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Hold the universe in your hands with this 3D-printed model of the CMB

You can now hold the universe in your hand with a 3D-printed model of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the oldest light in the universe.<p>Like a …

Universe

14 psychological tricks to get people to do what you want

Psychological research suggests there are plenty of ways to motivate people to do what you want — without them even realizing you've persuaded them.<p>We've rounded up 11 science-backed strategies for getting people to like you, to buy stuff, and to give you what you're after.<p>All of them will leave …

Psychology

World's first typhoon turbine could power all of Japan for 50 years

An engineer in Japan is looking for a silver lining in the destructive typhoons that regularly drench the island nation. Atsushi Shimizu has invented …

Renewable Energy

What Meerkat Murder Tells Us About Human Violence

A new study of violent behavior in more than 1,000 mammal species found the meerkat is the mammal most likely to be murdered by one of its own kind.<p>The study, led by José María Gómez of the University of Granada in Spain and published Wednesday in the journal <i>Nature,</i> analyzed more than 4 million …

Research

Physicists Have Caught Signs of a New Particle: The Madala Boson

And it could help solve one of the biggest mysteries of modern physics.<p>Physicists have discovered signals of a new particle in the swathes of data …

Physics

Countless Tiny Black Holes Might Be Hurtling Through Space Like Cosmic Bullets

Start dodging.<p>First, the good news: you have not been killed by a black hole. The bad news is that it’s possible the Universe is teeming with …

Dark Matter

Whoa! Let's slow down talk of a fifth fundamental force of nature

A new discovery could upend our understanding of particle physics and the forces driving the universe. Unless it's all just based on a goof.<p>"Until a confirming measurement is made by a reputable group, this theoretical work is just a thought experiment."

Physics

This is one of the best gravitational waves explainers we've seen

In the distant reaches of the cosmos, two black holes collide and merge in a violent crash. We can't see it or feel it, but the shock of that …

'Superlens' Sets New Limits on What You Can See Under a Microscope

A new "superlens" is so powerful that it could help researchers zero in on germs that were too small for microscopes to spot until now, according to …

The Physics Behind the Wild Wobble of Brady Ellison's Arrows

Zoom in on the details of just about any Olympic event and you can find some cool physics. Today, let's look at the arrow in archery. It seems so …

This particle could explain why you exist — but 1 billion tons of Antarctic ice couldn’t catch it

But after scouring an entire year's worth of data from the largest particle detector on the planet, scientists at IceCube Neutrino Observatory have some bleak news. They're 99% sure the particle doesn't exist.<p><b>Let's start at the beginning</b><p>But neutrinos, nicknamed the "ghost particle," are known for …

Physics

How To Extract Your Own DNA

Using basic kitchen supplies<p>Every one of your cells contains DNA, the molecular blueprint that makes you you. Accessing that blueprint may seem like a job for scientists. But extracting DNA from your cells is actually surprisingly simple.<p>Mac Cowell, an advocate for open-source biotechnology, …

Wee-fi: urine-powered socks can send message in emergency

Socks which send a message when powered by urine have been invented by scientists at the University of the West of England<p>It’s the perfect Christmas present for the person who has everything…except, perhaps, self-respect.<p>Scientists have invented a pair of high-tech socks which, when filled with …

Geminid meteor shower this weekend: Here's how to see the show

Get ready, sky watchers -- it's time for the Geminids, one of the best meteor showers of the year.<p>The Geminid meteor shower occurs each December, when Earth passes through a river of debris left in the wake of an object known as Phaethon 3200.<p>This year the Geminids, so named because the meteors …

Global Warming