cosmic rays

Cancer Risk for a Human Mars Mission Just Got a Lot Worse

A new study by scientists from UNLV indicates that astronauts going to Mars will be at an increased risk of…

5 years ago

Space Station-Based Experiment Might Have Found Evidence of Dark Matter Destroying Itself

Two studies conducted independently of each other (using data obtained aboard the ISS) have provided a possible glimpse of dark…

5 years ago

What is Carbon Dating?

Radiocarbon dating (aka. carbon dating) measures the half-life of carbon-14, which occurs naturally in our atmosphere, to determine the age…

6 years ago

What Causes the Northern Lights?

Have you ever seen the beautiful auroral displays in the high latitudes? These are the Northern and Southern Lights. But…

8 years ago

How to Turn Your Phone Into A Cosmic Ray Detector

Quick, do you have an Android phone in your pocket? A few small changes and you could help physicists probe…

8 years ago

Something In Big Dipper ‘Blob’ Is Sending Out Cosmic Rays, Study Says

Behind the Big Dipper is something pumping out a lot of extremely high-energy cosmic rays, a new study says. And…

8 years ago

Astronomy Cast Ep. 343: The Universe is Trying To Kill You!

We always say that the Universe is trying to kill you. But seriously... it wants you dead. The Bad Astronomer…

8 years ago

Plastic Protection Against Cosmic Rays?

It could work, say researchers from the University of New Hampshire and the Southwest Research Institute. One of the inherent dangers…

9 years ago

NASA’s Particle-Hunting ISS-CREAM Will Be Anything But Vanilla

Balloon-based research on cosmic particles that began over a century ago will get a big boost next year -- all…

9 years ago

Curiosity Rover Recovering From Computer Glitch

The Curiosity rover is now out of "safe mode" following a memory problem with its main computer, and the Mars…

10 years ago