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Could quantum 'clocks' tread two different paths to general relativity?

A new way of probing the intersection between quantum mechanics and Einstein's general theory of relativity using interferometry has been devised by …

Quantum Mechanics

Study: Sleeping posture can affect brain health - Nation

SLEEPING on your side rather than your back or stomach may play a role in helping reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's and other neurological …

Neuroscience

There is no such thing as an “unbiased” history class: The right-wing backlash against AP U.S. history masks a deeper problem with how and what we teach

The AP U.S. history standards were revised to appease critics who champion American exceptionalism<p>The summer before my senior year of high school, I went on a family vacation to India that was, in and of itself, an education. I had, of course, a connection to the land my mom and dad called home for …

Will Human Beings Ever Reach ‘Earth 2.0’?

Kepler-452b is the most Earth-like planet ever discovered, a place with just enough sunlight to possibly support the crops and house plants of life forms like ourselves.<p>But don't pack your bags just yet. While the planet might seem like a tantalizing target for NASA's next mission, it's extremely …

Universe

A Periodic Table Surprise: The One Element In Stars That Isn't On Earth

When it comes to the elements in the periodic table found throughout the Universe, it’s only the first two that originated from the Big Bang: hydrogen and helium. Everything else was formed from stars, whether:<p>fused in their cores, from lighter elements into heavier ones,<br>• built in supernovae, where …

Universe

140 Million Suns! Monster Black Hole Weighs In

A heavyweight black hole in the heart of a distant galaxy has the mass of 140 million suns, according to new measurements. A vivid video by the …

Something to watch for in the new data from the Large Hadron Collider

A new result released by the ATLAS experiment at CERN shows an intriguing anomaly, which could be evidence for a new particle with a mass of about two thousand times the mass of a proton. How excited should be we be?<p>I’m going to try to walk a line here, between hyping a result and being overly …

Finally, humanity gets the tools needed to find life on other planets

In the "Star Trek" universe, humans made contact with aliens in 2063. In the real world, scientists could beat that mark by decades, at least when it comes to detecting signs of life beyond this rock.<p>Exactly four centuries ago this year, Galileo sent a letter to the Grand Duchess of Tuscany to …

If Earth Were Swallowed By A Black Hole, We Might Not Even Notice

That's the latest theory, at least<p>Black holes get a bad rap. Sure, they're the dark, unknown, unforgiving vacuum cleaners of space. But a new study suggests they may not be all doom and gloom after all.<p>There are several theories as to what would happen if you fell into a black hole: that you would …

March 2, 1998 - Rumors of a Strange Universe

<b>Rumors of a Strange Universe</b> <b><br>Credit:</b> P. Garnavich (CfA) et al., WFPC2, HST, NASA<p><b>Explanation:</b> In a meeting in California two weeks ago, unpublished …

Will dictators disappear?

Is a future without dictatorships realistic? Rachel Nuwer investigates.<p>Citizens living in democracies often associate dictatorships with repression, human rights abuses, poverty and turmoil. Indeed, dictatorships have cost untold lives, including up to 49 million Russian deaths under Joseph Stalin, …

World History

In Age of Science, Is Religion 'Harmful Superstition'?

God is not only dead, author avers. He never lived. Not to mention the deaths of kids treated with faith instead of science-based medicine.<p>Jerry Coyne, author of <i>Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible</i>was in high school listening to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club …

Religion

Death star fires planet-killing beam

In a galaxy far far away — 260 million light years away, to be exact — a titanic event of interstellar proportions is taking place (well, it happened …

Scientists discover brightest galaxy in the universe

LEICESTER, England, May 21 (UPI) -- NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, one of the agency's post powerful space telescopes, has located the …

Astrophysics

The Big Picture: Say hello to NASA's 'nastiest' star

NASA's "Nasty 1" isn't like other stars. Bigger than our Sun but barely older than humanity itself, this unusual celestial body sits just about 3,000 light years away from Earth. And while it's certainly similar to other Wolf-Rayet stars, which are identifiable by their lack of an outer …

8 Baffling Astronomy Mysteries

Photo Credit: Courtesy of KIPAC<p>Slide 1 of 17<p>The Wonder of It All<p>The universe has been around for roughly 13.7 billion years, but it still holds many …

Edward Snowden weighs in on the huge internet vulnerability that could have helped the US spy on citizens

That's been the question for the past 24 hours after news of the LogJam vulnerability became publicly known.<p>Now Edward Snowden has added his two cents on the issue.<p>Put simply, LogJam is a vulnerability that rests in encrypted internet traffic. When someone accesses a website that is 'encrypted,' it …

Edward Snowden

Top Shot: Lighting and Lava

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.<p>Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupts as …

Travel Photography

Einstein's election riddle: are you in the two per cent that can solve it?

Nicola lives in the tartan house, but who owns the fish?<p>Stumped? Here’s how to solve Einstein’s election riddle<p>Last month I blogged about a logic puzzle that had gone viral in Singapore. My posts on Cheryl’s birthday problem attracted more readers than anything I have ever written before: more than …

Turkey eclipses centenary of Armenian massacre by moving Gallipoli memorial

Change of date by Ankara, which leads to a clash of commemoration ceremonies, condemned as ‘indecent manoeuvre’<p>Turkey has been accused of belittling the imminent centenary of the Armenian genocide by advancing its Gallipoli commemorations to the same day.<p>The anniversary of the 1915 military …

Obama and Castro arrive in Panama as historic ministers' talks raise hopes of deal

Highest-level meeting in more than 50 years between both countries' foreign ministers comes ahead of Summit of the Americas in Panama<p>Barack Obama and Raul Castro arrived in Panama late on Thursday ahead of a historic meeting between the leaders at the Summit of the Americas expected to accelerate …

The Large Hadron Collider is Back - podcast

The greatest particle accelerator ever built is up and running again - but what will it find this time?<p>Two years ago the team at Cern operating the Large Hadron Collider astounded the world with the discovery of the Higgs boson. Now, after a refit and upgrade almost doubling its power, they have …

Why our resemblance to mushrooms may hold the key to life on Earth

Nick Lane’s book The Vital Question attempts to solve one of the universe’s biggest conundrums: why life is the way it is<p>You might not think you have much in common with a mushroom, but Nick Lane begs to differ. “If you look at one of your cells down a microscope and you look at the cell of a …

Cool Arctic squirrels may hold key to Alzheimer’s cure

The processes in their brains during hibernation are exciting scientists<p>This month, Arctic ground squirrels emerge in Alaska after eight months’ hibernation. It hasn’t been easy: during hibernation, their body temperature can drop as low as -2.9C, a record for mammals, and stay there for two to …

After 350 years of academic journals it’s time to shake things up

Writing and reviewing journal articles is part of the core business of a scientist. But it’s not an efficient way to communicate research results.<p>Researchers are estimated to waste 15 million person-hours a year on unpublished submissions to scientific journals. How can we make scientific …

How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120

A high-profile group of futurists is exploring the possibility of extending human life. How will they do it? Treat the body like a computer.<p>For as …

Singularity

Destroyed Snowden laptop: the curatorial view

The Snowden MacBook, destroyed in the basement of the Guardian, is on display at the V&A. Rebekah Higgitt asked some experts for their opinion of this unusual and provocative display of technology<p>This week the remains of the laptop used to store files leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, …

Put a spring in your step...with an exoskeleton

Telegraph View: Imagine leaping across the springtime hills like London's very own airborne terror. It could soon be possible<p>The surprising thing about Spring-Heeled Jack, who terrorised London in 1838, is not that he did not exist, but that he was taken so seriously.<p>Housemaids lost their senses …

Nasa plans mission to land on asteroid and explore deep space

The mission in 2020 would cost more than $1.25bn and involve grabbing a boulder from an asteroid and having humans inspect it in space<p>Nasa is aiming to launch a rocket to an asteroid in five years and grab a boulder off of it – a stepping stone and training mission for an eventual trip sending …

Study shows humans are evolving faster than previously thought

Results of largest ever genetics study of a single population could also help refine dates for major events during human evolution<p>Humans are evolving more rapidly than previously thought, according to the largest ever genetics study of a single population.<p>Scientists reached the conclusion after …