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Physicists Squeeze Water Molecules Into an Entirely New State

Beyond solids, liquids, and gases.<p>Physicists from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered a new state of water that cannot be explained as a solid, liquid, or gas. It is a peculiar, and like exceedingly common, "other" state that water molecules are forced to exist …

Genes influence the age at which you lose your virginity, study shows

Researchers discover extent to which DNA determines age of first sex; genetic link also found between risk-taking behaviour and early loss of virginity<p>The subtle impact of genetics on the age at which people lose their virginity has been teased apart by scientists and shown to have an effect on how …

Astronomers find white dwarf with 99% oxygen atmosphere

Astronomers have discovered a star that has an atmosphere made up of 99.9 percent oxygen.<p>The O²-rich atmosphere was found on a white dwarf 1,200 …

This Wonderful Short About a Robot War Deserves to Be a Full-Length Film

Back in 2014, we told you about <i>Rise</i>, a film about a robot insurgency that was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. The result of the $38,000 raised …

Ancient Yellowstone Eruptions Bigger Than Thought

Colossal supervolcano eruptions blasted the region of the Snake River Valley millions of years ago, geological research shows.

Volcanoes

3 ways the unpredictable GOP presidential race could shake out

After 39 contests and more than 20 million votes cast, the Republican presidential race has narrowed to three candidates and three possible scenarios.<p>The first, and most likely, is that Donald Trump wins the delegates he needs to mathematically clinch the GOP nomination ahead of the party's …

Microbes and toxins frozen within glaciers could reveal the future of human life on Earth—or threaten it

Dust particles in Arctic ice contain minerals that originate halfway around the world, according to U of A glaciologist Martin Sharp. "If you know …

Google’s AI won the game Go by defying millennia of basic human instinct

Lee Sedol had seen all the tricks. He knew all the moves. As one of the world’s best and most experienced players of the complex board game Go, it was difficult to surprise him. But halfway through his first match against AlphaGo, the artificially intelligent player developed by Google DeepMind, …

Earth - Why there might be many more universes besides our own

Is our Universe one of many?<p>The idea of parallel universes, once consigned to science fiction, is now becoming respectable among scientists – at least, among physicists, who have a tendency to push ideas to the limits of what is conceivable.<p>In fact there are almost too many other potential …

Nonlinear rotational Doppler effect in light observed for the first time

Experimental physicist Prof. Thomas Zentgraf and his two colleagues from the University of Birmingham, Dr. Guixin Li and Prof. Shuang Zhang, have for …

Physics

New Candidate Particles For Dark Matter Are So Dense They Are Almost Miniature Black Holes

Dark matter comprises up to five-sixths of the total matter in the universe, binding much of it together. Despite its commonality, the physical …

Pluto's climate is out of this world - BBC Weather

NASA<p>Pluto's climate and pressure have varied hugely over time<p>We know how hard it can be to understand the atmosphere on earth, but maybe we should count ourselves lucky that we are not on the outer extremes of the solar system.<p>Pluto has always been seen as a bit of an oddball (its classification in …

Space

York University astrophysicists detect ultra-fast winds near supermassive black hole - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

TORONTO, March 21, 2016 – New research led by astrophysicists at York University has revealed the fastest winds ever seen at ultraviolet wavelengths …

Americans are suddenly taking global warming way more seriously

More Americans say they're concerned about global warming than at any time in nearly a decade, according to a new Gallup poll.<p>From Gallup (emphasis …

Most eccentric planet spotted 117 light-years from Earth

Researchers have spotted an extrasolar planet, about 117 light-years from Earth, that boasts the most eccentric orbit ever seen.<p>Scientists from San …

World Water Day 2016: Before and after images of Earth's disappearing lakes and seas

World Water Day 2016 will be marked on 22 March. The UN designated day, first marked in 1992 at United Nations Conference on Environment and …

When You Love Someone Who is Depressed

At its worst, depression can put a person in bed.<p>We don't hear about that too often because there's still a stigma attached to mental illness. Many …

Depression

Surgeons in China used a pig's cornea to give a 14-year-old boy his sight back

That is a problem in China, and elsewhere, where demand is high. But doctors there are solving the problem — by using pig's corneas.<p>A medical team at Zhongshan University in Guangdong, China successfully gave a 14-year-old boy sight back into his right eye by using a pig's cornea.<p>It's not the first …

Sri Lanka

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Why We Act Irrationally: A Harvard Psychologist Reveals the One Word That Drives Our Senseless Habits

It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen Langer and her research team at Harvard University were about to conduct a study that would change our understanding of human behavior.<p>It all started when Langer asked her research assistants to cut in front of innocent people …

Self-improvement

Chaotic Comet Flyby Blew Away Some of Mars' Atmosphere

A close shave with a comet in October 2014 did a number on Mars' magnetic field, a new study reveals.<p>On Oct. 19, 2014, Comet Siding Spring zoomed …

How Carbon Farming Could Reverse Climate Change

As the climate crisis heats up, agriculture is in the hot seat, not only as a contributor to climate change, but also as a potential solution. Eric …

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California's June primary just became crucial in the race for the White House

California Republicans are about to experience an event many of them have never seen — a primary that could determine a presidential nomination.<p>Because Donald Trump lost Ohio's primary on Tuesday night, ceding the state's 66 delegates to its governor, John Kasich, the race to claim the 1,237 …

Researchers Have Built The Most Complex Light-Based Quantum Computer Chip Ever

Bring on quantum computers that process data at the speed of light.<p>In a world-first, researchers have created a quantum chip that contains four …

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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Talks Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Why She?s Voting Against Hillary Clinton

After resigning her spot as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee in order to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders last week, Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) hit the campaign trail in Michigan and Florida this week to explain why she risked her career to publicly support Sanders instead …

Middle-class

Gravitational waves will show the quantum nature of reality (Synopsis)

“If you are not completely confused by quantum mechanics, you do not understand it.” -John WheelerNow that LIGO has detected gravitational waves …

Gravitational Waves