Deciding to Read This Article Isn’t The Result of Gravity Crushing Your Quantum Spirit

A few years ago, deep beneath the Apennine Mountains in Italy, a team of physicists hunted for flashes of light that just might suggest human consciousness is the product of gravitational forces. The fact they came up empty-handed does not mean we’re all meat computers with no free will; it does make the quest for … Read more

The Collapse of an Atlantic Ocean Current Would Ripple Across The World, Says Study

Climate change is slowing down the conveyor belt of ocean currents that brings warm water from the tropics up to the North Atlantic. Our research, published today (June 6) in Nature Climate Changelooks at the profound consequences to global climate if this Atlantic conveyor collapses entirely. We found the collapse of this system – called … Read more

Bridge Collapse in Pakistan Due to Glacier Lake Outburst Flood

Bridge Collapse in Pakistan Due to Glacier Lake Outburst Flood Extraordinary record-high temperatures in Pakistan triggered the collapse of the Hassanabad Bridge along the Karakoram Highway in the Hunza Valley. The ongoing unprecedented heat wave melted ice on Shisper Glacier, creating a lake which flooded, wiping out the bridge and damaging nearby homes, buildings, and … Read more

NASA satellites capture collapse of ice shelf shortly after Antarctic heatwave | Science & Tech

A huge millennial ice shelf measuring some 463 square miles – roughly the same size as the city of Rome – has collapsed on the Conger Glacier in the eastern Antarctic, disintegrating into thousands of icebergs that are now drifting in the Southern Ocean. The largest of these, called the C-8, measured 123 square kilometers … Read more

Sudden collapse of Antarctic ice shelf could be sign of things to come

This Sentinel-1A satellite image shows the C-38 iceberg on March 17, 2022. The iceberg broke off from the Conger Ice Shelf. (Image credit: USNIC) A massive Antarctic ice shelf that covered an area about the size of New York City or Rome just collapsed into the ocean. Scientists warn that while they do not expect … Read more

Why Did Vikings Mysteriously Leave Greenland? We May Finally Know The Reason

For the better part of four centuries, Greenland’s southern coast defined the westernmost edge of Viking occupation. Seduced by visions of verdant hills and fertile ground, in the late 10th century waves of Norse migrants set sail in hopes of an easier life abroad. At its peak, the colony’s population numbered in the thousands, spread … Read more

Retaining walls: On the case of a collapse on the Isle of Wight

Several stages of ground investigations were needed to uncover the causes behind the collapse of Victorian retaining walls supporting a road on the Isle of Wight’s south coast. Following a period of heavy rainfall in January 2020, large cracks appeared in Belgrave Road in a central part of the seaside town of Ventnor on the … Read more

Radioactive Kilonova Glow Suggests Rapid Spin Delayed Collapse of Neutron Stars Into Black Hole

In this artist’s representation, the merger of two neutron stars to form a black hole (hidden within bright bulge at center of image) generated opposing, high-energy jets of particles (blue) that heated up material around the stars, making it emit X -rays (reddish clouds). The Chandra X-ray Observatory is still detecting X-rays from the event … Read more

Why Isn’t Jupiter a Star?

The smallest known main-sequence star in the Milky Way galaxy is a real pixie of a thing. It’s called EBLM J0555-57Ab, a red dwarf 600 light-years away. With a mean radius of around 59,000 kilometers, it’s just a smidge bigger than Saturn. That makes it the tiniest known star to support hydrogen fusion in its … Read more

Rapid spin delays the collapse of merged neutron stars into black hole

Image credit: X-ray data from NASA, CXC and Northwestern Univ./A. Hajela; visual by NASA / CXC / M. Weiss. When two neutron stars spiral into one another and merge to form a black hole – an event recorded in 2017 by gravitational wave detectors and telescopes worldwide – does it immediately become a black hole? … Read more