Natacha Nicol

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Stephen Hawking submitted a final scientific paper 2 weeks before he died — and it could lead to the discovery of a parallel universe

Stephen Hawking submitted his final scientific paper just a week and a half before he died, and it lays the theoretical groundwork for discovering a parallel universe.<p>Hawking, who died Wednesday at 76, was coauthor to a mathematical paper that seeks proof of the "multiverse" theory, which posits …

Physics

Why did last week's SpaceX launch look so strange?

Nope, not aliens.<p>The glowing ball of light that hovered briefly over over Los Angeles last week was not aliens.<p>And it definitely wasn’t a Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea.<p>... whatever that means.<p>But it did look <i>really</i> odd. It was a pearly teardrop glowing against the darkening sky, lovely and …

Paranormal

Rita Dove: “The first thing that goes when a government becomes a tyranny are words”

Salon talks to poet Rita Dove about why degrading language and the arts threatens democracy and humanity<p>There are few writers worthy of such high distinction, but to read Rita Dove is to encounter the transformative. Her feeling comes in aid of your feeling. Suddenly, you believe you have undergone …

The first thing that Snape says to Harry Potter has much more meaning than we thought

The story of <i>Harry Potter</i> might be over and done with (for now, we see you <i>Cursed Child</i>), but like any good story it will live on forever in our …

How Do Fireflies Glow? Mystery Solved After 60 Years

Scientists have sussed out the chemical secret of these bright summertime beetles—and it may someday improve human health, a new study says.<p>Think of the firefly abdomen like a black box of bioluminescence.<p>For around 60 years, scientists have known what basic ingredients go into the box—things like …

Chemistry

"The Future is not altogether determined by the present moment" 150cm/180cma new painting for my upcoming exhibition 'Timeshare' @stationgallerymelbourne opening on the 28th of this month.