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If Birds Left Tracks in the Sky, They’d Look Like This

A photographer captures the paths that birds make across the sky.<p><b>If birds left tracks in the sky, what would they look like?</b> For years Barcelona-based photographer Xavi Bou has been fascinated by this question. Just as a sinuous impression appears when a snake slides across sand, he imagined, so …

Nature

851 miles in a day – solo sailor Gabart sets incredible new sailing record in giant trimaran

<b>Solo sailor François Gabart has set an extraordinary new solo 24-hour speed record while attempting to break the round the world record in trimaran</b> …

Sailing

Focus: Dice Become Ordered When Stirred, Not Shaken

Author(s): Mark BuchananA jumble of thousands of cubic dice, agitated by an oscillating rotation, can rapidly become completely ordered, a result …

Physics

Ethereal echoes from a dying star

Given the level of wizardry astronomers now wield with observations and images, it takes something pretty special to get me to whisper "oh, wow" …

Universe

The new thermodynamics: how quantum physics is bending the rules

Experiments are starting to probe the limits of the classical laws of thermodynamics.<p>It would take a foolhardy physicist to dare attempt to break the …

Jovian chaos

On September 1, 2017, the Juno spacecraft screamed over Jupiter’s pole once again.<p>Juno is on a long, swooping orbit that takes it as far out as 8 …

Astronomy

What is quantum entanglement? Part 3: Entanglement, at last

<i>This is part 3 in a lengthy series of posts attempting to explain the idea of quantum entanglement to a non-physics audience. Part 1 can be read</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

Diving deep into the world of emergent gravity

Getting rid of dark matter would be a big ordeal, so we talk to the man behind the theory.<p>The Universe is a strange place. Apart from the normal …

Dark Matter

Astronomers have found the source of a deep space radio wave burst for the first time

We finally know the galactic culprit<p>After a decade of bewilderment, astronomers have pinpointed the source of a mysterious blast of radio waves coming from deep outside the Milky Way: a dwarf galaxy located 3 billion light years from Earth. It’s a remarkable first in the study of what has been a …

NASA's Peer-Reviewed Paper on the EmDrive Is Now Online

It's still not clear how it works, but pilot-wave theory may have something to do with it.<p>Earlier this week we wrote about a leaked paper that apparently confirmed that NASA had built a working electromagnetic drive (or EmDrive), a theoretical (and "impossible") rocket propulsion system that …

Physics confronts its heart of darkness: Cracks showing in dominant explanation for dark matter

Is there anything more plausible to replace it?<p><i>This article was originally published by Scientific American.</i><p>Physics has missed a long-scheduled appointment with its future — again. The latest, most sensitive searches for the particles thought to make up dark matter — the invisible stuff that may …

Dark Matter, Dark Photons And The Fifth Force

The Universe is driven by four fundamental forces: gravity, electromagnetism and the strong and weak nuclear forces. The behavior of matter within the Universes governed by their interactions via these forces. If these four forces are truly the only forces there are, then by understanding these …

Dark Matter

Legendary jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder dies at 91

<b>The man behind many jazz greats has passed away.</b>Jazz engineer Rudy Van Gelder has died at age 91. He recorded with legendary artists like John …

New Jersey

Do You Listen to Music While Working? Here's What It Does to Your Brain (and It's Pretty Awesome)

Music has enriched people's personal lives pretty much since the beginning of time, but scientists today have uncovered how best to make music enrich your professional life, too.<p>When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Before you press "play", …

The newest tree of life: many new groups (all bacteria), some cryptic and enigmatic

We’ve known for a while that there are three great divisions in the tree of life: the Eukaryotes (organisms with “true” cells having a …

Biology

25+ Random Acts Of Genius Vandalism

When we talk about vandalism, as long as it doesn't involve actual Vandals sacking cities, many people would agree that some acts of vandalism are …

A closely followed indicator says a 20% drop in stocks could be coming soon

To fully appreciate this risk, I prefer to look at margin debt relative to overall economic activity. When leveraged financial speculation becomes large relative to the economy, it's usually a sign investors have become far too greedy. As Warren Buffett would say, this is usually a good time to …

Biologists Have Just Created a New Species of Bacteria With Just 437 Genes

The simplest genetic life form ever.<p>A team of scientists led by renowned biologist Craig Venter has made a breakthrough some 20 years in the making: …

Artist Draws World’s Largest Doodles By Riding His Bike With GPS

Stephen Lund cycles about 70km every day, creating clever doodles using a GPS app that maps his progress. The BC, Canada native began his unusual …

There was a secret meeting at the G20 to 'take down' the dollar

The term "Shanghaied" refers to the 19th-century practice of sailors forced to serve against their will on vessels bound for Shanghai and other ports in China. Victims were often from West Coast port cities such as San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. Tactics used included kidnapping, beatings and …

A Flight Through the Universe, by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

Mirror on the Cosmos: NASA's Next Big Telescope Takes Shape

At NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the agency’s biggest-ever science project is coming together at last.<p>In a …

The Two Big Bangs

When you think about how the Universe got its start, from a scientific point of view, there’s one theory that explains what we see above all others: the Big Bang. But not everyone agrees on what “the Big Bang” actually means. In particular, there’s always some news that periodically goes around …

Universe

What Caused the Sudden Heating of Uranus's Atmosphere?

Models of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune predict that the temperatures of their upper atmospheres—the zones of dilute gases far above the …

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Causes of Death

There are many ways to die. Cancer. Infection. Mental. External. This is how different groups of people died over the past 10 years, visualized by …

Population

Spectacular Ring House in Japan

La forêt de Karuizawa, près de la ville Nagano au Japon située à environ une heure de Tokyo, recèle un petit trésor d’architecture moderne : l’oeuvre …

Design

Sleep Scientist Says Starting Work At 10 A.M. Is What Nature Intended

Getting up any earlier is basically torture.<p>A sleep scientist in England just confirmed what we already knew: getting to work before 9 a.m. is torture.<p>"Staff should start at 10 a.m.," Paul Kelley, an honorary clinical research fellow at Oxford University's Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience …

Sleep