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Researchers just built the world's most precise clock

Two years ago, physicist Jun Ye and his colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology built an atomic clock so precise it doesn't …

Quantum Mechanics

Wait a second: What came before the big bang?

The Voorhes<p>Not everyone thinks the universe had a beginning.<p>Cosmologists used to think the universe was totally timeless: no beginning, no end. That might sound mind-melting, but it’s easier on the scientific brain than figuring out what a set starting point would mean, let alone when it would be. …

Dark Matter

Opinion: Microsoft takes computing to the extremes

Sometimes, context and comparison can really make a difference. At the company’s combined Envision and Ignite events in Orlando this week for both …

Satya Nadella

There Is No Parity: Chien-Shiung Wu

Hold out your hands in front of you, palms forward. They look quite similar, but I’m sure you’re all too aware that they’re actually mirror images of …

Physics

To understand the end of the world, it helps to run Microsoft Windows 7 or 8

If you’re going out of town this weekend, be sure to pack for the apocalypse.<p>According to David Meade, a research scientist and Christian conspiracy theorist, Planet X—a red dwarf star the size of 3.34 Jupiters—is currently hurtling towards the sun. Meade posits that a Planet X solar collision will …

Magnetism

Computations with Fractions

Fractions Cheat Sheet<p>This cheat sheet provides a basic outline of what you need to know about fractions when you are required to perform computations …

Mathematics

Quantum Number Definition

What You Need to Know About Quantum Numbers<p>Quantum Number Definition<p>A quantum number is a value that is used when describing the energy levels …

Quantum Mechanics

The Big Bang Wasn't The Beginning, After All

The Universe began not with a whimper, but with a bang! At least, that’s what you’re commonly told: the Universe and everything in it came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang. Space, time, and all the matter and energy within began from a singular point, and then expanded and cooled, …

Universe

Scientists Resolve Mysterious Violation to Einstein's Relativity

Even if you don’t know much physics, you probably know one of its core tenets: an object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in …

Physics

One of China's supercomputers has nearly doubled its power

One of China’s supercomputers, Tianhe-2, just received a major upgrade, nearly doubling its power. An announcement from the head of Matsuoka Lab, …

Supercomputers

Long-term sexual satisfaction: What's the secret?

Once the flutters of a new relationship are over, for many, the slog of everyday life sets in. But how do you keep the spark alive?<p>Sex is a key …

Japanese robot firm makes an aggressive move in China

China will need more than half-a-million industrial robots by 2025. The race is on to see who will supply them.<p>Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries has …

China

PETER APPS: Robots going to war is no longer science fiction

A killer robot from the Terminator movies. Picture: SUPPLIED<p>Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has long warned that humanity might be on the verge of some …

Vladimir Putin

Trump’s ‘doomsday’ plane is a flying nuclear bunker

Welcome to the “Doomsday” planes — America’s secretive set of jets designed to wage nuclear war from the skies.<p>The specially designed aircraft follow …

Military

Meet the Hunter S. Thompson of Elementary Particles

One of the more fascinating bits of high-energy physics is the branch of physics called quantum chromodynamics (QCD). Don’t let the big name throw …

Physics

James Webb Space Telescope Will Hunt for Signs of Life in the Solar System

The soon-to-launch James Webb Space Telescope will turn its powerful eye on two of the solar system's top candidates for hosting alien life: the icy …

Astronomy

Did Dark Matter Kill the Dinosaurs? How Mass Extinctions Are Linked With Universe’s Mystery Ingredient

Dark matter is an exotic form of matter that can only be detected by its gravitational pull on other objects—other than this, it is invisible. Most …

NASA's Hubble spots "pitch black" planet lurking beyond our solar system

WASP-12b orbits a Sun-like star 1,400 light-years from Earth and is "black as fresh asphalt"<p>NASA's Hubble telescope has discovered an exoplanet that …

The Solar System Is Even More Massive Than You Think

Our solar system got a little smaller when planethood was yanked out from underneath Pluto and it was demoted to a dwarf planet. But that’s only if …

Planet 9 Might Not Be an Exoplanet After All

But they still think it's out there.<p>Planet 9 probably isn't from another star, according to researchers from the UK and Switzerland.<p>According to a …

Universe

New Study Indicates that Planet 9 Likely Formed in the Solar System

In January of 2016, astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin published the first evidence that there might be another planet in our Solar …

Universe

Trump's chance to reshape the Federal Reserve could be his biggest economic legacy

President Trumpis betting he can turbocharge the U.S. economy with tax cuts and trade deals, but his greatest leverage to influence growth may rest with an unparalleled opportunity to reshape the world's most powerful central bank.<p>Because of a wave of vacancies,<p>Trumpwill have the ability in the …