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Space radio signal solves the mystery of the missing matter

<i>Update April 5 PT, 2016: Researchers at Harvard University have announced that the afterglow on which these conclusions are based was a flickering black hole unrelated to the fast radio burst. You can read the full report here.</i><p>For nearly a decade, astronomers have been puzzling over a certain type …

Universe

The danger of banging on about the big bang | Letters

Though a devoted admirer of modern science, including gravitational waves (Report, 12 February), may I advise a word of caution on two principles: one being that the simple labelling of phenomena with metaphorical language – whether big bang, dark matter, black holes, waves, cosmic dust, or selfish …

blackholes

Race is on for next breakthrough as physicists target dark matter

Scientists from South Dakota to Australia seek material believed to make up quarter of universe as researchers in China investigate another mystery particle<p>What could be bigger than gravitational waves? Predicted by Einstein, confirmed to exist this week, they are born of black holes colliding and …

Physics

Unmistakable Jupiter nears opposition

<b>Alan Pickup</b> looks at our largest planet, currently outshining the brightest stars, and its attendant bevy of moons<p>The Moon stands high in Britain’s S sky at nightfall on 15 February, to the right of Taurus’s leading star Aldebaran and below the Pleiades. Down to their left lies Orion, the central …

Expert debate: should there be a space race to mine asteroids?

A new US law allows commercial space ventures – but is it responsible and safe? Four experts discuss the issue.

Asteroids

Space tourism projects at a glance

Virgin Galactic later this month in Mojave, California, is preparing to roll out its new SpaceShipTwo, a vehicle the company hopes will one day take tourists to the edge of space. It comes roughly 15½ months since an earlier incarnation was destroyed in a test flight, killing one of the pilots. …

Pluto probe sends back photos of possible ice volcano

The New Horizons spacecraft might already be heading for a Kuiper belt object farther than Pluto, but it continues to give us a closer view of the dwarf planet. Some of the latest photos it sent back taken during the probe's closest flyby in July 2015 show what NASA scientists believe could be one …

Climate change means days are getting longer, scientists find

Duration of day has lengthened by a millisecond over the past 100 years as water from shrinking glaciers slows Earth’s rotation and shifts position of poles<p>The impact of climate change may appear to be overwhelmingly negative but there is a bright spot for those who struggle to find enough time in …

Earth Is Surrounded by Strings of Dark Matter

New computations from NASA suggest that long strings of mysterious dark matter form around planets like Earth.<p>The solar system is hairy? Thanks to …

Energy Department smashes pumpkins for causing climate change

How scary are your jack-o’-lanterns? Scarier than you think, according to the Energy Department, which claims the holiday squash is responsible for …

Why we're stuck on planet Earth

Every so often, scientists get excited about finding water somewhere other than Earth. NASA's recent discovery, which showed signs of briny water on …

As we lose some of the world’s most majestic animals, we also lose their very useful excrement

Most animals, including humans, follow an important principle—they don’t poo where they eat.<p>As animals eat in one place and defecate in another, nutrients are transported and become less concentrated in one spot. A new study suggests that the loss of large animals—and the resulting large quantities …

National Academy of Sciences

NASA's lost space rover has been saved from the scrapheap

The prototype lunar rover that was yesterday reported to have been sold for scrap has been saved by a junkyard owner. <i>Motherboard</i> — which covered the original story — reports that the scrap dealer who ended up in possession of the buggie is now hanging onto it after news of its loss was passed …

Stargazers can 'Journey to Space' at California Science Center with exhibition, 3-D Imax film

Space is suddenly out-of-this-world popular again.<p>The demand for tickets for "Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens" caused computers to crash last week. Ridley Scott's "The Martian" is the No. 1 movie at the box office. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recently found briny water on the Red …

Oxygen Discovery Could Complicate Search for Alien Life

The strange, duck-shaped comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been orbiting for more than a year just got a bit stranger: Like plants on Earth, the comet is blowing molecular oxygen, O2, into the space around it. Molecular oxygen is thought to be rare in the cosmos – or at least exceptionally …

Why Do Supermassive Black Holes Erupt?

Astronomers are dragging the inner workings of black holes out into the light.<p>The powerful X-ray flares seen erupting from supermassive black holes …

Black Holes

Colombian government and Farc rebels reach deal on disappeared

<b>Colombia's government and Farc rebels have agreed measures to find people who disappeared during the country's decades-long civil war.</b><p>The government estimates more than 50,000 people are still missing.<p>The two sides will work together in a specialised unit to recover remains of those killed from …

SOHO discovers its 3000th comet

Before its 1995 launch, no one knew what a spectacular comet finder the SOHO spacecraft would be. It excels at spotting sungrazers, comets sweeping …

22 Vacations Under $100/Night

It's our favorite time of the year: shoulder season! From the beautiful beaches of Hawaii to the posh streets of Paris, here are 22 vacations that …

Stopping In Tekapo On The Way To Antarctica

The People and Art of Burning Man 2015, According to Instagram Photos

From thousands of feet in the air, the annual Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada looks relatively similar year after year (see above). …

Black Rock

Why There’s No Such Thing as Local Food

For anyone who looks for unsolicited advice about the food we eat, there is no shortage of suggestions. There are the people who say we should eat organic, or only natural crops, or foods never corrupted by genetic modification. There are the local foodists, the raw people, and the prehistoric …

Agriculture

7 Back-to-School Breakfasts to Boost Brain Power

You might not be able to help out with that calculus problem, but you can help boost your kid’s brainpower. These delicious breakfasts are packed …

Never Overcook Salmon Again

Forget dry salmon. Nobody needs that.<p><i>Yes, everybody makes basic cooking mistakes. Like, say, something as simple as overcooking mushrooms or toasting grains and spices. Below, reader Leslie Grau confesses to overcooking salmon to associate food editor Rick Martinez. Here’s Martinez's advice for</i> …

Recipes

Kaley Cuoco Proves You Can Braid Your Hair Even If It’s Short

If you’re thinking about going for a dramatic hair change to mark the beginning of fall, there are endless reasons why a pixie cut should be a front runner. You’ll spend less time under the hair dryer, showers will be quicker and, oh ya, it looks awesome. But one of the major downsides of the style …

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Can We Guess Your Age And Where You Live Based On Your Taste In Music?

Let music show you the way.

Super stonehenge found below ground

Archaeologists have found evidence for a circle of 90 huge standing stones buried near Stonehenge.<p>On September 7, 2015, researchers announced they …

Archaeology

How caterpillars use poop to trick plants

Caterpillars that feed on corn leaves use their feces to induce the plant to turn off its defenses, allowing them to eat more and grow faster.<p>The …

Botany

WhatsApp bug could affect millions of users

<b>A bug in the popular messaging service WhatsApp put up to 200 million of its users at risk, security firm Check Point has warned.</b><p>The flaw allows hackers to distribute malware, including ransomware, which demands victims pay a fee to regain access to their files.<p>The vulnerability affects only the …