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A scientist spent 26 years studying a black hole 10 times the mass of the sun. Then it did something incredible

Modern science is more about patience and persistence than about great epiphanies. It is therefore extremely satisfying when you make a breakthrough, …

Universe

Japanese 3D Galaxy Map Confirms Einstein Was One Smart Dude

On June 30th, 1905, Albert Einstein started a revolution with the publication of theory of Special Relativity. This theory, among other things, …

10 trips with the world's best tour operators

Travel with an award-winning travel company, and you're virtually guaranteed to have an amazing trip. Our readers have spoken – and these are their …

Entanglement: Gravity's long-distance connection

When Albert Einstein scoffed at a “spooky” long-distance connection between particles, he wasn’t thinking about his general theory of …

Physicists Say They’ve Finally Confirmed The Existence of a 'Four Neutron-No Proton' Particle

But it's theoretically impossible.<p>Physicists have found the most convincing signs of a tetraneutron - a four neutron-no proton particle - to date, …

19 photographs that will convince you to visit the world's happiest country

National Parks

The 19 best Greek islands

Why 'invisible effects' are Hollywood's best kept secret

When listing special-effects-heavy films of the past 12 months, one that doesn’t exactly leap to mind is Suffragette. Sarah Gavron’s period drama is about the political awakening of a washerwoman called Maud, played by Carey Mulligan, in the early 1900s: in short, no teeming Orc armies, no tracking …

Stephen Hawking

These 23 Tweets Will Make You Feel Better About The World

"You live on a tiny blue dot, lost in a sea of stars, and every speck of life around you is improbable and wondrous. Why can't you see that?"

LifePrint Prints Augmented Reality Photos That Come to Life in Your Hands

LifePrint is a new portable photo printer that aims to change the way photos are experienced. Instead of printing static photos that capture a single …

These 10 Charming Italian Cafés Make Us Want To Drop Everything And Go

Craving a change of scenery, or even just a caffeine pick-me-up to shake up your day? Adventure and quality coffee await you -- the trick is, you have to find your way to Italy to claim them.<p>While most of us don’t have deep enough pockets to plan an impromptu trans-Atlantic trip (oh, don’t we wish …

Why You Should Travel Alone Just for 1 Week

Four months ago, I decided to quit my job, leave Paris and go for a one-year trip around Latin America, alone. While I'm definitely not the only one to have taken the leap, I've met quite a few people telling me: "<i>Wow, that's my dream, but I could never do it</i>".<p>Oh, yes you can. Everybody can! How? …

You Won't Want to Bring Your Kids to These 12 Destinations

While family vacations are undoubtedly fun and bring everyone together, sometimes you want to skip the kid-friendly activities and leave the tots with grandma and grandpa. Whether you're looking to have a romantic getaway with your significant other, or simply cut travel expenses (and annoyances? …

Photograph: HANDOUT<p>Glacier hiking near Reykjavik, Iceland<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/58d70030d3b40f6d2be78d1ccc36399d0d901602/0_80_3689_2214/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Handout<p>The converted oil tank at Skrova island, …

Northern Lights

Our Milky Way Galaxy: A Traveler's Guide (Infographic)

Our Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy containing 400 billion stars bound together by gravity. From Earth, the galaxy has the appearance of a …

Comet Lovejoy releases 500 bottles of alcohol every second

<b>Washington:</b> Comet Lovejoy is living up to its name by releasing large amounts of alcohol—as much as 500 bottles of wine every second—into space, …

Chasing Wormholes: The Hunt for Tunnels in Space-Time

Science fiction literature is full of stories in which tunnels in space-time — known as wormholes — are used for time travel. How much fact lies …

General Relativity: 100 Years Old And Still Full Of Surprises

Dark energy, gravitational waves, and black holes may be just the beginning<p>In 1913, Albert Einstein had stalled in his efforts to construct his general theory of relativity. He pleaded with his friend Marcel Grossmann for a mathematical boost: “Grossmann, you’ve got to help me, otherwise I’ll go …

Audemars Piguet x Michael Schumacher Royal Oak Laptimer Watch

It's not just a chronograph. It's not a split-second chronograph. The Audemars Piguet x Michael Schumacher Royal Oak Laptimer Watch is the world's …

50 places everyone should visit in Europe

We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in Europe.<p>From biking along the canals of Amsterdam to scuba diving in the clear Mediterranean waters off the coast of Cyprus, here are 50 things you need to do in Europe in your lifetime.<p><i>Eliza McKelvey and Megan Willett contributed</i> …

European Travel

What Is a Gravitational Wave Detector, and Why Do We Want to Send One to Space?

ESA is getting ready to launch LISA Pathfinder, a mission that will test the technology for a million-kilometer-large gravitational wave detector.<p>By the end of this year, the European Space Agency will launch a demonstration mission that could lead to a whole new way for astrophysicists to observe …

Photograph: Alamy<p>Spetses Town promenade.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/20/1440088657048/80233ddd-0221-4a96-97ac-b69dfaa8ecbf-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alamy<p>Spetses Town …

European Travel

Revealed: The 20 cheapest European cities for a spring break

Stephen Hawking's fantastic vision of black holes may solve 40-year paradox

<b>(CNN) —</b> Want to know what happens after you pass through a black hole? Just look around you. You might land in another universe that is similar to our own, if Stephen Hawking is right. Or in a very different one.<p>The iconic astrophysicist joked about it this week as he unveiled a proposed solution …

Universe

Pakistan: A once dangerous idea

Buried in the archives of the British Library in London, historian Venkat Dhulipala discovered an amazing document that dates to 13 March, 1955. It …

Why do we laugh inappropriately?

We often find ourselves laughing at the strangest of moments. As psychologists are discovering, those helpless giggles might be one of our most important and profound behaviours, says David Robson.<p>My conversation with Sophie Scott is nearly over when she spins round in her chair to show me a video …

Psychology

Do you genes determine your entire life?

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

Genetics

Satellites: a glimpse inside a secret world

Back in 1945, when science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke conjured up the idea of an Earth-orbiting broadcast satellite, he neglected to patent it: he couldn’t imagine one being built in his lifetime. He wasn’t the only one caught off guard when the Soviet Union sprung a satellite on the world just …

Space Exploration

How Humans Are Still Evolving To Avoid Extinction

As humans accelerate our impact on the earth and on ourselves, will 50,000 years of self-evolution both destroy and save us?<p>Humans may be approaching …