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Burger King made a surprisingly good ad about net neutrality

What a great restaurant<p>Burger King — a fast-food chain that sells cheap beef — apparently understands net neutrality more than the average member of Congress. The company released an ad today explaining the concept of net neutrality with a stunt that showed what it would be like to have paid …

Gravity Wave Black Hole Merger Might Coincide With Gamma Ray Burst

On September 14, 2015 at 09:50:45 UTC advanced LIGO observed GW150914, a chirp of gravitational waves caused by the merging of two stellar-mass black holes. Just 0.4 seconds later, the Fermi gamma ray telescope observed a faint burst of gamma rays lasting about a second. While there is a small …

The Two Big Bangs

When you think about how the Universe got its start, from a scientific point of view, there’s one theory that explains what we see above all others: the Big Bang. But not everyone agrees on what “the Big Bang” actually means. In particular, there’s always some news that periodically goes around …

Top scientists explain how enormously exciting and important gravitational waves are

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity, which described how gravity warps and distorts space-time.<p>While this theory triggered a revolution in our understanding of the universe, it made one prediction that even Einstein doubted could be confirmed: the …

Gravitational waves: Einstein was right - and this announcement is the scientific highlight of the decade

Physicists and astronomers are agog. On Thursday, experimenters will report the first detection of a phenomenon that has been long predicted:bursts of gravitational waves generated by cosmic collisions of black holes.<p>Sadly it is not unknown for hyped-up scientific claims to be mistaken or …

Monster Energy Drink Almost Killed Us, Lawsuits Claim

Consumers say the company should’ve warned them that the caffeine torpedoes allegedly cause heart attacks and strokes. The company says that’s a …

Mercury and Venus close before sunrise

Starting an hour or so before sunrise, for the next several mornings, aim your binoculars at dazzling Venus to spot Mercury nearby.<p>Technically …

Is the end in sight for the Porter Ranch-area gas leak?

A state official said Thursday that under the most favorable circumstances, the damaged well that has spewed environmentally damaging natural gas from a storage facility near Porter Ranch could be capped as early as the end of next week.<p>But the timeline, he cautioned, was fraught with …

Moon, Venus, Mercury on February 6

Let the crescent moon guide you to Mercury as darkness wanes toward dawn on Saturday, February 6. And see all 5 planets before dawn!<p>Before dawn on …

Watch SpaceX staff erupt as Falcon 9 nails the landing

"The Falcon has landed." With that pronouncement, the SpaceX ground crew shares hugs and high fives, while a huge crowd of employees explodes in celebration. Sure, the new video of December's mission is an overproduced PR effort from Musk & crew, but it's an enjoyable four minute summary. Set to …

Meteor Crater, Arizona, from the air

An aerial view of Meteor Crater, Arizona, the result of an impact 50,000 years ago.<p>Manish Mamatani posted this photo to EarthSky Facebook. It’s …

Could electrical stimulation to the brain help with weight loss? A new study shows promise

Giving a region of the brain that's key to self-control and motivation a zetz of electrical stimulation may help the obese to eat less and lose more weight, says a new study.<p>Research suggests that the brains of people who are obese differ in a key respect from those of normal-weight people: The …

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'Small' Great White shark did not intend to kill surfer Mick Fanning, say experts

The shark was probably trying to find out what was happening rather than intending to attack the surfer in South Africa, says Sarah Titley, spokesman for Cape Town-based Shark Spotters<p>A shark which attacked a champion surfer during a tournament in South Africa at the weekend was a “small” Great …

Nature's hadron collider produces Higgs bosons all the time | Life & Physics

Cosmic rays provide a free source of high-energy collisions, which have been used in the past to discover new particles. A recent study calculates how often they produce Higgs bosons<p>On Wednesday the whole of year six from my daughter’s primary school came to visit UCL. They saw the Slade School of …

11 Ways Maya Angelou Taught Us To Be Better Women

"I'm a woman, phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that's me."<p>Maya Angelou, the beloved author, poet and activist who passed away on Wednesday May 28, was even more "phenomenal" than the words of one of her most famous poems can express.<p>During her 86 years, she wrote seven autobiographies, was active in …