Does the Sun Have a Heart of Dark Matter?

​Something is amiss in our Sun. Or, rather, something is amiss in our theories of what the Sun is and how it behaves—theories that are known collectively as the standard solar model. This model, which is in part based on spectroscopic observations of the Sun’s photosphere (the layer that radiates light), offers powerful predictions about the temperature, density, and chemical makeup of our local solar furnace. Continue reading

How We Might Find Aliens via Their Black Hole Particle Accelerators

​If we’re to imagine an alien civilization with the interest in and ability to communicate with other civilizations, even those as (presumably) far-flung as Earth, then we have to imagine that those civilizations are pretty well dedicated to scientific research, particularly physics research. The aliens will want to understand all of the exotic varieties of matter and forces as much as we do, and maybe much more than we do (perhaps skipping the military trillions in favour of research). Continue reading

Dashcam ‘captures’ Star Wars TIE fighter crash on snowy German highway

Dashcams have filmed many amazing things in the past, such as the meteor shower over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. However, this could be the first time a Star Wars imperial Tie Fighter has ever been caught on camera by a driver. Continue reading

Stunning NASA image reveals surface of Saturn’s Titan moon

New images from NASA have captured the beautiful golden reflection of the sun on the polar sea of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. It is the latest image from a collaborative four year mission studying the Saturnine system. Continue reading

The Pirate Bay SUNK: Vanishes after Swedish data center raid

Torrent search engine and copyright-infringement poster child The Pirate Bay fell offline worldwide on Tuesday – reportedly after cops raided a data center in Stockholm, Sweden. Continue reading

Old laptop batteries could power slums

Old laptop batteries still have enough life in them to power homes in slums, researchers have said.

An IBM study analysed a sample of discarded batteries and found 70% had enough power to keep an LED light on more than four hours a day for a year. Researchers said using discarded batteries is cheaper than existing power options, and also helps deal with the mounting e-waste problem. Continue reading

In 2015 Facebook Will Drop a “Bombshell”

I’m not one for usually posting advertisements for other sites here, but I found this article very interesting. First up, I’m from the UK and get people saying:

“All this is going on in America – CIA, FBI, NSA – why do we need to worry about it?” Continue reading

Crime-fighting surveillance planes provoke privacy controversy

A US company has developed a way to monitor entire neighbourhoods, using a technology originally developed for the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But while police forces are excited by the prospect of getting access to the tech, privacy campaigners see it as a threat to citizens’ constitutional rights. Continue reading

Is mystery Russian spacecraft a satellite-killer?

Is it watching the watchers? Russia has launched a spacecraft that is whizzing around low Earth orbit visiting satellites, it emerged this week. The mystery craft has renewed fears that Russia has revived its interest in developing anti-satellite weapons, a programme thought to have been abandoned in the 1980s. Continue reading

Contact lenses with built-in video could be 3D printed

Who needs Glass when you’ve got contact lenses that can display video and even detect health problems? What’s more, lenses with these capabilities could one day be created using a 3D printer. Continue reading