NOvA Experiment Nabs Its First Neutrinos

by Jason Major February 15, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Neutrinos are some of the most abundant, curious, and elusive critters in particle physics. Incredibly lightweight — nigh massless, according to the Standard Model — as well as chargeless, they zip around the Universe at the speed of light and they […]

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Why Einstein Will Never Be Wrong

by Brian Koberlein January 13, 2014

One of the benefits of being an astrophysicist is your weekly email from someone who claims to have “proven Einstein wrong”. These either contain no mathematical equations and use phrases such as “it is obvious that..”, or they are page after page of complex equations with dozens of scientific terms used in non-traditional ways. They […]

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These Antarctic Research Photos Look Like Exploration on Another Planet

by Jason Major October 11, 2013

Some day, human explorers will land a spacecraft on the surface of Europa, Enceladus, Titan, or some other icy world and investigate first-hand the secrets hidden beneath its frozen surface. When that day comes — and it can’t come too soon for me! — it may look a lot like this. One of a series […]

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Why “The Big Bang” Is a Terrible Name

by Jason Major August 30, 2013

Have a discussion about the origins of the Universe and, ere long, someone will inevitably use the term “the Big Bang” to describe the initial moment of expansion of everything that was to everything that is. But in reality “Big Bang” isn’t a very good term since “big” implies size (and when it occurred space […]

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How Can We Stop An Asteroid?

by Jason Major July 25, 2013

“It’s like looking for a charcoal briquette in the dark,” says Bill Nye the Science Guy in this new video from AsapSCIENCE… except he’s talking about briquettes hundreds of meters wide whizzing past our planet upwards of 8, 9, 10, even 20 kilometers per second — and much, much denser than charcoal. Near-Earth asteroids are […]

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