Which eclipse experience is better?

So I am fortunate enough to have 2 choices about how to view the eclipse, and I’m not sure which would be a better bet. I could either stay in my current city and get guaranteed clear skies for a 94% eclipse, or drive a few hours out and get a total eclipse but with … Read more

How science can inspire ‘peak experiences’ that improve well-being

NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI In the middle of the last century, the psychologist Abraham Maslow set about investigating the foundations of happiness. Interviewing people about their lives, he was intrigued to find that many reported having experienced rare moments of epiphany, associated with “awe… rapture, ecstasy or bliss” in which “all separateness or distance … Read more

Two brilliant new novels from Adrian Tchaikovsky show his range

In Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Alien Clay, prisoners live on a hostile alien world Gremlin/Getty Images Alien ClayAdrian Tchaikovsky (Tor) Service ModelAdrian Tchaikovsky (Tor, out 6 June) British writer Adrian Tchaikovsky has not one, but two new novels out in the first half of this year. That may be due to the vagaries of publishing, rather than … Read more

Why AIs that tackle complex maths could be the next big breakthrough

Andriy Onufriyenko/Getty Images For Bill Gates, artificial intelligence is the most important invention since the internet or the personal computer. For Google boss Sundar Pichai, it will have a more profound impact than electricity and fire. Already, though, there are signs the AI revolution may be faltering. Since OpenAI released its landmark GPT-4 system in … Read more

NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara missed the total solar eclipse, but saw Earth ‘moving’ below her during spacewalk (photos)

NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara was prepared for her first spacewalk — but not for the view. O’Hara, along with SpaceX Crew-7 NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, conducted the fourth all-woman spacewalk at the International Space Station (ISS) on Nov. 1, 2023. They spent 6 hours and 42 minutes performing station maintenance, such as replacing a bearing … Read more

We live in a cosmic void so empty that it breaks the laws of cosmology

ryan wills; Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images EVER feel like you are stuck in a hole? Newsflash: you are. Astronomers call it the “local hole”, but that is quite the understatement. It is vast, gigantic, enormously huge – although, in truth, adjectives fail us when it comes to this expanse of nothingness. It is the largest cosmic … Read more

Deadly upwellings of cold water pose threat to migratory sharks

Bull sharks may be vulnerable to cold upwellings Martin Prochazkacz/Shutterstock​ Upwellings of cold water from the deep sea to the surface can be deadly for marine animals and such events are increasing in frequency due to climate change. In March 2021, hundreds of fish and shellfish, as well as squid, octopuses, manta rays and bull … Read more

Someone please tell me the truth

(I’ll be in the zone of totality) So I wanna know if I can look at the solar eclipse at all during any phase without being hurt and, I’d like to know if it’s safe to record it or take photos without a solar eclipse lens.