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Why the Virgin Galactic spaceship didn’t reach orbit last weekend
It's like throwing a baseball really, really far through the atmosphere.
We finally know what sparks the Northern Lights
It took researchers more than 20 years to figure out this light show mystery.
What the heck is a quantum network?
Today's supercomputers could one day provide ultra-secure encryption.
How sticky balls give major league pitchers an advantage
The science behind the spin, explained.
What if the speed of Earth’s rotation suddenly got faster?
Even a 1 mile per hour speed boost would make things pretty weird.
The quest to build a cozier LED lightbulb
LEDs may be efficient, but they can also feel sterile and hurt your sleep. Researchers are working on a fix.
Understanding the weird Biden-Carter photo could help you take better selfies
It's likely not lens distortion that caused the curious appearance. Instead, it's something called perspective distortion.
How lightsabers went from a DIY project to culturally iconic
How hot is a lightsaber? What was the original lightsaber prop made out of?
Warp speed space travel just got a tiny bit more realistic
A physicist uses the theory of General Relativity and geometry to explain the science fiction concept.
Inside the discovery that could change particle physics
A subatomic particle called the muon is more magnetic than it should be—here’s what that could mean.