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Astronomers to Peer Into a Black Hole for 1st Time with Event Horizon Telescope

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Black Holes

Astronomers just found a star orbiting a black hole at 1% the speed of light

Astronomers have just spotted a star whizzing around a vast black hole at about 2.5 times the distance between Earth and the Moon, and it takes only half an hour to complete one orbit.<p>To put that into perspective, it takes roughly 28 days for our Moon to do a single lap around our relatively tiny …

Black Holes

The 3 Ways That Parallel Universes Could Be Real

The idea that things exist in a particular, well-defined state at all times where their properties can be determined so long as you can measure them well enough was fundamental to how we conceived of the Universe. When quantum physics came along, that idea went right out the window, never to …

Dark Matter

Why String Theory Could Be The Key to Uncovering The 'Theory of Everything'

Life, the Universe, and everything.<p>A central goal that modern physicists share is finding a single theory that can explain the entire Universe and …

Ask Ethan: If The Universe Is Expanding, Why Aren't We?

One of the biggest scientific surprises of the 20th century was the discovery that the Universe itself is expanding. Distant galaxies recede from us and from one another more quickly than the nearby ones, as though the fabric of space itself is being stretched. On the largest scales, the matter and …

Ask Ethan: Is There A Center Of The Universe?

Our Universe began from a Big Bang, but that doesn’t mean we picture it correctly. Most of us think of it as an explosion: where everything started out hot and dense all at once, then expanded and cooled as the different fragments sped away from one another. But as tempting as that picture is, it …

University of California

If the body isn't sacred, nothing is: why menstrual taboos matter | Camilla Power

Menstrual seclusion was once about giving women a safe space – hunter gatherer cultures can teach us how women’s blood is potent, not polluting<p>These days we tend to assume that menstrual seclusion, menstrual taboos, menstrual huts and pollution beliefs, which are prevalent in some developing …

Reality Is Not What We Can See

Some physicists, mind you, not many of them, are physicist-poets.<p>They see the world or, more adequately, physical reality, as a lyrical narrative written in some hidden code that the human mind can decipher.<p>Carlo Rovelli, the Italian physicist and author, is one of them. Following his best-seller</i> …

Male fruit flies rationally choose how to rank mates

A complex series of experiments shows that male fruit flies, when presented with a pair of females as potential mating partners, display a key …

First Pictures of Earth and Moon Taken from Mars and Saturn

In a series of images taken from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter 127 million miles away from Earth, the watery planet and its moon are pictured …

Imaging

Revealed! 97% of human body is made up of stardust! - IBTimes India

Stars are made up of almost two dozen chemical elements, but researchers only listed those elements that are considered to be the building blocks of …

We can't directly see black holes. But this time lapse shows the awesome power of their gravity.

Watch: stars orbit the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy.<p>No astronomer has even seen a black hole through a telescope. They’re dark, often occluded by matter, and actually very small compared with many of the stars in the sky. We’ve never directly seen the ring of material around …

Black Holes

Earth - Asteroids are not the only threat to life from space

We are here by the skin of our teeth. Evolution could well have turned out differently, and the fact that it did not may well be down to freak, chance events. Life on Earth has faced a string of accidents, weird situations and outright catastrophes, from sudden ice ages to collisions with asteroids …

Universe

This Simple 23-Minute Morning Routine Will Make You Happier

It may quite possibly be the simplest strategy for training your brain to become more positive.<p>This research has left me levitating with excitement. I'm dumbfounded by what positive psychology can do. But this is taking it to a whole new level. <i>What Marcel, tell us!</i><p>OK, here's the scoop. Shawn Achor, …

The Universe Could Be One Giant Alien Claims Scientist

Are we living inside an alien?<p>A scientist has put forward the extraordinary idea that one of the reasons we haven’t found alien life yet is because …

Dark Matter

Road trips: the best driving holidays in the US, as chosen by the Independent's travel team

Each week, The Independent’s travel team go head to head to see who can come up with the best version of a particular trip. Today we’re tackling a US …

How You're Most Likely to Die, According to Science

It’s a somber thought, but we’re all going to die at some point. However, our fears about <i>how</i> we’ll die don’t always line up with the reality most of …

We will happily be having sex with robots soon, according to scientists

We will happily be having sex with robots soon, according to scientists.<p>The "sexbots" could be better than humans in bed and we could be looking at …

Moon and Empire State Building

A distant view of an iconic building, with the moon behind it.<p>Jennifer Khordi posted this photo at EarthSky Facebook this week. It’s the full moon, …

From Ansel Adams to Stephen Shore: famous photographers shoot their favourite food

After 40 years, a cookbook by some of America’s best-loved photographers is being published for the first time<p>Perhaps the salient thing about food, from a photographer’s point of view, is that it doesn’t last. Even the most gorgeous, curvaceous pepper – those shot by Edward Weston in 1930 are among …

The Race To Prove 'Spooky' Quantum Connection May Have a Winner

Entanglement breakthrough could lead to unhackable Internet<p>Particles don’t obey the same rules as people. Poke a particle, and another one far away can instantly respond the touch -- without any messages passing through the space between, as if the two particles were one. “Entanglement” is what …

Quantum Physics

Female-to-male transsexuals 'start to think like men' after hormone treatment

Study finds that testosterone decreased verbal and multitasking abilities whilst boosting spatial awareness<p>It is a commonly held belief, certainly among the fairer sex, that women are better at multitasking than men.<p>And scientists have now discovered that women undergoing a sex change start to …

When and where can I see the 'Supermoon' 2015 and 'Blood Moon'?

Tonight's 'Supermoon' is the first of three spectacular lunar shows this year<p>Tonight, sky watchers across Britain will be able to see the first of three Supermoons this year.<p>That means the moon will be very full and bright in the sky, because it has come very close to earth.<p>Tonight's full moon will …

Watch the Moon cross in front of the Earth, as seen from a million miles away

NASA offers some unprecedented cosmic perspective<p>We all need a little cosmic perspective from time to time, and this is as good as it gets. NASA has released this truly stunning GIF of the Moon passing in front of the Earth.<p>The image sequence offers an unprecedented look at the relationship between …

This Is What The Sun Might Look Like In A Few Billion Years

The ghost of stars past<p>This giant blob of star stuff looks like it floated off the end of a bubble wand, or at least out of Gene Roddenberry's imagination. But the picture above is actually the ghost of a dead star.<p>The object, known officially as ESO 378-1 and unofficially as the Southern Owl …

Universe