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The Double-Slit Experiment That Blew Open Quantum Mechanics

Is light a wave or a particle? Yes.<p>The physics equations you learned in school don't work on the atomic scale. We have Newtonian physics to explain the world we can see and feel, and we have Einsteinian physics to explain the behavior of matter and light in the universe, but we observe a bunch of …

Researchers apply quantum theory and Einstein's special relativity to plasma physics issues

Among the intriguing issues in plasma physics are those surrounding X-ray pulsars—collapsed stars that orbit around a cosmic companion and beam light …

Physics

Go Inside TriAlpha, A Startup Pursuing the Ideal Power Source - MIT Technology Review

No energy technology is more tantalizing than fusion, but no energy technology has proved more disappointing. So how has a fusion company in Southern …

10 Mind-Blowing Scientific Facts About Black Holes

Need to know!<p>Black holes are the only objects in the Universe that can trap light by sheer gravitational force. Scientists believe they are formed …

Black Holes

Dark Matter Mystery May Soon Be Solved

The hiding spots for the particles making up dark matter are narrowing, and the answer to this cosmic mystery could come within the next three or …

Dark Matter

Physicists have ‘squeezed’ Schrödinger’s cat

Consider the cat from the famous thought experiment by the physicist Erwin Schrödinger. The cat can be dead and alive at once, since its life depends …

Quantum Physics

Invention of the Week? Liquidity Nanotech Unveils Naked Filter – Clean Water for Everyone

A team of inventors based in Alameda, CA, are on a mission to provide the world with clean and healthy water. Liquidity Nanotech just launched the …

Japanese Star Wars toys make Darth Vader and Boba Fett look fiercer than ever

It'll be interesting to see whether characters such as Boba Fett get this kind of visual update when <i>Episode VII</i> is released later this year. The bounty hunter wears Mandalorian armor — canonically legendary gear obtained only by a few incredibly skilful and brave individuals that offers immense …

Boba Fett

Koreans produce world’s first cloned dog - Technology & science - Science | NBC News

South Korea’s pioneering stem cell scientist has cloned a dog, smashing another biological barrier and reigniting a fierce ethical debate — while producing a perky, lovable puppy.<p>The researchers, led by Woo-Suk Hwang, insist they cloned an Afghan hound, a resplendent supermodel in a world of mutts, …

Genetics

Small, Shrinking Mercury Is a Planetary Space Oddity

Mercury is more than just a dead, roasted chunk of rock. In fact, the solar system’s smallest planet is proving to be surprisingly lively. Well, not in the sense that anything actually lives there, though scientists don’t discount the possibility that some of Mercury’s nooks and crannies could help …

Exo-Earths and the search for life elsewhere: a brief history

Ever since humans first looked up at the night sky, we have wondered whether we are alone in the universe. Dreams of life beyond Earth pervade …

Warp Drive & Transporters: How 'Star Trek' Technology Works (Infographic)

The original "Star Trek" television series featured technology that had first appeared decades earlier in science fiction stories. Pulp heroes had …

Pluto And Ceres May Become Planets Again Soon

This year's missions to the outer solar system are set to shake up the planetary family tree<p>Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, and NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will arrive at this dwarf planet on March 6, 2015.<p>Pluto is the largest object in the Kuiper belt, and NASA’s New Horizons …

NASA wants to send an orbiter to Jupiter's moon Europa in a decade

NASA's scientists have been conjuring up mission concepts to Europa for more than a decade, but now they're absolutely sure that the Clipper concept is <i>the one.</i>So, they're asking $30 million from the government for a year of preliminary studies starting on October 1st, on top of the $100 million the …

Researchers Discover An Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System

The finding is good news for the search for intelligent alien life<p>Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older — by about 7 billion years.<p>Using images and data collected by …

Asteroid swings very near Earth: Are you up for a midnight viewing?

An asteroid five football fields wide will make a near-Earth flyby on Monday, and you may be able to see it at the witching hour with a pair of strong binoculars.<p>Late Monday -- particularly at midnight -- will be prime time for trying to catch a glimpse of asteroid 2004 BL86, said the Jet …

Ceres in sight: NASA's Dawn spacecraft eyes mysterious dwarf planet

It's the home stretch for NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which after a 3-billion-mile journey has finally got the dwarf planet Ceres in its sights. Now, Dawn's newest images reveal fascinating features on Ceres' surface that will only grow clearer in the run-up to the spacecraft's arrival March 6.<p>Dawn's …

Astronomy

Lab-grown human muscle is a medical breakthrough

The new kind of lab-grown muscle will allow the study of disease and testing new medications in a safe setting outside the human body, said the team, led by Nenad Bursac, Duke University associate professor of biomedical engineering, and postdoctoral researcher Lauran Madden.<p>"The beauty of this …

Duke University

NASA VolcanoBot goes where no human dares to tread

Volcanoes are fascinating beasts. Known for belching fire and molten rock, they aren't always the friendliest places to be, especially when it comes to scientists seeking to learn more about their nooks and crannies. NASA researchers have developed a couple of different VolcanoBots, little rolling …

Kīlauea

Why 2015 Will Be One Second Longer Than 2014

How will you spend it?<p>You won't get an extra full day added to your year until February 29, 2016. But this year we at least get to have a leap second.<p>The reason is that Earth's rotation isn't a perfect 24 hours thanks to some fluctuations from tidal effects and changes under the surface that …

8 Things Your Pet Says About Your Personality

1) Researchers have established some general conclusions about pets and their owners personalities:<p><b>Fish owners are happiest.</b>• <b><br>Dog owners are the most</b> …

Pets

Eight habitable planets found orbiting distant suns in 'Goldilocks zone'

Astrophysicists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Cambridge, US, have found eight new planets which could support life<p>Eight new ‘Earths’ which may hold liquid water and could sustain life has been spotted orbiting a distant sun in our galaxy.<p>The new worlds double the number of …

Could the Dwarf Planet Ceres Support Life?

SAN FRANCISCO — A NASA probe is about to get the first up-close look at a potentially habitable alien world.<p>In March 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft …

Astronomy