plasma

black holes

New Supercomputer Simulations Show How Plasma Jets Escape Black Holes

Black holes swallow everything that comes in contact with them, so how do plasma jets manage to escape their intense gravity?
Daniel Oberhaus
1.30.19
auroras

Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why the Northern and Southern Lights Don't Match

A leading explanation for the different patterns seen in Earth’s northern and southern auroras has been ruled out.
Becky Ferreira
1.29.19
physics

Scientists Made Plasma That Is 50 Times Colder Than Deep Space

Scientists have created a laser-cooled neutral plasma for the first time that will be used to simulate some of the hottest and most exotic matter in the universe.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.7.19
hEALTH tech

These Plasma Patches Could Replace Antibiotics to Treat Chronic Wounds

The German company Coldplasmatech is using the weirdest state of matter to fight superbugs and accelerate healing.
Becky Ferreira
6.6.18
plasma

Watch This Plasma Ring Float in Open Air

The plasma ring was created using a stream of water that was less than the width of a human hair and moving as fast as a bullet.
Daniel Oberhaus
11.15.17
sun

How a Solar Storm Almost Caused World War III

Crisis averted.
Madison Margolin
1.18.17
fusion

Why Widespread Fusion Energy Is Taking So Damn Long

The most powerful experimental fusion reactor is under budget and a decade behind schedule.
Keith Wagstaff
5.3.16
nasa

What NASA Can Learn From the March 9 Eclipse

Next week's total solar eclipse will give NASA a rare peak at the Sun's atmosphere.
Daniel Oberhaus
3.6.16
nasa

Pluto’s Icy Plains Reveal Its Recent Geological Activity

The New Horizons flyby is over, but the fun has just begun.
Becky Ferreira
7.19.15
models

The Everyday Birth of a Mysterious Atmospheric Sprite

Atmospheric physicists offer new evidence for the mechanism behind a bizarre form of upper-atmospheric lightning.
Michael Byrne
7.1.15
Lasers

Plasma-Based Midair Displays Are a Beautiful Techno-Future

Even if they are still kind of dangerous.
Michael Byrne
6.27.15