Fusion Bootstrapping Breakthrough

In a major milestone for fusion, the National Ignition Facility sees particles created by the reaction feed energy back into the reaction. Humans have gotten pretty good at nuclear fission. But fusion, bringing two atomic nuclei together, has been much more tricky—at least for peaceful purposes. But In a new study out today in Nature, […]

This Could Be A Good Year For Comets

A team of European astronomers has found a previously unknown comet, detected as a tiny blob of light orbiting our Sun deep in the Solar System. Europe’s Teide Observatory Tenerife Asteroid Survey team has been credited with discovering comet P/2014 C1, named ‘TOTAS’ in recognition of the teamwork involved in the find. The comet was […]

Doing Real Science At Home

The internet has allowed people to engage in science research projects since the inception of the SETI@Home screensaver that appeared more than 10 years ago. These days, people can engage with several such distributed computing projects, from modeling climate change to medicinal research. But the likelihood of any one individual finding anything of significance is […]

Help Astronomers Find New Planetary Nurseries With New Citizen Science Project

Want to detect new planetary nurseries? Well, now you can with this new citizen science project… NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the agency’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission through a new website, DiskDetective.org. Disk Detective is NASA’s largest crowdsourcing project whose primary goal […]