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What is a ‘planet’? Historical study revisits the debate over Pluto and other dwarfs

Twelve years after the International Astronomical Union voted in a definition of planethood that reclassified Pluto, the debate goes on.<p>A newly …

Solar System

WATCH: Can You Affect Another Person's Behavior With Your Thoughts?

Do you think that the private thoughts in your head could influence how other people — or creatures — act? The answer is "Of course not," right? Because to say yes would be to admit you believe in mind control or telekinesis or some other phenomenon usually reserved for superhero comic books.<p>But …

The Brain

AP sources: Lawyer was told Russia had 'Trump over a barrel'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Justice Department lawyer says a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump "over a barrel," according to multiple people familiar with the encounter.<p>The lawyer, Bruce Ohr, also says he learned …

Donald Trump

Impeach Trump: why Republicans, not Democrats are talking up the prospect

Donald Trump and the Republicans want to talk about his impeachment and removal from office. Democrats would really rather not.<p>The political paradox was laid bare this week when the president warned on Fox News: “If I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash, I think everybody would be …

Politics

Scientists Are Puzzled By Mysterious Lights In The Sky. They Call Them STEVE

There's a light in the night sky over Canada that's puzzling scientists. It looks like a white-purple ribbon. It's very hot, and doesn't last long. And it's named STEVE.<p>STEVE: as in, Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement.<p>Naturally.<p>Scientists don't actually know what's causing the atmospheric …

Astronomy

Gamma-Rays Spewed As a Black Hole Forms Might 'Reverse Time'

As a massive star collapses into a black hole, it sends out a brilliant SOS signal in the form of ultrabright gamma-ray bursts. Now, scientists have …

Black Holes

Did Scientists Actually Spot Evidence Of Another Universe?

In a study published earlier this month, a team of theoretical physicists is claiming to have discovered the remnants of previous universes hidden within the leftover radiation from the Big Bang. Our universe is a vast collection of observable matter, like gas, dust, stars, etc., in addition to the …

Stephen Hawking

Collusion Isn’t Trump’s Biggest Problem Anymore

The president and his allies are grappling with an escalating existential threat: With Tuesday’s revelations, he was implicated in a crime.<p>What has been the worst day of the Trump administration? It could have been January 21, 2017, when Press Secretary Sean Spicer started the presidency off with a …

Donald Trump

New Physics Needed to Resolve Universe Expansion Debate?

Next time you eat a blueberry (or chocolate chip) muffin consider what happened to the blueberries in the batter as it was baked. The blueberries …

Trump’s lawyers fear a Mueller interview. The reason reveals the danger Trump faces.

By Greg Sargent<p>Greg Sargent<p>Opinion writer covering national politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Opinion writer<p><b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>President Trump’s ongoing interactions with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation are proceeding on two very different tracks. Even as Trump projects feigned confidence …

Obstruction of Justice

New Scientist Live: are we about to uncover the dark universe?

Almost all of our universe is missing – or at least, we’ve never seen it directly. Will we ever know what’s out there? That’s the question that …

Where does space begin? Here’s why it’s closer than you think

Space, as a famous Starfleet captain once said, is the final frontier. But where is the actual frontier? There are no customs posts as you leave …

Distant Gas Halo Could Unlock Secrets of Galactic Formation

By on July 30, 2018 at 9:38 am<p>Very young galaxies are dim, making them difficult to study. However, astronomers from the University of …

Super-fancy bird may comprise a second species

Sharp-eyed ornithologists noticed that some specimens of Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise that they observed looked different enough that they may be …

Denis Villeneuve's Dune will only cover half of the first book

Traditionally, there are three ways to translate a book series to the big screen. You can make one movie per book (<i>Harry Potter</i>), you can cram a …

Closed Loophole Confirms the Unreality of the Quantum World

After researchers found a loophole in a famous experiment designed to prove that quantum objects don’t have intrinsic properties, three experimental …

This Dizzying Galaxy Supercluster Will Change Your Perspective on The Cosmos

The mass of 20 million billion Suns.<p>Last year, astronomers discovered a massive supercluster of galaxies located approximately 4 billion light-years …

Milky Way’s colossal sibling torn apart and cannibalized by Andromeda galaxy

According to a newly-released paper, the Andromeda galaxy may have committed fratricide on a cosmic scale some 2 billion years ago, by ripping apart …

In Another Reversal, President Trump Calls Russian Election Meddling a 'Big Hoax'

(WASHINGTON) — Capping a week of drama, back tracking, a double negative and blistering statements from allies about his attitude toward Russian …

Trump threatens Iranian president in ALL CAPS

'NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN,' the president tweets.<p>President Donald Trump late Sunday evening issued a booming warning to President Hassan Rouhani of Iran rendered in all caps — tweeting that the Middle Eastern leader "WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES" if he threatens the United …

Donald Trump

AP sources: Pence, Bolton, Kelly confronted Trump in Oval Office about Russia comments

Facing condemnation from allies and foes alike on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump was outnumbered even in the Oval Office. Top aides gathered to convince the president to issue a rare walk-back of the comments he'd made raising doubts about U.S. intelligence conclusions of Russian election …

Donald Trump

This Simple Thought Experiment Shows Why We Need Quantum Gravity

There are two theories we have that explain all the particles and their interactions in the known Universe: General Relativity and the Standard Model of particle physics. General Relativity describes gravity perfectly everywhere we’ve ever looked. From the smallest-scale attractions we’ve ever …

Particles

Why I’m No Longer a Russiagate Skeptic

Facts are piling up, and it’s getting harder to deny what’s staring us in the face.<p>When I wrote, back in February, that I was skeptical that President Donald Trump would ever be proved to have secretly colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 election in his favor, I mistyped.<p>What I meant to write was …

Angela Merkel

The White House Can't Contain the Russia Story

President Trump’s communications shop has little control over his message on a normal day, let alone in a news-heavy week like this one.<p><i>Updated on July 19 at 2:37 p.m. EST</i><p>The White House hasn’t lost control of the narrative surrounding President Donald Trump and Russia, because it never had control …

Scientists discover incredible new way to understand universe

WASHINGTON – A breakthrough in the study of ghostly particles called high-energy neutrinos that traverse space, zipping unimpeded through people, …

Poll: Barack Obama Was the Greatest President of Our Lifetime

Which president in your lifetime, asks a new Pew survey, has done the best job? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the clear winner is Barack Obama, who was …

An Astrophysics 'Breakthrough' Will Be Unveiled Thursday. Here's How to Watch.

An international team of astrophysicists will reveal a "breakthrough" discovery Thursday (July 12), and you can watch the announcement live.<p>The U.S. …

Trump challenges 'Pocahontas' Warren to DNA test to prove she's Native American

Decision 2018<p>GREAT FALLS, Mont. — President Donald Trump launched a sustained attack Thursday on Sen. Elizabeth Warren — a leading potential 2020 rival — during a midterm campaign rally here.<p>Reviving his "Pocahontas" nickname for the Massachusetts Democrat, Trump asked his audience to imagine him …

Native Americans

E.P.A. Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Under a Cloud of Ethics Scandals

<i>Want the latest climate and environment news in your inbox? Sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter.</i><p>WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and architect of President Trump’s aggressive effort to rewrite the government’s rule book on …

Scott Pruitt

Why Can’t We Find Planet Nine?

Astronomers suspect that there’s a large planet hiding out in the distant fringes of the solar system. At a recent workshop, they brainstormed ways …