How fast our universe is expanding?

Signals from rare black hole-neutron star pairs could pinpoint rate at which universe is growing, researchers say. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Since it first exploded into existence 13.8 billion years ago, the universe has been expanding, dragging…

Viewpoint: Reining in Alternative Gravity

Fabian Schmidt, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 1, Garching, 85748, Germany About the Author:  Fabian Schmidt is a research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) in Garching, Germany. After completing…

Device makes power conversion more efficient

New design could dramatically cut energy waste in electric vehicles, data centers, and the power grid. [caption id="attachment_13827" align="alignnone" width="639"] MIT postdoc Yuhao Zhang, handles a wafer with hundreds of vertical gallium nitride power devices…

Hot spot at Hawaii? Not so fast

Rice University scientists' model shows global mantle plumes don't move as quickly as thought [caption id="attachment_12954" align="alignnone" width="789"] (Credit: Illustration by Chengzu Wang/Rice University)[/caption] HOUSTON – Through analysis of volcanic tracks, Rice University geophysicists have…