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‘2017 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar’ Shares New NASA Photo Each Day Until Christmas

Alan Young of T<i>he Atlantic</i> is keeping up his annual tradition of curating one of the most unique advent calendars of the season. For the past 10 years, Young has put together the Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar, publishing one photograph from NASA's space telescope every day until December …

LHC: Charming Particle Xi-cc++ Discovered at Cern Fits with Standard Model and Opens New Window on the Universe

A new type of particle has been discovered by scientists at CERN using data from last year’s run of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The particle …

CERN's charming new particle discovery could open a 'new frontier' in physics

Scientists at CERN have announced the discovery of a new kind of particle, named Xi-cc++ (apparently pronounced 'Ksī-CC plus-plus'). The particle was …

Physics

CERN's New Particle Discovery May Help Us Better Understand What Governs the Universe

by Karla Lant July 7, 2017 Hard Science 8424<p>The Xicc++ Particle<p>Researchers at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have discovered a new particle in …

Physics

SKA, CERN ink massive big data deal

Read time 5min 30sec<p>SKA and CERN will be faced with the same problem of how to distribute the gigantic volumes of data they produce.<p>The Square …

Physics

CERN Is Seeking Secrets of the Universe, or Maybe Opening the Portals of Hell

Operators of Large Hadron Collider gear up to battle conspiracy theories<p>GENEVA—The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, is gearing up for another run at smashing particles together to unlock the secrets of the universe.<p>That means anticipating a new round of conspiracy theories that …

Physics

When you watch the eclipse, keep an eye out for diamonds in the sky

It’s from a ray of sunshine peeking through a lunar valley.<p>The Moon isn't just some big round rock: it has mountains and valleys. And during a total solar eclipse, you can actually see the sunlight cutting a path through that lunar terrain.<p>As you may already know, a broad swath of the United States …

Jupiter is so big it does not actually orbit the sun

But each time I read it to her — sometimes three or more times a day — I furrow my nerdy brow at this line: "Of all the planets that circle the sun, giant Jupiter is the biggest one."<p>The gas giant is indeed the largest planet in the solar system, weighing more than twice the mass of all the other …

First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit - MIT Technology Review

Last year, a Long March 2D rocket took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert carrying a satellite called Micius, named …

Quantum Physics

Oil, gas, and coal industries get a shocking amount of funding from the US government, a new report shows

The report, released July 5, is the product of research conducted by Oil Change International, Friends of the Earth, the Sierra Club, and the World Wildlife Fund's European Policy Office. Their goal was to parse out the amount of public financing — defined as grants, equity, loans, guarantees, and …

If We Stopped Emitting Greenhouse Gases Right Now, Would We Stop Climate Change?

Here's what you need to know.<p>Earth's climate is changing rapidly. We know this from billions of observations, documented in thousands of journal …

Climate Change

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

Astronomers have never seen the edge of the universe — here's how they know it's there

As far as we know the universe is not infinite, there's actually a place where it ends. While astronomers have never actually seen the edge of the universe, they know it's out there. Theoretical physicist and director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, Robbert Dijkgraaf explains how …

Astronomers Discover A Fast Radio Burst That's Even Stranger Than Ones Detected Before

A study revealed last week a team of scientists discovered a Fast Radio Burst that is unusual even by the standards used to judge FRBs. This …

Natural color image of Pluto

Four images from New Horizon's LORRI camera were combined with color data from its Ralph instrument to produce this mosaic photo of Pluto.

We're About to See Our First-Ever Black Hole

Most galaxies contain a supermassive black hole at the center. There’s a lot we don’t know them, even our own in the Milky Way, Sagittarius A*). But …

Black Holes

Global Warming Is Turning the Arctic Into the Atlantic

Hard to overstate the importance of healthy sea ice.<p>Climate change is melting the sea ice so rapidly that parts of the Arctic ocean are beginning to …

Global Warming

This Unseen Form of Radioactive Decay Could Help Explain Where All The Antimatter Is

Seriously, where is it.<p>The mystery of where all the antimatter is gets to the heart of why you and I, and everything else in the known Universe, …

Physics

Coalition of 17 states challenges Trump over climate change policy

A coalition led by New York state insists the Trump administration has a legal obligation to regulate the emission of carbon pollution: ‘The law is clear’<p>A coalition of 17 US states filed a legal challenge on Wednesday against efforts by Donald Trump’s administration to roll back climate change …

New York State

Greenland's Coastal Ice Caps Have Melted Past The Point Of No Return

Coastal ice has passed a critical "tipping point," a new study shows. And it doesn't bode well for the rest of the island's ice.<p>Even as President Donald Trump and his administration continue to deny the urgency of climate change, an international team of researchers has revealed how global warming …

Low-cost “solar absorber” could supercharge solar power plants

One of the major challenges in developing solar panels has been creating photovoltaic cells which can absorb as much solar energy as possible – …

Clean Energy

Astronomers just turned on a planet-size telescope to take a picture of a black hole

Every image you’ve seen of a black hole is an illustration. A giant “virtual” telescope may change that.<p>The closest astronomers have come to directly “seeing” a black hole happened last year, when the LIGO observatory detected the spacetime-warping gravitational waves radiating from a pair of black …

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NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe just sent back breathtaking new images of the gas giant

A probe the size of a basketball court has taken unprecedented new images of Jupiter.<p>NASA's $1 billion Juno spacecraft, launched in August 2011, took five years to reach and settle into orbit around the gas giant, which is more than 415 million miles from Earth.<p>The probe has so far photographed …

Got A Hot Tip? Here’s How To Leak Securely To The Press

Since the election, media outlets are increasingly using tools that allow secure communication with sources. They’re built to maintain anonymity, though extra precaution is advised.<p>Even before President Donald Trump took office, much of the public’s understanding of the inner workings of his …

The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought

In a brilliant new experiment, physicists have confirmed one of the most mysterious laws of the cosmos.<p>There might be no getting around what Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.” With an experiment described this week in <i>Physical Review Letters</i>—a feat that involved harnessing …