Black holes are a lot older than we think. (AP Image/L. Calcada)
Black holes are a lot older than we think. (AP Image/L. Calcada)A group of physicists is convinced that black holes originated at the beginning of time — in line with theories of the renowned astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking — just six years after the phenomena's existence was confirmed in an unbelievable advance that rocked the astronomy field.

A new telescope will have an exciting new exoplanet to study. (Jose Caballero and Javier Bollain)
A new telescope will have an exciting new exoplanet to study. (Jose Caballero and Javier Bollain)NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope promises to permanently alter knowledge of the universe, and in time for its launch this year, scientists working with the space agency have located a terrific candidate for observation: The first Earth-like exoplanet with detectable atmospheric conditions.

Mars is there ... but how did it form? (AP Image/JPL)
Mars is there ... but how did it form? (AP Image/JPL)A Yale University physicist has proposed that Mars’ billion-year-old formation may be the consequence of a giant terrestrial impact because it appears to have a uniform composition, and only such a massive collision could induce energy at a high-enough level to erase any physical evidence of the merges that all planets experience.

There's new hope in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
There's new hope in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Drug creation for Alzheimer’s disease poses a dilemma: Because the enzyme behind the condition is crucial for several body processes, tampering with it is risky. But scientists have now discovered a way to safely control the enzyme, offering hope that the disease will soon have its first dedicated medication.

Quantum communication will revolutionize data handling. (Pixabay/Oleg Gamulinskiy)
Quantum communication will revolutionize data handling. (Pixabay/Oleg Gamulinskiy)California researchers discovered a way to leverage an unused property of light to apply the unrestricted nature of the quantum domain to wireless communication, creating a new type of channel with infinite capacity that could make looming data limitations irrelevant.

A new frontier is crossed in the battle against malaria. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)
A new frontier is crossed in the battle against malaria. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)Consistently ranked as one of the leading causes of death around the world, malaria doesn’t have an effective vaccine yet. But researchers have invented a promising new blueprint for one — with properties akin to the novel RNA-based vaccine for COVID-19.

A diplodocus relative has been unearthed. (Alexander Averianov)
A diplodocus relative has been unearthed. (Alexander Averianov)Among the youngest of its kind, a new dinosaur dubbed Dzharatitanis kingi was unearthed by U.S. and Russian researchers in Asia, and the fossil's location provides insight into how Earth’s continents were bridged and populated several million years ago.

Some terrestrial microbes can survive on Mars ... briefly. (Pixabay/Alexander Antropov)
Some terrestrial microbes can survive on Mars ... briefly. (Pixabay/Alexander Antropov)In collaboration with NASA, the German Aerospace Center has discovered that some valuable microbes found on Earth — including one that's highly important for industrial and pharmaceutical purposes — can temporarily exist on Mars, a conclusion drawn from their recent experiment MARSBOx, or rather, Mars in a box, that has timely implications for space exploration.

Finding the edge of chaos is the key to neural networks. (Pixabay/Pete Linforth)
Finding the edge of chaos is the key to neural networks. (Pixabay/Pete Linforth)Thanks to technological advances, massive amounts of biological information are now at scientists' disposal, but because they lack the tools to compute such large data networks, it often goes unanalyzed. However, researchers say they’ve found a way to decode one such system — the neural network — by using a new model to locate the brain's so-called edge of chaos.

A Sheltie, sitting on the mat, is awaiting for the owner's command. The toy, attached to the mat, is in front of the dog. (Rita Lenkei)
A Sheltie, sitting on the mat, is awaiting for the owner's command. The toy, attached to the mat, is in front of the dog. (Rita Lenkei)Dogs appear to express body awareness, which is fundamental to understanding one's own conscious existence, and the researchers behind the novel finding suggest this physical perception could point to the animal's capacity for other advanced forms of thought, too.

Space lasers might zap old satellites into plasma. (Pixabay/PIRO4D)
Space lasers might zap old satellites into plasma. (Pixabay/PIRO4D)Although 60% of Earth’s nearly 6,000 satellites are non-operational and needlessly occupying the planet's orbit, attempts to remove this "space junk" are sparse. But a Russian physicist has been fine-tuning a method to eliminate defunct satellites — using space-borne lasers to melt them into plasma — to ensure it won't inadvertently create even more debris.

COVID-19's effects may last months. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
COVID-19's effects may last months. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Many COVID-19 survivors experience symptoms even months after they recover, and while the medical reasoning for this phenomenon continues to elude scientists, a Malaysian neurobiology researcher has proposed a novel hypothesis: The virus could be causing chronic brainstem dysfunction.