China’s Crazy Plan to Launch an Artificial Moon

Guess what? China has announced plans to launch an “artificial moon” into our skies by 2020. And, as crazy as that sounds, it’s not actually the first time something like this has been attempted. But first. China’s new plan. As reported in China Daily, China plans to launch an “illumination satellite” into orbit above the […]

What Does It Take to Enrich Uranium?

Nuclear programs are constantly in the news, with reports that they’re enriching uranium. Usually, the stories mention percentages and centrifuges, but to the uninitiated, it’s not clear why these things are important. What exactly does it mean to enrich uranium? And at what point should we be worried? Now when I imagine enriching uranium, I picture […]

Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Is Shifting South… So What Now?

You may have heard that the earth’s magnetic poles tend to move around. I mean, so do the geographic poles, but magnetic North and South are really mobile…and magnetic North in particular is moving real fast. Like, way faster than we thought it would. And the scientific community is coming up with some really exciting […]

How Scientists Are Hunting for the Universe’s First Stars

Looking through a telescope is like looking back in time. Because light has a finite speed limit, the farther away you look, the deeper into the past you see. With radio telescopes we can even see the universe as it was just after the big bang, nearly 13.8 billion years ago. But after that early […]

Artificial Leaf Technology Could One Day Power Our World

I’ve got some Big Green News for you: scientists at the University of Waterloo in Canada have come up with a new design for an artificial leaf. That means a whole new way of making cleaner burning fuels using a process that mimics photosynthesis! But…what’s an artificial leaf? And could it really help us move […]

We FINALLY Know What a Black Hole Looks Like

Here it is. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. “We’re delighted to be able to report to you today that we have seen what we thought was unseeable. We have seen and taken a picture of a black hole.” The first ever photo of a black hole, more specifically the supermassive black hole 55 […]

Carbon Dioxide Is Not the Worst Greenhouse Gas, Meet SF6

If we’re going to stave off the worst impacts of climate change, we’re going to have to break our dependency on greenhouse gas emitting energy sources like fossil fuels. But could a switch to more renewable sources like wind and solar power actually emit more of the most potent greenhouse gas there is? The gas […]

A New Theory Reveals Why Tabby’s Star Looks So Bizarre

There’s an unsolved mystery out there in space. One of many, to be sure, but this is one that some people really want to blame on aliens because we haven’t had a stronger explanation. I’m talking about Boyajian’s star, or KIC 8462852 and some new observations that may have just given us the information we […]

Could Ultracapacitors Realize Their Full Potential…With Laxatives?

Supercapacitors present an amazing opportunity to move away from batteries and into a world where almost instant charging is the norm. But their drawbacks mean we can’t use them widely…yet. Experiments with a new class of materials that are related to soap and laxatives (yes, laxatives) could bring us one step closer to a world […]

Scientists Just Fit Our Universe in a Box…Wait What

This is the universe in a box. Dark matter, supermassive black holes, galaxies, stars, magnetic fields—our universe, trapped in a cube. Well some of it, anyway. What this really is is our most advanced simulation of the universe and its evolution ever. This very impressive feat is the result of a project called Illustris—The Next […]