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The Early Universe's Most Massive Galaxy Cluster Revealed

13.8 billion years ago, the Universe as we know it came into existence. Filled with matter and radiation, it would cool, clump together and eventually form stars, galaxies, and large-scale structure under the influence of gravitation.<p>The big requirement is time; moving trillions of suns’ worth of …

Universe

Black holes: Bubbles of space-time open gateway to a new universe, linked to our own

Bubbles of space-time cropped up during the early stages of our universe, eventually forming black holes that were connected to us by wormholes …

Nobel Prize winners in physics explain the implications of an expanding universe

By now you've probably heard today's announcement regarding the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. Three U.S. scientists — Saul Perlmutter, Adam Riess, and …

Super-Earth Wolf 1061c is the closest 'habitable' planet outside our solar system

'Super-Earth' spotted just 14 light years away: Wolf 1061c is the closest 'habitable' planet outside our solar system and could support alien</b> …

Astronomy

8 Things We Simply Don't Understand About the Human Brain

Despite all the recent advances in the cognitive and neurosciences, there’s still much about the human brain that we do not know. Here are 8 of the …

New website dedicated to discussion of string theory

(Phys.org)—Look hard enough, string theory says, and at a scale so small that atoms loom as large as entire continents do to us you would see that …

8 industries robots will completely transform by 2025

Just as ATMs changed banking and computers took over the home and workplace, robots and artificial intelligence are going to transform a bunch of industries over the next decade.<p>By 2025, a machine may be putting together your driverless car in a factory with no human oversight. A robot maid could …

This trick from a famous physicist can help you learn anything faster

Feynman was not yet the famous physicist he would soon become (as his biographer James Gleick put it, "His Feynman aura...was still strictly local"), so he took his preparation seriously.<p>Feynman drove up to MIT, a campus familiar from his undergraduate years, and a place "where he could be alone." …

Richard Feynman

Has Dark Matter Finally Been Seen? Time Will Tell

In a new finding that could have game-changing effects if borne out, two astrophysicists think they've finally tracked down the elusive signature of …

Explosive Studies of Universe's Expansion Win Nobel Prize in Physics

Three scientists have won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery that the universe is not just expanding but also picking up speed as it …

New knowledge about the remarkable properties of black holes

Black holes are surrounded by many mysteries, but now researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, have come up with new groundbreaking …

10 fictional AIs that should make everyone scared for the future

Artificial intelligence remains a genuine concern for some of the world's most intelligent people - including Professor Stephen Hawking and Bill …

The quantum computing era is coming… fast

Processors that use the strangeness of quantum mechanics are reportedly achieving much greater problem-solving speed than standard computers – but what will the effect on security be?<p>‘The world is not only queerer than we suppose,” said JBS Haldane. “It is queerer than we <i>can</i> suppose.” Haldane was a …

Quantum Computing

Russia Reportedly Plans To Build A Moon Base By 2030

While NASA is working on its manned mission to Mars, Russia it turns out has set its sights on a location a little bit closer to home: the …

Researchers Have Found A New Way To Get Machines To Learn Faster

An international team of data scientists is proud to announce the very latest in machine learning: they’ve built a program that learns… programs.<p>That …

What Would a Futuristic Low-Carbon Tech World Actually Look Like?

Let’s face it, if we’re going to save the planet from ourselves, we’re going to have to develop cleaner technologies. Here’s what the future has in …

Smartphones to die out 'within five years', says new study

According to a new study of 100,000 consumers, mobile technology is expected to be replaced by artificial intelligence<p>Many consumers believe smartphones will cease to exist within five years, according to new research carried out by researchers on behalf of Ericsson.<p>The company's ConsumerLab …

Artificial Intelligence

Using Light To Simulate Time Travel

While the idea of time travel gives rise to discussions of topics ranging from science fiction to ethics, understanding the possible effects of time travel gives us a better grasp of the foundations of general relativity and quantum theory. Most work in the area has focused on the theoretical …

Quantum Physics

Huge Hole Found in the Universe

The universe has a huge hole in it that dwarfs anything else of its kind. The discovery caught astronomers by surprise.<p>The hole is nearly a billion …

Universe

Greatest Mysteries: Where is the Rest of the Universe?

Scientists trying to create a detailed inventory of all the matter and energy in the cosmos run into a curious problem--the vast majority of it is …

The Strangest Black Holes in the Universe

Photo Credit: Alain R. | Wikimedia Commons<p>Slide 1 of 22<p>Introduction<p>Black holes are gigantic cosmic monsters, exotic objects whose gravity is so …

Black Holes

“Fast radio burst” sheds new light on origin of these extreme events

Fast radio bursts (FRB), brief yet brilliant eruptions of cosmic radio waves, have baffled astronomers since they were first reported nearly a decade …

Cosmology

Could Quantum Brain Effects Explain Consciousness?

<i>Updated on Monday, July 1, at 9:25 a.m. ET.</i><p>NEW YORK — The idea that consciousness arises from quantum mechanical phenomena in the brain is …

We’re fundamentally altering the night skies, and it's threatening much more than our view of the stars

Admittedly, once radio telescopes began to make the first inroads into the invisible regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, the game changed.<p>Today, there's no portion of that universal hum of radiation that is off-limits to ground- or space-based telescopes. But optical astronomy - the …

Why Trust A Theory? Physicists And Philosophers Debate The Scientific Method

This week, a group of about 100 physicists and philosophers have gathered in Munich to reassess a question at the heart of science: “Why trust a theory?” In an opinion piece by George Ellis and Joe Silk, published in Nature earlier this year, the two physicists expressed worry about current …

Quantum Mechanics

See the 50 Best Images Taken by Hubble

Pillars of Creation: Originally taken on April 1, 1995, this image has become one of the most iconic to come from the Hu<p>... VIEW MORE<p>NASA/ESA/Hubble …