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CERN's Large Hadron Collider has discovered a new class of particle

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of the pentaquark, a class of subatomic particle consisting of four quarks and one antiquark bound together. Like the Higgs boson before it, the pentaquark's existence has been theorized for years, but experiments in the …

Physics

Eating human brains helped Papua New Guinea tribe resist disease, research shows

The cannibalistic practice helped the Fore tribe develop genetic resistance to a mad cow-like disease. This is useful for scientists studying diseases like dementia<p>Research involving a former brain-eating tribe from Papua New Guinea is helping scientists better understand mad cow disease and other …

Papua New Guinea

Premier League free transfer XI - could this team beat relegation?

USMNT beat defending World Cup champs Germany 2-1

Jurgen Klinsmann's squad took down top-ranked Germany thanks to a 40th-minute goal from Mix Diskerud and an 88th-minute score from newcomer Bobby …

Gerard Pique Taunts Cristiano Ronaldo as Lionel Messi Warns Barcelona Rivals

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique goaded Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo during the Blaugrana's celebrations after winning the Champions League, a triumph that saw them complete an unprecedented second treble in six years.<p>As reported by Ben Grounds of the MailOnline, Pique was speaking at Camp Nou …

Lionel Messi: I have a gambler's instincts on the pitch

The Argentine must have had his tongue firmly lodged in his cheek when he compared his talents on the pitch for Barcelona to that of a poker player.<p>Casino man Lionel Messi believes that it is his “gambler's instincts” which make him such a brilliant player for Barcelona .<p>The Argentina international …

Galaxy bends light to create 4 views of supernova

The sky is filled with “magnifying glasses” that allow astronomers to study very distant objects barely visible with even the largest existing …

Santa Barbara

20 percent of Mars' surface was likely water 4.5 billion years ago

The body of water would have been larger than the Arctic Ocean<p>Mars once had enough water to cover its entire surface, a study published today in <i>Science</i> suggests. Around 4.5 billion years ago, Mars was host to a body of water that was larger than the Arctic Ocean. At around .085 miles deep, the …

Images of star exploding four times captured by astronomers

Australian researchers were part of team able to capture images because of gravitational lensing, which magnified a supernova 9.3bn light years away<p>Australian researchers were among a team that captured images of the same star exploding four times, thanks to its location behind a massive cluster of …

Universe

New 5-Mile-Around Hyperloop Test Track Will Cost $100 Million

Going nowhere fast<p>Two years ago, Elon Musk had an idea. What if, instead of traveling by road, rail, air, or boat, we all travelled in giant tubes that could move pods of people at up to 800 miles per hour? He called the idea the Hyperloop and released his idea to the world hoping that someone else …

Instead of Waiting for E.T. to Phone, Let’s Call E.T.

Finding an intelligent alien civilization would easily rank among the most profound discoveries in human history.<p>So far, though, there are no signs of communicating extraterrestrial life, no messages from the stars suggesting that humans are not alone in the universe. Maybe, some scientists argue, …

The Beehive: 1,000 stars in Cancer

On a dark night, look for it as a smudge of light, with 3 times the moon’s diameter. It’s really a wondrous cluster of stars called the Beehive, or …

Astronomy

Elon Musk wants to spend $10 billion building the internet in space

The plan would lay the foundation for internet on Mars<p>Elon Musk's plan for satellite internet is even more ambitious than originally thought. At a SpaceX event in Seattle on Friday, the Tesla CEO told <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i>that his unnamed Space Internet venture could one day stretch all the way to …

China develops new rocket for manned moon mission

First launch of Long March-9 will take place around 2028, Chinese state media reports<p>China is developing a huge rocket that will be used for its first manned mission to the moon, state media said Monday, underscoring Beijing's increasingly ambitious space programme.<p>The first launch of the Long …

Asteroid strike: 7 ways the world could end

As a mountain-sized asteroid is detected heading towards Earth, what is the likeliest 'extinction-level' scenario for mankind?<p>Our solar system is littered with billions of pieces of debris, from the size of large boulders to objects hundreds of miles across. We know that from time to time these hit …

‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

STEPHEN HAWKING<p>Physicist and cosmologist<p>Robotic missions are much cheaper and may provide more scientific information, but they don’t catch the public imagination in the same way, and they don’t spread the human race into space, which I’m arguing should be our long-term strategy. If the human race …

The 10 best films of 2014: No 5 – Leviathan

Our countdown heats up with this booze-fuelled Russian epic, which warmed the hearts of critics at Cannes – and had officials at the Kremlin steaming<p>• Peter Bradshaw on Leviathan: ‘A new Russian masterpiece’<br>• Interview: Andrei Zvyagintsev<br>• Nominate your choice in our form at the bottom of the …

NASA set to launch Orion spacecraft, paving way for human Mars visit

NASA is preparing for the maiden launch this week of its new Orion spacecraft, which could help jump-start America's return to human exploration of space, including a journey to Mars.<p>This unmanned mission is relatively simple, less than five hours long and headed to no place particularly …

Space Exploration

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

Quantum Physics

European Parliament Backs Investigation To Split Google Search From Its Other Businesses

A little Thanksgiving message from the European Parliament today: they support the idea of breaking up Google.<p>While the search giant was not mentioned by name, members voted 384 to 174 (with 56 abstentions) in favor of a set of measures encouraged to drive more tech growth across the European Union.<p>…