Netflix Documentary Profiles the Women Who Could Have Been Mercury Astronauts

Netflix Documentary Profiles the Women Who Could Have Been Mercury Astronauts

The most infuriating of the 79 minutes that comprise Mercury 13, David Sington and Heather Walsh’s new Netflix documentary about the women who were tested as potential candidates for the space program in the early 1960s before being shut out for reasons utterly unrelated to their performance, belongs to Mercury and Gemini astronaut Gordon Cooper. […]

Ultra-Cold Atoms Recreate the Expanding Universe in Tabletop Experiment

Ultra-Cold Atoms Recreate the Expanding Universe in Tabletop Experiment

The expanding Bose-Einstein condensate.Graphic: S. Eckel et al, PRX (2018) Eerie similarities unite vastly different scientific ideas in sometimes utterly surprising ways. One of these similarities may have allowed scientists to recreate the expanding universe—on a countertop. Researchers accomplished their feat using Bose-Einstein condensates, which are collections of certain atoms held to the near coldest-possible […]

Good aurora chances despite solar minimum

Good aurora chances despite solar minimum

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Most experienced aurora chasers know there is a pattern to the aurora—an eleven year solar cycle. When the solar cycle is its peak, Earth experiences lots of aurora. At its minimum, sky-watchers have fewer chances to see the northern lights. The last maximum was 2013. The sun is heading into its […]

How to become a space tourist: 8 companies (almost) ready to launch

How to become a space tourist: 8 companies (almost) ready to launch

On April 28, 2001, 60-year-old American businessman Dennis Tito became the first tourist to leave Earth’s atmosphere behind, spending nearly 8 days in space, much of it aboard the International Space Station (ISS)—and reportedly paying $20 million dollars to do so. Despite objections from NASA, who thought that Tito’s training would not be sufficient by […]

Ancient Lakes on Mars Dried up Billions of Years Ago, Study Concludes

Ancient Lakes on Mars Dried up Billions of Years Ago, Study Concludes

A study published Thursday confirmed that the cracks identified on Mars’ surface last year by the Curiosity rover are indeed evidence of ancient lakes that likely dried up about 3.5 billion years ago. The new study provides further evidence of what the climate on the Red Planet may have been like in its ancient past. […]

A 'Rare' Green Moon To Appear On 4/20? Sorry Social Media Hoaxed Us Again!

A 'Rare' Green Moon To Appear On 4/20? Sorry Social Media Hoaxed Us Again!

A social media hoax has been disputed, much to the dismay of 4/20 celebrators. A “green moon” was supposed to appear in the night sky on the same day as the unofficial National Weed Day.  ( Matt Cardy | Getty Images ) While many people are celebrating the unofficial but popular “National Weed Day“, they […]

Colony of Beautiful, Doomed Purple Octopuses Found Off Costa Rica

Colony of Beautiful, Doomed Purple Octopuses Found Off Costa Rica

In 2013, a team of geochemists off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica sent underwater vehicles to explore the Dorado Outcrop, a rocky patch of seafloor 150 miles from land. They hoped to gather samples of warm water emerging from hydrothermal vents in the hardened lava making up the outcrop. But, as Mindy Weisberger at […]

Astronomers collect spectra in search for sun's lost siblings

Astronomers collect spectra in search for sun's lost siblings

Australian astronomers are collecting the spectra of a million stars across the Milky Way to learn more about galactic evolution. In the process, they hope to track down at least some of the Sun’s lost siblings. Image: Roanish, Flickr Australian astronomers have collected spectra from more than 340,000 stars across the Milky Way in a […]