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It's Too Late to Buy Bitcoin

OK, so your brother-in-law ruined your Thanksgiving by boasting about how rich he's getting on his bitcoin holdings.<p>And now you've read up on …

Science Offers Some Insight Into How Much Sleep You Really Need

Is there any symbol of the modern era more common than the sleep-deprived working parent? It’s a common refrain used to scold us on our lifestyles and sell us products — a reminder that we don’t get enough sleep thanks to our screens, that it’s ruining our health, and that eight hours a day is the …

Sleep

Don’t Forget Rick Perry Is Now in Charge of American Physics

Is the Department of Energy going to be safe in Perry's hands? Doubtful.<p>Scientists are scared as hell for what the incoming Donald Trump …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

How much of reality is physics?

From <i>NYRB</i>, Steven Weinberg on the trouble with quantum mechanics; and can we escape from time? John Lanchester reviews <i>Time Travel: A History</i> by James …

Leaders of Chicago gang Hobos - an 'all-star team' of criminals - convicted after deadly 2016

Jurors who heard the biggest gang trial in recent Chicago history on Wednesday convicted the core leadership of the Hobos, a group described by prosecutors as an "all-star team" of criminals whose ruthlessness reflected the kind of violence that led to the city's alarming increase in murders.<p>To …

NASA captures stunning photo of a galaxy that is spilling microwaves

The absolutely stunning photo you see above isn’t an explosion from the most recent <i>Star Wars</i> flick, though it could probably pass for one. That huge …

A Controversial New Gravity Hypothesis Has Passed Its First Test

Einstein might have been wrong.<p>A controversial new hypothesis that suggests our understanding of gravity is wrong has just passed an important first …

Dark Matter

This Is the Ultimate Fried Chicken Sandwich (If You Can Take the Heat)

<i>This football season, we’ve partnered with Taste of the NFL and their favorite tailgating experts to share great game-day recipes for an even greater</i> …

The Dwarf Planet Ceres Has a Dark Secret

You thought those bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres were cool? That was only the half of it. Ceres is also covered in dark spots, craters …

Astronomy

Mexico just approved a major change to its drug policy

The bill, part of a proposal that President Enrique Pena Nieto submitted to Congress earlier this year, must also be passed by Mexico's lower house to become law.<p>The measure passed 98-7.<p>Since a court ruling last year, the government has allowed the importation on a case-by-case basis of medicine …

Colorado sold an absurd amount of weed in 2016

Colorado's cannabis enthusiasts are celebrating after a milestone was announced on Monday.<p>In the first 10 months of 2016, the state sold more than $1 …

The Star of Bethlehem Was Probably A Rare Planetary Alignment

According to Christian lore, three Magi from the East followed a star to Jerusalem looking to find a newly born Jesus Christ. They told King Herod …

Notre Dame

Gravitational waves discovery wins Breakthrough of the Year award

The <i>Physics World</i> Breakthrough of the Year has been awarded to the Ligo team for its discovery of gravitational waves.<p>Gravitational waves are ripples …

University of Glasgow

Don't Panic, but Physicists in Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn't Exist

Quantum physics is weird.<p>Get ready to have your mind blown. According to an experiment led by two physicists in Australia, reality doesn’t exist. …

Quantum Mechanics

This Simulation of a Monkey Speaking Is the Stuff of Nightmares

New research shows that macaques have a vocal tract capable of emitting human-like speech, but they lack the brain circuitry to make words happen. …

Breakthroughs

Gamer chat app Discord hits 25 million users, can now be used in developers’ own games

Jason Citron, who previously founded and sold the early mobile social gaming network OpenFeint, returned to gaming startups with the launch of Discord in May 2015. This voice and text chat app for gamers — a challenger to incumbents like Skype and Teamspeak — has since grown to 25 million …

Bin Laden crash pilot 'suffering from mental overload'

<b>A pilot may have been suffering from "mental overload" when he crash-landed, killing three members of Osama Bin Laden's family, an inquiry has found.</b><p>The jet overshot the runway at Blackbushe Airport in July 2015 and crashed into a car auction site.<p>The Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) said …

A tiny version of Hell on Earth exists in Cleveland, Ohio

Inside a windowless concrete room in Cleveland, Ohio, scientists have built a tiny version of Hell on Earth.<p>Called the Glenn Extreme Environments Rig (GEER), the 14-ton steel chamber can faithfully recreate the toxic, choking, and scorching-hot conditions on the surface of Venus — a once-habitable …

The Map of Physics: Animation Shows How All the Different Fields in Physics Fit Together

From Newton’s mechanical calculations to Einstein’s general and special relativity to the baffling indeterminacy of quantum mechanics, the discipline …

Quantum Mechanics

A Harvard scientist just won $3 million for discovering the hidden 'intelligence' that defends our cells

Almost every cell in a human body carries a copy of our genetic code, the DNA that holds the unique biological blueprint for who we are.<p>That DNA tells our cells what to do. When they divide, that information is copied from one cell to another.<p>But life is hard on our cells. They become damaged every …

Why You May Want to Rethink Grooming Your Pubic Hair

Most Americans have, at one point or another, removed hair from down there. But new research suggests that the grooming practice is linked to a major …

Cross-sectional Studies

'Spooky' sightings in crystal point to extremely rare quantum spin liquid

Physicists from the University of Tennessee succeeded in replicating the original ytterbium crystal, and Mourigal examined it at Oak Ridge National …

Quantum Physics

Hungry python gorged itself on three deer

A 16-foot long Burmese python was found with the remains of three whole deer in its gut, researchers have revealed.<p>The snake was trapped and euthanised in the Florida Everglades in June 2013. Researchers who conducted a necropsy on the creature subsequently discovered its record-breaking deer …

Chris Gardner: The homeless man who became a multi-millionaire investor

<b>When Chris Gardner and his young son were sleeping rough on the floor of a public toilet, he could never have dreamt that his life story would be turned into a hit Hollywood movie.</b><p>It was back in the early 1980s that Mr Gardner, then aged 27, and his toddler son were homeless for a year in San …

How to See Venus in the Night Sky Tonight

Get ready to bust out your telescopes, astronomy nerds, for a parade of planets is preparing to dazzle night sky enthusiasts and backyard astronomers …

Southern Hemisphere

Hollywood Reacts With Disgust At ‘Last Tango” Rape Scene Revelations

Actors and other public figures are responding with outrage at recently surfaced news that <i>Last Tango In Paris</i> director Bernardo Bertolucci, in a …

Marlon Brando

This incredible gadget lets you draw physical 3D objects in mid-air

There’s a reason 3D printing is so popular these days: it’s awesome. Instead of having to spend thousands of dollars working with a prototyping …

After 60 years, is nuclear fusion finally poised to deliver?

It’s been a long time coming, but the world’s top powers are now betting billions on the Iter collaboration to deliver clean, safe, limitless energy for the modern world<p>“We are standing on the ground that could change the future of energy,” says engineer Laurent Pattison, deep in the reactor pit of …

Energy

Shots fired, but at who? J. Cole's track has people guessing

NEW YORK (AP) — A track off J. Cole's forthcoming album has some people playing the guessing game on who he's taking shots at.Cole doesn't mention …

Online theorizing ruined too many TV shows in 2016

Trying to predict twists on your favorite series used to be a fun guessing game. Now, it’s become an industry.<p>It only took one episode for diehard <i>Mr. Robot</i>fans to figure out the big twist of the show’s second season.<p>Elliot Alderson, the show’s paranoid, reality-shifting protagonist and unreliable …

TV