As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

Writer Fuel: Are Tiny Black Holes Altering the Earth’s Orbit?

runaway black hole

Some of the universe’s oldest black holes swoop past our cosmic neighborhood at least once every decade, moving planets in their wake, a new study suggests. And if scientists can detect them, it would provide the first proof that these black holes exist as dark matter. Black holes, regions of immense gravity that even trap … Read more

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

Writer Fuel: What Don’t We Know About Dark Matter?

dark matter - deposit photos

In the 1930s, a Swiss astronomer named Fritz Zwicky noticed that galaxies in a distant cluster were orbiting one another much faster than they should have been given the amount of visible mass they had. He proposed than an unseen substance, which he called dark matter, might be tugging gravitationally on these galaxies. Since then, … Read more

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

Writer Fuel: Scientists Closer to Creating Powerful Laser Weapons

Laser Beams from a space ship above a planet - deposit photos

High-powered infrared laser weapons could be on the horizon after scientists figured out how to make lasers nine times more powerful. Militaries have already deployed laser-powered weapons, as popularized by films like “Star Wars,”, but they’re much weaker than those seen on screen and can only disable small airborne targets. The light In these current … Read more

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

Writer Fuel: Are We Generating Dark Matter Right Here on Earth?

CERN - deposit photos

A new search for dark matter has turned up empty handed — but, in a silver lining, the effort provided important limits that will help future experiments narrow down the hunt for this elusive substance. Most astronomers believe that dark matter accounts for 85 percent of all mass in the universe, and that its existence … Read more

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

Writer Fuel: Time Moved Far More Slowly in the Early Universe

big bang - deposit photos

Astronomers have peered back to the dawn of the cosmos to observe time ticking five times more slowly in the early universe than it does now — finally proving a prediction that Albert Einstein made more than a century ago. Researchers spotted the extreme slow-motion effect in data taken from bright cosmic beacons known as … Read more

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

Dying Stars Build Cocoons that Shake the Fabric of Space-Time

supernova - deposit photos

Since the first direct detection of the space-time ripples known as gravitational waves was announced in 2016, astronomers regularly listen for the ringing of black holes across the universe. Projects like the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (better known as LIGO) have detected almost 100 collisions between black holes (and sometimes neutron stars), which shake up … Read more

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

Writer Fuel: Will the Whole Universe Eventually Evaporate?

galaxies - deposit photos

Stephen Hawking’s most famous theory about black holes has just been given a sinister update — one that proclaims that everything in the universe is doomed to evaporate. In 1974, Hawking proposed that black holes eventually evaporate by losing what’s now known as Hawking radiation — a gradual draining of energy in the form of … Read more

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

Writer Fuel: The Speed of Light

speed of light - deposit photos

The universe has a speed limit, and it’s the speed of light. Nothing can travel faster than light — not even our best spacecraft — according to the laws of physics. So, what is the speed of light? Light moves at an incredible 186,000 miles per second (300,000 kilometers per second), equivalent to almost 700 … Read more

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

Writer Fuel: Fusion Power is Critical to Our Survival, The Science Guy Says

Atom molecule in dark interior as science concept. 3d rendering - deposit photos

What would Bill Nye the Science Guy get our home planet for Earth Day? The ultimate gift: fusion energy. “We need electricity,” Nye told Live Science in an exclusive interview on Thursday (April 20). “We need not only what we can get right now with existing technologies — with wind, and solar and geothermal energy … Read more

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

Writer Fuel: Can Gravity Become Light?

gravity light - deposit photos

Gravity can turn itself into light, but only if space-time behaves in just the right way, a research team has found. Under normal circumstances, you cannot get something from nothing. Specifically, the Standard Model of particle physics, the reigning theory that explains the subatomic zoo of particles, usually forbids the transformation of massless particles into … Read more