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Black hole doughnut theory cast into doubt

A fresh analysis of data collected by NASA's WISE telescope has cast doubt on the widely accepted unified model for the composition of black holes. …

Best Space Pictures: Cosmic Dust Bunnies, Hidden Black Holes, and Starry Everest Skies

Supermassive black holes cluster together while dust bunnies gain weight.<p>A lone motorcycle wends its way to Mount Everest's base camp from the Chinese side of the border with Nepal in a photograph submitted to Your Shot on May 17.<p>The 2014 Everest climbing season got off to a tragic start on April …

Jelly Bean Ants And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Project Persphone: British Scientists Building 'Living Space Ark' To Save Humanity

British scientists are working on a space ark capable of sustaining humanity in the event of a global catastrophe.<p>Even though none of them will ever …

Cambridge Physicists Find Wormhole Proof

<b>What's the Latest?</b><p>Physicists at the University of Cambridge have found a theoretical foundation for the existence of wormholes, which are tubes that …

The Care and Feeding of Baby Giant Galaxies

Astronomers announced the finding of a new “galaxy cluster” this week. What does that mean for us on Earth?<p>The Milky Way is a fairly hefty galaxy, …

Weird Rocks Support New Model For Earth's Deep Mantle

Models of how the Earth's mantle works may need to change, thanks to two new studies that recreate the extreme conditions just above the planet's core.<p>The deep mantle, a region that lies 416 to 1,800 miles (670 to 2,900 kilometers) below the Earth's surface, is impossible to reach and hard to "see" …

The Moon: 10 Surprising Lunar Facts

Perhaps the coolest thing about the moon is that it always shows us the same face. Since both the Earth and moon are rotating and orbiting, how can …

This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works

Every year since 1998, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> has been posing a single grand question to some of our time’s greatest thinkers across a wide spectrum of disciplines, then collecting the answers in an annual anthology. Last year’s answers to the question <b>“What scientific</b> …

'Venus Express' Space Probe To Make Daring Dive Into Planet's Atmosphere (VIDEO)

A European spacecraft will plunge into Venus' thick atmosphere next month in a bold maneuver that may bring its lengthy and productive mission to a dramatic end.<p>The European Space Agency's Venus Express probe, which has been circling Earth's hellishly hot "sister planet" for eight years, is running …

Suspended-animation trials to begin on humans

This month, the world's first attempts at placing humans in suspended animation using a new technique will take place at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- not for space travel, but to save lives.<p>The technique will initially be used on 10 patients whose wounds would …