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How Your Embryo Knew What To Do - Issue 30: Identity

This was the moment Hilde Proescholdt had been waiting for. Peering through her bench-top microscope in 1921, she beheld the soft mass of a …

To See Deep into Space, Start Deep Underground (Op-Ed)

<i>Constance Walter is the communications director for the Sanford Underground Research Facility. She explores the stars vicariously through the physics</i> …

Dark Matter

Don't stop me now! Superluminal travel in Einstein's universe

The story of the drawn-out development of Albert Einstein’s revolutionary rewrite of the laws of gravity has been told many times, but over the past …

Physics

This Neptune-Sized Exoplanet Has A Blue Sky Like Earth

Astronomers can learn a lot about a planet using very little. In this specific case, a team of researchers was able to find out that the sky of an …

China joins hunt for extra-terrestrials with FAST - the world's biggest-ever telescope

The massive structure will allow scientists to gather signals from tens of billions of light years away when it is completed in 2016<p>China is in the final stages of building the world's largest-ever radio telescope, which will give Beijing a leading role in space research and the hunt for …

Jupiter Solar Spinning Globe

Space exploration<p>4 1/2" diameter Jupiter.<br>• Rotation powered by low-light solar cells.<br>• Mesmerizing to watch.<p>We've never understood executives who keep …

Astronomy

The Strangest Black Holes in the Universe

Photo Credit: Alain R. | Wikimedia Commons<p>Slide 1 of 22<p>Introduction<p>Black holes are gigantic cosmic monsters, exotic objects whose gravity is so …

Black Holes

A strong tug might have pulled the moon to its inclined orbit

Researchers have created a new model that could explain the 'lunar inclination problem' with gravity.<p>The moon’s orbital plane, its path around the …