid Is Covered in Ice Volcanoes Our Solar System's Largest Asteroid Is Covered in Ice Volcanoes

We usually associate volcanoes with extreme heat. But new results demonstrate that the Solar System’s largest asteroid, Ceres, is covered in volcanoes that have spewed ice throughout their history.

House Passes Bill to Advance Quantum Science in the U.S. House Passes Bill to Advance Quantum Science in the U.S.

The House of Representatives passed the National Quantum Initiative Act yesterday. When signed into law, the bill will outline a 10-year plan to push forward applications using the counterintuitive science of subatomic particles.

NASA's Efforts to Contact Opportunity Rover Ramp Up as Martian Dust Storm Clears NASA's Efforts to Contact Opportunity Rover Ramp Up as Martian Dust Storm Clears

As the planet-wide Martian dust storm clears, NASA scientists have increased their efforts to contact the nearly 15-year-old Opportunity rover, which has been silent since June 10.

Hubble Captures Image of a Truly Warped 'Dragon'  Hubble Captures Image of a Truly Warped 'Dragon' 

An ambitious use of the Hubble Space Telescope hopes to map some of the biggest, brightest, and furthest galaxies to understand the structure of our universe. Above is a picture from that survey, featuring a strange, warped feature called the Dragon.

Mission to Slam Spacecraft Into Asteroid Has Begun Final Design and Construction Mission to Slam Spacecraft Into Asteroid Has Begun Final Design and Construction

A mission to deflect asteroids that might threaten Earth has begun its final design and assembly phase, according to a news release. NASA is testing a technique meant to protect the planet from an impending asteroid strike, and it’s a satisfyingly simple one: They’re gonna slam the ship into the rock.

What the Hell Is Going on With the ISS Drill Hole Story? What the Hell Is Going on With the ISS Drill Hole Story?

A tiny hole in a Soyuz spacecraft attached to the International Space Station has turned into a strange game of international telephone.

The Large Hadron Collider Turns 10: Here's What's Next for Particle Physics The Large Hadron Collider Turns 10: Here's What's Next for Particle Physics

September 10 marked the 10th anniversary of when the Large Hadron Collider first powered on. Since it’s already achieved its most well-known goal—to discover the Higgs boson—you might wonder what else is happening at the famous collider.

The Color-Changing, Hexagonal Vortex on Saturn Just Surprised Scientists Again The Color-Changing, Hexagonal Vortex on Saturn Just Surprised Scientists Again

Sitting atop Saturn’s north pole is one of the Solar System’s most striking weather patterns: a rotating, color-changing hexagon slightly wider than Earth. A new study shows there’s another hexagon directly on top of the first one—and that’s weird.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell Wins $3 Million Breakthrough Prize for Discovering Pulsars Jocelyn Bell Burnell Wins $3 Million Breakthrough Prize for Discovering Pulsars

Accomplished astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell has won a $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize for her discovery of pulsars 50 years ago and continued leadership in science.

Apparent Faster-Than-Light Motion Helps Solve Mystery of Colliding Neutron Stars Apparent Faster-Than-Light Motion Helps Solve Mystery of Colliding Neutron Stars

Last year brought a monumental observation of the cosmos: the light and simultaneous gravitational waves from a pair of colliding neutron stars over 130 million light-years from Earth. But mysteries about this event remained—like why the radiation it emitted as x-rays and radio waves gradually brightened for half a…

Jupiter's 'Baffling' Magnetic Field Is Unlike Any Other Jupiter's 'Baffling' Magnetic Field Is Unlike Any Other

Jupiter is strange for a number of reasons. It’s the biggest planet in our Solar System, of course. It harbors perhaps the most intense radiation environments. And, according to a new study, it has a magnetic field unlike that of any other known planet.

This Slick $100 Sous Vide Lets Anyone Cook Like a Modernist Chef for Cheap This Slick $100 Sous Vide Lets Anyone Cook Like a Modernist Chef for Cheap

The food might taste great, but fancy restaurants generally use tricks to prepare meals perfectly with surprisingly little effort. Perhaps the most storied of these devices is the sous vide, a glorified immersion heater that keeps water at a precise temperature in order to evenly cook foods, usually meats in…

A New Hunt for a 'Dark Force' Begins This Month in Italy A New Hunt for a 'Dark Force' Begins This Month in Italy

This month, Italian physicists will turn on an experiment hunting for a fifth, dark force of nature, the Guardian reports.

Japan Testing Miniature Space Elevator Near the International Space Station Japan Testing Miniature Space Elevator Near the International Space Station

A Japanese team is testing a small prototype space elevator, according to news reports. It’s certainly not the fantastical, many-kilometer-long cable of science fiction, but it demonstrates that at least someone is serious about this tech.

New Research Sheds Light on How Opium Poppies Evolved Their Powerful Painkillers New Research Sheds Light on How Opium Poppies Evolved Their Powerful Painkillers

The opium poppy is famous for its ability to produce painkilling molecules. Now, by sequencing its genome, a team of scientists from China, the United Kingdom and Australia uncovered several events in the poppy’s history that, together, could have led to the evolution of its opium-producing behavior.

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