Physicists Finally Measure a Long Theorized Molecule Made From Light And Matter

Physicists Finally Measure a Long Theorized Molecule Made From Light And Matter

Physicists have just caught light acting the part of ‘glue’ between atoms, in a kind of loosely bonded molecule. “We have succeeded for the first time in polarizing several atoms together in a controlled way, creating a measurable attractive force between them,” says University of Innsbruck physicist Matthias Sonnleitner. Atoms connect to form molecules in … Read more

Monster Hydrothermal Field Discovered in The Dark Depths of The East Pacific

Monster Hydrothermal Field Discovered in The Dark Depths of The East Pacific

A massive field of hydrothermal vents on the seafloor in the dark depths of the East Pacific ocean is the hottest and largest discovered in the region yet. Not only that, but it’s in a place scientists didn’t expect to find active vents, never mind an entire system of them, hundreds of meters from the … Read more

Astronomers Have Spotted a Record-Breaking Magnetic Field in Space, And It’s Epic

Astronomers Have Spotted a Record-Breaking Magnetic Field in Space, And It's Epic

Far out in the Milky Way, roughly 22,000 light years from Earth, a star unlike any other roars with a magnetic force that beats anything physicists have ever seen. At a whopping 1.6 billion Tesla, a pulsar called Swift J0243.6+6124 smashes the previous records of around 1 billion Tesla, discovered surrounding the pulsars GRO J1008-57 … Read more

Five New Incredible Images Released From The JWST

Five New Incredible Images Released From The JWST

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has already expanded humanity’s vision further into time and space than ever before, giving a breathtaking sneak peek of the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the early Universe to date. Now, NASA has just unveiled five more stunning full-color images captured by the most ambitious telescopes humanity has … Read more

There’s a Change Happening to Earth’s Outer Core, as Revealed by Seismic Wave Data

There's a Change Happening to Earth's Outer Core, as Revealed by Seismic Wave Data

Most of our knowledge about what sits at the center of our planet comes from the study of seismic waves rolling out from earthquakes. Careful analysis of these waves can reveal the composition of rocks and metal below Earth’s surface. A new study of seismic waves propagating from two different earthquakes – in similar locations … Read more

Giant Magnetic Waves Have Been Discovered Oscillating Around Earth’s Core

Giant Magnetic Waves Have Been Discovered Oscillating Around Earth's Core

Earth’s interior is a far from quiet place. Deep below our surface activities, the planet rumbles with activity, from plate tectonics to convection currents that circulate through the hot magmatic fluids far underneath the crust. Now scientists studying satellite data of Earth have identified something inside Earth we’ve never seen before: a new type of … Read more

Mars Has Auroras Without a Global Magnetic Field, And We Finally Know How

Mars Has Auroras Without a Global Magnetic Field, And We Finally Know How

Earth’s auroras are a glorious wonder, but our planet isn’t the only place in the Solar System where these phenomena can be found. An atmospheric glow, albeit sometimes in invisible wavelengths, has been spotted at every planet except Mercury, and even some moons of Jupiter… and even a comet. But Mars is where it gets … Read more

There Are Tiny Bright Dots All Over The Sun, And We May Finally Know Their Source

There Are Tiny Bright Dots All Over The Sun, And We May Finally Know Their Source

Sunspots aren’t the only speckles decorating the dynamic face of our Sun. Solar physicists have made a close study of tiny, fleeting speckles of brightness that emerge and fade in less than a minute on average, in regions where loops of plasma rise from the solar surface. They’re named ‘solar dots’. The fleeting phenomenon, analysis … Read more