Gerard Mullan

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Astronomers find a supersized black hole in a cosmic small town

The humongous black hole in the center of a galaxy called NGC 1600 took the MASSIVE Survey astronomers by surprise. It's not only almost as big as the largest one we've discovered, it's also located in a sparsely populated region of only 20 or so galaxies, 200 million light years away. To note, …

Researchers translate chimp sign language

Chimpanzees use their hands to say "follow me," "stop that" or "take this", according to new research seeking to translate the sophisticated messages …

NASA discovery of Kepler-10c steps up claims for alien life

A newly revealed rocky mega-planet shows the universe was capable of creating extraterrestrial-friendly worlds shortly after the Big Bang.<p>NASA and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics just made a discovery that could turn the theory of how planets were created within our universe onto …

Universe

The Most Intriguing Stars In The Universe [Infographic]

Here are the stars that get the closest scrutiny from scientists<p>In late 2013, a group of astronomers in the U.S. and France made a new kind of sky map, which charts the how intensely scientists have studied features in the heavens. To build the map, they analyzed a million references to celestial …

Universe

The Five Biggest Threats To Human Existence

The big and bad crises that could wipe out humanity<p>In the daily hubbub of current “crises” facing humanity, we forget about the many generations we hope are yet to come. Not those who will live 200 years from now, but 1,000 or 10,000 years from now. I use the word “hope” because we face risks, …

Singularity

Why Google Glass Will Make School Easier For Deaf Kids

Meet the researchers developing apps for planetariums, classrooms and more.<p>About seven years ago, a summer camp for deaf kids visited the planetarium at Brigham Young University in Utah. An American Sign Language interpreter sat on the floor with the kids to translate the show’s narration. The kids …

Google Glass

A New Idea For Colonizing Space: Send Our DNA, Assemble Ourselves Once We Get There

I mean, it’s just too hard to send actual humans, right?<p>It’s difficult to send people far into space. Why not send bacteria instead? That’s the simple foundation behind one decidedly out-there idea for sending humans to live on other planets in the future.<p>“Our best bet for space exploration could …

Harvard

The Big Picture: Preparing for the Moon

During the Apollo program, NASA sent many of its astronauts to Hawaii's Big Island for field training in the run up to missions. The surface of the Moon isn't an environment that's easy to replicate, and the volcanic island chain's barren, rocky terrain is as close as it gets on earth. The picture …

Earliest Bird Pollinator Found in Germany

Fossilized 47 million years ago, it was the size of a hummingbird—but unlike any living species.<p>Today's hummingbirds ferry pollen from blossom to blossom, helping flowering plants reproduce. Their occupational ancestors, however, were birds of a different feather. According to a paper published in …

Shark Skin Will Inspire Faster Swimsuits and Airplanes

Using a 3D printer, scientists build an artificial skin with microscopic features similar to a shark's.<p><b>Sharks are known for their jaws lined with razor-sharp teeth</b>, but their skin also contributes to their ferocity. It's covered with tooth-like scales—structures known as denticles that make shark …