On Sept. 22, 2017, a ghostly particle traveled across the universe, passed through all cosmic bodies, and reached Antarctica intact. The ghost particle became significant in answering more than a century-old mystery.
Space July 13, 2018
A new study has found that the risk of cancer doubles for long-term missions outside Earth's magnetic field. Cancer and the other risks of cosmic ray exposure are among the leading concerns on the planned human Mars mission.
Space June 6, 2017
Experts say computer crashes may be caused by electronically charged particles from cosmic rays. What are cosmic rays and the threats that single-event upsets pose?
Space February 19, 2017
A new study asserts that electrically charged particles originating outside our galaxy are responsible for computer crashes. The research reveals that SEU or Single-Event Upsets lead to operational failures in personal devices.
Space February 19, 2017
The results of a NASA study on effects of cosmic radiation on the atmosphere in high-altitudes have been published and the research is expected to improve radiation monitoring, creating alerts to protect frequent flyers from high-radiation environments.
Space January 30, 2017
NASA has chosen the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer mission to launch a space telescope that will observe patterns in the X-ray radiation from black holes and neutron stars. The IXPE mission is one of three finalists in the space agency's Astrophysics Explorers Program.
Space January 5, 2017
Elementary particles produced by the collision of cosmic rays with atmospheric molecules are used by scientists in underground studies. In making such studies effective, an innovation has been made by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with a smaller muon detector that can track density variations of an object.
Earth/Environment December 20, 2016
Cosmic rays were able to unravel the secrets of ancient Egyptian pyramids. The project paves the way for finally unlocking what is inside the pyramids.
Ancient May 9, 2016
New data showed that cosmic rays hailed from nearby clusters of massive stars, where a supernova explosion occurs every few million years. The radioactive debris bolstered beliefs that these explosions must not have been too distant or too long ago.
Space April 25, 2016
For the first time ever, scientists at the H.E.S.S. observatory have identified the source of the high-energy cosmic rays that constantly bombard our planet. The source is actually a super-massive black hole at the center of Milky Way.
Space March 18, 2016
A team of researchers will use cosmic ray muons, infrared thermography and scanners attached to drones to survey and digitally reconstruct four ancient pyramids in Egypt to uncover their mysteries.
October 30, 2015
The CALET observatory has landed at the ISS. This space mission will provide details about cosmic rays over the next five years.
Space August 29, 2015
Colorado facility will study the effects long-term exposure to cosmic radiation may have on crews of extended space missions. NASA is funding the research in preparation for its intended mission to Mars.
Space May 6, 2015
Cosmic rays could severely affect the mental health of astronauts on their way to Mars. What will this mean for the future of humans in space?
Space May 2, 2015
Supernova can result in gamma ray bursts — or not. Now, scientists have observed the remains of one that was 'on the edge' for the first time.
Space April 28, 2015
Everyone has seen lightning, but nobody knows where they come from. Scientists might be on to something as they discover a connection between lightning and cosmic rays.
Space April 25, 2015
Decreased solar activity has increased cosmic radiation, which may make manned missions to Mars hazardous. Humans may have a shorter time to spend in outer space.
Space October 23, 2014
Your smartphone could become part of the world's largest telescope. University of California app turns your phone into a cosmic ray detector.
October 14, 2014
Researchers developed an app that records radioactivity and captures photons of cosmic rays.
Geek October 3, 2014
Cosmic rays originating from beyond the galaxy are the most energetic particles in the known universe. Now, astronomers may be coming closer to understanding how they form.
Space July 10, 2014
Solar winds may trigger lightning strikes on Earth. How can charged particles from so far away have such a dramatic effect?
Animals May 16, 2014
The entire solar system is wrapped up with a giant magnetic ribbon. This strange feature may hold the answer to a decades-old mystery in astronomy. It could also tell us exactly where Voyager 1 is right now.
Space February 17, 2014
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