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The discovery of a giant neuron could help explain how the brain creates consciousness

Nobody yet understands how a collection of mushy cells in the brain gives rise to the brilliance of consciousness seen in higher-order animals, including humans. But two discoveries give scientists vital clues to how human consciousness works.<p>In 2014, a 54-year-old woman went to George Washington …

Consciousness

Fast Radio Bursts Are Astronomy's Next Big Thing

One of the most perplexing phenomena in astronomy has come of age. The fleeting blasts of energetic cosmic radiation of unknown cause, now known as …

IBM researchers have created an “impossible” molecule that could power quantum computers

Chemists hate being beaten by physicists at their own game. At IBM Research, physicist Leo Gross and his team have done just that.<p>Gross’s team made a triangular molecule that chemists have found impossible to produce by conventional chemistry. To rub it in even more, Gross and his colleagues may go …

Chemistry

Astronomers observe black hole producing cold, star-making fuel from hot plasma jets and bubbles

The Phoenix cluster is an enormous accumulation of about 1,000 galaxies, located 5.7 billion light years from Earth. At its center lies a massive …

How Do Stars Form? Black Hole Producing Star-Making Cold Gas In A Prolific Galaxy 5.7 Billion Light-Years Away

Black holes are more than just hungry voids that gobble up anything and everything they come across. They routinely create hot plasma jets and gas …

The great mystery behind Albert Einstein’s theory may finally be over

Astronomers are testing an idea developed by Albert Einstein about a century ago to resolve a longstanding puzzle over what is driving the …

91 Astronomers Combine 1000 Images Into One Amazing Journey to Jupiter

A renewed era of space exploration is underway. Compared to the Space Race of the 20th century, which was characterized by two superpowers locked in …

The Danger of Space Weather and Our Journey to the Heart of the Sun

Valentin M. Pillet, the director of the National Solar Observatory, on how space weather is more important than ever. He is featured in the Discovery …

Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites for Mars 2020

Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA's upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further …

The Dilemma of the Black Hole Paradox – Do They Really Destroy Everything?

It’s a very tricky paradox to test, and one that has been bugging scientists for a very long time. With black holes having a mass so concentrated …

New proof that there could be a mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ lurking in our solar system

Last year, scientists spotted signs which offered a hint that there is a huge, unseen world lurking at the edge of our solar system – ‘Planet …

Universe

It's Official: NASA's Peer-Reviewed EM Drive Paper Has Finally Been Published

It works.<p>After months of speculation and leaked documents, NASA's long-awaited EM Drive paper has <i>finally</i> been peer-reviewed and published. And it …

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Physicists Think These Could Be the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

"Strange stars" could theoretically exist forever, though we've never spotted one.<p>When an incredibly massive star supernovas, it leaves behind one of two things: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars are the leftover cores of massive stars after they have ejected all their other material. …

Physics

Stunning new theory of gravity suggests there's no such thing as dark matter

A new theory of gravity explains the way galaxies rotate without the need for the theoretical presence of dark matter, according to a renowned expert …

Dark Matter

Children with disability getting raw deal at schools, parents tell Senate inquiry

Dozens of parents have spoken out about their frustrations with schools that are struggling to cope with their special needs children.<p>It's a no-brainer – if you want school funding to be needs-based, fund Gonski | Lucy Clark<p>Read more<p>Parents have told a parliamentary committee of their exhaustion …

Autism

What the US could learn from Singapore about making teachers better

For teachers in Singapore to advance in their career, they must make sure their students learn. They also have to help their fellow teachers get better.<p>This model of collaborative professional development is one way other countries are doing a better job than the United States at improving the …

Detroit teacher: ‘How can you teach or learn in conditions like these?’

<i>Editor’s Note: More than 60 schools in Detroit closed earlier this week after teachers called in sick in protest of rodent and mold problems. While</i> …

How one student asked the state to tackle a looming education question

The roomful of grownups closed their eyes because a teenager told them to.<p>"Imagine if you are 16 years old. It's only Tuesday, and all you have left is $10," Sky Lowe, a junior at Oakland High School, said to the California State Board of Education on Wednesday. "You sit there and you ponder: ... …

Do we need to learn how to learn?

Times tables are to be tested. Thankfully I am no longer an 11-year-old girl and will avoid such horrors, but the fear of not knowing what 7x8 is …

Teacher Protests: "Unethical" and Union-led--or Evidence of Professional Courage?

It's wrong to characterize this string of protests in Detroit as selfish actions taken by a minority of teachers--or a union-driven overreaction to a …

'Lies, damn lies and private schools: myth and reality'

Why do independent schools get worse A-level results than state schools? Why are we pricing ourselves out of the market? Why do we wear funny clothes? Why are all our pupils foreign? Why are we so old-fashioned? Why do we give nothing back?<p>But perhaps most importantly, why do we feel forced to …