| Oct 27, 2014
| 7:11 PM
You don’t see this every day. For the first time, astronomers have captured images of a nova very soon after the stellar explosion flared into existence and have tracked the fireball's dramatic expansion into space.
The discovery, described in the...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 10:35 PM
To mark the solar eclipse that swept across the Southern California sky on Thursday — the first one seen in Los Angeles in 2 1/2 years — the Cosmic Cafe on Mt. Wilson was serving up sandwiches and chili.
This was kind of a big deal. After...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 4:50 AM
Attention stargazers: Thursday afternoon's sunset will coincide with a partial solar eclipse. That means the sun — when spied through eclipse glasses or other special viewing devices — will appear crescent-shaped.
"It's a dramatic event,"...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 2:25 PM
More than 45,000 science fans took advantage of a free offer to explore the inner workings of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory last weekend when the La Cañada facility opened its doors for its annual Open House.
The event, which attracts large...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 9:35 AM
Tel Aviv — Two years ago, Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob of Tel Aviv University's School of Physics and Astronomy and Rice University's Center for Theoretical Biological Physics made the startling discovery that cancer, like an enemy hacker in cyberspace,...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 8:20 AM
Astronomers searching for hints of leaky galaxies have picked up radiation from a star-forming galaxy in the nearby universe that behaves rather like some of the earliest stellar factories that gave a dark universe its first rays of light.
| Oct 8, 2014
| 5:41 PM
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii was disrupted Tuesday by protesters who oppose the telescope’s construction. The incident was the latest in a history of tension over what native Hawaiians...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 7:35 PM
Long before he would be awarded a Nobel Prize, Martin L. Perl liked to do his own plumbing repairs.
He usually had spare time, and he clearly knew the physics, his oldest son, Jed, recalled. And Martin Perl was, first and foremost, a hands-on...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Two hundred and thirty years ago, Charles Marie de la Condamine returned to France with proof about the shape of the Earth after spending 10 years in Latin America. For thousands of years, human beings had roamed the planet indifferent to its form until...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 7:56 AM
Tel Aviv — The idea of mapping the brain is not new. Researchers have known for years that the key to treating, curing, and even preventing brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury, is to understand how the...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 5:57 AM
Chicago and much of the country were treated to its second total lunar eclipse of the year just before dawn Wednesday.
At 4:18 a.m., the moon slipped into the Earth’s shadow and continued to darken into a total eclipse from 5:27 a.m. until 6:22 a....