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Top scientists explain how enormously exciting and important gravitational waves are

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity, which described how gravity warps and distorts space-time.<p>While this theory triggered a revolution in our understanding of the universe, it made one prediction that even Einstein doubted could be confirmed: the …

Physics

Einstein Saw Space Move, Long Before We Could Hear It

Here we are in an election year — once again asking the great see-into-the-future question in politics — who will be the next president?<p>Yesterday, I picked up the paper (I still have a paper to pick up) and read about a man who did see into the future, Albert Einstein. He developed his theory of …

Albert Einstein

Weather On Sunless Planet Is Cloudy With A Chance Of Molten Iron Rain

Bring an umbrella<p>Most planets orbit stars, but sometimes, a planet just has to go it alone. Scientists discovered the strange lonely planet PSO J318.5-22 in 2013. The size of Jupiter, the planet was all alone in the universe, going on its merry way with no star to tie it down.<p>The planet is 75 …

Pluto’s Surface ​May Be Alive Thanks To Planetary Antifreeze

Could icy slush be driving the dwarf planet's geological activity?<p>After the New Horizons spacecraft zoomed past Pluto on July 14, scientists were stunned at what it sent back. Photos show the dwarf planet dotted with icy mountains and smooth plains of ice, suggesting the surface may be younger than …

Cholesterol vaccine could end need for daily statins

The team which created the HPV vaccine has used the same method to create a jab against cholesterol<p>A vaccine which significantly lowers cholesterol could end the need for daily statins.<p>Health regulators currently recommend that around 17.5 million people in Britain should take the cholesterol …

Case Study: A Man Dies From His Tapeworm’s Cancer

That raises some questions about the known causes of cancer<p>In Colombia in 2013, a man showed up to a hospital with a confusing array of symptoms. He was gaunt, having lost a lot of weight in the past few months. He was HIV-positive and hadn’t been taking his medication. He was fatigued, with a …

Five Mars discoveries that transformed our understanding of the red planet

From ancient lakes to a stripped atmosphere, the planet has given up several secrets in 2015 thanks to the Curiosity rover and teams all around the Earth<p>With a rover trundling over red soil, a spacecraft diving through the atmosphere and teams at work all around the Earth, Mars has given up a …

Parents who refused to let baby die of leukaemia change medical history

Lisa Foley and Ashleigh Richards refused to let their daughter die of cancer<p>When Lisa Foley gave birth to her second daughter Layla in June 2014 everything seemed fine.<p>There had been no problems during pregnancy and the baby was born a healthy 7lbs 10oz and seemed happy and content.<p>But at …

Genetic Engineering

Women are either bisexual or gay but 'never straight'

A study has found that most women who say they are straight are in fact aroused by videos of both naked men and naked women<p>Most women are either bisexual or gay but "never straight", a study suggests.<p>"This shows us that how women appear in public does not mean that we know anything about their …

Sexuality

Milky Way’s black hole is more active!

The black hole at the Milky Way’s heart recently blasted out 10 times its normal rate of X-ray flares. Is it due to the close passage of a …

Astrophysics

Seven scientific facts to ruin childhood

Children get told a lot of things that aren’t exactly true. Generally, there’s no harm in that. But some are so scientifically inaccurate it’s potentially traumatic<p>This week allegations surfaced that the prime minister, David Cameron, once inserted a private part of his anatomy into the mouth of a …

Now that we can #thinkoutsidethesquare, we're excited to share one of our favorite images of #Yellowstone #NationalPark. This jaw-dropping multi-image panorama shows @yellowstonenps's Grand Prismatic Spring at night with the #MilkyWay sparkling above it and the stars reflected in the water below. Photo courtesy of David Lane. 🌟🌟

Jupiter assembling: planet 96 light years away hints at how gas giants form

Astronomers find 51 Eridani b, an infant at 20m years old that is still cooking and throwing off clues about methane-rich biggest planet in Earth’s solar system<p>Astronomers have taken a photograph of a young planet beyond the solar system that may reveal clues as to how planets such as Jupiter are …

Astronomers find 'teeny supermassive black hole'

University of Michigan astronomers have found the smallest black hole ever observed in the centre of a galaxy<p>As supermassive black holes go it’s really not that super or massive,<p>In a dwarf, disc galaxy 340 million light years away, University of Michigan astronomers have found the smallest black …

Pictures of the day: 13 August 2015 - Telegraph

Google announces major restructuring with new parent company ‘Alphabet’, Sundar Pichai named CEO of Google subsidiary

Google has announced a major restructuring of the entire organization, starting with the creation of an all-new company called Alphabet, Inc., which will now serve as the parent company of Google and all of its previous projects.<p>The Google brand will be “slimmed down” and focus on web products like …

Sergey Brin

As galactic light fades, astronomers study the death of the universe

Here's some cosmically bad news: The universe is dying. An international team of scientists that used seven powerful telescopes around the world to capture light coming from more than 200,000 galaxies has found that they're putting out half of the light that they did just 2 billion years ago – and …

Astrophysics

China bans Fart and 119 other 'immoral' songs with 'severe punishment' threat

Ministry of culture says songs ‘trumpet obscenity, violence, crime or harm social morality’, and administrators ordered to remove them from websites<p>China has banned 120 “immoral” songs and ordered website administrators to remove them from their sites amid a broadening crackdown on the country’s …

China