Michael O'Shea

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Scientists Propose Experiment to Test Quantum Gravity

Unifying gravity and quantum mechanics has been the dream of physicists for decades. An experiment has just been proposed to see if it's even possible.<p>Gravity is a bit of an enigma. We know how it works, but not really what causes it. In 1915, Einstein’s famous Theory of Relativity demonstrated …

The Three Meanings Of E=mc^2, Einstein's Most Famous Equation

For hundreds of years, there was an immutable law of physics that was never challenged: that in any reaction occurring in the Universe, mass was conserved. That no matter what you put in, what reacted, and what came out, the sum of what you began with and the sum of what you ended with would be …

Physics

Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans

Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects. A new breakthrough could lead to futuristic, far out new uses for the technology and open the door to levitating much larger objects, including humans.<p>Engineers from the …

The detection of ripples in the fabric of spacetime just won a Nobel Prize

Making waves in the physics community.<p>Three American physicists won the 2017 Nobel Prize for work that enabled the first observation of gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of spacetime. Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne were each instrumental to LIGO, the massive pair of …

America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts

In the developed world, these levels of gun violence are a uniquely American problem. Here’s why.<p>America is an exceptional country when it comes to guns. It’s one of the few countries in which the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected. But America’s relationship with guns is unique in …

Guns

32 Books That Will Make You a More Well-rounded Person

Do you aspire to be one of those people who knows at least a little bit about everything?<p>There's any easy way to do it: Read everything!<p>You can't …

‘Charming’ heavy particle discovered at world’s largest atom smasher

The world's largest atom smasher has revealed a new kind of particle, and so far, it leads a charmed existence.<p>The discovery of the particle, which is made up of two so-called charm quarks, validates the predictions of the Standard Model, the current reigning model of particle physics.<p>The new …

Edge of darkness: looking into the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way

It would take a telescope as big as a planet to see the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. But a team of scientists think they know how to do it<p>At the heart of our galaxy, a vast black hole is devouring matter from the dust clouds that surround it. Little by little, expanses of …

Ask Ethan: Does Dark Energy Mean We're Losing Information About The Universe?

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all about the Universe came at the very end of the 20th century: the discovery of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of the Universe. Rather than being pulled towards us gravitationally, the most distant galaxies in the Universe are speeding away from us at …

Universe

Artificial synapse bridges the gap to brainier computers

The human brain is nature's most powerful processor, so it's not surprising that developing computers that mimic it has been a long-term goal. Neural …

600-year-old starlight addressed a loophole in quantum theory

Quantum entanglement, where two particles are separated by space and yet inextricably linked by the laws of quantum mechanics, has already been proven to be real, but something called the "freedom-of-choice loophole" has so far made it impossible to definitively prove the theory. That is, until …

Synopsis: Cosmic Test of Quantum Mechanics

Light from two stars in the Milky Way has been used to test an open loophole of quantum physics.<br>[Physics] Published Tue Feb 07, 2017

Astronomers Discover A White Dwarf-Red Dwarf Binary System That Behaves Like A Pulsar

Just 380 light-years from Earth lies a unique stellar object named AR Scorpii. Although this object, which consists of a rapidly spinning white dwarf …

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- Feb 2, 2017<p>VPN.asia allows you to browse anonymously with AES-256 data encryption and SHA-256 hash authentication.<p>VPN.asia: Wipe Away Your Online …

'Substantial evidence' the universe is a hologram

International team of researchers carry out observational tests of holographic cosmology.<p>Scientists have found 'evidence' that the universe is a …

Microbes could survive thin air of Mars

Microbes that rank among the simplest and most ancient organisms on Earth could survive the extremely thin air of Mars, a new study finds.<p>The Martian surface is presently cold and dry, but there is plenty of evidence suggesting that rivers, lakes and seas covered the Red Planet billions of years …

A Radical New Hypothesis Claims to Have a Simple Explanation For Dark Energy

What if the Universe had leaked energy?<p>For decades, scientists have puzzled over the fact that our Universe is expanding. Logically, gravity should …

F. Duncan Haldane on quantum computers, entanglement and proving Einstein wrong

The British professor of physics at Princeton University won the Nobel Prize in Physics last year. But as he tells DW, he's far more interested in …

This Awesome Periodic Table Shows The Origins of Every Atom in Your Body

We are made of starstuff.<p>Here’s something to think about: the average adult human is made up of 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion) …

Periodic Table

Physicists Say They've Manipulated 'Pure Nothingness' And Observed The Fallout

In the quantum vacuum, no one can hear you scream.<p>According to quantum mechanics, a vacuum isn't empty at all. It's actually filled with quantum …

Researchers Accurately Predicted the Future of a Quantum System

In a big step forward for quantum applications, big data could be used to fix quantum systems before they break.<p>A team of physicists at the University of Sydney have successfully demonstrated the possibility of using big data and machine learning to accurately predict the future of a quantum …

Fish Are Having a Real Hard Time in Space

Live-imaging developing fish bones aboard the ISS reveals stark changes almost immediately upon arrival.<p>Fish traveling aboard the International Space Station in 2014 experienced a near-immediate reduction in bone density upon encountering the microgravity environment of orbit. This is according to …

Fish

WATCH: SpaceX Just Nailed a Rocket Landing, And Is Officially Back in Business

Its first launch since the September explosion.<p>SpaceX successfully launched its first rocket in almost five months on Saturday, deploying 10 …

Space Travel

Physicists Can Now Predict The Exact Moment Quantum Systems Will Fail

It's inevitable.<p>For the first time, physicists have been able to accurately predict the future of quantum systems, specifically, the moment they'll …

Quantum Computing

'Star in a Jar' Fusion Reactor Works and Promises Infinite Energy

For several decades now, scientists from around the world have been pursuing a ridiculously ambitious goal: They hope to develop a nuclear fusion …

Beyond Athens: The Best Books on the Ancient World

Anthony Everitt’s newly released book the <i>Rise of Athens</i> carries the provocative subtitle <i>The Story of the World’s Greatest Civilization</i>. While that’s certainly debatable, Everitt does make a very strong case for the great Greek city-state. Athens is, after all, the birthplace of democracy: a lasting …

This scientific quest to find “missing” memories is changing the way we think about the brain

A new experiment finds you don’t need to activate neurons to store memories.<p>Neuroscientist Nathan Rose and his colleagues at the University of Wisconsin recently lost track of a memory.<p>I mean that literally. One minute, they saw a trace of a memory “light up” in an fMRI scan. In the next minute it …

The Brain

Chinese astronaut puzzled by 'knocking sound' in space

<b>Imagine you're alone in a tiny spacecraft - it's your first time up there, all alone in endless space. Then suddenly - a knocking sound.</b><p>That's what happened to Yang Liwei, China's first man in space, on his maiden flight in 2003.<p>In a recent interview, he has now recalled hearing "someone knocking …

Both The US And UK Have Made It A Lot Easier Now To Spy On Their Own Citizens

A rule is set to go into effect in the US on Thursday that would give the government vast hacking powers, while the British government just passed legislation that legalized mass surveillance.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — It’s been a bad week for privacy and surveillance advocates in the US and UK. On Thursday, …

Archaeologists Discover ‘Lost City’ Thought to be First Ancient Egyptian Capital

Art World<p>The discovery has unearthed buildings, tools, and noble graves.<p>,<p>An ancient city containing houses, pottery, tools, and a necropolis has been …