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Gravitational Lensing Is a Magnifying Glass Made by Gravity

We might be surrounded by cutting-edge technology, but nature still has some tricks up her sleeve. Here's one: while engineers painstakingly grind …

Universe

Summer Salad Recipes That Don't Involve Lettuce

Tired of the same chopped kale salad day after day? Ditch the green (just for a min.) and try these creative takes on salad instead.<p>Is a salad really …

Healthy Eating

NASA releases close-up photos of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Anybody who's taken a look at images of Jupiter has seen its Great Red Spot, the planet's massive storm that's been raging for the past 350 years. This is the first time we're seeing it <i>this</i> close, though, and it's all thanks to NASA's Juno spacecraft. The probe flew 5,600 miles above the spot on …

Astronomy

Is It Possible To Pull Something Out Of A Black Hole?

Once something falls into a black hole, it can never get out. No matter how much energy you have, you can never move faster than the speed of light, and yet you’d need to in order to exit of the event horizon once you’ve crossed inside. But what if you tried to cheat that little rule by tethering a …

Black Holes

How to Make a Supernova With Lasers, Lavender-Tinted Glass, and a Carbon Rod

Check out some star destroyers at the Orion laser facility.<p>Supernovas, the explosive deaths of massive stars, are among the most spectacular events in the universe, and the progenitors of heavy elements that sustain life on Earth (and perhaps elsewhere too). Because these self-detonations are …

University of Oxford

China sends unhackable message nearly 750 miles using quantum satellite

Hacking as it relates to cyber warfare and espionage is as hot a topic as it’s ever been, and everyone from the government to major tech firms like …

Quantum Mechanics

How depressing is space privatization? KFC is sending a chicken sandwich to space

Privatization of space exploration has had the unintended consequence of opening it up to frivolous PR stunts<p>Space: the final frontier of capitalism. Obama’s pro-space privatization policies ushered in a new commercial space race, epitomized by the bloom in government-contracted private spaceflight …

Space Exploration

Scientists Are Hunting For Dark Matter With Huge Vats Of Liquid Xenon

Here's a conundrum: scientists can only identify 5 percent of the matter in the universe. The rest is what they call "dark"—unobservable stuff that …

Dark Matter