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Proof of parallel universes radically different from our own may still lie beyond the domain of science

January 9, 2016 — George F. R. Ellis

The invisible dark matter particles that dominate the universe may come in strange and varied forms

December 30, 2015 — Bogdan A. Dobrescu and Don Lincoln

The Dark Energy Survey is examining distant galaxies to figure out why space is expanding at an ever faster pace

December 25, 2015 — Joshua Frieman

Dips in starlight reveal the architecture of a super Saturn around a distant star

December 23, 2015 — Lee Billings

Dozens of particles from halfway across the universe have landed in the IceCube experiment. These messengers could help answer some long-standing cosmic conundrums

December 19, 2015 — Francis Halzen

“Monkey King” is first in a line of Chinese space missions focused on scientific discovery

December 17, 2015 — Elizabeth Gibney, Celeste Biever and Davide Castelvecchi

Pushed out of their homeland by war and drought, Syrians seek a better future abroad 

December 17, 2015

The gigantic accelerator in Europe has produced hints of an exotic particle that defies the known laws of physics

December 16, 2015 — Clara Moskowitz

Newly discovered lobes stretch tens of thousands of light-years above and below the Milky Way’s disk. Where did they come from?

December 16, 2015 — Douglas Finkbeiner, Meng Su and Dmitry Malyshev

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<p>Tis the season for science fiction fun, but could we even tell if the universe around us was filled with galactic empires and rebel forces?</p>
<p>December 15, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf</p>
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A pair of scientific papers suggest that the ALMA observatory may have detected 2 new “planet-scale” objects associated with the outer realms of the solar system. But should we be awed or skeptical?…

December 10, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Two controversial new studies suggest the discovery of large objects at the outer reaches of the solar system

December 10, 2015 — Lee Billings

Astronauts already skip ahead in time, but the laws of physics seem to forbid going backward—or do they?

December 10, 2015 — Tim Folger

A new breed of giants raises questions about how the biggest galaxies arise

December 8, 2015 — Ken Croswell

New study explores how life on one exoplanet could spread to its neighbor

December 7, 2015 — David Rothery and The Conversation

Black holes may be bubbles devoid of space and time—and encased in “firewalls” that confound both general relativity and quantum mechanics

December 6, 2015 — Joseph Polchinski

The long list of unanswered questions about black holes contains one particularly surprising item: How do they eat? Unlike many of the riddles that black holes pose, this one seems so simple: What do you mean we don’t know how things fall into a black hole?…

December 3, 2015 — Seth Fletcher

Emerging evidence suggests that the first starlight to shine after the big bang’s flash came from distant suns that ranged from very large to incredibly huge

November 30, 2015 — Michael D. Lemonick

Is the big bang, and all that came from it, a holographic mirage from another dimension?

November 28, 2015 — Niayesh Afshordi, Robert B. Mann and Razieh Pourhasan

As you dig into those mashed potatoes, be grateful the universe’s physical constants are so precise that a slight variation in any one would render that drumstick—and even your existence—impossible…

November 25, 2015 — Shannon Hall


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