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Tomorrow's Star Map Release Could Revolutionize Our Understanding of Astronomy  Tomorrow's Star Map Release Could Revolutionize Our Understanding of Astronomy 

Astronomers from the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission will release the biggest map of our galaxy ever tomorrow, using data collected by the Gaia space telescope. That includes 1.7 billion stars, as well as new information that could potentially solve some cosmic mysteries.

Incredible New Gif Shows Cosmic 'Snow' on the Surface of a Comet Incredible New Gif Shows Cosmic 'Snow' on the Surface of a Comet

I think I’m going to let this one speak for itself:

Canada's Defense Department Is Funding a Quantum Radar System Canada's Defense Department Is Funding a Quantum Radar System

Cutting-edge physics has driven military innovation for over a century, from Marie Curie’s x-ray machines of World War I to the quest for the atomic bomb during World War II. But these days, government defense departments are funding even more esoteric pursuits. We learned recently that the US Department of Defense is…

Confirmed: Uranus Smells Like Farts Confirmed: Uranus Smells Like Farts

I’m sick and tired of Uranus jokes. It’s time to get serious about Uranus, because there is some really serious science surrounding Uranus’s mysteries. And wow, is Uranus mysterious.

Ultra-Cold Atoms Recreate the Expanding Universe in Tabletop Experiment Ultra-Cold Atoms Recreate the Expanding Universe in Tabletop Experiment

Eerie similarities unite vastly different scientific ideas in sometimes utterly surprising ways. One of these similarities may have allowed scientists to recreate the expanding universe—on a countertop.

Can a Loud Noise Really Bring Down a Data Center? Can a Loud Noise Really Bring Down a Data Center?

This week, a Nasdaq Nordic stock exchange data center in Finland was taken down by its fire suppression system. But these systems don’t use water to quench the flames, so how can they knock out a bunch of hard drives?

Hubble Releases Mind-Blowing New Images of the Lagoon Nebula to Honor Its 28th Anniversary Hubble Releases Mind-Blowing New Images of the Lagoon Nebula to Honor Its 28th Anniversary

NASA has released incredible new images of the Lagoon Nebula taken by the Hubble space telescope, in honor of its 28th anniversary and presumably 4/20. Dude... have you ever like... thought about how small we are... and how big the universe is...?

Here's How Scientists Bent Diamonds Here's How Scientists Bent Diamonds

A team of physicists has figured out how to bend diamonds, according to a new paper. Okay, we’re talking about nano-scale diamond needles here. But it’s an impressive feat, because while diamonds are known for their hardness, these rocks will break if they are bent even a tiny bit.

Senate Confirms Non-Scientist Jim Bridenstine as NASA Head Senate Confirms Non-Scientist Jim Bridenstine as NASA Head

The US Senate voted to confirm Jim Bridenstine as the NASA administrator in a 50-49 vote today. The position has been vacant since January 2017. President Trump first nominated Bridenstine this past September.

How Juno's Breathtaking Jupiter Images Are Made How Juno's Breathtaking Jupiter Images Are Made

Jupiter’s sandy swirls and blue-hued poles are visible even from Earth. But the Juno spacecraft’s crisp and colorful images begin as warped and dull raw files. The fantastic finished visuals are the result of enthusiastic amateur astronomers, software developers, and artists communicating over message boards. They…

Flies Love to Ejaculate, Experiment Finds Flies Love to Ejaculate, Experiment Finds

If there’s one thing I know about human males, it’s that they love ejaculating. It can sometimes seem like their entire existence is motivated by a need to shoot sperm and seminal fluid from their genitalia. But have you ever wondered from where they acquired such a desire?

Watch Live: NASA and SpaceX Make Second Attempt to Launch Planet-Hunting TESS [Update: Launch Successful] Watch Live: NASA and SpaceX Make Second Attempt to Launch Planet-Hunting TESS [Update: Launch Successful]

Update, April 18, 7:05pm: NASA launched the TESS spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 6:51pm local time, hitting its 30-second launch window.

This Glitter-Filled Algae Is a Living Opal This Glitter-Filled Algae Is a Living Opal

There’s a reason that many natural things look unbelievably cool: Evolution. Given the stresses of existing on this turbulent spinning orb, some organisms must adapt in literally dazzling ways. Like this alga, which is basically a living opal.

Do You Want to Eat This New Caffeine-Catalyzed Gel as Much as I Do? Do You Want to Eat This New Caffeine-Catalyzed Gel as Much as I Do?

Finally, scientists have delivered exactly what you’ve been asking for: an edible polymer gel made with caffeine. Finally.

Relive These Scientists' Year Inside a Simulated Mars on a Hawaiian Volcano With This New Podcast Relive These Scientists' Year Inside a Simulated Mars on a Hawaiian Volcano With This New Podcast

An igloo-looking habitat sits on a volcano’s rocky soil. Six astronauts have been living there isolated for months, doing geologic field work. It takes around twenty minutes for any message to travel between the habitat and Earth.

Weekend Asteroid Flyby Confirms We're Worrying About the Wrong Space Rocks Weekend Asteroid Flyby Confirms We're Worrying About the Wrong Space Rocks

An asteroid approximately the size of a football field flew close by Earth only a day after it was first spotted this weekend. This near miss is a perfect example of an argument I’ve been making for some time: These are the asteroids we should worry about, not the so-called potentially hazardous rocks being tracked by…

Watch NASA'S New Exoplanet-Hunting Satellite Launch Aboard a SpaceX Rocket Right Here [Update: Launch Delayed] Watch NASA'S New Exoplanet-Hunting Satellite Launch Aboard a SpaceX Rocket Right Here [Update: Launch Delayed]

If all goes according to plan, NASA’s new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, will launch today at 6:32 pm ET from Cape Canaveral.

Heated Debate Surrounds Galaxy Seeming to Lack Dark Matter Heated Debate Surrounds Galaxy Seeming to Lack Dark Matter

Strong skepticism should always accompany strong claims. One such recent claim has generated a ton of talk about a strange, fuzzy galaxy that appears to be missing its dark matter.

March for Science Returns to Over 200 Cities Tomorrow March for Science Returns to Over 200 Cities Tomorrow

Scientists and science fans alike will demonstrate in the second annual March for Science in 200-plus locations around the world tomorrow.

Scientists Make a Molecule by Manipulating Just Two Atoms Scientists Make a Molecule by Manipulating Just Two Atoms

You may make fun, but Ivanka Trump’s very dumb science photo op is actually what most people think when they hear “chemistry.” And it’s not a wrong idea. You mix some chemicals with some other chemicals, and you get molecules—multiple atoms bonded together.

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