Michelle Starr, ScienceAlert

Michelle Starr


Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Recent articles by Michelle:

In an Astonishing Feat, Astronomers Present Evidence of an Extra-Galactic Planet

In a galaxy 31 million light-years away, astronomers believe they have just found evidence of a planet. → Read More

Jaw-Dropping Direct Image Shows a Baby Exoplanet Over 400 Light-Years Away

Just over 400 light-years away, a baby exoplanet is making its way into the Universe. → Read More

For The First Time Ever, Evidence of Ancient Life Was Discovered Inside a Ruby

A ruby that formed in Earth's crust 2.5 billion years ago encases evidence for early life, wriggling around in the planet's mud. → Read More

Physicists Created a Supernova Reaction on Earth Using a Radioactive Beam

For the first time, physicists have been able to directly measure one of the ways exploding stars forge the heaviest elements in the Universe. → Read More

Breakthrough Discovery Shows Vikings Were Active in North America 1,000 Years Ago

New archaeological evidence has allowed scientists to refine the timeline for the Viking presence in North America. → Read More

Asteroids May Have Stolen The Oxygen From Earth's Ancient Atmosphere

For a period of Earth's history, between roughly 2.5 to 4 billion years ago, our planet was a punching bag for asteroids. → Read More

Two Planets Smashed Together So Hard One of Them Lost Its Atmosphere

The formation of a planetary system is a somewhat messy affair. → Read More

Astronomers May Have Just Found Evidence of The Very First Stars in Our Universe

Back when the Universe was young – around 13.7 billion years ago – the first stars formed in the soupy darkness, setting the cosmos alight. → Read More

Humans Are Actually Terrible at Navigating Cities, Study of Over 14,000 People Shows

We design cities. We live in them. We work in them, and we have fun in them. But boy howdy are we bad at getting around them. → Read More

Plankton Is Undergoing a Global Migration, With Dire Consequences For The Food Web

If Earth's temperature rises by a significant enough margin, we could see a major restructuring of the plankton species living in our oceans. → Read More

Busted! Astronomers Confirm The Large Magellanic Cloud Totally Ate Another Galaxy

The Milky Way galaxy has a history of violence. → Read More

A Mysterious 'Ghost Particle' Probably Didn't Come From a Black Hole's Meal After All

A high-energy neutrino traced back to a violent encounter between a black hole and a star needs a different origin story, new research has found. → Read More

Jet Fuel Made From This Crop Could Cut Emissions by Up to 68%, New Analysis Proves

The aviation industry is necessary for the world we live in today, but it places a strain on the environment, thanks to emissions from petroleum-based fossil fuel. → Read More

Wild New Paper Claims Earth May Be Surrounded by a Giant Magnetic Tunnel

Mysterious structures in the sky that have puzzled astronomers for decades might finally have an explanation – and it's quite something. → Read More

Mysterious Source in Deep Space Generates 1,652 Fast Radio Bursts in Just 47 Days

A source of powerful radio signals from distant space has deepened the mystery of fast radio bursts. → Read More

Eerie Discovery of 2 'Identical' Galaxies in Deep Space Is Finally Explained

Galaxies are a bit like fingerprints, or snowflakes. There are many of them out there, and they can have a lot of characteristics in common, but no two are exactly alike. → Read More

Mysterious Flashing Radio Signal Coming From Centre of The Galaxy, Scientists Report

As our eyes on the sky grow ever more sensitive, we're going to find more and more things we've never seen before. → Read More

Physicists Capture The Most Precise Measurement Yet of a Neutron's Lifespan

We now know, to within a tenth of a percent, how long a neutron can survive outside the atomic nucleus before decaying into a proton. → Read More

There's No Way Venus Could Ever Have Had Oceans, Astronomers Say

Let's be honest: in the Solar System, there really is no good place for humans that isn't Earth. But that doesn't mean all bad places were created equal; and Venus is about as inhospitable as a temperate-zone rocky exoplanet can get. → Read More

42 of The Biggest Asteroids in The Solar System Revealed in Glorious New Images

If there's one thing our Solar System doesn't have in short supply, it's rocks. → Read More