Alan Chartier

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Underground magma triggered Earth’s worst mass extinction with greenhouse gases

There are parallels between today’s and past greenhouse gas-driven climate changes<p>Coincidence doesn’t prove causality, as they say, but when the same two things happen together over and over again through the vast span of geological time, there must be a causal link. Of some 18 major and minor mass …

Earth Science

What would happen if Earth started to spin faster?

First, let’s talk about how fast the world is spinning now. That actually depends on where you are, because the planet spins fastest around its …

This Time Lapse Video of the Grand Canyon Will Give You an Existential Crisis

What better way to start off your day with a nice, hot cup of existential uncertainty? Forget everything you think you know about yourself or …

What Will Happen to Earth in the Next Billion Years?

Even in the best case scenario, humans won't be around for all of it.<p>There isn't one definite answer to what will happen to Earth in the next billion years but rather a grab bag of facts about what may become of our planet, humanity, and our solar system in that unfathomable time. Obviously there …

4 Innovation Lessons From Albert Einstein | Inc.com

When we think of Albert Einstein, we inevitably conjure up images of the icon rather than the man. We see Einstein with his wild hair and his tongue sticking out or Einstein as a playful old man, riding a bicycle. We remember his cheerful confidence and his easy comfort with his own genius. He …

Physics

The Chemistry of Whiskey Distillation

In an intoxicating episode of ACS Reactions, a very bubbly Raychelle Burks, Ph.D. of St. Edwards University explains via clever animation the …

Physicists 'breed' largest ever Schrödinger's cat – and it could help unlock the quantum world

Physicists have created the largest experimental version of Schrödinger's cat – or the quantum superposition of two states – to date, and they …

Celebrate Hubble's Birthday by Tearfully Reviewing Its Best Photos

For so many nerds, the Hubble space telescope feels more like a friend than a hunk of metal in the cold vacuum of space—a friend whose job you’re …

LISA Pathfinder: From Gravitational Waves to Space Dust

<b>LISA Pathfinder, the technology testbed mission for a future gravitational-wave detector, turns out to be a surprisingly good micrometeoroid …

Space Exploration

Scientists Found Something Super Weird in This Giant Glob of Stars

Globular clusters are just as they sound: giant spherical globs of stars gravitationally bound by a central force. But the source of that central …

The Hubble Telescope Was Launched On This Day In 1990 – Here Are Related Resources

The Hubble Telescope was launched on this day in 1990.<p>I’ve just updated and revised The Best Sites To Learn About The Hubble Telescope.<p>Today in 1990: …

Here Are Some Of The Most Awesome Signs From The March For Science

These would be hilarious if they weren't so real.<p>Thousands of people gathered in hundreds of cities Saturday to show their support for science and demand evidence-based policy in the wake of President Donald Trump’s anti-science agenda.<p>The March for Science, a series of rallies around the world, …

Earth Day

Peace on Earth: A Cosmic Perspective

Why many leading peace advocates have been scientists<p>Throughout history, some of the most active advocates for peace have been scientists. Albert …

Universe

Quantum computers will blow your mind

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Weather

Why Does The Proton Spin? Physics Holds A Surprising Answer

You can take any particle in the Universe and isolate it from everything else, yet there are some properties that can never be taken away. These are intrinsic, physical properties of the particle itself — properties like mass, charge, or angular momentum — and will always be the same for any single …

Physics

HDEV

High Definition Earth-Viewing System (HDEV)<p>The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It is …

HD video

Ghost universes kill Schrödinger’s quantum cat

THE wave function has collapsed – permanently. A new approach to quantum mechanics eliminates some of its most famous oddities, including the concept …

New Theory of Gravity Emerges

If a study carried out by researchers at the University of St. Andrews holds true then we may need to consider rewriting Albert Einstein’s theory of …

Mind-Blowing New Theory Connects Black Holes, Dark Matter, and Gravitational Waves

The past few years have been incredible for physics discoveries. Scientists spotted the Higgs boson, a particle they’d been hunting for almost 50 …

The Famous Schrodinger’s Cat Thought Experiment Gets Brought to Life in an Off-Kilter Animation

Schrödinger's Cat is one of the more famous thought experiments in modern physics, created by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger back in 1935. <i>The</i> …

Stephen Hawking's strange law of entropy is making atoms on Earth act like black holes

A bizarre discovery has revealed that cold helium atoms in lab conditions on Earth abide by the same law of entropy that governs the behaviour of …

Quantum Mechanics

Einstein’s theory of gravity may have to be rewritten

Researchers at the University of St Andrews found a gigantic ring of galaxies darting away from us much faster than predicted.<p>This 10 million light …

Universe

Could We Protect Mars-Bound Astronauts With A Magnetic Bubble?

Could a synthetic magnetic bubble, like a mini-magnetosphere, protect a crewed mission to Mars from cosmic radiation, and would the energy cost be prohibitively high?<p>As much as some folks are keen on sending people to Mars as soon as possible, it’s become obvious that protecting any astronauts from …

Protons

Ancient Galaxy Provides Clues about the Formation of the Universe

Everything that you see today, including ourselves, is made up of star dust from the result of that cosmic evolution over 13 billion years ago. For …

Universe

Where Is The Cosmic Microwave Background?

When you look out at the distant Universe, you’re also looking back in time, thanks to the fact that the speed of light — although huge — is finite. So if you look back at the farthest thing you can see, at the very first light visible to our equipment, you’re bound to reach something. In our …

Universe

Why Are We Here? Physics Has Answers

IRA: This is Science Friday, I’m Ira Flatow. Why are we here, or rather, how? The answer of course, will depend on whom you ask. A biologist would …

This Woman Is Said to Rival Einstein, and She's Only 23

Einstein For Millennials<p>At age 14, Sabrina Pasterski walked onto the MIT campus to request notarization of aircraft worthiness for her single-engine …

Nude Photo Posts of Female Marines Being Investigated by NCIS

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is investigating reports that some Marines shared naked photographs of female Marines, veterans and other women on a secret Facebook page, some of which were taken without their knowledge.<p>The photographs were shared on the Facebook page "Marines United," which …

Military

Pluto Could Be Made A Planet Again—Along with 102 Other Objects

What's in a name? When Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status in 2006, it was because the International Astronomical Union (IAU) declared that to …

Ranked: The Best & Worse Science News Sites

The unfortunate fact is that much of science reporting is a morass of ideologically driven junk science, hyped research, or thick, technical jargon …