Earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding and wildfires are nature at their most fierce and uncontrollable. But predicting when and where they might strike could help save lives. Read more on BBC Future Continue reading How to bring wildfires back under control
A link between the amount of material that can be seen spewing out of a black hole, and the brightness of the black hole itself has been identified for the first time. Read more on WIRED Continue reading Astronomers spot a bizarre black hole that could unlock the secrets of how our galaxy formed
There are countless conspiracy theories surrounding ghosts and paranormal activity, and while it shouldn’t need explaining to anyone who has a scientific mind, Brian Cox has stressed why such apparitions are “inconceivable.” Speaking on his BBC Radio 4 show The Infinite Monkey Cage, the University of Manchester professor explained that if ghosts existed, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider would have found them by now. Read more … Continue reading If ghosts were real, Brian Cox claims CERN would have found them by now
Decades of research has shown it is theoretically possible to journey beyond our solar system in the hunt for alien life on exoplanets. Putting this theory into practice is a different beast altogether, and one of the greatest challenges is how to slow down any spacecraft we send when it arrives at the far reaches. Read more on WIRED Continue reading This light-propelled probe could orbit exoplanets and hunt for alien life
Despite how extreme the idea sounds, theories about the Universe being an illusion or a hologram aren’t new. Now, researchers claim to have found evidence towards proving this hypothesis. A team of theoretical physicists at the University of Southampton believes it has found signs our Universe is an illusion by studying the cosmic microwave background (CMB) – radiation left over from the Big Bang. Read … Continue reading Theory claims to offer the first ‘evidence’ our Universe is a hologram
A potentially divisive theory suggests Einstein may have been wrong to say the speed of light is a constant – and the claims could soon be tested with a new generation of space telescopes. Read more on WIRED Continue reading Was Einstein wrong? Controversial theory claims the speed of light is not a constant
Whether it’s ‘my very early morning jam sandwich’ or ‘many vile earthlings’, everyone has a memorable way to list off the planets in our solar system. But beyond the mnemonics, some of the most interesting and unexplored objects lurk beyond the stuff of textbooks in an icy region known as the Kuiper Belt. Read more on WIRED Continue reading Mystery planets and strange orbits: what is lurking in the far reaches of our solar system?