"The large-scale homogeneity of the universe makes it very difficult to believe that the structure of the universe is determined by anything so peripheral as some complicated molecular structure on a minor planet orbiting a very average star in the outer suburbs of a fairly typical galaxy."

— Steven Hawking

Astronomy

Ancient humans lived inside a lava tube in the Arabian desert

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 3:00pm
Underground tunnels created by lava flows provided humans with shelter for thousands of years beneath the hot desert landscape of Saudi Arabia
Categories: Astronomy

Spiderlike Mars Robot Might One Day Crawl through Unexplored Volcanic Caves

Scientific American.com - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 3:00pm

This eight-legged probe would scour Mars’s underground lava tubes for places where explorers might camp—or for signs of past life

Categories: Astronomy

Saturn's 'Death Star' moon Mimas may have gotten huge buried ocean from ringed planet's powerful pull

Space.com - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:59pm
The discovery of vast subsurface seas on Saturn's tiny moon Mimas has redefined our view of what an ocean world can be. We may now know how this buried ocean was formed, revealing it is shockingly young.
Categories: Astronomy

Milky Way's 'Sleeping Giant' Black Hole Lurks Shockingly Close to Earth

Scientific American.com - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:15pm

A black hole weighing as much as 33 suns lurks a mere 2,000 light-years away from our solar system

Categories: Astronomy

Fallout review: This jaunty trip to the apocalypse is lots of fun

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Amid a deluge of dour TV shows about the end of the world, Fallout, based on the hit video games of the same name and set in the wastelands of 2296, stands out, says Bethan Ackerley
Categories: Astronomy

Fallout review: This jaunty trip to the apocalypse is lots of fun

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Amid a deluge of dour TV shows about the end of the world, Fallout, based on the hit video games of the same name and set in the wastelands of 2296, stands out, says Bethan Ackerley
Categories: Astronomy

These photos show AI used to reinterpret centuries-old graffiti

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Artist Matthew Attard turned to eye-tracking technology to generate a fresh take on images of ships carved by seafarers on chapels in Malta hundreds of years ago
Categories: Astronomy

May Contain Lies review: How to cut to the truth and think smarter

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Can you see through deceiving data and beguiling stories? Read Alex Edmans's new book and take his card test to find out
Categories: Astronomy

These photos show AI used to reinterpret centuries-old graffiti

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Artist Matthew Attard turned to eye-tracking technology to generate a fresh take on images of ships carved by seafarers on chapels in Malta hundreds of years ago
Categories: Astronomy

May Contain Lies review: How to cut to the truth and think smarter

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Can you see through deceiving data and beguiling stories? Read Alex Edmans's new book and take his card test to find out
Categories: Astronomy

Does the future of boxing lie in humans versus robots? Possibly

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Feedback pores over new research that suggests "robot-human boxing" would reduce brain injuries by reducing the number of live opponents involved
Categories: Astronomy

Why we need to change the way we think about exhaustion

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
One in five adults worldwide is living with fatigue. The general advice is to “do more” - but this isn’t the only solution to our exhaustion epidemic, says Amy Arthur
Categories: Astronomy

A Body Made of Glass review: A very personal history of hypochondria

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Millions of people experience symptoms many doctors dismiss as imaginary, but why? Caroline Crampton's moving first-person account is very revealing
Categories: Astronomy

Does the future of boxing lie in humans versus robots? Possibly

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Feedback pores over new research that suggests "robot-human boxing" would reduce brain injuries by reducing the number of live opponents involved
Categories: Astronomy

Why we need to change the way we think about exhaustion

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
One in five adults worldwide is living with fatigue. The general advice is to “do more” - but this isn’t the only solution to our exhaustion epidemic, says Amy Arthur
Categories: Astronomy

A Body Made of Glass review: A very personal history of hypochondria

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Millions of people experience symptoms many doctors dismiss as imaginary, but why? Caroline Crampton's moving first-person account is very revealing
Categories: Astronomy

How to see the Lyrid meteor shower and when is the peak?

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Caused by debris from a comet thought to originate in the Oort Cloud, the Lyrid meteor shower peaks this year on 22 April and is best viewed from the northern hemisphere, says Abigail Beall
Categories: Astronomy

Old-fashioned pessimism might actually help us fight climate change

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Negative thinking is unpopular but it could drive more realistic efforts to limit harm from global warming
Categories: Astronomy

Old-fashioned pessimism might actually help us fight climate change

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Negative thinking is unpopular but it could drive more realistic efforts to limit harm from global warming
Categories: Astronomy

How to see the Lyrid meteor shower and when is the peak?

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Caused by debris from a comet thought to originate in the Oort Cloud, the Lyrid meteor shower peaks this year on 22 April and is best viewed from the northern hemisphere, says Abigail Beall
Categories: Astronomy