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Scientists Found Two Black Holes Right Near the Milky Way

NASA's x-ray telescope gives us a glimpse into the centers of nearby galaxies.<p>There are two super-massive black holes hidden at the centers of nearby …

Universe

One man spent 5 years creating an incredible 'Minecraft' universe

As one of the world's most popular, most widely played games, "Minecraft" attracts a large swath of players. Many of these folks are just like you and me — casual, into playing fun games, but maybe not ready to dig in and spend, like, <i>years</i> handcrafting a massive world.<p>And then there's a small …

There’s a ‘STAR WARS Scroll Illusion’ and It Will Bend Your Brain

While Jedi mind tricks are still the stuff of fiction (that is, until we either discover a real “Force” or maybe a better way to have monkeys control …

Star Wars

Vera Rubin, Who Confirmed Existence Of Dark Matter, Dies At 88

Vera Rubin, the groundbreaking astrophysicist who discovered evidence of dark matter, died Sunday night at the age of 88, the Carnegie Institution confirms.<p>Rubin did much of her revelatory work at Carnegie. The organization's president calls her a "national treasure."<p>In the 1960s and 1970s, Rubin …

Dark Matter

Max Shank's Ultimate Athlete Training Template

<b>Training can turn into a whole lot of fuzzy reasoning</b> in a hurry when you start to introduce different components. This is a large part of why people …

Exercise

High Frequency Training for a Bigger Total: Research on highly trained Norwegian powerlifters • Stronger by Science

[note: edits were made and figures were removed on 2-26-2014 at the request of the orignal study’s authors]<p><i>Hey guys. Today we have a guest post from</i> …

An Idiot's Guide to Progressive Conditioning Workouts

<b>Believe it or not, any exercise plan you successfully used in the past was supported by the following principles (otherwise, you wouldn’t have</b> …

A Week-by-Week Guide to Becoming a Runner (Later in Life and/or Safely)

<b>Whether it’s events like Tough Mudder, a marathon, or a local sprint triathlon many people decide to take the step to get into running each year.</b> …

Otherworldly Images of Andromeda Galaxy Over a Tiny Swiss Village

Photographer Sandro Casutt lives in a remote Swiss village with unbelievable views of the Andromeda Galaxy. The village of Vals, population 990, is a prime location for viewing the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Thus, Casutt, together with his brother Markus, started Cosmic Art Photography …

Andromeda Galaxy

Voyager Probes Are Still Making Amazing Discoveries

In August 2012, Voyager 1 went where no human-made object has gone before: it crossed the “heliopause,” the outermost edge of the Sun’s heliosphere, …

Astronomy

Fake news is old news to climate scientists

Think fake news is a recent plague, borne of the presidential election? It’s not.<p>“The notion of ‘fake news’ is hardly new to climate scientists like …

Rewriting the Code of Life

Through DNA editing, researchers hope to alter the genetic destiny of species and eliminate diseases.<p>Early on an unusually blustery day in June, Kevin Esvelt climbed aboard a ferry at Hyannis*, bound for Nantucket Island. Esvelt, an assistant professor of biological engineering at the Massachusetts …

Public Health

Dwarf Planet Ceres Likely Had Ocean Long Ago

Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, is pocketed with cold, dark craters, several of which are layered in ice, raising the prospects …

Out of This World! The Most Amazing Space Discoveries of 2016

2016 has been a bountiful year for space science. Before the calendar runs out, here's our list of the biggest space stories and events of the past …