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Do all galaxies spin in the same direction?

From angular momentum to dark matter, it’s enough to make your head spin on a cosmic scale.<p>If all galaxies formed from the same cloud of spinning …

Universe

Amazing pictures from the coldest inhabited town on earth

Oymyakon is known as "The Pole of Cold."<p>A small town of 500 located in the Republic of Sakha in northeast Russia, it's widely regarded as the coldest inhabited town on Earth. Temperatures there average around -58° F during the winter months.<p>Here's what it's like to live and work in Oymyakon's …

Global Warming

The US Air Force lost 4 nuclear bombs in Spain 52 years ago — and the disaster is still being felt now

Early on the morning of January 16, 1966, a B-52 Stratofortress bomber took off from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina.<p>The bomber headed toward Europe, where it would patrol near the borders of the Soviet Union with four nuclear weapons, part of Operation Chrome Dome, a Cold War …

Military

You could fit the entire human race into a sugar cube -- and 12 other facts to put the universe into perspective

If you unravelled all of the DNA in your body, it would span 34 billion miles, reaching to Pluto (2.66 billion miles away) and back ... 13 …

The Dark Matter Sleuth: Can She Solve the Greatest Mystery in Physics?

Tracy Slatyer picked up <i>A Brief History of Time</i>, Stephen Hawking’s seminal book on the origins of the universe, after reading a review that called it …

Dark Matter

Why an Old Theory of Everything Is Gaining New Life

For decades, physicists have struggled to create a quantum theory of gravity. Now an approach that dates to the 1970s is attracting newfound …

Photographer Smuggles Illegal Photos Out Of North Korea, And Kim Jong Un Doesn’t Want You To See Them

Photographer and Sony Ambassador Eric Lafforgue is one of the very lucky few that have had a chance to see what North Korea is really like. "Since …

Dark energy survey offers new view of dark matter halos, physicists report

Dark matter, a mysterious form of matter that makes up about 80 percent of the mass of the universe, has evaded detection for decades. Although it …

Dark Matter

Eat Your Way to Better Grades With These 5 Brain Foods

Just in time for midterms.<p>November 13, 2017<p>It’s no secret that the food you eat impacts your overall physical and mental health, but you may not know …

Nutrition

Open-world games are broken, and Nintendo spent 2017 trying to fix them

Earlier this year, I threw a temper tantrum. I was mid-way through <i>Horizon Zero Dawn</i>, a game of dazzling polish and exciting potential, and after a …

Candidate 'Passengers' Picked for Potential 1st Interstellar Mission

Experts in interstellar travel have picked future candidates to make the first extrasolar trek.<p>Their names: The nematode <i>Caenorhabditis elegans</i> and …

Is This The Secret Behind the Mysterious Em Drive?

The secret behind the Em Drive’s thrust, which is real, may be in the long-discarded pilot wave theory.<br>Read More

Physics

'Nudge' economist Richard Thaler wins Nobel Prize

<b>US economist Richard Thaler, one of the founding fathers of behavioural economics, has won this year's Nobel Prize for Economics.</b><p>Prof Thaler, of Chicago Booth business school, co-wrote the global best seller Nudge, which looked at how people make bad or irrational choices.<p>Judges said he had …

Economics

In the Face of Terror, Istanbul's Underground Is Still Dancing

Even after attacks on nightclubs, a failed coup, and changes in regulations that threaten the existence of all but the most wealthy venues, groups of misfits are still finding places to dance in Turkey.<p>Any given Friday night, there's only one place in the world where a gaggle of Saudi teenagers …

Taksim Square

NASA is crashing Cassini into Saturn on Friday — here's what will happen in the probe's final hours, minutes, and seconds

The end is nigh for Cassini, a spacecraft that launched in 1997 and has explored Saturn and its moons for 13 years.<p>However, scientists will squeeze every last discovery they can from the probe during its final moments.<p>NASA is destroying the nuclear-powered robot early Friday morning because it has …

Astronomy

The idea of creating a new universe in the lab is no joke

Physicists aren’t often reprimanded for using risqué humour in their academic writings, but in 1991 that is exactly what happened to the cosmologist …

Jupiter's vividly glowing auroras have a mysterious power source

Electrons fired at up to 400,000 volts<p>For the first time ever, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has spotted electrons being fired down into Jupiter’s atmosphere at up to 400,000 volts. That’s an enormous amount of energy that gives rise to the planet’s glowing auroras. These incredibly high voltages, …

32 books that will make you a more well-rounded person

Do you aspire to be one of those people who knows at least a little bit about everything?<p>There's any easy way to do it: Read everything!<p>You can't …

27 stunning photos of our universe

On August 21, you'll be able to stream the "first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years" live on Facebook. If you live in the US, you can also just walk outside and look up — as long as you're wearing a pair of protective glasses, that is.<p>Solar eclipse aside, there's a special sense of …

Big History

Voyager: Inside the world's greatest space mission

In 1977, two spacecraft started a mission that has redefined our knowledge of the Solar System – and will soon become our ambassadors on a journey into the unknown. BBC Future looks at their legacy, 40 years after launch.<p>In a beige-coloured cubicle, on the ground floor of a nondescript suburban …

Space

Cassini's Final Dives Will Take Us Where No Spacecraft Has Gone Before

As things here on Earth become increasingly more Theater of the Absurd, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft whizzes millions of miles away, unaffected by our …

Astronomy

How to Reshape Your Brain and Learn Anything, Based on the Most Popular Coursera Class Ever

No matter what you want to know and remember, the same basic methods and principles apply.<p>You know that old saying that if you give a person a fish, they'll eat for a day, and if you teach them to fish, they'll eat for a lifetime? It's the perfect summary of just how important learning can be. But …

Learning

Why Everyone Is Hating on IBM Watson—Including the People Who Helped Make It

You’ve probably seen the Watson commercials, where what looks like a sentient box interacts with celebrities like Bob Dylan, Carrie Fisher, and …

Cognitive Computing

World's Leading Physicist Says Quantum Computers Are "Tools of Destruction, Not Creation"

Weapon of Mass Disruption<p>Quantum Computers are heralded as the next step in the evolution of data processing. The future of this technology promises …

10 Excel Tips You Need to Keep Your Job

In today's dynamic corporate environment, the best way to stay employed is to show the boss that you're indispensable. If you're a knowledge worker …

Analytics

Waking Up at 5 A.M. Doesn't Make Your Morning Routine Great. But These 5 Things Do

Mornings are where the tone for your day is set. Having a powerful routine goes a long way in setting you up for a successful day.<p>3:45 a.m.<p>That's when the alarm sounds for Apple CEO Tim Cook. And Cook isn't alone either, many other successful CEOs have boasted similar stories of waking up early. …

Time Management

The SNES Classic is real, arrives on September 29th for $80

The delicious rumors are true: Nintendo is gearing up to launch the SNES Classic, a miniaturized version of the glorious original Super Nintendo Entertainment System. According to Nintendo's Twitter account, the system will be available on September 29th with 21 games built-in -- including the …

The 13 Best Science Fiction Books of 2017

It's been a good year for sci-fi escapism.<p>In 2017, current events made escaping into a sci-fi story all the more appetizing, and there were lots of great choices.<p>Below are our 13 favorite sci-fi books from 2017. They include stories about underground lunar societies, a Manhattan partially covered …

Science Fiction

Multiverse: have astronomers found evidence of parallel universes?

To many these past 12 months seem as if we have already slipped into a parallel universe but Brexit and Trump are nothing compared to the alternate universes some astronomers are contemplating<p>They call it the multiverse. It’s a cosmos in which there are multiple universes. And by multiple, I mean …