Deciding to Read This Article Isn’t The Result of Gravity Crushing Your Quantum Spirit

Deciding to Read This Article Isn’t The Result of Gravity Crushing Your Quantum Spirit

A few years ago, deep beneath the Apennine Mountains in Italy, a team of physicists hunted for flashes of light that just might suggest human consciousness is the product of gravitational forces. The fact they came up empty-handed doesn’t mean we’re all meat computers with no free will; it does make the quest for a … Read more

A Rogue Black Hole Roaming Our Galaxy May Have Just Been Confirmed

A Rogue Black Hole Roaming Our Galaxy May Have Just Been Confirmed

The first detection of what appears to be a rogue black hole drifting through the Milky Way, revealed earlier this year, just got important validation. A second team of scientists, conducting a separate, independent analysis, has reached almost the same finding, adding weight to the idea that we’ve potentially identified a rogue black hole wandering … Read more

Researchers Discovered a New Kind of Higgs Relative in The Unlikeliest of Places

Researchers Discovered a New Kind of Higgs Relative in The Unlikeliest of Places

Sometimes the discovery of new physics demands insane levels of energy. Big machinery. fancy equipment. Countless hours of sifting through reams of data. And then sometimes the right combination of materials can open a doorway to invisible realms in a space little bigger than a tabletop. Take this new kind of relative to the Higgs … Read more

Dying Early Universe Galaxies Could Be Killed by Their Supermassive Black Holes

Dying Early Universe Galaxies Could Be Killed by Their Supermassive Black Holes

The Milky Way galaxy isn’t very active, as far as galaxies go. Every year it produces around three to four Suns’ worth of new stars in the entirety of its spiral body, and stars of all ages can be found sprinkled throughout. But there are some galaxies even quieter – elliptical galaxies, for which most … Read more

Several ‘Echoing’ Black Holes Have Just Been Discovered in The Milky Way

Several ‘Echoing’ Black Holes Have Just Been Discovered in The Milky Way

Echoes of light bouncing off thick clouds of material around active black holes are helping astronomers better understand the wacky space-time in the immediate vicinity of these extreme objects. Within the Milky Way, astronomers have just identified eight new examples of these echoing black holes. Previously, only two had been identified within our galaxy. Having … Read more

Something’s Glowing at The Galactic Core, And We Could Be Closer to Solving The Mystery

Something’s Glowing at The Galactic Core, And We Could Be Closer to Solving The Mystery

Something deep in the heart of the Milky Way galaxy is glowing with gamma radiation, and nobody can figure out for sure what it might be. Colliding dark matter has been proposed, ruled out, and then tentatively reconsidered. Dense, rapidly rotating objects called pulsars were also considered as candidate sources of the high-energy rays, before … Read more

The Eyes Can Reveal if Someone Has Aphantasia – An Absence of Visuals in Their Mind

The Eyes Can Reveal if Someone Has Aphantasia – An Absence of Visuals in Their Mind

Aphantasia is the strange condition where some people are unable to visualize images in their mind. For a long time, aphantasia could only be identified thanks to people’s self-reported experiences. Now, we may finally have a way to detect it in a different way. In this case, the eyes have it. More specifically, in a … Read more

This Hubble Anniversary Pic of Unusual Galaxies Is Out-of-This-World Gorgeous

This Hubble Anniversary Pic of Unusual Galaxies Is Out-of-This-World Gorgeous

We’ve written about some truly stunning deep space pictures here on ScienceAlert, but a new Hubble snap showcasing a special collection of five galaxies has to be one of the best yet – even by our high standards. The group of galaxies is called the Hickson Compact Group 40, and they’re unusually close together at … Read more

An Ancient Namibian Stone Could Hold The Key to Unlocking Quantum Computers

An Ancient Namibian Stone Could Hold The Key to Unlocking Quantum Computers

One of the ways we can fully realize the potential of quantum computers is by basing them on both light and matter – this way, information can be stored and processed, but also travel at the speed of light. Scientists have just taken a step closer to this goal, by successfully producing the largest hybrid … Read more

A Powerful ‘Space Laser’ Has Been Detected Beaming From Deep Space

A Powerful ‘Space Laser’ Has Been Detected Beaming From Deep Space

Powerful, radio-wavelength laser light has been detected emanating from the greatest distance across deep space yet. It’s a type of massless cosmic object called a megamaser, and its light has traveled for a jaw-dropping 5 billion light-years to reach us here on Earth. The astronomers who discovered it using the MeerKAT radio telescope in South … Read more