Carlo Rovelli: ‘Science is not just about writing equations. It’s about reconceptualising the world’

Of all the big ideas floating around — long-termism, degrowth, space colonization and so on — is any quite as radical as quantum physics? For a century, physicists have known that the classical assumptions about the universe are incorrect — electrons do not orbit the nucleus of an atom, but exist in waves around it. … Read more

New Pacific island rises after underwater volcanic blast | Volcanoes News

The tiny island came into existence 11 hours after a volcanic eruption and grew to 24,000-square meters in size. A new island has emerged in the southwest Pacific Ocean after a Home Reef underwater volcano erupted oozed lava and ejected ash and steam. The island came into existence 11 hours after the eruption on September … Read more

How to see Jupiter from our region as gas giant enters ‘opposition’ and closest point to Earth

A composite image of Jupiter taken by the James Webb Space Telescope’s Near-Infrared Camera (Photo courtesy: NASA, ESA, CSA, Jupiter ERS Team; image processing by Judy Schmidt). That’s good news for amateur astrophotographers and space enthusiasts across our region, because tomorrow the largest planet in our solar system will be the biggest and most visible … Read more

Jaw-dropping Jupiter photo made of 600,000 images, photographer says

Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy of Arizona captured this stunning view of Jupiter by stacking 600,000 images of the planet to create his sharpest view ever. See more of McCarthy’s images on Instagram (opens in new tab). (Image credit: Andrew McCarthy/https://www.instagram.com/cosmic_background/) One photo of Jupiter may be worth a thousand words, but what about more than half … Read more

Target Venus not Mars for first crewed mission to another planet, experts say | Venus

With a surface hot enough to melt lead, crushing atmospheric pressure and clouds of sulfuric acid, Venus might not sound like the most enticing destination for human exploration. But a group of experts are advocating that our other nearest neighbour, rather than Mars, should be the initial target for a crewed mission to another planet. … Read more

Innovative MIT Passive Cooling System Works Without Electricity

By David L. Chandler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology September 24, 2022 Two samples of passive cooling devices were tested on the roof of MIT’s Building 1: On the left, a sample of the new system, combining evaporative cooling, radiative cooling, and insulation. On the right, a device using just evaporative cooling, for comparison testing. Credit: … Read more

Nasa’s Dart probe to smash into asteroid in first Earth defence test | Asteroids

Most mission scientists would wince at the thought of their spacecraft being smashed to smithereens. But for those behind Nasa’s Dart probe, anything short of total destruction will be chalked up as a failure. The $330m (£300m) spacecraft is due to slam head-on into an asteroid about 11m kilometers above the Indian Ocean soon after … Read more

NASA will intentionally crash a spacecraft into an asteroid at 15,000mph on Monday

In just a few days’ time, NASA will intentionally crash a spacecraft into an asteroid at 15,000mph. Such a mission may evoke memories of a Hollywood disaster movie such as Armageddon or Deep Impact, but this is very much real and is actually part of the US space agency’s first ever planetary defence test. Of course, there … Read more