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Meteors shed light on our solar system's early days

New analyses of a handful of meteorites from the outer reaches of the solar system hold clues to its very origins.

Gigantic supernova explains mysterious gamma-ray burst

6.4 billion years ago, a dying star finally exploded as a huge supernova, releasing energy as gamma rays in a violent reaction.

Historic discovery: huge electric field occurs spontaneously in laughing gas

Scientists have discovered a new, astonishing electric phenomenon.

Nobel prize winner: Let’s find dark matter and dark energy

Dark matter and dark energy continue to be cosmological conundra for physicists worldwide. Nobel prize winner Brian Schmidt offers his perspective in an interview.

Higgs: a scientific delight or a painful headache?

CERN releases new findings on the Higgs boson that once again brings the future of particle physics into question.

All existence on the edge

The entire universe is unstable. Suddenly it could change all its physical game rules. That would be the definitive end of happy hour for humanity.

Prestigious prize for expanded universe

In its earliest moments after the Big Bang something counterintuitive happened. In much less than the wink of an eye the entire universe underwent a monstrous growth spurt, faster than the speed of light.

Winners of the Kavli Prizes 2014

Norway’s Thomas W. Ebbesen is among the winners of the prestigious Kavli Prize in Nanoscience. The three Kavli Prizes were awarded today. See all nine winners here.