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A Controversial New Gravity Hypothesis Has Passed Its First Test

Einstein might have been wrong.<p>A controversial new hypothesis that suggests our understanding of gravity is wrong has just passed an important first …

Dark Matter

How Space Travel Destroys the Human Body

Space travel can wreak havoc on the body. The price for leaving the surface of the planet and getting to live your life literally off the world is …

Space Exploration

Quantum 'Ghosts' Seen in Neutron Star's Extreme Magnetism

The effect — known as "vacuum birefringence" — was predicted 80 years ago, but astronomers had to look at the light of a faint neutron star to prove …

The Sun Looks Clean as Hell Right Now

There are almost no spots.<p>The sun could be the star of some interstellar Clearasil commercial right now, because there’s barely a spot on it. …

Solar Eclipse

"Diamond Batteries" Could Harness Energy From The UK's Nuclear Waste, Scientists Find

They would supply electricity to devices for more than 5,000 years.<p>A revolutionary “diamond battery” could transform thousands of tonnes of nuclear …

Clean Energy

Theory challenging Einstein's view on speed of light could soon be tested

New paper describes for first time how scientists can test controversial idea that speed of light is not a constant<p>The newborn universe may have glowed with light beams moving much faster than they do today, according to a theory that overturns Einstein’s century-old claim that the speed of light …

Physics

Scientists Think They Finally Found Evidence of Ancient Life on Mars

We’ve written about why scientists believe Mars is one of the places in our solar system most likely to have alien life. There are a few reasons, but …

3tags.org

Stephen Hawking Issues A Wake Up Call

It has been argued that the greatest reason our species should explore space and colonize other planets is so that a cataclysmic fate won’t be able …

Man who 'dissolved' in boiling Yellowstone pool 'was looking for hot soak'

A 23-year-old man who was scalded to death after falling into a boiling Yellowstone National Park hot spring in June was trying to test the temperature of the bubbling pool for a soak when he slipped in, according to a report on the incident.<p>Colin Nathaniel Scott was seen by his sister, Sable, …

China is at the forefront of manipulating DNA to create a new class of superhumans

Would you want to alter your future children’s genes to make them smarter, stronger, or better looking? As the state of science brings prospects like these closer to reality, an international debate has been raging over the ethics of enhancing human capacities with biotechnologies such as so-called …

Molecular Biology

Asteroid strike made 'instant Himalayas'

<b>Scientists say they can now describe in detail how the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs produced its huge crater.</b><p>The reconstruction of the event 66 million years ago was made possible by drilling into the remnant bowl and analysing its rocks.<p>These show how the space impactor made the hard …

Earth Science

"Strange Stars" Could Be the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

Physics tells us they could theoretically exist forever, though we've never spotted one.<p>When an incredibly massive star supernovas, it leaves behind one of two things: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars are the leftover cores of massive stars after they have ejected all their other …

Physics

New Theory of Gravity Does Away With Need for Dark Matter

<i>Erik Verlinde explains his new view of gravity</i><p>Let’s be honest. Dark matter’s a pain in the butt. Astronomers have gone to great lengths to explain …

Chasing a Totally Unattainable Freedom

James Gleick went looking for a way to time travel. What he found was confounding.<p>Everyone understands time, and no one knows how it works. And that …

Physics

A Transparent Hybrid Rocket Engine Is Some Beautiful Science

Even if it's not actually going anywhere.<p>Solid-fuel rockets are great for plenty of things, like boosting Space Shuttles into orbit or launching a hobby rocket into not-quite-orbit-but-way-way-up-there. Of course, if you want a semblance of control over how strongly your rocket fires and, most …

FALSE: Rare Supermoon Is Going to Unleash Tidal Waves and Massive Earthquakes

CLAIM<p>Scientists say that largest the supermoon since 1948, occurring on 14 November 2016, will trigger tidal waves and catastrophic earthquakes, …

Read Donald Trump’s Full Victory Speech After He Won the Presidential Race

Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of his supporters at the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan early Wednesday morning after his stunning victory over …

Donald Trump

6 Downsides of Human Evolution

The phrase “survival of the fittest” makes it tempting to think of natural selection as an unequivocal engine of progress, one that only makes humans …

New York Times

Scientists discovered a new type of atomic bond

For the first time, physicists have observed a strange molecule called the butterfly Rydberg molecule— a weak pairing of highly excitable atoms that was first predicted back in 2002.<p>The find not only confirms a 14-year-old prediction — it also confirms the existence of a whole new type of atomic …

Chemistry

Moon at first quarter on November 7

Tonight – November 7, 2016 – the moon will be at or near its first quarter phase. More precisely, the moon’s first quarter phase occurs at 19:51 UTC. …

3tags.org

Dispersal key for understanding marine biodiversity

Dispersal plays a key role to connect populations, and contrastingly, its moderate limitation is one of the main processes to maintain species …

Here's A Detailed Picture Of Where A Spacecraft Crashed Into Mars

Look away now if the thought of lonely spacecraft smashing into Mars upsets you.<p>NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter flew over the module's landing site a few days ago on 25 October and snapped the above picture.<p>You can see from the magnified parts of the image where the lander's parachute and heat …

Six kidnapped people in Mexico found with hands cut off

Note pinned to body of seventh victim reading ‘this is what happens to scoundrels’ suggests incident may be related to drug debt, authorities say<p>Police in the Mexican city of Guadalajara are investigating after six people were found alive with their hands cut off and warning note pinned to the body …

Latin America

This "Dripping Blood" Choker Appears to Be Dripping Something Else Entirely

Is blood supposed to be... white?<p>With everything from skeleton jumpsuits to glittery cat eye masks, online superstore ASOS might just be the one-stop shop you need to get into the Halloween spirit this October. But as @goalpostcam pointed out on Twitter this Tuesday, not everything in ASOS’ new …

The Virus With Spider DNA

How did part of a black-widow venom gene end up in a virus that infects one of the world's most successful bacteria?<p>If you pick a random species of insect and look inside its cells, there’s a 40 percent chance that you’ll find bacteria called <i>Wolbachia</i>. And if you look at <i>Wolbachia</i> carefully, you’ll …

Biology

Mom Explains Why She Killed Her 2 Kids: ‘I Gave Them a Choice’ to Live or Die

An Indiana mother said she gave her two young children a “choice” to live or die before she smothered them to death with her hands.<p>Amber Pasztor, who …

Amber Alerts

A Meteor Shower and 8 More Can’t-Miss Sky Events in October

Get ready to see the Green Giant, meteor showers, and more this month.<p>The coming month brings shooting stars, pretty planets, and plenty more reasons to look up at the night sky. You’ll even have the chance to catch the eerie pyramid-shaped zodiacal light.<p>So dust off those binoculars and mark your …

A year ago, scientists cracked one of Einstein's greatest mysteries — now a bizarre new form of astronomy is emerging

It was the first evidence of gravitational waves— ripples in the fabric of space that careen across the universe, right through everything and everyone.<p>Einstein first predicted their existence 100 years ago, yet the famous scientist doubted we'd ever find any.<p>However, scientists from the Laser …

Universe