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How scientists use a giant telescope in Antarctica to study the strangest particle in the universe

There's a telescope in Antarctica that takes science to the extreme.<p>Housed at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, this telescope sniffs out the strangest particles in the universe, called neutrinos.<p>Neutrinos are some of the lightest subatomic particles in existence. They skip across galaxies, from …

Universe

The theory of parallel universes is not just maths – it is science that can be tested

The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical …

Quantum Mechanics

The disturbing consequences of seeing your doppelganger

One morning, a man discovered his double staring him in the eyes. Anil Ananthaswamy explores a dangerous hallucination that reveals how the brain constructs our sense of self.<p>More than two decades ago, Peter Brugger, as a PhD student in neuropsychology at the University Hospital Zurich in …

Ghostly Particles Detected Beneath Earth

Using giant vats of organic liquid buried under a mountain in Italy, scientists have shed new light on the origins of ghostly particles known as …

Particles

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Apocalypse Soon: 9 Terrifying Signs of Environmental Doom and Gloom

Between natural disasters and climate change, the environment can be a pretty terrifying thing to think about. Don’t think so? Here are 9 indications …

Warp Speed Travel Is Theoretically Possible, Says Astrophysicist

Einstein’s theory of relativity allows it.<p>Despite all the intergalactic hopping in science fiction and the occasional extraordinary research claim, …

IBM has built a digital rat brain that could power tomorrow’s smartphones

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>In August 2014, IBM announced that it had built a “brain-inspired” computer chip—essentially a computer that was wired like an organic brain, rather than a traditional computer. These chips are designed to work like neurons—the brain’s nerve cells. Wired reported on …

NASA's LADEE confirms the moon's atmosphere has neon

NASA's LADEE ran out of fuel and crashed into the lunar surface in 2014, but not before it collected the data needed to answer some decades-old questions about the moon. One of those is confirming that our natural satellite's atmosphere contains neon -- the same gas used to light up signs in Vegas. …

Here's what would happen if the sun disappeared right now

What would happen if the sun disappeared this very second?<p>The sun is about 333,000 times the mass of Earth and produces the same amount of energy as 100 billion hydrogen bombs every second!<p>Its giant mass makes the sun the dominant gravitational force in the solar system that locks all eight planets …

Universe

Villagers find wreckage of Indonesian plane in Papua

Villagers in eastern Indonesia's Papua region say they have found the wreckage of a plane which went missing in the province with 54 people aboard, an official has said.<p>"The plane has been found [by villagers]. According to residents, the flight had crashed into a mountain. Verification is still in …

The Dangers Of Driving In Cars With Dogs

This may only serve to salve the sensibilities of cat aficionados, but it’s worth mentioning at the height of summer travel season. It seems Man’s Best Friend can prove to be a potentially deadly distraction when accompanying their owners behind the wheel.<p>According to data compiled by the AAA and …