What Protects Exoplanets from Damaging Solar Flares? Simulating different models to understand which factors affect an exoplanet’s ability to sustain life during high-energy stellar events.

By Alexander Adranly Thanks to NASA’s Kepler Mission, over one-thousand potentially habitable exoplanets have been discovered to-date, orbiting around their respective stars. An exoplanet refers to any planet outside of our solar system. The discoveries of these worlds are a READ MORE

What If Your Smartphone Could Help With Research? A researcher refutes a long-held hypothesis using nothing but an iPhone with a colorimeter app

Did newspapers in wartime get more discolored due to being accessed more frequently? This long-held belief is exactly what Professor Tim Wess of the Charles Sturt University in Australia set out to test, armed with nothing but a smartphone. In READ MORE

The Sleeping Giant in a Small Town A supermassive black hole, 17 billion times the size of our Sun, was found in a small galaxy

Astronomers have uncovered a supermassive black hole, weighing 17 billion suns, in the middle of nowhere. This nearly record-breaking supermassive black hole is in the center of a small galaxy cluster, which is a small town by universe standards. At READ MORE

Two Black Holes Made a Mega Black Hole! An insight into the size of the gravitational wave as well as the benefit of three detectors

1.76 billion light years away, two black holes smashed into one another, bearing one huge black hole the size of 53 suns. The explosion from this merger created enormous distortions in spacetime, known as gravitational waves. These gravitational ripples have READ MORE

Have We Finally Found Dark Matter, or Merely Pulsars? The Fermi-LAT telescope experiment attempts to pinpoint the origin of an excess of gamma rays that might be a dark matter signal coming from the center of the Milky Way!

There is overwhelming evidence to support the existence of dark matter, but its existence is still a mystery to physicists. A method called Indirect detection remains one of our best hopes for experimentally detecting particles of the elusive Dark Matter READ MORE

CONPHINE: Nanoconfining Polymers for Stretchable Smart Devices Scientists develop a new way to obtain high performance polymer films for wearable electronics.

Wearable electronics are the new fashion statement. Fitness trackers, smart watches, electronic skins….the possibilities are endless. We don’t lug around our gadgets anymore, we wear them. But every story has its villain. Drop that smart bracelet, and your device won’t READ MORE

Why Trains Don’t Fall Off the Track When Turning Researcher derives the optimal angle for train wheels and reveals a new analysis that simplifies our understanding of trains

Trains have been the fundamental backbone of transportation and shipping for a few hundred years. Despite the ubiquity of trains, the details of their workings are a bit of a mystery. Trains have come about as more of a feat READ MORE

The Deafening Sound of Neutron Stars Crashing Together When large objects in space orbit around each other, they make big waves, and a big sound.

Large stars and planets in space have intense gravity. The gravity of these large celestial bodies is so strong, that they actually warp the empty space around them. Also, in space, time progresses differently when near celestial bodies. Because of READ MORE