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Scientists shed new light on dark matter

Scientists have developed a method for predicting the composition of dark matter—invisible matter detected only by its gravitational pull on ordinary matter and whose...

Scientists invent quantum flute that can make light particles move together

Physicists have invented a “quantum flute” that, like the Pied Piper, can coerce particles of light to move together in a way that’s never...

Cosmic radio pulses could help explore hidden matter around galaxies

Powerful radio pulses originating deep in the cosmos can be used to study hidden pools of gas cocooning nearby galaxies, according to a new...

Our solar system is stable for at least the next 100,000 years

It’s nice to have a feel-good story every once in a while, so here’s one to hold off the existential dread: The Earth isn’t likely...

New picture reveals the death of hypergiant stars

Astronomers have created a detailed, three-dimensional image of a dying hypergiant star. The team traced the distribution, directions, and velocities of a variety of molecules...

Scientists map sulfur residue on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa

Scientists used the Hubble Space Telescope to observe Jupiter’s moon, Europa, at ultraviolet wavelengths, filling in a “gap” in the various wavelengths used to...

Nanoparticles control light like road signs direct traffic

The particles control the flow of light like road signs control traffic on a busy road by manipulating the direction in which light can,...

Early galaxies may be bigger and more complex than we thought

Scientists using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have observed a significant amount of cold, neutral gas in the outer regions of the young...

Dying stars could seed interstellar medium with carbon nanotubes

The findings propose a simple, yet elegant mechanism for the formation and survival of complex carbon molecules in space. In the mid-1980s, the discovery of...

Mysterious ‘blue blobs’ reveal a new kind of star system

Astronomers have identified five examples of a new class of stellar system. They're not quite galaxies and only exist in isolation. The new stellar systems...