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Scientists fired lasers at antimatter in an experiment that probes the deepest human question: why are we here?

Antimatter—the fictional power source in countless sci-fi stories—isn’t just a great source of energy; understanding it could tell us why we exist at all. That’s why a recent Nature paper outlining the results of an experiment at CERN with the antimatter version of hydrogen is so important to …

Physics

D&D on your tablet and in your browser, complete with dice and a Dungeon Master

Bring your party together and play, wherever they are<p>Roll20, one of the most popular virtual tabletop solutions, will now offer officially licensed Dungeons & Dragons content from Wizards of the Coast. The browser-based software includes both video and voice chat, and even integrates with Google …

The Caribbean is making a mysterious sound so loud that it can be 'heard' from space

The ocean's a noisy place, but under the regular din of marine life and ship traffic, scientists have detected a strange, much louder sound coming from the Caribbean Sea.<p>It's too low to be heard by human ears, but the whistle-like noise is so powerful that researchers have been able to pick up its …

Caribbean

Quantum computing: To boldly go where Einstein feared to tread

To build a quantum computer — and to understand what it's good for — scientists will have to stretch their minds farther than Einstein could stretch his.<p>It was the scientific equivalent of a heavyweight title fight, but less conclusive. During the 1920s and ’30s, two of the century’s greatest …

Quantum Computing

‘Amazing’: Scientists crack mystery of Venus’s vanished water

By human standards, a descent onto Venus mirrors a fall through different circles of hell. As visitors approach, they would first pass through a thick haze of sulfuric acid. Further below are heavy metal snows that drift over mountain peaks. Finally, upon touching down, the average surface …

Astronomy

Is Ceres' Mysterious Bright Dome an Ice Volcano?

After a year of speculation since NASA's Dawn mission arrived in orbit around dwarf planet Ceres, we may be coming close to answer as to what is …

Ceres

Avoid These Lasagna Common Mistakes; You Are Too Good for Mushy Noodles

You know what's always good? Homemade lasagna. Unless it's bad. Avoid these pasta pitfalls, and make a better pan of everyone's favorite casserole.<p>There is nothing like a good pan of lasagna. Gooey, cheesy, packed with carbs—this just might be the perfect comfort food. But screw it up, and we're …

Cooking

‘Alien megastructure’ could explain mysterious new Kepler results

Strange signals from a distant star are defying natural explanation. There is a remote chance that they could be from an ‘alien megastructure’<p>There’s a new mystery in the universe and it goes by the name KIC 8462852. It is a star approximately 1500 light years away from the Earth, and displays a …

Universe

10 Anime Series You Need To Watch Before You Die

You'll be glad you did.

Anime

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Liquid water elsewhere in our solar system?

If so, where are we likely to find it? Could we ever get to it? Would we be able to drink it? A planetary geoscientist explains.<p>Science fiction …

Astronomy

Ocean 'weather balloons' detect cause of global warming pause

Sea temperature data, some collected by a fleet of drifting and diving probes, shows that a decade-long slowdown in global surface warming masked a coincident rise in ocean temperature below 300 feet, according to<p>NASAJPL researchers.<p>That finding, which was published recently in the journal Science, …

NASA Could Soon Launch A Giant Solar Sail Beyond Our Solar System

Raise the e-sail<p>We’ve all seen Bill Nye’s Lightsail expedition, but now our friends at NASA are stepping in to take things a bit further.<p>In this year’s round of NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) funding, NASA has funded it’s own Bruce Wiegmann and his team of solar propulsion experts to …

Pluto Spacecraft Sends Photos As Excitement Builds for Flyby

After the New Horizons spacecraft briefly went silent, NASA quickly returned it to full operations and has released bizarre new photos of Pluto.<p>Pluto will get its closeup in less than a week, despite a heart-stopping glitch that briefly silenced the New Horizons spacecraft over the holiday weekend. …

NASA spies strange lone 'pyramid' on dwarf planet Ceres

The closer we get to Ceres, the more perplexing the dwarf planet grows.<p>NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has found several more bright spots as well as a pyramid-like peak jutting out of the frigid world’s surface.<p>The discovery is painting an increasingly complex portrait of one of the biggest "fossils" from …

Dinosaur-killing asteroid caused India’s Deccan Traps?

The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago might have mobilized an existing volcanic system, causing vast lava flows.<p>The Deccan …

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

Nanotubes with 2 walls might be 'tunable' - Futurity

Nanotubes with two walls are stiffer and stronger than those with just one, but it turns out they also have some promising electronic properties.

Nanotech

Alzheimer's Disease could be prevented by immune system tweak

New research raises the prospect that statin-like drugs could be given to the middle-aged to ward off dementia<p>Alzheimer’s Disease could be prevented or cured by a new drug which reboots the immune system to stop devastating memory loss, scientists believe.<p>A new study has shown for the first time …

Month in Space: See a Black Sun and a Rocket's Red Glare - NBC News

Space

Star Wars planets like Tatooine could be common in universe

Previously scientists believed that only gas-giants could circle binary star systems but a new study suggests that many Earth-like planets could have two Suns<p>The image of Luke Skywalker staring at the double sunset of Tatooine captured the imagination of millions of cinemagoers.<p>But astrophysicists …

Astronomy

Zebra stripes are not black and white

Why do zebras have stripes?<p>Do zebra stripes have some kind of adaptive function? Intuitively, the answer has to be yes. But what is it? As yet another study claims to be homing in on the answer, I thought it might be helpful to sum up the most likely explanations.<p>1. Camouflage<p><b>Hypothesis</b>. Stripy is …

Zoology
Airplanes

Can We Build a Gaming PC on a Console Budget?

There's no debating that a souped-up gaming PC will outperform an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 any day of the week, but it'll also cost you a lot more at checkout. However, what about a gaming PC that isn't top of the line, say, one that was built for $550?<p>This is the question we put to the test: …

APOD: Warped Sky: Star Trails over Arches National Park (2014 Mar 17) Image Credit & Copyright: Vincent Brady http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140317.html Explanation: What's happened to the sky? A time warp, of sorts, and a digital space warp too. The time warp occurs because this image captured in a single frame a two and a half hour exposure of the night sky. As a result, prominent star trails are visible. The space warp occurs because the picture is actually a full 360 degree panorama, horizontally compressed to fit your browser. As the Earth rotated, stars appeared to circle both the North Celestial Pole, on the left, and the South Celestial Pole, just below the horizon on the right. The above panorama over Arches National Park in Utah, USA, was captured two weeks ago during early morning hours. While the eye-catching texture of ancient layered sandstone covers the image foreground, twenty-meter tall Delicate Arch is visible on the far right, and the distant arch of our Milky Way Galaxy is visible near the image center. http://www.vincentbrady.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140317 #APOD