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Quarks Come In Six Flavors

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Unifying Inflation with the Axion, Dark Matter, Baryogenesis, and the Seesaw Mechanism

Author(s): Guillermo Ballesteros, Javier Redondo, Andreas Ringwald, and Carlos TamaritA minimal extension to the standard model of particle physics …

Group introduces six new particles to standard model to solve five enduring problems

(Phys.org)—A quartet of researchers has boldly proposed the addition of six new particles to the standard model to explain five enduring problems. In …

Does the Universe Actually Have a Center?

We may have already worked out that our universe began with the Big Bang, but do we know what happened? Many people think there was a massive …

Do ghosts exist? Physicist Brian Cox posits a theory

40% of Americans believe in ghosts. For them, a remark by a famous leading scientist, regarding the large hadron collider (LHC), at CERN, may provide …

Big Bangs And Cosmogenesis: How To Make Your Own Universe

Back when I was an undergrad, I remember perusing a panel of academic cartoons posted on a bulletin board in the hallway outside one of my classes.<p>They covered the gamut of life for nerds in grad school–thesis defense, post-doc penury, etc. And while I’ve forgotten most of them, one physics cartoon …

NASA Has Ideas for How to Keep Astronauts Breathing in Deep Space

If mankind ever wants to explore deep space, we’re going to need to make sure we can breathe. Right now, NASA’s technology recycles about half of the …

Is it Even Possible to Calculate When the Universe Began?

It’s a question that would almost certainly spark a debate among some people. Many will say no – how could we know the history of something when we …

Triangulene, reactive, magnetic relative of graphene finally produced

Strange molecule has free electrons that normally react with, well, everything.<p>A lot of organic chemistry feels like an episode of <i>Mythbusters</i>, if a …

Intergalactic unions more devastating than we thought

Scientists from MIPT, the University of Oxford, and the Russian Academy of Sciences have estimated the number of stars disrupted by solitary …

Can science prove the existence of God?

And, whether you believe or not, can you approach the question without a preconceived answer coloring your analysis?<p><i>“It’s so easy to become a</i> …

The universe may be a giant broken hologram

For decades, scientists have been toying with the idea that our Universe is — or once was — a giant hologram, where the laws of physics require just two dimensions, but everything appears three-dimensional to us.<p>As you can imagine, it's not an easy hypothesis to prove, but physicists say they now …

What Was Our Universe Like Before the Big Bang?

Theoretical physicists and cosmologists deal with the biggest questions, like “Why are we here?” “When did the universe begin?” and “How?” Another …

Why are some people taller than others? Scientists finally have an answer

Scientists have finally discovered why some people are taller than others.<p>They found 83 genetic variants affect height after analysing the DNA of …

The Chemical Engineer Who'll School You on Coffee

As a chemical engineer who studies the motion of fluids, Bill Ristenpart deals with a lot of spattered blood and aerosolized pathogenic mouse phlegm. …

The Purpose of Sleep? To Forget, Scientists Say

Over the years, scientists have come up with a lot of ideas about why we sleep.<p>Some have argued that it’s a way to save energy. Others have suggested that slumber provides an opportunity to clear away the brain’s cellular waste. Still others have proposed that sleep simply forces animals to lie …

Space Exploration: Astronauts’ Brains Are Changed By Spaceflight, MRI-Based Study Reveals

Space. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that almost everything in the vast cosmic void that envelopes Earth will kill us in the blink of an eye. …

Harvard scientists have created the rarest material on earth

Physicists have developed a process to make metallic hydrogen through extreme pressurization. Use of the rare and valuable material could …

Scientists Have Found a New Form of Hydrogen

Hydrogen is an element that we’re all familiar with as it makes up around 75 percent of the Universe’s total mass and over 90 per cent of atoms. You …

A history of dark matter

No definitive answer, but the search has gotten more interesting since the 19th century.<p>Across decades, the hunt for a dark matter particle has …

Space Travel Will Morph the Shape of Your Brain

When traveling into space, your brain will literally change shape. In a recent study published in <i>Nature Microgravity</i>, researchers found that …

Will We Really Be Living on the Moon Within the Next Decade?

Most people would probably say yes, it’s quite possible there will be humans residing on the moon within the next ten years, and it will be …

The Big Picture by Sean Carroll review – the meaning of life, the universe and everything

The theoretical physicist has written a bold book that deals with the biggest questions, taking in quantum theory and free will along the way<p>Some fundamental truths don’t bear thinking about. It is a sublime accident that we are here at all. We are all prisoners of the second law of thermodynamics, …

Scientists have confirmed a brand new phase of matter: time crystals

For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals — strange crystals that have an atomic structure that repeats not just in space, but in time, putting them in constant oscillation without energy.<p>Now it's official — researchers have just reported in …

Scientists Prove Mathematician's Theory On The Existence Of God

A mathematician's theory suggesting that there is a higher power over all existence has been confirmed by scientists.<p>Express UK reported that …

God and the Mathematics of Infinity

Throughout History, communities of virtually any size have organized cults and religions in one form or another, which as a rule have profoundly …

10 Brutal Truths About Life That Are Hard to Admit But You'll Benefit a Lot if You Do

Every single one of us have our own struggles to deal with. We worry, we procrastinate, we don’t feel good enough, we wish we had more money…the list …

Universe neither confirms nor denies its holographic nature

After checking the Big Bang, a holographic universe is still possible.<p>Cosmology is a funny kind of science. At one end of the spectrum, cosmologists …