In a Wild Twist, Physicists Have Revived an Alternative Theory of Gravity

Out in the dark depths of space, our models of the Universe get messy. A new study looking at the ultra-diffuse dwarf galaxy AGC 114905 has revived a controversial theory (or more accurately a hypothesis) of gravity, and given us more questions than answers about what’s making our galaxies tick. It all starts with dark … Read more

Gene Editing Can Change The Social Behavior of Animals in Unexpected Ways

Tea CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technique can be used to change genetic coding with great precision, and its uses include curing disease and fixing genetic faults. Now it’s been used to change animal behavior – and the results are not what scientists were expecting. CRISPR was used on a group of hamsters to knock out the Avpr1a … Read more

A New Option For Type 1 Diabetes Treatment Shows Promising Pre-Clinical Results

A New Option For Type 1 Diabetes Treatment Shows Promising Pre-Clinical Results

Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes today means a lifetime of insulin injections – as of yet, we don’t have a simple one-time fix on hand. To date, each breakthrough promising a diabetes cure has encountered significant hurdles, making it not viable for the vast majority of people. Now, researchers in the US have improved … Read more

The Ghostly Sounds of Auroras Can Be Heard, Even When They’re Invisible

If you’re up high, and you listen carefully on nights when the northern sky dances with blazing sheets of green light – Earth’s spectacular aurora borealis – you might hear some ghostly sounds. Almost imperceptible, the sounds had only been heard during the wildest aurora displays, described as rushing sounds, like a waterfall at a … Read more

Scientists Just Measured a Mechanical Quantum System Without Destroying It

There’s a key aspect of quantum computing you may not have thought about before. Called ‘quantum non-​demolition measurements’, they refer to observing certain quantum states without destroying them in the process. If we want to put together a functioning quantum computer, not having it break down every second while calculations are made would obviously be … Read more

Potentially Alive 830-Million-Year-Old Organisms Found Trapped in Ancient Rock

An incredible discovery has just revealed a potential new source for understanding life on ancient Earth. A team of geologists has just discovered tiny remnants of prokaryotic and algal life – trapped inside crystals of halite dating back to 830 million years ago. Halite is sodium chloride, also known as rock salt, and the discovery … Read more

Survey of More Than 800 Planet-Forming Disks Reveals a Planetary Evolution Surprise

Is our Solar System comparable to other solar systems? What do other systems look like? We know from exoplanet studies that many other systems have hot Jupiters, massive gas giants that orbit extremely close to their stars. Is that normal, and our Solar System is the outlier? One way of addressing these questions is to … Read more

A Never-Before-Seen Mimicry Trick Has Just Been Recorded in Buzzing Bats

Scientists have discovered a clever mimicry trick used by some bats: they’ll buzz like hornets when they think they’re under threat from predators, giving the sonic impression they’re more dangerous than they actually are. It’s the first time behavior like this has been recorded in mammals, but it happens elsewhere in the animal kingdom – … Read more

This Cosmic Timekeeping Method Proposes to Synchronize All Clocks on Earth

Modern technology pulses with a heartbeat measured in microseconds. From global positioning systems to communications networks, it’s vital every component falls into near-perfect synch. Based on standards determined by a specialized task group, signals sent through optic fiber or down from an orbiting satellite tends to ensure time-sensitive technology matches moments down to the nanosecond. … Read more

This Record-Breaking ‘Gold Standard’ Star Is Unlike Any We’ve Seen Before

What’s in a star? Well, if you’re a highly evolved specimen nearing the end of its life named HD 222925rather a heck of a lot, actually. Scientists have conducted an analysis of this dim object, and identified 65 separate elements. That’s the most elements ever found in a single object outside the Solar System, and … Read more