From extravagant to achievable - pushing the boundaries of research to find life beyond Earth

The University of Cambridge is creating a new research initiative, bringing together physicists, chemists, biologists, mathematicians, and earth scientists to

Cambridge University News • cambridge
yesterday ~4 min

Primordial black holes could explain dark matter, galaxy growth and more

A half-century-old, still-disputed idea about dense cosmic objects from the dawn of time could solve longstanding mysteries about the universe

Adam Mann • knowable
April 16, 2021 ~17 min

Keeping time with zircons

Crystals of the mineral zircon are rugged enough to survive the most violent geologic events. Impurities within them provide a time capsule of planetary history.

Cypress Hansen • knowable
April 14, 2021 ~11 min

Uranus and Neptune have wonky magnetic fields: Why?

ETH Zurich • futurity
March 31, 2021 ~5 min

City dwellers gained more access to public spaces during the pandemic – can they keep it?

COVID-19 has underscored the value of parks and public spaces. A new survey shows that US mayors have gotten the message, but post-pandemic plans for public spaces remain largely undefined.

Katharine Lusk, Co-Director, Initiative on Cities, Boston University • conversation
March 31, 2021 ~9 min

Long spaceflights and endurance swimming can 'shrink the heart'

Long periods of time in space and extreme-duration swimming can both cause the heart to shrink.

March 29, 2021 ~5 min

Why we need to get better at predicting space weather

Satellites, space stations and astronauts, aviation, GPS, power grids and more can be affected.

Rami Qahwaji, Professor of Visual Computing, University of Bradford • conversation
March 29, 2021 ~7 min

Lasers show how ‘turbulent dynamos’ create huge magnetic fields

A new study sheds light on a once-elusive phenomenon known as a "turbulent dynamo," an astrophysical process that amplifies magnetic fields.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
March 26, 2021 ~5 min

MIT astronomers discover new galaxy clusters hiding in plain sight

Lesson learned from the CHiPS survey must inform future cluster searches, researchers say.

Kelso Harper | MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research • mit
March 26, 2021 ~6 min

New image sheds light on energy jets from black holes

A new picture that showcases the magnetic fields of a black hole will help us understand more about the massive energy jets they can fire off into space.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
March 24, 2021 ~5 min