Tardigrades. Water bears. Moss piglets. These remarkably sturdy microscopic organisms are so resilient they can survive the harshest environments, from fiery volcanoes to the deep sea, the Antarctic, and even the ravages of outer space.
Dark matter makes up about 25% of the universe, and yet we can’t see it. It doesn’t reflect or absorb light, and therefore has avoided visual observation ever since it was first hypothesized way back in the early 1900s. Researchers at the University of Waterloo, however, may have just changed that. According to a press …
A little less Buzz Lightyear and a little more Tron, NASA’s new Mars Z-2 spacesuit design, called Technology, is meant to pay homage “to spacesuit achievements of the past while incorporating subtle elements of the future.”
Today NASA announced the discovery of the first Earth-size exoplanet orbiting in a “habitable zone.” The planet, named Kepler-186f, was discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope, and while it isn’t the first planet we’ve seen in a habitable zone, it is the first Earth-size planet of its kind that we’ve found.
Last month, scientists announced the discovery of gravitational waves in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation. These gravitational waves are ripples in space-time left over from when the universe rapidly expanded – in merely a fraction of a second – after the Big Bang, and were predicted by Einstein’s …
We’re swiftly approaching the one-year anniversary of the Chelyabinsk meteor, which entered the atmosphere on February 15, 2013 and caused quite a bit of damage, injuring hundreds of people in the southern Ural region.
Comet ISON has been called the “comet of the century,” and if it survives its close encounter with the Sun later this year, it may provide us with a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic light show, easily visible with the naked eye.