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Radio host reveals she suffered ‘embarrassing’ exercise-induced orgasm at the gym

Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.<p>Melbourne radio host Polly “PJ” Harding has revealed on her KIIS FM breakfast show that she had …

Geologists now have evidence Africa is physically splitting into two continents

A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya. The tear, which continues to grow, caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse and was accompanied by seismic activity in the area.<p>The Earth is an ever-changing planet, even though in …

A 2nd 'Big Bang' could end our universe in an instant — and it's all because of a tiny particle that controls the laws of physics

Our universe may end the same way it was created: with a big, sudden bang.<p>That's according to new research from a group of Harvard physicists, who found that the destabilization of the Higgs boson — a tiny quantum particle that gives other particles mass — could lead to an explosion of energy that …

Physics

Experiments Show The Effects of a Fourth Spatial Dimension

Wow.<p>We're used to dealing with three physical dimensions and one extra dimension of time as we move through the Universe, but two teams of scientists …

Dark Matter and Energy Don't Exist: Astronomer Claims to Solve Universe's Greatest Mysteries With New Model

Dark matter and dark energy—the mystery forces believed to govern the universe—may not exist after all. In a newly developed model, astronomer André …

The Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole is Proving Einstein Correct

As if he needs it.<p>Sitting at the center of the Milky Way galaxy lies a supermassive black hole named Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), possessing the mass of …

Black Holes

Is The New York Times vs. The Washington Post vs. Trump the Last Great Newspaper War?

Breaking story after story, two great American newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, are resurgent, with record readerships. One has greater global reach and fifth-generation family ownership; the other has Jeff Bezos as its deep-pocketed proprietor and a technological advantage. …

Journalism

NASA just caught a glimpse of the mysterious object New Horizons will reach in 2019

There’s still more to explore after Pluto.<p>In an effort so astronomically full of cooperation and enthusiasm it could have been scripted, last Sunday, some of the streets near Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina went dark.<p>Streetlights blinked out, and a major highway closed for two hours to prevent the …

Solar System

Can giving everyone free money reduce the stigma of a guaranteed income?

Not many people noticed — perhaps because it appeared in a sociology journal instead of the economics literature — but there has been another fresh …

Income Inequality

Tying loose ends? Gravitational waves could solve string theory, study claims

New paper suggests that the hotly contested physics thesis, which involves the existence of six ‘extra dimensions’, may be settled by cutting-edge laser detectors<p>String theory makes the grand promise of weaving together all of physics into a single sublime framework. The only downside is that …

Physics

The Universe Itself May Be Unnatural

When it comes to the physical Universe, we fully expect things obeying the same fundamental laws to unfold in similar fashions, and to be comparable to one another today. By the same token, if they obey vastly different rules, we expect them to be different from one another today. If aspects of the …

Physics

Surprise! The Universe Has A Third Way To Form Black Holes

When a massive enough star runs out of fuel in its core and collapses, the resulting Type II supernova will produce a black hole.<p>Supernovae that aren’t quite massive enough will produce neutron stars instead, which themselves will make black holes if they either accrete more matter or collide with …

Universe

How a single sentence from Angela Merkel showed what Trump means to the world

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel uttered a single sentence that speaks to how fundamentally President Donald Trump has reshaped -- and will continue to reshape -- the world, and America's place in it.<p>"The times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, …

Foreign Policy

How our universe will end: 'The black holes will eat up everything'

Robbert Dijkgraaf is a theoretical physicist and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is also the co-author of "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge." In this video, he explains how our universe will meet its death. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>The black</i> …

New Results From CERN Could Fill One of The Biggest Gaps in The Standard Model of Physics

How our Universe broke the rules of symmetry.<p>Of the many unanswered questions that stand in the way of the Standard Model of physics being able to …

Astronomers Found the Universe's Largest Particle Accelerator

Two of the most powerful phenomena in the universe are occurring right next to each other.<p>NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory has spotted a unique structure in the cosmos: the largest particle accelerator in the known universe. The accelerator is caused by two of the most energetic phenomena in the …

Binary Stars To Merge, Explode In 2022, First Of Its Kind Scientific Prediction Says

If a first of its kind scientific prediction turns out to be right, not just astronomers but everyone on Earth will be able to witness an unusual and …

Scientists discovered an absurdly easy way to seem convincing

Over the holidays it's best to avoid any arguments, whenever possible. But if you can't, you may want to bring some scientific ammunition for your side of the discussion.<p>It turns out that if you want to convince someone that your explanation for something is the best way to explain it, you might …

Scientists use laser to unlock the secrets of antimatter

Scientists have succeeded in shining light on trapped antimatter atoms to detect whether they behave differently to regular atoms. This is the first …

Quantum Computing Update: Coherent Electron-Photon Coupling Achieved, May Help Build Scalable Devices

One of the biggest hurdles in the creation of viable quantum computers is overcoming the fragility of quantum information.<p>In the quantum realm, at …

Scientists have discovered a new state of matter for water

One of the most basic things we are taught in school science classes is that water can exist in three different states, either as solid ice, liquid water, or vapor gas. But an international team of scientists have recently found signs that liquid water might actually come in two different …

Atoms

There's going to be a leap second on December 31

That means your day and year - and everyone's day and year - will officially be one second longer.<p>Leap seconds have been added 26 times since 1972. They're inserted at the end of the last day of either June or December. The leap second will be added to the world's clocks at 23 hours, 59 minutes and …

Europe's Most Dangerous Supervolcano Is Reawakening Just In Time For Christmas

Just below millions of people there is a supervolcano that has begun to show signs of reawakening. The supervolcano, Campi Flegrei, is 8 miles wide and sits beneath the Bay of Naples offshore Italy. Recent monitoring of the volcano points to a reawakening of one of the largest volcanos in Europe.<p>An …

Geology

Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks there's a 'very high' chance the universe is just a simulation

As we approach the end of 2016, a number of people might be wondering whether there's some chance that the past year was just some sort of weird dream.<p>It turns out that if you ask the scientists whose job it is to probe the nature of reality, the answer is actually: M <i>aybe</i>.<p>Maybe everything that's …

Scientists fired lasers at antimatter in an experiment that probes the deepest human question: why are we here?

Antimatter—the fictional power source in countless sci-fi stories—isn’t just a great source of energy; understanding it could tell us why we exist at all. That’s why a recent Nature paper outlining the results of an experiment at CERN with the antimatter version of hydrogen is so important to …

Physics

Astronomers just released the largest-ever digital survey of the visible Universe

Scientists have made the largest ever survey of the night sky publicly available, sharing an epic data set of astronomical objects that took four years to put together.<p>The Pan-STARRS project represents about half a million composite snapshots of the night sky as seen from Hawaii, and now …

The most extreme temperatures of the universe

To humans, the difference between hot and cold is simply switching a winter coat for shorts and sandals. In reality, our universe can get much, much …

Universe

Steven Hawking and Zoe Saldana Use Quantum Physics to Rescue Simon Pegg’s Cat Schrödinger

In “Quantum Is Calling” Steven Hawking and Zoe Saldana use quantum physics to rescue Simon Pegg‘s cat Schrödinger from a puzzle that spans space and …

Huge black hole may have turned star into 'spaghetti'

A spinning, supermassive black hole may have sucked in a star and “spaghettified” it, creating an incredibly bright light in a far-off galaxy, astronomers announced on Monday.<p>The light was so bright that astronomers first thought that it was the explosion of the brightest supernova in recorded …

Astronomers found evidence for a 'dark' gravitational force that might fix Einstein's most famous theory

Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity predicts so much about the universe at large, including the existence of gravitational lenses or …