Omid Zarifi

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Stephen Hawking Says 'God Particle' Could Wipe Out the Universe

Stephen Hawking bet Gordon Kane $100 that physicists would not discover the Higgs boson. After losing that bet when physicists detected the particle …

Black Holes Get Even Weirder with New Stephen Hawking Theory

Black holes may be even weirder than scientists had thought, according to a new paper by famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.<p>The paper, which …

Backwards Time Travel Would Create Spooky, Self-Annihilating Twins

It's a common trope in science-fiction novels: Astronauts travel back in time by zooming through space at speeds faster than light (usually getting …

Why Super-Small Black Holes Haven’t Destroyed the Universe

When the largest machine on the planet, the Large Hadron Collider, first fired up, people got a little concerned that the high-energy particle …

15 Breathtaking Astronomy Images Highlighting the Cosmic Beauty of Our Universe

Since 1995, Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) has been serving up daily doses of cosmic beauty through breathtaking photos of our fascinating universe. Maintained by Robert Nemiroff (MTU) and Jerry Bonnell (UMCP), two professional astronomers who met at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the …

Opinion: Space travel is in our DNA, and DNA might be the solution

Humans have dreamed about travelling to the stars or contacting extraterrestrial life for millenniums. These days, those dreams are closer than ever …

Here's the only way to destroy a black hole

I've suggested a bunch of crazy ideas, like blasting it with rockets, shooting lasers at it, smashing planets into it. Nothing would work, everything would just make it bigger and angrier.<p>Turns out the only way to defeat a black hole is to sit on your hands and wait for it to evaporate. That's not …

Rare Particle Discovery Dims Hopes for Exotic Theories

Physicists have measured an extremely rare particle decay inside the world's largest atom smasher — a discovery that bolsters the leading model of …

Nasa may have found the most Earth-like planet to date

<i>UPDATE: Nasa has now announced its findings. Read all about it here.</i><p>Nasa may have just found the closest thing to an Earth-like planet in the …

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Stephen Hawking helps launch massive search for E.T.

A new $100 million, 10-year search for intelligent life in the universe was announced Monday by famed scientist Stephen Hawking and other researchers.<p>The first of the two initiatives announced today, Breakthrough Listen, will be the most powerful search ever taken for signs of intelligent life …

Dark Energy and the Preposterous Universe - S.M. Carroll

The energy density in matter (non-relativistic particles) diminishes as the number density is diluted by expansion, so that <i>a</i>-3. If particles are …

The Earth from a million miles away

<b>(CNN) —</b> After wowing the world with the first-ever close-up images of Pluto, NASA has released another groundbreaking photo taken a little closer to home.<p>This image is the first full view of the sunlit side of the Earth taken from one million miles away.<p>The turquoise spots you see in the middle are …