cosmos

cosmos

The Milky Way Is Now Invisible to One Third of Humanity

A global atlas finds that light pollution is obscuring our view of the cosmos.
Emiko Jozuka
6.10.16
Space

Black Hole Rain Is Like Normal Rain, Only Light-Years in Scale

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array have identified an awesome new form of cosmic weather.
Michael Byrne
6.8.16
Motherboard Blog

In Long-Lost Radio Interview, Carl Sagan Talks Aliens and Religion

“We’re in the galactic boondocks.”
Sarah Emerson
3.30.16
Features

The People Who Believe Electricity Rules the Universe

"Electric universe" theory is at odds with everything modern science has determined about the universe. Yet something about it sparks fervor in the hearts of believers.
Sarah Scoles
2.18.16
ALIENS

The Search for Starivores, Intelligent Life that Could Eat the Sun

Why philosophers and scientists believe that hyper-advanced, star-eating life forms​ may actually exist—and that astronomers might already have the proof.
Maddie Stone
1.6.15
Science

How Long Would It Take to Colonize the Universe?

How intelligent life may come to saturate, and even shape, the cosmos.
Maddie Stone
1.2.15
Space

The Demystification of Venus

Forty-four years today, Venera 7 shattered the millennia-old illusion of Venus as a heavenly paradise. Good: paradises are dumb.
Becky Ferreira
12.15.14
ALIENS

What Alien Civilizations We've Never Met Can Teach Us About Saving the Earth

New findings about the astrobiology in the cosmos may hold key insights to building a sustainable civilization here on Earth.
Maddie Stone
12.9.14
Music

​Gravitational Waves Can Play Stars Like an Instrument

The effect, to quote astronomer Barry McKernan, is like “a piano on steroids.”
Becky Ferreira
9.23.14
Culture

How the Pleiades Shaped Civilization

And how they'll finally outrun that jerk Orion.
Becky Ferreira
4.28.14
Culture

What the World Actually Looked Like on the Day Creationists Say It All Began

What was the world really like on October 22, 4004 BCE, the beginning of the creationist timeline?
Becky Ferreira
4.22.14
Culture

What 'Cosmos' Got Wrong About Thales of Miletus, the World's First Scientist

It's amazing that Thales kicked the gods out of natural philosophy. But it is not his most important contribution to science.
Becky Ferreira
4.15.14