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In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy

When the sun was young and faint and the Earth was barely formed, a gigantic black hole in a distant, brilliant galaxy spat out a powerful jet of radiation. That jet contained neutrinos — subatomic particles so tiny and difficult to detect they are nicknamed “ghost particles.”<p>Four billion years …

Physics

So you think you know what reality is? This book on physics and philosophy will shatter your belief

In the process, you will also get to read a lucid history of the debate between Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr over quantum physics.<p>When Albert …

Quantum Mechanics

Dawn is now barnstorming Ceres and seeing wonders

The Dawn spacecraft is a wonder. Launched in 2007, it took a long spiral outwards from Earth (with an assist by the gravity of Mars) to head out into …

Astronomy

What Was It Like When The Big Bang First Began?

Looking out at our Universe today, we not only see a huge variety of stars and galaxies both nearby and far away, we also see a curious relationship: the farther away a distant galaxy is, the faster it appears to move away from us. In cosmic terms, the Universe is expanding, with all the galaxies …

Dark Matter

Ingredients for life discovered gushing out of Saturn’s moon

Last fall, as NASA's celebrated Cassini spacecraft spiraled toward its final, fatal descent into Saturn's clouds, astrochemist Morgan Cable couldn't help but shed a tear for the school-bus-size orbiter, which became a victim of its own success.<p>Early in its mission, while flying past Saturn's …

Astronomy

The Counterintuitive Reason Why Dark Energy Makes The Universe Accelerate

Matter and energy tell spacetime how to curve; curved spacetime tells matter and energy how to move. It’s the cardinal rule of General Relativity, and it applies to everything in the Universe, including the entire Universe itself. In the late 1990s, we had collected enough data from distant …

Dark Matter

The legendary Apple research group that shaped our world

Before Steve Jobs gave it the ax in 1997, the Advanced Technology Group developed some of the most influential technology of the century.<p>At this year’s WWDC, Apple delighted some users with a new feature in macOS Mojave. Called “Stacks,” the new functionality automatically sorts your desktop …

4K Ultra HD

Scientists Have Found Interstellar Dust on Earth That's Older Than Our Solar System

This is the stardust we all came from.<p>Particles collected from Earth's upper atmosphere, originally deposited by comets, are older than our Solar …

Life on Mars? Rover’s Latest Discovery Puts It ‘On the Table’

Scientists for the first time have confidently identified on Mars a collection of carbon molecules used and produced by living organisms.<p>That does not prove that life has ever existed on Mars. The same carbon molecules, broadly classified as organic matter, also exist within meteorites that fall …

European Space Agency

A NASA Probe Just Woke Up in The Outer Solar System, Ready For a Historical Mission

Welcome back, New Horizons!<p>NASA's New Horizons probe - the same one that gave us stunning photos of Pluto - has just woken up, approximately 6 …

Solar System

Astronomers Track Bizarre Objects Near Milky Way's Central Black Hole

Astronomers have spotted more mystery objects near our Milky Way Galaxy’s central supermassive black hole. Permanently cloaked in a veil of gas and dust, the objects appear to be wholly natural and are thought to span the astrophysical gap between gas clouds and compact stellar-type objects. As …

Universe

IBM Adds to Asimov's 3 Laws of Robotics: Is Collaboration The 4th Law?

Ginni Rometty says AI should be designed to augment humans, not replace them.

There Are No Laws of Physics. There’s Only the Landscape.

Scientists seek a single description of reality. But modern physics allows for many different descriptions, many equivalent to one another, connected …

Quantum Mechanics

Hubble Catches New Stars, Individually, Forming In Galaxies Beyond The Milky Way

The legacy of what humanity’s greatest telescope has to teach us about the Universe continues to grow.<p>Here in the Universe, in the Milky Way and …

Getting a Flood of G.D.P.R.-Related Privacy Policy Updates? Read Them

You have probably noticed a flood of emails and alerts from companies in the last few weeks informing you about changes to their privacy policies.<p>Don’t ignore them.<p>Yes, there is a lot of legalese to wade through. But resist the temptation to immediately delete those emails or close the alerts right …

Quantum Physics May Be Even Spookier Than You Think

A new experiment hints at surprising hidden mechanics of quantum superpositions

Quantum Physics

Hubble's Latest Batch of Space Porn Is Some of the Best We've Ever Seen

Space is mind-bogglingly vast, and it’s practically impossible for our puny brains to comprehend just how huge it really is. Using the Hubble Space …

This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind

Time feels real to people. But it doesn’t even exist, according to quantum physics. “There is no time variable in the fundamental equations that describe the world,” theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli tells Quartz.<p>If you met him socially, Rovelli wouldn’t assault you with abstractions and math to …

Physics

Criminals used a drone swarm to disrupt an FBI hostage rescue

Drones are what you make of them. One person's wedding videographer is another person's drug mule. And while hobbyist drones were first used for simple jobs like sneaking contraband into prisons, over the years they've become the criminal's Swiss Army knife of gizmos. The FBI's Joe Mazel told a …

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Many people have grown accustomed to talking to their smart devices, asking them to read a text, play a song or set an alarm. But someone else might be secretly talking to them, too.<p>Over the last two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that …

South Park

The 42 Biggest Questions About Life, the Universe, and Everything

In a homage to 'Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,' two physicists explain the biggest unknowns in science. I’ve summed them up as a tweetstorm.<p>In Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams’ classic irreverent tour through the universe, a supercomputer named Deep Thought discovers the answer to …

Physics

Stephen Hawking's final research was just published, and it could help us find evidence for parallel universes

Ten days before he died, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking submitted a final paper for publication.<p>That paper — titled "A smooth exit from eternal inflation?" — has now been published in the Journal of High Energy Physics. In it, Hawking and coauthor Thomas Hertog lay out a theory on the origin …

The Tech That Will Drive The Next Generation Of Sensors

• Partner Content<br>• Author: matt stevenson. WIRED Insider<p>When you’re building small, you need to think big. That’s the job of Divi Gupta, Vice President …

Internet of Things

A *ridiculously* huge image of spectacular star birth

Look, I've seen a lot, OK? Globular clusters splayed across my screen, hundreds of thousands of stars sparkling. Galaxies so far away their distance …

Gaia creates richest star map of our Galaxy – and beyond

25 April 2018<p><b>ESA's Gaia mission has produced the richest star catalogue to date, including high-precision measurements of nearly 1.7 billion stars</b> …

In to Asia

New evidence about the ancient humans who occupied Asia is cascading in: the story of our species needs rewriting again<i>By Christopher Bae</i>Read at Aeon

Anthropology

Big Bang, Big Claim: Why This Bold Idea Is Right

<i>Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI science center. Sutter is also host of Ask a Spaceman</i> …

Universe

The Feynman Lectures on Physics, The Most Popular Physics Book Ever Written, Is Now Completely Online

In years past, we let you know that Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website joined forces to create an online edition of <i>The Feynman Lectures on</i> …

Newsletter

BOOKS AND ARTS<p>Andrew Jaffe probes Carlo Rovelli’s study arguing that physics deconstructs our sense of time.<p>Andrew Jaffe is a cosmologist and head of …

Quantum Mechanics

NASA Just Dropped Its Most Detailed Video Tour of the Moon Yet

Thanks to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, high-resolution imagery of our closest neighboring world is more accessible than ever.<p>NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has released a breathtaking new video tour of the Moon in 4K resolution, stitching together some of the most detailed observations …