Scientists are working through the endless secrets of the world, one heavenly puzzle at a time.
Onboard Thursday’s debut Virgin Galactic flight were many experiments. The company’s first paying clients were transported on a journey focused on research aboard a spacecraft propelled by rockets.
The expedition observed the behavior of the passengers’ heart rates during acceleration and detected cosmic radiation in Earth’s upper atmosphere during its brief period in zero gravity.
Amazing findings, such as the first-ever detection of a key chemical in space. In an effort to solve one of the greatest cosmic mysteries of our time—the universe’s expansion rate and the mysterious forces driving it—the European Space Agency plans to launch the Euclid mission this weekend.
That’s not all, either. This week, scientists revealed glimmers of the universe’s hidden workings that could change how we see it. The Milky Way galaxy has been depicted in a wide variety of fascinating images, but never from this angle.
Milky Way’s New Portrait
A detector buried deep under Antarctica’s thick ice allowed astronomers to track “ghost particles” that were responsible for painting a new picture of the Milky Way.
Neutrinos are ghost particles that can flow through any type of material without altering anything. Scientists were able to view our neighborhood in the celestial neighborhood in a new way that may potentially disclose the solutions to larger cosmic puzzles by tracing their beginnings throughout the galaxy.
Another group of researchers found brand-new gravitational waves that “hum” in a heavenly choir and reverberate throughout the cosmos, similar to the cosmic background noise.
Men returning after hunting as women foraged may come to mind when one thinks of prehistoric hunter-gatherer communities. However, a recent study turns these gender prejudices on their head. Archaeological evidence demonstrates that women of all ages used knives, nets, bows, and arrows to hunt large wildlife. The hunters occasionally worked alone or with kids and dogs. Furthermore, these women imparted their wisdom and methods to others.
The investigation began in the Andes Mountains when archaeologists discovered a group of 9,000-year-old remains that were interred alongside a variety of hunting tools and thought the skeleton was male.