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It would be awesome if Neil deGrasse Tyson would shut it

Billions of years ago, within the great cosmic crucible that was the wellspring of all life in the universe, matter and energy danced in a wondrous</i> …

Neutrons

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics sold over a million copies around the world. Now Rovelli is back to explore the mysteries of time. He tells Charlotte Higgins about student revolution and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip<p>• Extract from Carlo Rovelli’s new book: on the elastic concept of …

Quantum Mechanics

The fundamental fail of Trump's 'slime ball' attack on James Comey

<b>(CNN) —</b> James Comey has written a devastating and detailed tell-all of his time at the head of the FBI and his removal from the job last May by President Donald Trump. The book, excerpts of which have been released over the last 24 hours, recounts specific conversations between Comey and Trump …

Donald Trump

Extra glass of wine a day 'will shorten your life by 30 minutes'

Drinking is as harmful as smoking, and more than five drinks a week lowers life expectancy, say researchers<p>Drinking will shorten your life, according to a study that suggests every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit will cut half an hour from the expected lifespan of a …

Biomedicine

Comey’s rebuke of Trump cuts deep

The former FBI director does more than dish on Trump’s behavior — his book offers a full-throated indictment of Trump’s character.<p>Former FBI Director James Comey pillories President Donald Trump in his soon-to-be-released book, “A Higher Loyalty,” deriding him as a cruel and selfish liar who is …

Donald Trump

Inside the West Wing with Trump enraged

Sources close to the president say that a political dispute with special counsel Robert Mueller has turned visceral and personal after the feds' raid …

Donald Trump

Scientists at CERN discover “colour” of antimatter

Measuring the structure of antimatter could help us unlock the secrets of the universe<p>In a world first, researchers at CERN have measured the …

Physics

50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

No excuses, now<p>Forget coming-of-age fiction or impenetrable 'classics' – these are the books all grown men should be ticking off. Why? Because they're as entertaining as they are wise<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>The Circle – Dave Eggers<p>East of Eden – John Steinbeck<p>The Road – Cormac McCarthy<p>The Blind …

Literature

FBI Raid on Michael Cohen Is the Most Dangerous Day of Donald Trump’s Life

The president’s low-rent Ray Donovan can bully porn stars but not Robert Mueller. The shtick is up.<p>Monday’s FBI raids on Michael Cohen’s Trump Tower …

Donald Trump

Is Dark Matter Made Up of Mini Black Holes from the Big Bang?

Dark matter, the mysterious extra mass in the universe that emits no light yet exerts a gravitational pull, may actually be made up of primordial …

Physics

Orion's Belt

Cosmology

3D map of stellar systems in the solar neighbourhood

3D map of all known stellar systems in the solar neighbourhood within a radius of 12.5 light-years. The Sun is at the centre and the Epsilon Indi …

Cosmology

The Milky Way’s Center Is a Cornucopia of Black Holes

Astronomers have detected evidence of a handful of the likely thousands of light-gobbling objects in the middle of the galaxy.<p>For the last few years, Chuck Hailey has had the center of the Milky Way hanging in his office at Columbia University. The picture, pinned above his desk, shows a bright …

Black Holes

The San Francisco housing market is so dire that people are leaving in droves — here's where they're headed

The San Francisco Bay Area is on the brink of an exodus as a low supply of homes and high demand drive housing prices— and the cost of living — to new heights.<p>A recent report from the real-estate site Redfin found that San Francisco lost more residents than any other US city in the last quarter of …

Silicon Valley

The evidence for Christianity is like a tsunami

My life growing up was a struggle. When I walked into college, I carried a heavy burden of years of hurt and bitterness.<p>I was mad at my father for beating my mother. I was angry at a man who worked on our farm and sexually abused me from ages 6 to 13. All of this led to me to really despise God, …

Fake News

If you can’t explain something in simple terms, you don’t understand it

In the early 1960s, Richard Feynman gave a series of undergraduate lectures that were collected into a book called the Feynman Lectures on Physics. …

Richard Feynman

Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?

On April 28, 1945 — 73 years ago — Italians hung the corpse of their former dictator Benito Mussolini upside down next to a gas station in Milan. Two days later, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker beneath the streets of war-ravaged Berlin. Fascism, it appeared, was dead.<p>To guard against a …

Political Science

Best way to avoid back pain? Lift heavy things

Most people think that the human spine is one of evolution’s great flaws. After all, around 80% of adults suffer from lower-back pain. What more …

Space Travel

2008 March 30 - Weak Lensing Distorts the Universe

<b>Weak Lensing Distorts the Universe</b> <b><br>Credit:</b> S. Colombi (IAP), CFHT Team<p><b>Explanation:</b> Is the distant universe really what it appears to be? Astronomers …

Cosmology

How many stars to expect in Gaia's second data release

05 April 2018<p><b>As astronomers worldwide are preparing to explore the second data release of ESA's Gaia satellite, the Data Processing and Analysing</b> …

Universe

Hubble space telescope captures image of most distant star ever seen

Icarus is a blue supergiant, a rare type of star that is larger than the Sun and far more luminous<p>It might look like a tiny speck amid a bejewelled vista of the universe, but scientists say a pinprick of light in an image captured by the Hubble space telescope is the most distant individual star …

Universe

Everyone Should Try Splash Photography at Least Once: Here's How to Get Started

With a basic clear tank or transparent plastic sheet, there are several creative ways to photograph water just waiting to be explored. These …

Photography

Researchers finally solve mystery of 'alien' skeleton

<b>(CNN) —</b> A mummified skeleton discovered in Chile's Atacama Desert 15 years ago doesn't look like anyone you've ever met. In fact, some would say it looks, well, alien.<p>It's a skeletal conundrum made up of perplexing features. It's only 6 inches tall -- but initial estimates of the age of the bones …

Mutations

A stunning leak rattles Trump and his aides

<b>One of the most startling leaks</b> — and stunning revelations — of this whole administration has left President Trump and his senior staff furious and …

Donald Trump

Actually, Trump aides should have told him to congratulate Putin

<b>(CNN) —</b> When President Donald Trump called Vladimir Putin on Tuesday morning, he congratulated the Russian leader on his re-election as President.<p>He did that in spite of the fact that he had been warned not to do so by his national security advisers -- including in briefing papers emblazoned with …

Donald Trump

Yes, This Is Going to Be Worse Than Watergate

In 1973, there were still some independent-minded lawmakers in the Grand Old Party. Today, not so much.<p>Something changed last weekend, did it not?<p>The …

Donald Trump

Assaults Increased When Cities Hosted Trump Rallies, Study Finds

A study published on Friday appears to confirm what news reports suggested long ago: President Trump’s campaign rallies were associated with a rise in violence when they came to town.<p>A city that hosted a Trump rally saw an average of 2.3 more assaults reported on the day of the event than on a …

Donald Trump

“A torture for the eyes”: Chinese moviegoers think Black Panther is just too black

Marvel’s first black superhero film <i>Black Panther</i> made a strong debut in China, taking in more than $63 million this weekend and helping it cross the billion-dollar mark globally. And while the film filled seats in China, it didn’t exactly bring in rave reviews from Chinese audiences—in fact, online …

James Levine’s Final Act at the Met Ends in Disgrace

The Metropolitan Opera fired the conductor James Levine on Monday evening, ending its association with a man who defined the company for more than four decades after an investigation found what the Met called credible evidence that Mr. Levine had engaged in “sexually abusive and harassing …

The Arts

Hubble Just Found a "Relic Galaxy," and It's Absolutely Stunning

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a strange kind of galaxy surprisingly close to home.<p>A new study published Monday in <i>Nature</i> reports that …

Universe