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A Year in Dark Energy, Antimatter, and Gravitational Waves

2016 held some wonderful physics moments—hello gravitational waves! Other moments were experimentally impressive, like shining a laser beam through …

Earth May Be Unique In The Universe

What does that mean for the search for alien life?<p>Of the 2,000 or so planets that have been discovered in other solar systems, only a few are similar in size to Earth. For years, scientists have assumed that more rocky, Earth-like planets are out there, and that we just haven't spotted them yet …

NASA’s ‘Robonaut’ bot is losing its sight, but maybe you can help

The International Space Station’s resident robot is going blind, and NASA has put out a call to Earthlings for help.<p>Robonaut 2, for those not in the …

This Robot Is Here To Make You Nervous About Your Future

Boston Dynamics has been working diligently to create a worker robot that will ease the burden on human workers (or simply take their jobs) in the near future. They’re also working on creating police and military robots to get our soldiers off the battlefield and headed toward a better future. But …

Robotics

'Doctor' Cassini Takes Titan's Temperature

When you go for your annual health checkup, you might expect the doctor to take your temperature. Well, it looks like Saturn's moons also get the …

Astronomy

How to spot a doctor before the invention of the stethoscope | Rebekah Higgitt

Today anyone who wants to illustrate ‘a doctor’ will include a stethoscope. What was used before its invention in 1816?<p>Last week, thanks to a Google doodle celebrating the 235th anniversary of Réne Laennec’s birth, many of us learned that his invention, the stethoscope, will be 200 years old later …

Google Doodle

Gravity waves and the metaphysics of love

Einstein and Newton were right, but so was Dante. Opposites attract<p>The detection of gravitational waves is a great breakthrough for science, as a finding predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity, but it is also something in which non-scientists may rejoice. Fortunately for us …

Pluto is covered in a lot of frozen water

<b>(CNN) —</b> Talk about an endless winter: Pluto has way more frozen water than scientists originally thought.<p>The dwarf planet is coated with a large amount of ice, according to a new map using previously collected data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.<p>This map is more sensitive than an earlier …

Where Everything Is in the Solar System, Right Now

Among the many wonderful things that NASA does, it maintains open-access scientific data on the positions and motions of known natural objects in the …

Astronomy

Physicists must accept that some things are unknowable

The Universe may be truly infinite, but our understanding of it never will be. Here’s why.<p><i>“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do</i> …

A NASA Scientist Discusses Whether Planets From Star Wars, Star Trek & Babylon 5 Are Realistic

NASA visualization scientist Robert Hurt discusses how realistic science fiction planets from the worlds of <i>Star Wars</i>, <i>Star Trek</i>, and <i>Babylon 5</i> are in a …

Star Trek

How Scientists (Possibly) Found the Solar System's Ninth Planet

Beyond Neptune, in the farthest reaches of our solar system, is Planet Nine.<p>At least, that is what two Caltech professors believe. This isn't a dwarf planet, like the recently downgraded Pluto. It's up to 10 times as massive as Earth. Also, it's far away — about 20 times as distant as Neptune, with …

Here's how long a day lasts on other planets of the solar system

The ways in which we measure our days and years, for example, are actually the result of our planet's distance from the Sun, the time it takes to orbit, and the time it takes to rotate on its axis.<p>The same is true for the other planets in our Solar System.<p>While we Earthlings count on a day being …

The future will eat itself: digesting the next generation of wearable tech

How ingestibles and mood-impacting technologies are changing our relationship with wearables<p>Wearable tech is well and truly mainstream – but what does the future hold? What could their potential new forms mean for our day-to-day lives, businesses and wellbeing?<p>The aim of wearables should be to …

Wearable Tech

General relativity caught in action around black hole

<b>GENEVA</b> — An effect of general relativity that is barely measurable on Earth has been spotted in full force around a black hole.<p>Physicists detected …

Ancient gas cloud relic of first stars?

Astronomers see this cloud just 1.8 billion years after the Big Bang. It has a tiny percentage of heavy elements, those forged in subsequent …

White House Says Trump's Muslim Ban 'Disqualifies Him From Serving as President'

Donald Trump’s statement that he would ban Muslims from entering the U.S. “disqualifies him from serving as president,” White House Press Secretary …

Donald Trump

Hubble spots faint galaxy with 'natural magnifying glass'

NASA's Hubble and Spitzer have been ridiculously successful at spotting distant objects, but some galaxies are too faint to spot directly. Thanks to gravitational lensing, the space telescopes have found the dimmest object ever from the early universe -- a galaxy that existed 13.4 billion years …

San Bernardino Shooting: Suspects Had Radical Ties — and a Baby Registry

If they were terrorists, the California couple suspected of staging the San Bernardino slaughter kept it well hidden.<p>They lived quietly. The husband worked a regular job. The couple apparently even created an online baby registry at Target this spring in which they listed four items on their wish …

San Bernardino County

Microsoft cuts thousands of movies and games to 10 cents for Windows 10

Microsoft is trying to tempt millions more people to upgrade to Windows 10 over the next 10 days. The software giant is kicking off a huge promotion for its Windows Store, with more than a 1,000 movies, songs, apps, and games discounted down to just 10 cents. There's a wide range of titles …

This Physicist Says Dark Matter May Have Killed Off The Dinosaurs

We can't see it or feel it. But as Lisa Randall says, dark matter may explain a lot about our universe--including the dinos' demise.<p>As every astronomy buff knows, dark matter is pretty elusive stuff.<p>We can't see it. We can't hear it or feel it, and we certainly can't smell or taste it. Even with …

Cassini flyby of Saturn moon Enceladus

Cassini has swept through the towering plume of ice, water vapor and organic molecules spewing from Saturn’s moon, Enceladus. Seven key facts, …

Solar system history hides in bits of stardust

Scientists are attempting to reconstruct the history of the birth of the solar system by analyzing grains of stardust found in ancient meteorites …

Meteorites

Close encounters with Enceladus begin today

The flybys are part of a series of “lasts” for Cassini, whose mission to Saturn ends next year. Last chance for many years to see new up-close views …

Astronomy

Surf's up? Saturn's icy moon Enceladus hides a global ocean

Since NASA's Cassini spacecraft spotted plumes of water spewing out of cracks in Enceladus' surface roughly a decade ago, Saturn's icy moon has captured the imaginations of scientists and layfolk alike who wondered whether liquid water – and how much of it – could lie hidden beneath the frigid …

Expert group says embryo genetic modification should be allowed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Research involving genetic modification of human embryos, though controversial, is essential to gain basic understanding of the biology of early embryos and should be permitted, an international group of experts said on Wednesday.<p>The statement was issued by members of the …