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New York’s Governor Just Safeguarded Free Access to Birth Control and Medically Necessary Abortions for More Than 2 Million Women

In the hours before the Women’s Marches that swept across the U.S. and the rest of the world on Saturday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced some <i>good</i> reproductive rights news for women in his state—namely, safeguarding women’s free access to most forms of birth control and medically necessary …

“Impossible” Time Crystals May Actually Be Real, Say Physicists

Cutting edge physics research gives us another remarkable idea that sounds like something out of a science fiction novel. In 2012, Nobel-Prize …

Public Health

These Images of Saturn's Wavy Rings Hurt My Brain

Space is a freaky place, and few people understand that as well as NASA software engineer Kevin Gill. He regularly uses real data to inspire works of …

Cassini prepares for its final, suicidal mission

After nearly 20 years in orbit around Saturn, Cassini prepares to say goodbye.<p><i>“All the atoms of our bodies will be blown into space in the</i> …

Astronomy

A lost spacecraft is talking to NASA again after nearly 2 years alone in the void

At least that was the depressing situation until Sunday night.<p>In a statement posted Monday, the space agency says it has finally contacted the STEREO-B solar observatory — an identical twin of another sun-monitoring robot, called STEREO-A — after nearly 2 years of effort.<p>The spacecraft was about …

Space Science

Thousands of Strange Blue Lakes Are Appearing in Antarctica, And It’s Very Bad News

Uh oh.<p>Scientists have confirmed that thousands of pristine blue lakes have appeared on the ice sheets of East Antarctica, and it’s got them very …

Global Warming

Humpback whales may be the vigilantes of the sea

For decades, people have observed humpback whales engaging in what appears to be some sort of vigilantism. As a pod of orcas attacks baby whales of …

'New Era' of Astrophysics: Why Gravitational Waves Are So Important

There was big news in astrophysics this week: An experiment detected ripples in space-time, known as gravitational waves, created by two black holes …

LIGO

3tags.org

Can Quantum Physics Solve Time Travel's Most Famous Paradox?

Maybe you can go back in time and kill your grandfather.<p>If you have ever sat down and thought about time travel for even half a second, you have grappled with the Grandfather Paradox. Of the many mind-boggling questions raised by the specter of time travel, it is probably the most common. What …

Scientists have discovered a cell that does something they thought was impossible

Known as the "power house" of the cell, these little subunits within the cell provide the organisms with energy and were thus thought to be essential.<p>But it now seems that actually they might not be that essential, as researchers describe the first eukaryote known that lacks mitochondria.<p>Other …

Biology
Astronomy

Science Has Found Why Freddie Mercury Was Such an Incredible Singer

As if you needed more proof.<p>Just listen to Freddie Mercury's isolated vocals from Queen's "We Are the Champions". That range, the theatrics, that yell— it's all so powerful and somehow still soft and beautiful, and he sustains that damn note long after anyone else would have collapsed with …

Freddie Mercury

NASA Has Detected Strange Signals Coming From The Gravitational Wave Source

This could change everything.<p>Less than half a second after the first direct evidence of gravitational waves was recorded on 14 September 2015, a very …

Black Holes

NASA Facebook page manager has had enough with climate deniers

<i>This story was originally published by Huffington Post and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>“We invite you to comment on …

The peculiar behavior of this group of supermassive black holes could shed light on the formation of the universe

Using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) in India, the researchers discovered a group of supermassive black holes occupying the centers of ancient galaxies — and they're all spitting out their jets in the same direction.<p>Their findings are detailed in a study published recently in the …

Universe
Planetary Habitability

Landmark as lab creates synthetic cell with minimum genes needed for life

Geneticists have established the minimum needed for life. They have designed and created a synthetic cell which can survive and replicate with just 473 genes. Humans and fruit flies have more than 20,000 genes each.<p>The finding is a landmark in biological understanding. It could illuminate the …

Genetics