Francisco Fuenmayor

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Why some scientists say physics has gone off the rails

Has the love of "elegant" equations overtaken the desire to describe the real world?<p>The 20th century was a remarkably productive one for physics. First, Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity helped us view gravity not as a force but as a distortion of space. Then Max Planck, Erwin …

Physics

La guerra contra las universidades en Venezuela

La llamada revolución bolivariana ha declarado una guerra contra las universidades, los académicos y los estudiantes. Desde que llegó al poder en …

Yes, Pluto is a planet

Three years ago, NASA’s New Horizons, the fastest spaceship ever launched, raced past Pluto, spectacularly revealing the wonders of that newly seen world. This coming New Year’s Eve — if all goes well on board this small robot operating extremely far from home — it will treat us to images of the …

Solar System

Alarma internacional ante éxodo de profesores universitarios venezolanos

En Venezuela la fuga de talento intelectual ha aumentado dramáticamente en los en los últimos años, la mayoría de los venezolanos en especial la …

This Galaxy Has Almost No Dark Matter—and Scientists Are Baffled

If astronomers really have found an "undark" galaxy, it’s a strong clue that dark matter is real.<p>An unusual galaxy far, far away is stumping astronomers not because of what’s there, but because of what’s missing.<p><b>What is this thing?</b><p>About 65 million light-years away, the galaxy called NGC1052-DF2 is …

Dark Matter

Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier

How the ex-spy tried to warn the world about Trump’s ties to Russia.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>In January, after a long day at his London office, Christopher Steele, the former spy turned private investigator, was stepping off a …

Russia

The 'Genome Hacker' Who Mapped a 13-Million-Person Family Tree

Huge crowdsourced genealogy databases are inspiring new genetics research.<p>Yaniv Erlich has been a white-hat hacker and a geneticist at Columbia University, and now he works for a genealogy company.<p>This unusual career trajectory has led, most recently, to a 13-million-person family tree unveiled …

Genealogy

Stephen Hawking thinks he knows what happened before the beginning of time

Neil deGrasse Tyson asks him to weigh in.<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show <i>Star Talk</i> is ending its fourth season with a bang—a big one. <i>The</i> big one, to be precise. The show, filmed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, features famous astrophysicist Tyson interviewing …

Dumping ground reborn as a bamboo and rammed-earth community space in Vietnam

H&P Architects dramatically transformed an informal dumping ground in Mao Khe, Vietnam into a beautiful pavilion built mainly of locally sourced …

Chess’s New Best Player Is A Fearless, Swashbuckling Algorithm

Chess is an antique, about 1,500 years old, according to most historians. As a result, its evolution seems essentially complete, a hoary game now …

Artificial Intelligence

The detail-oriented woman who found a secret of the universe in a piece of “scruff”

A pulsar is a small, spinning star—a giant ball of neutrons, left behind after a normal star has died in a fiery explosion.<p>With a diameter of only 30km (18.6 miles), the star spins up to hundreds of times a second, while sending out a beam of radio waves (and sometimes other radiation, such as …

Universe

Infant Planets Form from Dust in 1st Photos from New Imaging Tool

A new imaging tool being used at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii has delivered its first photos of young planetary systems.<p>The vortex …

6 Cosmic Catastrophes That Could Wipe Out Life on Earth

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Will Trump Walk Away From The Biggest Deal In History?

By the time you read this post and if the rumor mill is correct, President Donald Trump may have taken steps to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. If he has, or if he does, he will pull America out of the biggest business and jobs opportunity in U.S. and world history.<p>We …

Why Earth’s magnetic poles could be about to swap places — and how it could affect us

The Earth's magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field — protecting life from harmful solar radiation by deflecting charged particles away. Far from being constant, this field is continuously changing. Indeed, our planet's history includes at least several hundred global …

Geological Explorers Discover a Passage to Earth’s Dark Age

In August, the geologist Matt Jackson left California with his wife and 4-year-old daughter for the fjords of northwest Iceland, where they camped as …

Ask Ethan: What Is Spacetime?

When it comes to understanding the Universe, there are a few things everyone’s heard of: Schrödinger’s cat, the Twin Paradox and E = mc^2. But despite being around for over 100 years now, General Relativity — Einstein’s greatest achievement — is largely mysterious to everyone from the general …

Physics

Nobody Knows Where A Black Hole's Information Goes

According to Google, Stephen Hawking is the most famous physicist alive, and his most famous work is the black hole information paradox. If you know one thing about physics, therefore, that’s what you should know. Before Hawking, black holes weren’t paradoxical. Yes, if you throw a book into a …

Physics

Don’t Forget Rick Perry Is Now in Charge of American Physics

Is the Department of Energy going to be safe in Perry's hands? Doubtful.<p>Scientists are scared as hell for what the incoming Donald Trump …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Why Hell Can't Freeze Over: Quantum Physics And Absolute Zero

Last week, physicists at the National Institute for Standards and Technology reported they'd cooled an object to a million times colder than room temperature. It was a record for the super-difficult science of super-cooling.<p>In this field, researchers inch ever closer to — but never reach — the …

19 Recipes to Make the Most Out of Your Cast Iron Skillet

I've spent my whole adult life living in apartments, which means I've never had the space to amass as many pans as I'd like. Practicality dictates that I only buy what I'm really going to use. There are just a couple pans I own that I have no trouble justifying: a carbon steel wok, an eight-inch …

Images of giant wave on Venus captured by Japanese probe

Pressure wave in planet’s atmosphere was one of the largest ever seen in the solar system, stretching over 10,000 kilometres<p>A Japanese spacecraft that is circling Venus has beamed home pictures of one of the largest waves ever seen in the solar system.<p>The Akatsuki probe captured images of the giant …

Trump acknowledges Russian involvement in meddling in U.S. elections

President-elect Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that he believes Russian operatives hacked the Democratic Party during the election, but he continued to dispute intelligence reports that Moscow acted to help him win.<p>“I think it was Russia,” Trump said at a news conference in …

Tarantula Found Eating a Snake in Wild for First Time

Weird & Wild<p>The bloody scene, witnessed in Brazil, confirms that tarantulas are hardly picky eaters.<p>Scientists have made a grisly discovery: the first recorded instance of a tarantula eating a snake in the wild.<p>Leandro Malta Borges, a graduate student at Brazil’s Federal University of Santa Maria, …

Insects

As socialist Venezuela collapses, socialist Bolivia thrives. Here’s why.

Venezuela’s economy is a catastrophe of Dickensian proportions. And for plenty of readers, that’s hardly a surprise. Every time I write about it, dozens pipe in with some variant on the same comment: “Socialism leading to total ruin — who would’ve thought?!” The temptation to read Venezuela’s …

For Obama, A Farewell Address... Or One Last Abuse Of The First-Person Singular?

Historically, former presidents have made it a point to get the heck out of Dodge once there’s a new sheriff in town.<p>The two Bushes, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton each boarded a plane (some quicker than others) following the midday inaugural ceremony, as did Jimmy Carter and Lyndon Johnson. Harry …

Elements Of Life Discovered Everywhere In The Milky Way

For a long time, humanity has known that the raw ingredients for life weren’t created at the same time as the Universe, but rather needed to be created, over time, from previous generations of stars. Measuring and mapping the abundances of the individual stars within the Milky Way has previously …

A rare sighting of the Milky Way

Due to increased amounts of light pollution, Iceland is one of the few countries left in Europe where it can still easily be seen.<p>In the late 1800s, an Icelandic poet and entrepreneur is fabled to have tried to sell the Northern Lights to a group of businessmen from Switzerland.<p>Although Einar …

Venezuela's March Toward Default

<i>By Antony P. Mueller</i><p>It is only a matter of time until Venezuela will default on its foreign debt. After a short peak in 2009, when the country's …

Observations cast new light on cosmic microwave background

Arecibo Observatory observations of galactic neutral hydrogen structure confirm the discovery of an unexpected contribution to the measurements of …