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Saturn's Rings Could Have Formed During the Dinosaur Age, New Analysis Suggests Saturn's Rings Could Have Formed During the Dinosaur Age, New Analysis Suggests

Saturn’s rings might have formed relatively recently—like, in the past hundred million years or so—according to new research.

Why Did NASA, Lockheed Martin, and Others Spend Millions on This Quantum Computer? Why Did NASA, Lockheed Martin, and Others Spend Millions on This Quantum Computer?

Quantum computers are probably the most misunderstood of nascent technologies, which makes sense, because their very basics rely on the hardest-to-grasp concepts of physics. That’s led to people making some ridiculous claims, like that they give you “god-like powers” and that they’re an “imminent threat.”

Man Injects 18 'Doses' of Semen Into Arm to Cure Back Pain, Ends Up in Hospital Man Injects 18 'Doses' of Semen Into Arm to Cure Back Pain, Ends Up in Hospital

In a new case study, Irish doctors report the baffling case of a 33-year-old man who injected his own semen intravenously for a year and a half, a self-developed “cure” intended to treat his chronic back pain. It does not appear to have worked.

'Wet Sidewalk Effect' Solves Mystery of Rain on Saturn's Moon Titan 'Wet Sidewalk Effect' Solves Mystery of Rain on Saturn's Moon Titan

Scientists have found evidence of seasons on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, thanks to observations akin to sunlight reflecting off of wet pavement.

Potatoes Have a Form of 'Depression,' but Scientists Have an Idea to Cure Them Potatoes Have a Form of 'Depression,' but Scientists Have an Idea to Cure Them

Scientists are trying to revolutionize potatoes and, in the process, cure the tubers’ depression, the result of generations of inbreeding.

CERN Unveils Design for 62-Mile-Round Atom Smasher More Powerful Than the Large Hadron Collider CERN Unveils Design for 62-Mile-Round Atom Smasher More Powerful Than the Large Hadron Collider

A scientific collaboration has released a concept design for the Large Hadron Collider’s successor, an enormous new experiment that would sit inside a hundred-kilometer (62-mile) tunnel.

Our Sun Could One Day Turn Into a Crystal Ball Our Sun Could One Day Turn Into a Crystal Ball

At the end of its life, our Sun could end up as a crystal—and physicists now have observational evidence to back up that theory.

A Star Fell Into a Black Hole, Revealing Its Super-Fast Spin A Star Fell Into a Black Hole, Revealing Its Super-Fast Spin

Scientists have measured a fundamental property of a supermassive black hole—how fast it spins—by measuring a star slamming into it.

Deadly Bird Battles May Be Another Weird Consequence of Climate Change Deadly Bird Battles May Be Another Weird Consequence of Climate Change

Climate change seems to be leading to more fatal conflict between a pair of bird species, according to a new study. The research demonstrates an important indirect consequence of a warming globe.

Hubble Space Telescope Faces More Hardware Trouble Hubble Space Telescope Faces More Hardware Trouble

The Hubble Space Telescope team has temporarily suspended operations of Wide Field Camera 3 following a hardware glitch.

Why Experts Are Skeptical of IBM's New Commercial Quantum Computer Why Experts Are Skeptical of IBM's New Commercial Quantum Computer

IBM has announced the release of Q System One, or as the IBM team described it, “the world’s first fully integrated universal quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use.”

International Space Station Telescope Makes Amazing Observation of Black Hole Eating Stuff International Space Station Telescope Makes Amazing Observation of Black Hole Eating Stuff

A telescope on the International Space Station made an incredible high-resolution measurement of the x-rays resulting from a black hole sucking up matter that could have important implications for astronomers’ understanding of these mysterious objects.

Monogamous Species Share Deep Genetic Similarities Monogamous Species Share Deep Genetic Similarities

Regardless of your opinion on monogamy, it’s a trait found across many species, from songbirds to fish to many humans. But surprisingly, there are plenty of examples in which members of one species will form lifelong pairs, but those of a closely related species won’t. An international team of researchers performed a…

Gaze in Awe at Hubble's Most Detailed View of the Triangulum Galaxy Gaze in Awe at Hubble's Most Detailed View of the Triangulum Galaxy

Usually when astronomers talk about our neighboring galaxy, they’re talking about Andromeda, which is a cozy 2.5 million light-years away. But just a little farther—okay, 500,000 light-years farther—is another spiral galaxy, the third largest in our local group. Hubble has just released its most detailed view yet of…

Government Shutdown Puts Damper on America's Major Astronomy Conference Government Shutdown Puts Damper on America's Major Astronomy Conference

As the U.S. government shutdown drags on, scientists are beginning to see the effects of the closure firsthand.

Let's Make Tomatoes Spicy With Genetic Engineering, Scientists Proclaim Let's Make Tomatoes Spicy With Genetic Engineering, Scientists Proclaim

Surely, someone out there has cooked up a shrimp fra diavolo and thought, “mamma mia, this would be much easier if someone genetically modified the tomatoes to be spicy,” right? Right?

Genetic Modification Turbocharges Photosynthesis and Drastically Improves Crop Growth Genetic Modification Turbocharges Photosynthesis and Drastically Improves Crop Growth

Scientists genetically modified plants in order to give a huge boost to photosynthesis, hoping to one day improve the yield of food crops like rice and wheat, according to a new paper.

New Horizons Scientists Double Down on 'Ultima Thule' Nickname Despite Nazi Associations New Horizons Scientists Double Down on 'Ultima Thule' Nickname Despite Nazi Associations

The excitement around NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft arriving at its latest target, an oddly shaped object called (486958) 2014 MU69, has dredged up a fact that often goes unstated—the object’s nickname, “Ultima Thule,” carries links to Nazism.

First Clear Picture of Ultima Thule Reveals Snowman-Like Shape First Clear Picture of Ultima Thule Reveals Snowman-Like Shape

The New Horizons team has released the first high-resolution images of (486958) 2014 MU69, nicknamed Ultima Thule, the furthest object ever explored by a spacecraft.

Bennu Is Now the Smallest Object Ever Orbited by a Spacecraft Bennu Is Now the Smallest Object Ever Orbited by a Spacecraft

The new year has brought important milestones for two space missions—but only one of them deals in the very survival of the human species.

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