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Stop Blaming Everything On Planet Nine

Blaming everything on a planet we haven't officially discovered yet is a little premature.<p>Someday soon, we could find a real ninth planet in our solar system, one bigger than Earth. Like Neptune, the math adds up, and it's just a matter of time before we find it unless something spectacularly weird …

Universe

Panama Papers reveal offshore secrets of China’s red nobility

Disclosures show how havens such as British Virgin Islands hide links between big business and relatives of top politicians<p>The Panama Papers revelations so far French villa at the heart of a scandal<p>The eight members of China’s Communist party elite whose family members used offshore companies are …

Corruption

Will no one stop Poland destroying Europe’s most precious forest?

If the EU can’t save Białowieża from the loggers, its protections are meaningless<p>Białowieża is “the misty, brooding forest that loomed behind your eyelids when, as a child, someone read you the Grimm brothers’ fairytales”, in the words of American ecologist Alan Weisman. This unique place of …

Biodiversity

How Physicists Image Individual Atoms

The latest from 100 Second Science.<p>Until 1981, the atom was a sort of imaginary entity. We knew it was there, of course, and we could even measure and observe it via a number of different techniques—including field ion microscopy—but we couldn't just go and look at an atom in the same way that we …

Physics

Scientists Found A Nazi Secret That Hitler Tried To Cover Up

Nazis are the perfect enemies in video games and movies for good reason. They committed horrible, horrible crimes, the likes of which we can only …

Antimatter changed physics, and the discovery of antimemories could revolutionise neuroscience

The theory of antimemories could help explain many cognitive problems in the brain such as autism and schizophrenia.<p>One of the most intriguing …

Neuroscience

Modern Humans May Have Caused The Extinction Of Real 'Hobbits'

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a mysterious human "hobbit" species once thrived. They sustained themselves off fauna, and even slew dragons -- well, Komodos.<p>It sounds like a science fiction novel, but these diminutive beings actually lived in Indonesia. They possibly even interacted …

Humanity

Clinton, Sanders had opposing views on biomedical research

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were on opposing sides of certain types of biomedical research while they served in Congress, differences that have gained notice by scientists and advocates on the forefront of stem cell research.<p>Clinton has …

Stem Cells

The construction of 10 iconic landmarks, in color

Building 10 wonders<br>of the world — in color<p>Colorized construction of 10 global landmarks<p>c. 1889<p>These 10 photographs, in monochrome and then …

Could this make building quantum computers much easier?

<b>One more piece to the puzzle</b><p>We love quantum computers. Previous articles have detailed the ways in which they represent the next great leap in …

Hubble telescope looks deep into the Milky Way

The Hubble Space Telescope has peered deep into the heart of our Milky Way Galaxy, revealing a tapestry of more than half a million stars, NASA announced Thursday.<p>A stunning image shows the impressive array of stars. “Except for a few blue foreground stars, the stars are part of the Milky Way’s …

Australia wants Britain to stay in EU, says foreign minister

Australia wants Britain to stay in the European Union, Julie Bishop, the country's foreign minister, said on Friday, weeks before Britain holds a referendum on EU membership.<p>Ms Bishop said in Washington that "a strong UK as part of the European Union would be in Australia's interests", according to …

European Union

Obama blames Putin for slowing the progress of nuclear arms reduction

"My preference would be to bring down further our nuclear arsenal," Obama said at a press conference on April 1 after his two-day Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.<p>The Obama administration approached Russia about a possible new phase in arms reduction talks in 2010 after Russia and the United …

Russia

No, California's drought isn't over. Here's why easing the drought rules would be a big mistake

On March 23, the San Juan Water District, which serves upper-crust residential estates in the Sacramento area, declared that<p>the drought is over.<p>After months of El Niño rainfall, Folsom Lake, the district's chief water source, had become so full that excess water was being released over Folsom Dam. …

NASA just released 2.95 million satellite images to the public — here are 21 of the best

1/<p>Many ASTER images look like they were colored in by a little kid, including this one of the Andes Mountains. But that's because it has an infrared …

North Sea

An ancient site spotted from space could rewrite the history of Vikings in North America

The ancient chronicles told of a larger-than-life Viking warrior with a shock of red hair, banished from his home for killing another man, who sailed with hundreds of followers to an icy island in the sea. And they told of his son, who set out only a few years later to an even more distant place he …

Archaeology

The 17 equations that changed the world

In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World.<p>His book takes a look at the most pivotal equations of all time, and puts them in a human, rather than technical context.<p>"Equations …

Mathematics

12 Miniature Gadgets That Can Fit in Your Pocket

Don't leave home without 'em. Here are some truly potent portables—handy gadgets that can fit in your pocket.<p>1. PROJECTOR; $280<p>Impossibly small and …

Astronomers find white dwarf with 99% oxygen atmosphere

Astronomers have discovered a star that has an atmosphere made up of 99.9 percent oxygen.<p>The O²-rich atmosphere was found on a white dwarf 1,200 …

Universe

10 Quantum Truths About Our Universe

Even most of the pros don’t know all 10.<p><i>This post was contributed to Starts With A Bang by Sabine Hossenfelder. Sabine is a theoretical physicist</i> …

How NBA star Steph Curry hacks his nervous system

That's because, in a real way, he's <b>thinking</b> faster than everybody else.<p>It happens thanks to the way he and his trainer hack his nervous nervous system for "neurocognitive efficiency."<p>In a recent interview with Tech Insider, Curry explained that neurocognitive efficiency is "being able to make …

Basketball

The Awesome Physics Behind How Mirrors Work

Don't believe your eyes.<p>With mirrors around us every day, we tend to take them for granted, but what exactly is happening on a scientific level when …

Physics

The Two Big Bangs

When you think about how the Universe got its start, from a scientific point of view, there’s one theory that explains what we see above all others: the Big Bang. But not everyone agrees on what “the Big Bang” actually means. In particular, there’s always some news that periodically goes around …

Universe

We're the Only Animals With Chins, and No One Knows Why

Despite much chin-stroking.<p>“Little pig, little pig, let me come in,” says the big, bad wolf. “No, no, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin,” say the three little pigs. This scene is deeply unrealistic and not just because of the pigs' architectural competence, the wolf's implausible lung …

Evolution

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best Stuff<p>After lathering up a a whole lot, we crown the winning washes.<p>By Adam Hurly20 hours agoView More<p>Best of GQ<p>The 84-year-old music legend has …

Astronomers catch a galaxy being born, fed by a strand of cosmic web

It's not every day scientists get to watch a galaxy being born. But thanks in part to the bright light of a quasar, astronomers say they've identified a swirling disk of gas that's a galaxy in the making — as well as the strand of the universe's cosmic web that's been feeding it.<p>The protogalactic …

The Size Of The Milky Way Galaxy, Shown To Scale

But don't you wish you lived in "The Tadpole"?<p>Think the Milky Way is big? It's puny compared to M87, an elliptical galaxy 980,000 light years in diameter. The Milky Way is only 100,000 light years in diameter. Let's not even get into Hercules A, which is 1.5 million light years across.<p>Astronomer …

Telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell's voice recovered from 'unplayable' record

Alexander Graham Bell, the man widely credited with inventing the telephone as we know it (though there is a longstanding debate over who actually was first), can be heard again today, some 128 years after he recorded himself counting and speaking in his laboratory in Washington, DC, saying: "In …

The 10 best physicists

From subatomic to cosmic, the pick of the pioneers