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Science Uncovers The Origin Of The First Light In The Universe

When we look out at the Universe today, highlighted against the vast, empty blackness of the sky are points of light: stars, galaxies, nebulae and more. Yet there was a time in the distant past before any of those things had formed, just after the Big Bang, where the Universe was still filled with …

Dark Matter

How and Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in August

Are you doing anything on Monday, August 21? If not, maybe you should plan a short vacation. There will be a total solar eclipse that day, passing …

NASA Scientists Watch A Star Turn Into A Black Hole Before Their Very Eyes

"It went out with a whimper instead of a bang."<p>It’s not everyday that you get to witness the birth of a black hole, and yet that it precisely what …

Next breakthroughs in exoplanet discovery

It was a good week for astrobiology. Within days of NASA's announcement that the necessary ingredients for life exist in the plumes erupting from the …

Astronomy

Gravity-lensed supernova magnifies understanding of universe

Using an automated supernova-hunting "pipeline," scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have identified a Type Ia …

NASA captures incredible image of Earth from 870 million miles away

<b>NASA spacecraft has captured an incredible image of Earth – pictured between the rings of Saturn.</b><p>The image, shot from 870 million miles away, shows …

2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Is the Universe a Simulation?

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This A/V Installation Lets You Explore an Infinite Subatomic Realm

Tarik Barri’s 'Matter of Perspectives' takes inspiration from the teeny tiny world of nanotechnology.<p>Cutting edge nanotechnology research forms the basis for a new audiovisual work by Dutch artist Tarik Barri. Barri's previous collaborations have seen him create visuals for Radiohead and Nicolas …

How H.R. Giger Invented Sci-Fi's Most Terrifying Monster

Taschen's monograph on the late genius H.R. Giger took ten years to complete and is one of the most comprehensive examinations of the artist's inimitable work. In this excerpt, writer Andreas J. Hirsch explains why Giger's work is like a "Rosetta Stone."<p><i>The following excerpt from Taschen's</i> …

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Russia will deploy a division of troops about 50 miles from the US

At a recent event, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that a division of troops would be stationed in Chukotka, Russia's far-east region, just slightly more than 50 miles from Alaska.<p>"There are plans to form a coastal defense division in 2018 on the Chukotka operational direction," said …

The downside of being happy

The idea that sadness somehow kindles creativity is a popular and long-lasting one. Its roots go back to antiquity; even Aristotle noted that those who excelled in the arts, politics and philosophy had a tendency toward “melancholia.” The artistic canon appears to be full of people whose dark …

Psychology

How physical exercise makes your brain work better

Research shows different activities have quite specific mental effects – here’s how moving your body could sharpen your ideas<p>The brain is often described as being “like a muscle”. It’s a comparison that props up the brain training industry and keeps school children hunched over desks. We judge …

The Brain

Why Do Our Minds Wander?

Sometimes the mind wanders. Thoughts pop into consciousness. Ideas or images are present when just a moment before they were not. Scientists recently have been turning their attention to making sense of this.<p>One natural picture of the phenomenon goes something like this. Typically, our thoughts and …

Consciousness

If you think your brain is more than a computer, you must accept this fringe idea in physics

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. Its central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …