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The Last Jedi: latest Star Wars is a fable for our post-truth times

When Rey met Luke. Disney

The Last Jedi: latest Star Wars is a fable for our post-truth times

The Last Jedi: latest Star Wars is a fable for our post-truth times When Rey met Luke. Disney Rebecca Harrison, University of Glasgow Warning: Spoiler alert The Star Wars universe is no stranger to political allegories. Many viewers have pointed out the parallels between the […]

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

An artist’s rendition depicts a solar storm hitting Mars and stripping ions from the upper atmosphere. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets How long might a rocky, Mars-like planet be habitable if it were orbiting a red dwarf star? It’s a complex question but one that NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission can help answer. “The MAVEN […]

How crashing neutron stars killed off some of our best ideas about what ‘dark energy’ is

Artist s impression of merging neutron stars. Author University of Warwick/Mark Garlick, CC BY-SA

How crashing neutron stars killed off some of our best ideas about what ‘dark energy’ is

How crashing neutron stars killed off some of our best ideas about what ‘dark energy’ is Artist s impression of merging neutron stars. Author University of Warwick/Mark Garlick, CC BY-SA Thomas Kitching, UCL There was much excitement when scientists witnessed the violent collision of two […]

Star Wars’ last Jedi may use the Force of quantum science

Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, trains in the ways of the Force in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Handout)

Star Wars’ last Jedi may use the Force of quantum science

Star Wars’ last Jedi may use the Force of quantum science Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, trains in the ways of the Force in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Handout) Christopher Wiebe, University of Winnipeg As Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theatres and […]

Telescopes in southern Africa will peel back the universe’s secrets from 2018

An image by MeerKAT shows hydrogen gas in M83, a famous spiral galaxy. SKA SA

Telescopes in southern Africa will peel back the universe’s secrets from 2018

Telescopes in southern Africa will peel back the universe’s secrets from 2018 An image by MeerKAT shows hydrogen gas in M83, a famous spiral galaxy. SKA SA Imogen Whittam, University of the Western Cape One of the world’s largest collaborative science projects is about to […]

Rare glimpse of a black hole’s magnetic field could help us to understand how it feeds

Black hole Cygnus X. NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

Rare glimpse of a black hole’s magnetic field could help us to understand how it feeds

Rare glimpse of a black hole’s magnetic field could help us to understand how it feeds Black hole Cygnus X. NASA/CXC/M.Weiss Carole Mundell, University of Bath Encountering a black hole would be a frightening prospect for our planet. We know that these cosmic monsters ferociously […]

Found: Most Distant Black Hole

This artist's concept shows the most distant supermassive black hole ever discovered. It is part of a quasar from just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Credits: Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science

Found: Most Distant Black Hole

Found: Most Distant Black Hole Scientists have uncovered a rare relic from the early universe: the farthest known supermassive black hole. This matter-eating beast is 800 million times the mass of our Sun, which is astonishingly large for its young age. Researchers report the find […]

Curious Kids: Where does the oxygen come from in the International Space Station, and why don’t they run out of air?

Astronaut Peggy Whitson aboard the International Space Station. NASA

Curious Kids: Where does the oxygen come from in the International Space Station, and why don’t they run out of air?

Curious Kids: Where does the oxygen come from in the International Space Station, and why don’t they run out of air? The first piece of the International Space Station was launched in 1998. Wikimedia Commons/NASA, CC BY Michael J. I. Brown, Monash University This is […]

The Voyagers in Popular Culture

Each Voyager spacecraft carries a copy of the Golden Record, which has been featured in several works of science fiction. The record's protective cover, with instructions for playing its contents, is shown at left. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Voyagers in Popular Culture

The Voyagers in Popular Culture Whether you’re traveling across cities, continents or even oceans this holiday season, there is no long-haul flight quite like that of the Voyagers. Sit back and enjoy the view from the Voyagers’ epic journey through the solar system. See iconic […]

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

The twin Voyager spacecraft are celebrating 40 years of continual operation in August and September 2017. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years If you tried to start a car that’s been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Wednesday […]