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Method to weigh galaxy clusters could help us understand mysterious ‘dark matter’ structures

Gravitational lensing (arcs and streaks in the picture) in the galaxy cluster Abell 370. NASA/ESA

Method to weigh galaxy clusters could help us understand mysterious ‘dark matter’ structures

Method to weigh galaxy clusters could help us understand mysterious ‘dark matter’ structures Gravitational lensing (arcs and streaks in the picture) in the galaxy cluster Abell 370. NASA/ESA James Geach, University of Hertfordshire The furthest galaxy ever observed is so far away that the starlight […]

What is space? The 300-year-old philosophical battle that is still raging today

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What is space? The 300-year-old philosophical battle that is still raging today

What is space? The 300-year-old philosophical battle that is still raging today Pexels, CC BY Emily Thomas, Durham University Mountains. Whales. The distant stars. All these things exist in space, and so do we. Our bodies take up a certain amount of space. When we […]

Why astrophysicists are over the moon about observing merging neutron stars

Simulation of two neutron stars merging. NASA/AEI/ZIB/M. Koppitz and L. Rezzolla, CC BY

Why astrophysicists are over the moon about observing merging neutron stars

Why astrophysicists are over the moon about observing merging neutron stars Simulation of two neutron stars merging. NASA/AEI/ZIB/M. Koppitz and L. Rezzolla, CC BY Roy Kilgard, Wesleyan University When LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, first detected gravitational waves from merging black holes, it opened […]

New Star Trek Klingons are rooted in our own distant past – ancient history expert

A ship of klingons. Netflix/Jan Thijs

New Star Trek Klingons are rooted in our own distant past – ancient history expert

New Star Trek Klingons are rooted in our own distant past – ancient history expert A ship of klingons. Netflix/Jan Thijs Eve MacDonald, Cardiff University Star Trek has always reflected the contemporary political atmosphere and ideologies in which it is created. From the original series […]

Curious Kids: Do astronauts get space sick when they travel from Earth to the International Space Station?

Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson suits up ahead of a spacewalk. Vomiting inside a spacesuit during a spacewalk could be fatal for astronauts. NASA, CC BY

Curious Kids: Do astronauts get space sick when they travel from Earth to the International Space Station?

Curious Kids: Do astronauts get space sick when they travel from Earth to the International Space Station? Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson suits up ahead of a spacewalk. Vomiting inside a spacesuit during a spacewalk could be fatal for astronauts. NASA, CC BY Kevin Orrman-Rossiter, University […]

New Star Wars trailer revealed – but is the Force still strong with this one?

They’re back! Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK

New Star Wars trailer revealed – but is the Force still strong with this one?

New Star Wars trailer revealed – but is the Force still strong with this one? They’re back! Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK Keith M. Johnston, University of East Anglia A long, long time ago, in a galaxy not that far away, the trailer for […]

Star Trek discovery of alien life veers away from likely reality

Here, an alien crew member, Saru on Star Trek: Discovery. We often rely on science fiction to guide our expectations of alien life. We can hope lessons about accepting beings very different from yourself can be extracted by the series end. (Courtesy of CBS Studios)

Star Trek discovery of alien life veers away from likely reality

Star Trek discovery of alien life veers away from likely reality Here, an alien crew member, Saru on Star Trek: Discovery. We often rely on science fiction to guide our expectations of alien life. We can hope lessons about accepting beings very different from yourself […]

Blade Runner 2049 – and why eyes are so important in this vision of the future

Blade Runner 2049: a different world. Allstar/Warner Bros

Blade Runner 2049 – and why eyes are so important in this vision of the future

Blade Runner 2049 – and why eyes are so important in this vision of the future Blade Runner 2049: a different world. Allstar/Warner Bros Kevin Hunt, Nottingham Trent University Even a brief glimpse of Blade Runner 2049 takes you straight into Deckard’s world. Denis Villeneuve’s […]

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Witness Galactic Infancy

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is a snapshot of about 10,000 galaxies in a tiny patch of sky, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Credits: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), the HUDF Team

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Witness Galactic Infancy

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Witness Galactic Infancy Scientists will use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to study sections of the sky previously observed by NASA’s Great Observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope, to understand the creation of the universe’s first […]

Curious Kids: How do satellites get back to Earth?

Without satellites, modern technologies such mobiles phones and GPS would not exist. Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, CC BY-SA

Curious Kids: How do satellites get back to Earth?

Curious Kids: How do satellites get back to Earth? Without satellites, modern technologies such mobiles phones and GPS would not exist. Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, CC BY-SA Alice Gorman, Flinders University This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation […]