Harshini Thavathiru

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Could dark energy be caused by a reaction to what’s in the Universe?

The force of empty space isn’t always zero. Here’s how an electromagnetic experiment might be the key to dark energy.<p><i>“Another very good test some</i> …

This Weird Hexagon on Saturn Has Puzzled Scientists For Decades

It's like nothing ever seen in the Universe.<p>Thirty years ago, scientists discovered an intriguing structure on Saturn’s north pole. Nothing even …

Astronomy

Has New Hampshire found the secret to online education that works?

EXETER, N.H. — Emily Duggan, 16, spends most afternoons at a dance studio tucked behind a shopping plaza near her home. Blond and doe-eyed, Duggan …

Good News, Teens: Hundreds of SAT Test Questions Have Leaked

Scores for the stupidest test in America might be a lot higher this year. Hundreds of questions for the new SAT, widely used to prove academic …

College & University

Gravitational Waves to Crack Neutron Star Mystery

We are now in an incredible new era of astronomy where the faint ripples in spacetime caused by distant black hole collisions are being detected and …

The sky is (literally) falling on Jupiter's most hellish moon

You're a Jovian lunar explorer in the year 2200. You've piloted your lander to the surface of Io, the smallest and innermost of Jupiter's four largest moons. Genetically modified to survive even the most hellish environments, you move to the door of your craft, unlatch it, and allow it to clank …

Learn the Basics of Gamma Ray Bursts in 7 Minutes

Everything you should know about the cosmic snipers of the universe.<p>In the black void of deep space, between all the stars and galaxies, are an infinite number of things that could someday be coming to kill us. We've only just started to get our act together when it comes to watching for …

Comment on We Might Live in a Virtual Universe — But It Doesn’t Really Matter by Nyremne

rtryonThere’s no logic in saying humans can’t know all so god exist and did everything.science dismiss god because of zero evidence and knowledge of …

How To Extract More Mileage From A 529 College Savings Account

Bonanzas and booby traps: Plenty of both await you in the complex world of 529s.<p>Needlessly complex, since the concept is simple. You set aside savings for college costs, and the earnings (per section 529 of the tax code) escape tax. But the execution is messy because 48 states plus the District of …

As Child Genius shows, being gifted is nurture, not nature. So let's hear it for pushy parents

Much to his surprise, my son attends one of the best grammar schools in the country. This is a boy who was resoundingly average at primary school. The teachers accepted this as his natural position, but my husband and I didn’t. When Oscar gloomily told his father that he was in the middle maths …