A Swift Kick Sends a Black Hole Careening

Since 2006, astrophysicists have shown through computer simulations that when two black holes merge, the gravitational waves emitted during this interaction carry linear momentum with them. This, in turn, could impart a recoil, or “kick,” to the product of that merger: a  bigger black hole. Until now, this kick remained strictly theoretical. It could be […]

Is Holographic Data Storage the Next Big Thing?

Every email you send, every selfie you take, every TikTok video you post adds to the amount of digital data in the world. And that pile of data is growing at an astonishing rate. According to recent estimates, by 2025, there will be in the neighborhood of 200 zettabytes of data zipping around in the world. To […]

Huge black object becomes visible during solar flare

On 2022-01-11 and 2022-01-12 the Stereo EUVI A304 satellite captured a massive solar flare, then, on 2022-1-14 and 2022-1-15, the SDO AIA 94 satellite captured a huge black object that becomes visible during another solar flare.  UFOs have often been photographed next to the sun, but in this case it is not clear whether the […]

NASA hasn’t hired theologians to study reaction to alien life

CLAIM: “NASA just hired 24 theologians to assess how the world would react if we discovered alien life.” AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. NASA has not hired any theologians to study the potential reaction humans would have to the discovery of alien life. NASA provided some funding in 2015 to the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, […]

The Mysterious Mantell UFO Incident

On January 7, 1948, 25-year-old Captain Thomas F. Mantell, a Kentucky Air National Guard pilot, died in the crash of his P-51 Mustang fighter plane near Franklin, Kentucky, United States, after being sent in pursuit of an unidentified flying object (UFO). The event was among the most publicized early UFO incidents.  Later investigation by the […]

Earth Is Surrounded by a 1000 Light Year Wide Bubble Carved Out by Supernovas

The cosmic void is surrounded by multiple star-forming regions created by the explosions. Earth is slap bang in the middle of a 1,000 light-year-wide bubble with a dense surface birthing thousands of baby stars.  Researchers have long wondered what created this “superbubble.” Now, a new study suggests that at least 15 powerful star explosions inflated […]

Who Were the Denisovans?

In 1980, a Buddhist monk journeyed to Baishiya Karst Cave to pray. Located at the foot of a cliff at the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in Gansu, China, the cave’s opening, punched into a vertical expanse of gray stone, is such a picture-perfect embodiment of a monastic site that it almost veers into parody. […]

New Funding Will Help Highlight Five Black History Sites in the American South

The Cecil Williams South Carolina Civil Rights Museum preserves photographs and artifacts from the civil rights movement. Cecil Williams South Carolina Civil Rights Museum A memorial to the victims of a 1973 munitions plant explosion and a monument honoring enslaved women who were the subject of medical experiments are among five Black history sites set to […]

A Star-Producing, Cosmic Bubble Shrouds Our Solar System

Using data and data visualization software that mapped the asymmetrical bubble, the research team calculated that at least 15 supernovae have gone off over millions of years and pushed gas outward, creating a bubble where seven star-forming regions dot the surface.  Leah Hustak (STScI) For the first time, researchers have studied a series of events […]

Lyme-Spreading Ticks May Thrive in Warmer Winter Conditions Across North America

In the last two decades, cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. have tripled. In one year, 476,000 individuals come down with flu-like symptoms accompanied by a distinct bulls-eye rash. Scott Bauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons under Public Domain New research presented at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology’s 2022 annual […]

Nuclear Technician Reports UFO Activity Over Whiteman Air Force Base

     A former nuclear weapons technician has gone on the record for the first time to speak about disturbing security incidents he encountered at a U.S. Air Force (USAF) base, which stores nuclear weapons. By Christopher SharpLiberation Times1-12-21 Whilst stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, between 2003-2007, Adrian Reister claims to have witnessed […]

Five Lost Civilizations

A civilization is defined as “an advanced state of human society, in which a high level of culture, science, industry and a government have been reached.” According to the National Geographic Society, this includes large population centers, division of labor, a class system, a communication system and monumental architecture/distinctive art. Many once-mighty civilizations have dwindled, […]

How Campbell Soup Turned New Jersey Into a Tomato-Growing State

Harry Hall, Campbell’s chief agricultural expert, inspects tomatoes in his office at Campbell’s research farm in Cinnaminson, New Jersey sometime in the 1920s. Campbell Soup Company What comes to mind when you think of Campbell Soup? You might picture cans of tomato soup or perhaps an iconic Andy Warhol print of them. You probably don’t […]