Science

Primordial plasma: Hot gas or streams of charged particles?

Complex rings, knots, and twisted streamers are often ejected from stars (and other celestial objects). The overall shape of so-called “planetary nebula” sometimes reveal gigantic, bifurcated jets emerging from the central star, indicating the beginnings of

March 27, 2015

Landmark study proves magnets can control heat and sound

Scientists from the The Ohio State University have discovered how to control heat with a magnetic field and presented their findings in the March 23 issue of the journal Nature Materials. The study is the first ever to prove that acoustic phonons - the elemental particl

March 25, 2015

It is a Magnetic Universe Genius

Part one: Cosmic Accelerators Current physics cannot explain the intense galactic magnetic fields in spiral galaxies and also the source of high energy particles, both charged and neutral particles (Cosmic Rays and Neutrinos) because of the major defects in the fundamen

March 22, 2015

How is Mars rover Opportunity still alive?

Today, we review one of the great ongoing mysteries in the history of Mars exploration. In January of 2004, the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity arrived at the red planet about three weeks apart.Due to the extreme dustiness of the Martian environment, it was believed

March 21, 2015

The mystery of solar nanoflares

Nanoflares are eruptions on the Sun which are billion times less energetic than ordinary flares but still have the power that belies their name. They appear as little brightenings of the solar surface at extreme ultraviolet and X-ray wavelengths and they might solve a l

March 20, 2015

"Baffling" Mars plumes are electric

Science news headlines around the world tell of a baffling mystery on the planet Mars. In March of 2012, amateur astronomers spotted enormous plumes jetting from the Martian surface. The plumes were more than 250 km high and several hundreds of kilometers in length.Simi

March 15, 2015

Mysterious Lovejoy comets

In the last few years, several of the comets discovered by astronomer Terry Lovejoy have provided astronomers on Earth with dramatic and unexpected displays.From the astonishing 2011 journey of comet c/2011 W3, which survived perihelion just 140,000 km above the Sun&rsq

March 09, 2015

Why don’t comets melt in the Sun?

Sungrazer comets that survive perihelion extremely close to the Sun is a longstanding puzzle for comet science. In reality, observations going back centuries reveals that a comet’s activity has little or nothing to do with solar warming.Comets sometimes flare or e

March 04, 2015

Galactic magnetic fields

New observation techniques increase galactic field mapping accuracy.The LOw-Frequency ARray, (LOFAR) is a radio interferometer, or radio telescope, made up of several observing stations in Europe. Signals received at the various observing stations are digitally

February 24, 2015

Crystal comets

The “dusty snowball” theory of comets needs attention, since there are crystals that need high temperatures to form in the matrix of at least two.Recently, the composition of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G) was discussed in the scientific press. It

February 16, 2015

The Sun won’t die for 5 billion years, so why do humans have only 1 billion years left on Earth?

In a few billion years, the sun will become a red giant so large that it will engulf our planet. But the Earth will become uninhabitable much sooner than that. After about a billion years the sun will become hot enough to boil our oceans.The sun is currently classified

February 13, 2015

Earth's surprise inside: Geologists unlock mysteries of the planet's inner core

Seismic waves are helping scientists to plumb the world’s deepest mystery: the planet’s inner core.Thanks to a novel application of earthquake-reading technology, a research team at the University of Illinois and colleagues at Nanjing University in China hav

February 11, 2015

Missing link in metal physics explains Earth’s magnetic field

Earth’s magnetic field is crucial for our existence, as it shields the life on our planet’s surface from deadly cosmic rays. It is generated by turbulent motions of liquid iron in Earth’s core. Iron is a metal, which means it can easily conduct a flow

January 29, 2015

2015 longer by a leap second

At 23:59:60 UTC on June 30, 2015, a Leap Second will be added, making this day last for 86401 seconds instead of the usual 86400. This practice started in 1972 and since then a total of 25 leap seconds were added to the UTC time, last one in 2012. Correction of each UTC

January 18, 2015

Electrically active objects dominate the Solar System

Small planetoids, called Near Earth Objects (NEO), are a concern for space scientists because it is thought that large rocks might strike our planet with devastating force. It is a commonly held belief that such an object caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. The

January 18, 2015

Still chasing the ghost of dark matter

Scientists using the Fermi Large Area Telescope have come up empty handed in their quest to prove their theories about dark matter.Tom Wilson explores why institutional science remains determined in its pursuit to prove dark matter's existence.Video courtesy of The

November 08, 2014

Impossible "neutron star" shatters theory

What is a neutron star? Astronomers tell us that these tiny yet massively dense objects form by gravitational collapse from the remnants of a massive star that has exploded. The theoretical neutron star was invented to try to explain highly intense bursts of energy from

October 26, 2014

The origin and mechanism of the Sun’s magnetic field still an unsolved mystery using the current model

The origin and mechanism of sunspots, solar flares and heating of the corona to millions of degrees remains a mystery under the current standard solar model. In the past 95 years several theories were proposed, but none could really explain the origin and how the

October 08, 2014

Finding hints of gravitational waves in the stars

New model describes overlooked prediction of Einstein's theory of relativity, demonstrates that stars can absorb gravitational ripples.Scientists have shown how gravitational waves - invisible ripples in the fabric of space and time that propagate through the univer

September 23, 2014

Kongpop U-yen, PhD: Evidence of space weather induced natural disasters - EU2014

Strong solar activities have long been known to cause damages to electrical grids and global communication systems. However, there exist evidence that solar activities have strong correlation with abrupt weather conditions and tectonic activities, including storm format

August 31, 2014

Research finds Arctic thermokarst lakes are "net climate coolers", contradicts widely-held scientific view

A recently published study in journal Nature, and supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), counters a widely-held scientific view that thawing permafrost uniformly accelerates atmospheric warming. Instead, the study indicates that certain Arctic

August 01, 2014

Fog of low-energy X-rays over the entire sky puzzle resolved

A decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky was recently resolved. Thanks to refurbished detectors first flown on a NASA sounding rocket in the 1970s, astronomers have now confirmed the long-held suspicion that much of this glow st

July 30, 2014

Dwardu Cardona: Earth’s primordial stellar host - EU2014

Dwardu Cardona showed that a reconstruction of Earth’s cosmic history can be distilled from the universal “mytho-historical record,” complemented by studies in earth history and space science. Most recently, the strongest scientific validation comes fr

July 27, 2014

NRL reveals new meteorological insight into mid-level clouds

Research meteorologists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Marine Meteorology Division (MMD) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, employing the Navy's Mid-Course Doppler Radar (MCR) at Cape Canaveral, were able to characterize mid-level, mixed-phase alt

July 22, 2014

Confirmed: magnetic waves cannot accelerate solar wind

A new scientific study has further deepened one of the longstanding mysteries of solar physics. For decades scientists have struggled to explain why the solar wind accelerates as it moves away from the Sun in defiance of gravity.In more recent years, theorists have sugg

July 13, 2014

MESSENGER and STEREO measurements open new window into high-energy processes on the Sun

Understanding the sun from afar isn't easy. How do you figure out what powers solar flares – the intense bursts of radiation coming from the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots – when you must rely on observing only the light and particle

July 09, 2014

Dr. Pierre-Marie Robitaille: Sun on Trial - EU2014

For nearly 150 years despite the lack of observational evidence, the Sun has been considered to be a ball of gaseous material. Such a postulate rests on mathematical arguments. Nonetheless, observations, not mathematics, properly determine the phases of matter.In this l

June 11, 2014

Sprites form at plasma irregularities in the lower ionosphere

Atmospheric sprites have been known for nearly a century, but their origins were a mystery. Now, a team of researchers has evidence that sprites form at plasma irregularities and may be useful in remote sensing of the lower ionosphere."We are trying to understand t

May 09, 2014

Steve Crothers on failures of Big Bang cosmology

Scientists using the BICEP2 telescope recently pronounced that they had discovered direct evidence of Einstein gravitational waves and cosmic inflation. The team describes having detected polarizations in the so-called Cosmic Microwave Background, which is described as

May 07, 2014

Magnitude of quake scales with maturity of fault, suggests new study by German scientist

The oldest sections of transform faults, such as the North Anatolian Fault Zone (NAFZ) and the San Andreas Fault, produce the largest earthquakes, putting important limits on the potential seismic hazard for less mature parts of fault zones, according to a new study to

April 30, 2014

Supermassive black hole at the center of cosmology

In physical reality there are no black holes. Instead there are intense magnetic field regions that are formed whenever the field strength in plasma becomes much stronger compared with its surroundings. The most intense magnetic field regions are formed at the most

April 05, 2014

First direct evidence of cosmic inflation

Almost 14 billion years ago, the universe we inhabit burst into existence in an extraordinary event that initiated the Big Bang. In the first fleeting fraction of a second, the universe expanded exponentially, stretching far beyond the view of our best telescopes. All

March 19, 2014

THEMIS discovers new process that protects Earth from space weather

In the giant system that connects Earth to the sun, one key event happens over and over: solar material streams toward Earth and the giant magnetic bubble around Earth, the magnetosphere helps keep it at bay. The parameters, however, change: The particles streaming in

March 08, 2014

Hawking still in the dark on black holes

In a new online paper titled Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes, the 72-year-old scientist Stephen Hawking says, "There are no black holes — in the sense from which light can't escape to infinity." The

February 05, 2014

New form of quantum matter discovered, a natural 3D counterpart to graphene

Researchers at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source find new form of quantum matter.  The discovery of what is essentially a 3D version of graphene – the 2D sheets of carbon through which electrons race at many times the speed at which they

January 18, 2014