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Beyoncé’s Ex-Drummer Files for Restraining Order, Alleging “Extreme Witchcraft”

Kimberly Thompson, Beyoncé’s former drummer, has filed for a civil harassment restraining order against Beyoncé, The Blast reports and court records viewed by Pitchfork confirm. According to documents obtained by the Blast, Thompson alleges that Beyoncé is practicing “extreme witchcraft” and “magic …

Los Angeles

Just Four Dimensions in the Universe, if You Believe Gravitational Waves

Many physics theories predict more dimensions beyond the four that we know and love (three dimensions of space, one of time). Having those extra …

Neutron Stars

Octopuses Rolling on MDMA Reveal Unexpected Link to Humans

“They just embraced with multiple arms.”<p>When the California two-spot octopus isn’t attempting to bring more eight-legged cephalopods into this world, …

Ecstasy (Drug)

Nuclear pasta in neutron stars may be the strongest material in the universe

Simulations suggest that the theoretical substance known as nuclear pasta is 10 billion times as strong as steel.

Neutron Stars

7 Quantum Particles Act Like Billions in Weird Physics Experiment

Physicists have revealed that just seven quantum particles can behave as if they were in a crowd of billions.<p>At larger scales, matter goes through …

Quantum Physics

The day Donald Trump's narcissism killed the USFL

<i>As its third season came toward a close, the United States Football League filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the</i> NFL, <i>claiming it had established a monopoly with respect to television broadcasting rights. The suit was led by Donald Trump, the New Jersey Generals owner who was convinced his league</i> …

Donald Trump

Antimatter seen in two places at once thanks to quantum experiment

A particle can be in two places at once – even if it is made of antimatter. Researchers have just performed an antimatter twist on a classic …

Physics

How black holes bring white dwarfs back to life

White dwarfs are the dead remnants of larger, once-active stars like our sun. But black holes can reignite them.<p>Just like living things, stars are …

Meet The Four-Dimensional Numbers That Led to Modern Algebra

Imagine winding the hour hand of a clock back from 3 o’clock to noon. Mathematicians have long known how to describe this rotation as a simple …

Mathematics

Saturn's Weird Hexagonal Vortex Just Got Even Weirder, Thanks to Cassini

One year on Saturn is the equivalent of 30 years on Earth, so when it’s winter there, it’s a very long one. When the spacecraft Cassini first entered …

Astronomy

Exoplanet 'twice the size of Earth' discovered 145 light-years away

An exoplanet twice the size of Earth, known as Wolf 503b, has been found just 145 light-years away from our home planet.<p>The researchers noted that Wolf 503b is interesting not only because of its size (it may potentially be a "Super-Earth"), but also because of its orbit — it revolves around its …

Astronomy

Was maths invented or discovered?

Advertisement<p>The fact that 1 plus 1 equals 2, or that there’s an infinite number of primes, are truths about reality that held even before …

Mathematics

The 'Bloody Business' of Wildlife Conservation

A veteran conservationist reckons with his career studying animals in the most extreme places on Earth.<p>In the winter of 2011, Joel Berger and his colleague Marci Johnson happened upon a ghostly Arctic death scene. Body parts and tufts of brown fur poked out of a frozen lagoon. This was all the …

Wildlife

Scientists ‘can’t rule out’ alien life on Jupiter after shocking discovery

In a stunning scientific discovery, researchers have found water clouds inside Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, raising the prospect that life may exist on …

Astronomy

'Problematic' Porn Behavior Linked to Religiosity in Psychology Study

Sometimes morals and viewing habits don't align.<p>The question <i>is porn a problem?</i> is debated across social spaces. As governments consider regulating …

Psychology

Is Lauryn Hill’s Legacy Still Assured?

New York Daily News Archive / Getty Images<p>Lauryn Hill performing <i>The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill</i> in concert at Madison Square Garden in 1999.<p><b>At the …

Music

Meet the first known child of a Neandertal and a Denisovan

Talk about blended families. A 13-year-old girl who died about 50,000 years ago was the child of a Neandertal and a Denisovan.Researchers already …

Europe

Ancestor of All Cellular Life on Earth Appeared Way Earlier Than We Thought

"Fossils can only tell us so much."<p>About 4.5 billion years ago, a proto-planet named Theia crashed into Earth, birthing our moon. A relatively short …

Biology

We May Have Identified What Lies at the Outermost Edge of Our Solar System

New Horizons is the first spacecraft in nearly three decades to observe what appears to be evidence of a hydrogen wall at the edge of the heliosphere.<p>In July 2015, the New Horizons probe became the first spacecraft to explore Pluto and its moons after a nearly decade-long journey from Earth. Three …

Space

Einstein's Genius: Describing the Geometry of Space-Time

<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> …

Team discovers a first-of-its-kind material for the quantum age

A UCF physicist has discovered a new material that has the potential to become a building block in the new era of quantum materials, those that are …

Grieving Orca Carries Dead Calf for More Than 3 Days: ‘She’s Just Not Letting Go’

Her dead calf resting on her nose, an orca has swum in mourning for more than three days in the Pacific Northwest.<p>The calf died Tuesday morning, half an hour after it was born off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia, to a 20-year-old whale called J35. It was the first calf known to have been …

British Columbia

Meet the $27 pen that lets you draw physical objects in midair

Whether or not you have a single artistic bone in your body, we guarantee that you will have an absolute blast with the Canbor 3D Printing Pen. This …

Memory Study Casts Doubt on the First Thing You Recall From Your Childhood

Your first memory is probably a lie.<p>Recently, BBC Radio 4 listeners were invited by a team of scientists to go to a website and describe their …

Burned Virginia Teen Is a Reminder to Stay The Hell Away From Giant Hogweed

Photos reveal extensive third-degree burns caused by the plant's sap.<p>Not many plants have emergency hotlines you can call if you happen across them, …

Scientists capture mysterious 'ghost particle' in a giant ice cube in 'triumph' that changes how we see the universe

Scientists have captured a ghost-like subatomic particle on Earth, helping to solve a mystery baffling scientists for 100 years.<p>The so-called "ghost particle" was trapped by researchers in a giant ice cube at the South Pole.<p>It's actually a high-energy neutrino, and is the first of its type ever …

How Stratospheric Life Is Teaching Us About the Possibility of Extreme Life on Other Worlds

The presence of microbial life in Earth's stratosphere is not only opening up a new arena in which to study extremophiles but is also increasing the …

Bill Maher Offers Mitt Romney $1M To Wrest Country From Donald Trump

Bill Maher has offered Mitt Romney $1M to take over the United States.<p>The HBO late night star reminded viewers that, when the former Massachusetts …

What Is the Sun Made Of and When Will It Die?

If and when physicists are able to pin down the metal content of the sun, that number could upend much of what we thought we knew about the evolution …

In 'Three Identical Strangers,' A Saga About Triplets Grows More Twisted By The Minute

As the gripping documentary hits theaters, the mysteries surrounding it only thicken.<p><i>Editor’s note: “Three Identical Strangers” is best experienced without any prior knowledge of its subjects’ story. But the documentary chronicles a nearly 40-year-old media phenomenon, so we’re going to discuss it</i> …