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TVs, radar guns and other technologies linked to Einstein’s theories of relativity

If you’ve ever received a speeding ticket or enjoyed a night watching TGIF in the 1990s, then you can thank Albert Einstein. This week marks a …

10 or so things you should know about Albert Einstein and his theories of relativity

It's been 100 years since Albert Einstein completed his theories of relativity. They were radical. They reshaped the way physicists view space, time, …

Don't stop me now! Superluminal travel in Einstein's universe

The story of the drawn-out development of Albert Einstein’s revolutionary rewrite of the laws of gravity has been told many times, but over the past …

Physics

Mars may one day get a ring of its own

With Mars’ largest moon Phobos expected to eventually breakup, scientists have wondered whether it would crash into the Red Planet or do something else.<p>Now, a team from UC Berkeley is predicting that Phobos would be shredded into pieces before it reaches Mars, a process that would result in a ring …

That "Mysterious Object" on a Collision Course with Earth Just Burned In Our Atmosphere

I wasn’t worried. Were you worried?<p>The Earth’s most infamous hunk of space trash, a rather-large object by the apt-name of WT1190F, has been …

Astronomy

The Strangest Black Holes in the Universe

Photo Credit: Alain R. | Wikimedia Commons<p>Slide 1 of 21<p>Introduction<p>Black holes are gigantic cosmic monsters, exotic objects whose gravity is so …

The Only Thing NASA Is Better At Than Space Exploration: Making Up Acronyms

The sounding rocket you can see above will be launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the 4th of December, and according to NASA it “will be …

Space Exploration

A strong tug might have pulled the moon to its inclined orbit

Researchers have created a new model that could explain the 'lunar inclination problem' with gravity.<p>The moon’s orbital plane, its path around the …

Astronomy

Time To Change The Universe For Anyone Who Loves Space, Science And Astronomy

Chances are you wound up following Starts With A Bang here on Medium because of something we said, wrote or shared about the Universe. Chances are …

Universe

China joins hunt for extra-terrestrials with FAST - the world's biggest-ever telescope

The massive structure will allow scientists to gather signals from tens of billions of light years away when it is completed in 2016<p>China is in the final stages of building the world's largest-ever radio telescope, which will give Beijing a leading role in space research and the hunt for …

Mysterious Dark Matter May Not Always Have Been Dark

Dark matter particles may have interacted extensively with normal matter long ago, when the universe was very hot, a new study suggests.<p>The nature of …

Marc Garneau says Liberals won’t reconsider Billy Bishop expansion

The federal Liberals won't change a decision that effectively halts an expansion of the island airport in downtown Toronto, with the new transport minister calling it a "quality of life issue" for the city's residents.<p>Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Friday he intends to stick with a decision …

Scientists just caught a black hole swallowing a star — and burping a bit back out

Astronomers have caught black holes in the act of murdering stars before. But a study published Thursday in Science claims to have caught a step in the crime that has remained elusive until now.<p><i>[This is what it looks like when a black hole tears a star apart]</i><p>In addition to catching evidence of the …

Black Holes

SpaceX reveals plans for its Hyperloop test track

SpaceX, which is hosting the competition, recently published details about the one-mile Hyperloop test track it plans to build at its headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif.<p>The Hyperloop, of course, is the futuristic mode of transportation that consists of passenger pods traveling through tubes at speeds …

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: Harvard Physicist Lisa Randall on the Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe

A thrilling cosmological detective story of how the universe evolved and what made our very existence possible.<p>Every successful technology of thought, be it science or philosophy, is a time machine — it peers into the past in order to disassemble the building blocks of how we got to the present, …

SpaceX's Launch Escape System Looks Totally Badass

In two years, SpaceX will begin ferrying astronauts into orbit. But before it can do so, the commercial spaceflight company must prove to NASA that …

Space Exploration