Why it matters: Since discovering the Higgs boson in 2012, scientists have thoroughly studied the strange particle looking for new clues about the true nature of matter and the universe. Now, CERN researchers say they have observed exciting and vital behavior with the particle's decay that extends beyond the Standard Model of particle physics.
What just happened? Supermassive black holes are some of the most extreme phenomena existing in the universe, as they tend to consume and swallow everything in their wake. One of these cosmic monsters was recently identified as AT2021lwx, an incredibly powerful explosion that surpasses everything recorded thus far.
A hot potato: Bill Gates is a long-time proponent of funding innovative nuclear energy ventures, but Microsoft is now going way beyond this financially risky approach. Helion Energy, a Washington-based start-up, is guaranteeing Redmond it can generate electricity by nuclear fusion five years from now.