Sebastian Sankar

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Scientists Discover Galaxy Made of 99.99 Percent Dark Matter

A team of North American astrophysicists has found a very large, very dim blob and it challenges what we think about dark matter, aka the stuff that …

Dark Matter

Exoplanet Proxima b is 'potentially habitable' — so how would we find life if it's there?

Yesterday, the European Southern Observatory dropped a bombshell announcement: an Earth-sized planet orbits around Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System. And as an added bonus, it sits in the habitable zone of its star — the place where temperatures are just right for liquid water …

Cooking for one: 15 healthy recipe ideas for people who enjoy eating alone

Cooking for one can be complicated. So many recipes are designed for pairs or groups, and they can be hard to adjust if you really just want a single …

Cooking

What are the origins of life? There's a rocket for that

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA scientists are putting the finishing touches on a spacecraft designed to rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu in 2018 to find clues about the origins of life.<p>"We are days away from encapsulating into our rocket faring and lifting this spacecraft on to the Atlas V …

This New Equation Might Finally Unite The Two Biggest Theories in Physics, Claims Physicist

Linking general relativity and quantum mechanics with wormholes.<p>One of the most stubborn problems in physics today is the fact that our two best …

Quantum Mechanics

The deep ocean: plunging to new depths to discover the largest migration on Earth

The deep ocean makes up 95% of habitable Earth, yet only 0.0001% has been explored. The Guardian joined a mission off Bermuda that is looking to unlock the secrets of the deep<p>The largest migration on Earth is very rarely seen by human eyes, yet it happens every day. Billions of marine creatures …

Parrots

Bill Nye: Could We Build a Space Elevator Using Giant Magnets?

Bill Nye answers a question submitted by Nick: is it possible to take two giant magnets and use the repulsion force between them to lift objects into …

New Study Suggests We Might Have Spotted a Fifth Force of Nature

The Universe just keeps getting stranger.<p>As far as we know, there are four fundamental forces that hold our Universe together - gravity, …

Physics

Startup Shows Off Its Cheaper Grid Battery - MIT Technology Review

Startup Sun Catalytix is designing a flow battery for grid energy storage that uses custom materials derived from inexpensive commodity chemicals. It …

Why we've been wrong about the origins of life for 90 years

<i>Did life evolve around deep-sea hydrothermal vents? Photo: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Where this energy …

Biology

Apprentices will outstrip applicants to elite universities, former minister predicts

The number of students taking apprenticeships will soon outstrip those at Russell Group universities, Margaret Thatcher's former education secretary has said.<p>Lord Baker has said he expects the reversal of trends as a result of soaring student debt with many leaving university having to pay …

Researchers discover that DNA naturally fluoresces

A Northwestern University team recently caught DNA doing something that has never been seen before: it blinked.<p>For decades, textbooks have stated …

Nanotech

NASA Just Released Over 1,000 New Photos of Mars

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been orbiting mars for over a decade now, taking photos with regularity. Each month, the MRO will in turn …

Long After Einstein, Cosmic Lensing Reaches Its Full Potential

A hundred years ago, Albert Einstein introduced a radical new way of thinking about the force of gravity. His general theory of relativity posited …

The Onion Omega2 is a tiny little computer that only costs $5

The product follows the Raspberry Pi’s naming scheme of Produce + Greek<p>The Onion Omega2 is the latest tiny computer continuing in the tradition of the Raspberry Pi. The Omega2 is the successor to last year’s Omega, a hackable, expandable, and affordable computer that was one-fourth the size of the …

Was Venus once habitable?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Imagine a mostly dead planet with a heavy, toxic atmosphere 90 times thicker than ours and surface temperatures that reach 864 degrees: hot enough to melt lead.<p>That would be Venus, often called Earth's twin because they're similar in size. You couldn't live there if you wanted to.<p>But 3 …

Astronomy

SpaceX sticks the landing again after Falcon 9 rocket launch

SpaceX is starting to make this look (relatively) easy.<p>Keeping plenty of space-loving Americans up late on a Saturday night, it successfully …

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When Science Stands Up To Creationism

Overwhelming hard data from biology, geology and anthropology — gathered with a firm grasp of the workings of evolution — prove false the claims made by creationists.<p>Earth is not 6,000 years old and it wasn't shaped by a great flood 4,500 years ago. (Earth is 4.5 billion years old.) Humans and …

Here's how to watch the Perseid meteor shower 'outburst event' tonight

People in the darkest parts of Europe and North America with good weather are sure to get a great view of what could be the most impressive Perseid …

Kissing Is a Really Big Deal, According to Science

There’s a weird paradox out there in the dating world. On one hand, it’s known that Mr. or Mrs. Right will magically appear when the time is right — and that being single until then is totally the norm. On the other, it’s expected that you use Tinder’s gender update to pull in more potential …

How Genetic Engineering Via CRISPR Will Change Our Lives

If you were told just a couple of decades ago that you would be one day carrying in your pocket a small device more powerful than any computational …

The Perseid Meteor Shower Looks Even More Beautiful When You Know Where It Comes From

You probably know that August’s annual sky show, the Perseid meteor shower, is on display this week as Earth passes through a trail of debris left by …

A Telescope Filled With Robotic Worms Will Help Us Map the Cosmos

It's going to study the expansion of the universe like never before.<p>A 3D mapping project that will measure the light of millions of galaxies has received the green light from the Department of Energy (DOE). Scheduled to take its first observations in 2019, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument …

Universe

Venus may have supported life before Earth

Venus is a hellhole. Despite being much closer to Earth than Mars, its climate is off-the-charts insane, with average temperatures of 864 degrees F, crushing barometric pressure, and did I mention the volcanoes? It's hard to believe that as little as 750 million years ago, it may have had oceans of …

What Experts Wish You Knew about False Memories

Every memory you have ever had is chock-full of errors. I would even go as far as saying that memory is largely an illusion.<p>This is because our …

Psychology

The Madness Of Humanity Part 4: Science Vs. Religion

<i>This is the fourth in a series of essays concerning our collective future. The goal is to bring forth some of the main issues humanity faces today, as we move forward to uncertain times. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, we will consider two kinds of threats: those due to natural</i> …

Democratic National Convention

8 Brands That Will Transform Your Travel Wardrobe

When it comes to packing for vacation, it takes approximately 14 minutes (or the time you have before your Uber arrives to bring you to the airport) …

​Here's the truth about the 'Armageddon' asteroid

But despite what you might have read online, this <i>isn't</i> an asteroid on a collision path to destroy Earth, and NASA isn't sending a probe there to try to figure out how to stop it smashing into us.<p>In fact, despite multiple headlines claiming that this is an "Armageddon asteroid," Bennu's likelihood …