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OpenClassrooms raises another $60 million

French startup OpenClassrooms is raising $60 million from General Atlantic, with existing investors Citizen Capital, Alven and Bpifrance also participating.<p>OpenClassrooms is the most popular massive open online course platform in France. But the startup has evolved beyond on-demand courses to …

Profit

Senate votes to overturn Ajit Pai’s net neutrality repeal

Senate defies "armies of lobbyists," but House may help FCC kill net neutrality.<p>The US Senate today voted to reverse the Federal Communications …

Bye, black holes: white holes are even weirder

If there is a phenomenon out there that is actually more bizarre than black holes, it has to be white holes. Black holes can’t say that they might be …

Scientists Have Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down For 14 Generations

The past lives on.<p>The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. But the environment …

Scientists Make Coldest Liquid Water Ever, And It's Weirder Than They Imagined

You’re definitely familiar with water’s freezing point: 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). But that’s not the coldest water could be. …

There Might Be a Universe Inside Every Black Hole

Most experts agree that the universe started as an infinitely hot and dense point called a singularity. Wait a minute. Isn't that what people call …

Black Holes

Scientists discover huge hole in fabric of universe – but what is its purpose?

The perfectly spherical hole is a mind-boggling 1.8 BILLION light years across. And it contains absolutely NOTHING.<p>The bizarre phenomenon is being …

SpaceX plans to launch satellites that deliver internet

SpaceX, the Elon Musk-founded aerospace company, told Congress that it is planning to launch a network of satellites to deliver broadband internet …

World's largest X-ray laser lights up for the first time

In bright news for the scientific world, the world's biggest X-ray laser has generated its first light in Hamburg, Germany. The 3.4 km (2.1 mi) long …

Physics

Russian Scientists Plan ‘Cosmic Patrol’ to Protect Earth From Space Threats

Scientists at Moscow’s state university (MGU) are planning to set up a “cosmic patrol” of satellites to protect Earth from space threats, according …

What's The Largest Galaxy In The Universe?

Our Milky Way contains some 400 billion stars, spanning 100,000 light years in diameter.<p>Yet compared to other galaxies, it’s not even especially large.<p>In our own local group, the Andromeda galaxy is significantly larger, reaching 220,000 light years across.<p>Interacting spiral galaxies can have their …

Universe

Dungeon Masters are hard to find, that’s why there’s Gloomhaven

This critically acclaimed role-playing board game might be just what your group needs<p>Earlier this year I was invited to join a Dungeons & Dragons group. They were looking for a regular fifth player, and I was looking for an opportunity to be a character rather than a Dungeon Master. It was a …

Scientists: "We Have Detected the Existence of a Fundamentally New State of Matter"

3D Quantum Liquid Crystals<p>Caltech physicists at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter have discovered the first 3D quantum liquid crystal. …

Another nearby planet found that may be just right for life

WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers have found yet another planet that seems to have just the right Goldilocks combination for life: Not so hot and not so …

Astronomy

NASA just filmed a 'potentially hazardous' asteroid flying near Earth that's as big as a super-tall skyscraper

Astronomers on Wednesday night will be keeping a close eye on a big asteroid that's zooming past Earth.<p>Telescopes like the Arecibo Observatory — a huge radio dish built inside of a Puerto Rican sinkhole — have already started filming the tumbling space rock, called 2014 JO25. They are pinging the …

Physicists create mind-bending 'negative mass' that accelerates backwards and could help explain black holes

Scientists have created a fluid with "negative mass" which they claim can be used to explore some of the more challenging concepts of the cosmos.<p>Washington State University physicists explained that this mass, unlike every physical object in the world we know, accelerates backwards when pushed.<p>The …

All of NASA's out-of-this-world images are now in one place

NASA first announced that all of its photo archives would be made available on one easily searchable website in late March. But an interview with some of the minds behind the merger, courtesy of ArsTechnica, rekindled our memories and reminded us just how amazing the archive really is.<p>The new site …

Live, long and black giant shipworm found in Philippines

<b>Scientists have found live specimens of the rare giant shipworm for the first time, in the Philippines.</b><p>Details of the creature, which can reach up to 1.55m (5ft) in length and 6cm (2.3in) in diameter, were published in a US science journal.<p>The giant shipworm spends its life encased in a hard shell, …

National Academy of Sciences

A Huge Asteroid Is Set to Hurtle Past Earth This Wednesday

Don't forget to wave (and watch live here).<p>An asteroid so big it's been nicknamed after Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will streak past Earth this …

Captured: First 'Image' of the Dark Matter That Holds Universe Together

For decades, scientists have tracked hints of a thread-like structure that ties together galaxies across the universe. Theories, computer models, and …

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Poised for 1st Reflight Thursday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — At first glance, the Falcon 9 rocket being prepared for launch this week from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida looks …

This Mind-Bending Theory Joins Black Holes, Gravitational Waves & Axions to Find New Physics

We haven't seen physicists this excited for a while.<p>Scientists have proposed a new theory that combines some of the most mysterious phenomena in the …

Stop everything: the nation's zoos are in a vicious, wonderful #CuteAnimalTweetOff

We interrupt your regularly scheduled selection of depressing news stories and dismaying tweets to bring you the most amazing thing that happened on …

World's Largest Telescope Will Revolutionize The Future Of Astronomy

Want to see deeper into the Universe than ever before. Build a bigger telescope. No matter what other tricks you use, there’s no substitute for size. The bigger your primary mirror is:<p>the more light you gather,<br>• the better your resolution is,<br>• and more details can be seen, more distant and faster than …

Telescopes

World’s First Semisynthetic Organism Created: Scientists Expand Life’s Genetic Code To Include Two Artificial DNA Bases

All DNA-based life forms on Earth contain, at their core, a genetic code made up of four bases — adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G), cytosine (C). …

Scientists Have Detected a Habitable Zone in One of Our Nearest Solar Systems

Eek.<p>An exoplanet with the prime conditions for life could be located just 14 light-years away, scientists report, in one of the closest neighbouring …

Hilarious bad lip reading of the inauguration will lift your spirits

Bad Lip Reading always knocks it out of the park with its absurd interpretations of what people are saying based on the way their mouths are moving. …

SpaceX captures stunning shot of Falcon 9 landing

SpaceX's Falcon 9 reusable rocket made another successful launch and landing on the weekend, marking the company's seventh success since the start of the reusable launch system program in 2013. You can read all about the exciting event here, but this gorgeous photo deserves its own glory.<p>It's just …

Physicists Say They've Manipulated 'Pure Nothingness' And Observed The Fallout

In the quantum vacuum, no one can hear you scream.<p>According to quantum mechanics, a vacuum isn't empty at all. It's actually filled with quantum …