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The physics keeping Star Wars' Cloud City afloat

And why it has a limited lifespan in the sky.<p><i>The following is excerpted from</i> The Physics of Star Wars: The Science Behind a Galaxy Far, Far Away <i>by Patrick Johnson.</i><p>“Lando conned somebody out of it.”—Han Solo (Episode V)<p><b>WHEN</b> Episode V, immediately after the escape from Hoth<p><b>WHERE</b> Bespin, Cloud</b> …

To This Day

From the Edge of the Universe to the Inside of a Proton

The Zoomable Universe, a new book by the astrobiologist Caleb Scharf, the illustrator Ron Miller and 5W Infographics, tours the universe’s 62 orders …

Universe

After you die, your brain knows you’re dead, terrifying study reveals

Have you ever wondered what happens when you die?<p>You’ve probably heard about how those who have died and come back to life say they saw light at the …

The Brain
Climate Change

Confederations Cup: Claudio Bravo helps save Chile in shootout victory over Portugal

Claudio Bravo made three penalty saves as Chile crushed Portugal 3-0 in a penalty shootout to reach the<p>Confederations Cupfinal on Wednesday.<p>Bravo, who missed the first two cup games in Russia because of injury, stopped penalties by Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani, sending Chile to its …

Study Reveals New Insights Into a Strange Force That Can Both Pull and Push Objects

Pushing and Pulling<p>If you follow all the strange news about the physics of the universe, you may have already come across the topic of blackbody …

Literally Just 100 Funny Parenting Memes That Will Keep You Entertained For hours

Being a parent is probably one of the most hardest things you ever did, or will do. So in order to make it through you have to have a good sense of …

Parenting

The Obama Legacy

A Presidency of great promise ends in rancor and disappointment.<p>President Obama once said that as President he aspired to be the progressive Ronald Reagan, and as he prepares to leave office he has succeeded in fundamental if ironic ways.<p>While Reagan left behind a calmer, more optimistic country, …

Ronald Reagan

9 questions about Russia you were too embarrassed to ask

A lot of history here. Also the backstory of a Eurodance hit.<p>Vladimir Putin and the nation he leads lurked in the background of the 2016 campaign for months and months, perhaps even shaping the outcome of the race. And now Putin’s preferred candidate, Donald Trump, appears ready to embrace him as …

Russia
Donald Trump

19 unforgettable quotes from legendary Marine Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis

The 66-year-old retired four-star general met with Trump on November 19 to discuss a possible job offer as defense secretary, and a large portion of DC is rallying behind him.<p>Mattis is something of a legendary figure in the US military. Viewed as a warrior among Marines and respected by members of …

Military

17 things that prove Dubai is the most over-the-top place on earth

And while many know that the aptly named City of Gold is awash in opulence, said opulence is so extreme it's often hard to fathom.<p>We've found 17 things that prove just how decadent Dubai is.<p><b>1.</b><b>Dubai's police drive $1.79 million supercars</b><p>Dubai's police force drives cars most people can only dream of, …

Burj Al Arab

What is Einstein's theory of relativity?

Albert Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity rule the field of classical physics.<p>Their effects can be seen in our everyday lives and …

Physics

The Worst Stings in The World, Rated by The Scientist Who's Experienced Them All

No, thank you.<p>Early in his career, Justin Schmidt realised he had a problem. Schmidt, a budding entomologist, and his zoologist wife had just …

Nature

10 reasons 2016 is the best time to be alive, according to an economic globalisation expert

Only 4% of Brits and 6% of Americans believe that the world is getting better, according to polling by YouGov.<p>But despite this universal sense of dread, humans are actually more safe, wealthier, healthier, more free, less hungry, and more literate than ever before, Johan Norberg argues in his book …

Geography

Elderly cruise passenger spends night in bear-filled, Alaskan forest after getting left behind

A Princess Cruises holidaymaker had a more memorable stop-off than she bargained for when she got lost on a day hike – forcing her cruise ship to leave her behind in a forest home to black bears.<p>When the Coral Princess docked in Juneau, Alaska, last week, the 79-year-old tourist embarked on a hike …

World’s most bizarre natural phenomena

From Australia’s bubblegum-pink lake to a blood-red waterfall in Antarctica, these seven destinations are some of the world’s strangest sights.<p>Majestic mountains and sparkling seas always attract travellers – but sometimes nature has a bigger trick up her sleeve. To track down some of the world’s …

Nature

What Is the Ground (Earth) Wire For?

What Is the Ground (Earth) Wire For?<p>Updated on February 3, 2018<p>What is a Ground Wire?<p>The hot and neutral cores in a power cable are used to supply …

Arduino

The world's best hotel pools

GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy reads list of Clinton statements to FBI director, who says they were all false

"Secretary Clinton said she never sent or received classified information over her private email. Was that true?" the South Carolina Republican asked at the outset.<p>Comey said that statement was false.<p>"Secretary Clinton said, 'I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email, there is …

Government

9 Innovations That Could Become the Next “Big Thing”

Halfway into 2016, it is clear that we are living in a new era of innovation. Beyond Silicon Valley, corporations and startup hubs worldwide are …

Michio Kaku: One Mistake in Physics That Nearly Disproved Einstein's Theory of Relativity

<b>Science</b> is <b>hard</b>, especially when you’re out on the <b>edges of the unknown</b>. <b>Mistakes</b> get made, and usually corrected over time. But no one expected …

The Biggest Problem With The Expanding Universe

And why it might spell trouble for dark energy as we know it.<p>“That’s all regular matter, just five percent. A quarter is “dark matter,” which is …

Earth - Legendary dinosaurs that we all imagine completely wrong

Like many children, I had a severe dinosaur phase. There was a period of my life when I cared more about prehistoric reptiles than pretty much anything else.<p>However, it turns out that much of what I thought I knew is wrong. That is because the prevailing image of dinosaurs has always been a little …

Dinosaurs

Gravitational waves explained

A century after Albert Einstein rewrote our understanding of space and time, physicists have confirmed one of the most elusive predictions of his …

Happy President's Day! These are the 15 smartest US presidents of all time

The top 15 who appear on this list were compiled by Libb Thims— an American engineer who compiles high IQ scores as a hobby — using the results of Simonton's study.<p>Because IQ scores weren't available for all of the presidents, Simonton estimated their scores based on certain personality traits …

Princeton University

12 Things You Never Knew About "I Love Lucy"

Keep these fun facts in mind when you catch the next rerun.<p>There's a reason 40 million Americans still watch syndicated episodes of <i>I Love Lucy</i> every year: The show is an example of entertainment at its finest — and, honestly, it just gets us<i>.</i> But there's a lot about the show's backstory that you …

TV