A Rogue Black Hole Roaming Our Galaxy May Have Just Been Confirmed

The first detection of what appears to be a rogue black hole drifting through the Milky Way, revealed earlier this year, just got important validation. A second team of scientists, conducting a separate, independent analysis, has reached almost the same finding, adding weight to the idea that we’ve potentially identified a rogue black hole wandering … Read more

The ‘Cosmic Dawn’ of Our Universe Ended Far Later Than We Thought

For tens of millions of years, our newborn Universe was shrouded in hydrogen. Bit by bit, this vast mist was made apart by the light of the very first stars in a dawn that defined the shape of the emerging cosmos. Having a timeline for this colossal shift would go a long way in helping … Read more

Physicists Caught Sound Moving at Two Different Speeds in 3D Quantum Gas

After previously studying the phenomena of two sound waves in quantum liquids, scientists have now observed sound moving at two different speeds in a quantum gas. If you were somehow immersed in the three-dimensional gas used for this study, you would hear every sound twice: each individual sound carried by two different sound waves moving … Read more

New Study Suggests That a Young Jupiter Gobbled Up Plenty of Planetesimals

Jupiter is composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium. The amounts of each closely conform to the theoretical quantities in the primordial solar nebula. But it also contains other heavier elements, which astronomers call metals. Even though metals are a small component of Jupiter, their presence and distribution tell astronomers a lot. According to a … Read more

A Hitchhiking Rock Has Traveled With The Perseverance Rover For More Than 120 Days

Roaming Mars is a lonely existence for NASA’s Perseverance, but the exploratory rover now has a traveling companion: a hitchhiking “pet rock” that got stuck in one of its wheels. Luckily, the Martian stone won’t impact the rover’s science mission and is only a minor inconvenience – like having a pebble stuck in your shoe. … Read more

Researchers Discovered a New Kind of Higgs Relative in The Unlikeliest of Places

Sometimes the discovery of new physics demands insane levels of energy. Big machines. Fancy equipment. Countless hours of sifting through realms of data. And then sometimes the right combination of materials can open a doorway to invisible realms in a space little bigger than a tabletop. Take this new kind of relative to the Higgs … Read more

The Length of a Day Oscillates Every 6 Years, And We May Finally Know Why

How we think about our planet’s center may need to be seriously updated. New evidence suggests that, instead of consistently rotating evidence faster than Earth’s spin, the solid inner core oscillates – spinning first in one direction with respect to the surface far above, then the other, changing direction every six years. This not only … Read more

Building Blocks of Life Were Found on an Asteroid in Space For The Very First Time

For the first time, scientists have found the building blocks for life on an asteroid in space. Japanese researchers have discovered more than 20 amino acids on the space rock Ryugu, which is more than 200 million miles (320 million kilometers) from Earth. Scientists made the first-of-its-kind detection by studying samples retrieved from the near-Earth … Read more

An Ultra-Rare Cosmic Object Was Just Detected in The Milky Way, Astronomers Report

A new member of the category of star so rare we can count the known number of them on our fingers and toes has just been discovered in the Milky Way. It’s called MAXI J1816-195, located no greater than 30,000 light-years away. Preliminary observations and investigations suggest that it’s an accreting X-ray millisecond pulsar – … Read more

Scientists Found Superworms That Love Eating Styrofoam, And It Could Be a Good Thing

Packing material, disposable cutlery, CD cases: Polystyrene is among the most common forms of plastic, but recycling it isn’t easy and the vast majority ends up in landfills or finds its way to the oceans where it threatens marine life. Scientists at Australia’s University of Queensland have now discovered that superworms – the larvae of … Read more