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Mountains of Dust in the Carina Nebula

It's stars versus dust in the Carina Nebula and the stars are winning.

Cosmology

99-million-year-old bird found preserved in amber stuns scientists

Archeologists have just discovered a nearly complete bird, encased in fossilized tree sap, that has remained intact for almost 100 million years. The …

Dinosaurs

New Research Shows This Beetle Fungus Is Definitely The STI From Hell

Just waiting for a mate.<p>Here's a small word of advice; if you happen to be an adult beetle on the lookout for a date, you might want to start with a …

Insects

"Breeding" Schrödinger's Cat Could Unlock the Boundary Between the Quantum and Classical Worlds

Here's a sentence that's just as exciting as it is nonsensical: physicists are figuring out how to "breed" larger versions of Schrödinger's cat. …

Quantum Mechanics

How Close Would a Supernova Have to Be to Kill Us All?

New research suggests that exploding stars may still be deadly twice as far away as previously thought.<p>If you're looking for the deadliest explosion in the universe, a supernova is a good place to start. A supernova can form an incredibly beautiful nebula, but the intense radiation emitted by these …

Previously Undetectable DNA Could Be Responsible for Brain Disorders

No Two Neurons Alike<p>Despite intensified searches for the genetic roots of a range of neurological disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia, …

Neuroscience

What is quantum entanglement? Part 3: Entanglement, at last

<i>This is part 3 in a lengthy series of posts attempting to explain the idea of quantum entanglement to a non-physics audience. Part 1 can be read</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

The Way You Live Will Change Your Brain (for Better or Worse), According to a Stanford Professor | Inc.com

If you think about your brain at all, you probably think of it as a well-developed organ that, by the time you're in your 20s at least, has matured into whatever it will be for the rest of your life. But that's not true at all. In his new book, <i>Behave: The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst</i>, …

The Brain

Volcano appears to be erupting into the Milky Way in this stunning photo

Dutch photographer Albert Dros, 31, visited Guatemala earlier this year where, after careful planning, he captured this stunning photo of the Fuego Volcano in mid eruption.<p>Rather than just capturing the volcano erupting, Albert wanted to align the eruption with the Milky Way - and to capture his …

NASA designs an inflatable greenhouse for Mars

Modeled after biological systems on Earth<p>NASA has long been interested in air quality. They’ve tested the air-cleaning and oxygen-producing capabilities of plants for decades, and now researchers at the University of Arizona are backing up biology with a bit of futuristic plant-growing …

University of Arizona

Astronaut snaps unreal sunset spacecraft photo

A cargo ship on approach to the space station stars in a gorgeous sunset image that looks like a sci-fi movie still.<p>The Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on a routine resupply mission on Saturday, but a spectacular image of its approach is anything but …

Space Exploration

Mystery behind the Antarctic’s ‘Blood Falls’ solved after more than 100 years

<b>It has baffled scientists since it was discovered more than a century ago, but now experts think they have finally found the cause of the Antarctic’s</b> …

Antarctica's Blood Falls mapped and analyzed a century after discovery

One of the weirdest places in Antarctica is Blood Falls, a five-story cascade of blood-red liquid pouring from Taylor Glacier. Researchers finally …

Antarctica

New image of James Webb Space Telescope shows its mirrors in brilliant display

Now that spring has arrived, NASA has released a new image of the largest and most expensive space telescope in history — and, in our eyes, it’s the …

Chernobyl disaster 31 years on: haunting images from then and now

April 26th marks 31 years since the Chernobyl disaster - the worst nuclear explosion in history. Homes and buildings were abandoned by families as they fled, and over 30 years later they still remain untouched.

Why a group of scientists think we need another mission to Pluto

New Horizons: Part 2?<p>In the summer of 2015, a tiny NASA spacecraft called New Horizons zoomed by Pluto, giving us our first ever up-close look at this tiny world at the edge of the Solar System. But many are starting to think that flying by Pluto just once was not enough. A group of scientists …

Solar System

Nintendo-themed Happy Meal toys are back at McDonald's, like it's the '90s again

Finally: a reason to buy a McDonald's Happy Meal as an adult.<p>McDonald's and Nintendo are partnering on a throwback sure to please both today's kids and those of the '90s: Happy Meals sold in the US between April 26 and May 22 come with one of eight totally rad Nintendo toys.<p>Here's the whole …

Retrogaming

Diane Lane Brings Her Beautiful Daughter as Her Date to the Tribeca Film Festival

Diane Lane had a special guest when she attended the premiere of <b>Paris Can Wait</b> at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday: her daughter, Eleanor Lambert. The two cuddled up for a few sweet photos as they walked the red carpet together. Not only is their resemblance uncanny, but we can't get over how …

'Space hamburger' spotted in astronomical first

A newborn star buried deep inside the Orion Nebula is feeding on a giant, dusty "space hamburger," researchers have discovered.<p>This astronomical sandwich is actually an accretion disk, or a cloud of gas and dust that rotates around a central point — in this case, a young protostar. Astronomers have …

Swedish scientists discover world's oldest fungus in lava rocks found in South Africa - Firstpost

<b>London:</b> Scientists have discovered what may be the world's oldest fungus in South African rocks dating back 2.4 billion years.<p>How do you go about …

South Africa

How viruses beat a superbug

In the end, it was viruses, not an antibiotic, that saved Tom Patterson’s life after a superbug infection he suffered in Egypt left him …

Medicine

NASA’s Juno Space Probe Sends Back Stunning Images of Jupiter

Traveling 1.74 billion miles over 5 years, NASA's Juno space probe entered Jupiter's polar orbit on July 5, 2016. Set to explore the Solar System's largest planet until 2018, the Juno probe will provide valuable information previously unavailable to scientists.<p>Why study Jupiter? Being the largest …

Astronomy

Why Cinnamon Is Insanely Good for You

Scientists have long suspected that cinnamon can help prevent blood-sugar spikes and protect against insulin resistance, a risk factor for diabetes. …

Diabetes

Octopuses Can Edit Their Own Genes, So The Revolution Is Probably Coming

You may not know what coleoid cephalopods are, but you've definitely seen them in viral videos. They include octopuses, which can open jars from the …

New York Times

The Cassini spacecraft’s dive in between Saturn’s rings, explained

The spacecraft begins its “grand finale” before crashing into the gas giant later this year.<p>The Cassini spacecraft is going where no ship has gone before: On Wednesday, it begins a series of dives into the space between Saturn and its magnificent rings. The maneuver — a series of 22 orbits that …

Astronomy

How leaked NSA spy tools created a hacking free-for-all

Hackers have compromised thousands of computers around the world with a government-grade spy tool.<p>A backdoor published in a trove of leaked NSA hacking tools is being loaded onto vulnerable Windows computers. The attacks demonstrate what happens when people fail to regularly update their …

Hacking

Scans unlock the million-year-old secret of what lies beneath Antarctica's Blood Falls

Researchers have solved another piece of the puzzle of the blood-red water at a famous site in Antarctica.<p>The colour of the so-called Blood Falls …

National Science Foundation

Astronomers detect dozens of new quasars and galaxies

(Phys.org)—A team of astronomers led by Yoshiki Matsuoka of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) has detected a treasure trove of …

Cosmology

Illuminating new series 'Genius' examines Albert Einstein's beautiful mind and extracurricular love life

Physics geeks rejoice. Albert Einstein has his own drama series.<p>Everyone else? Pay attention, because you may learn something.<p>Einstein gets the biopic treatment in "Genius," National Geographic's first scripted drama. In 10 hour-long episodes, the beautifully shot and written series goes beyond …

27 of Hubble's Best Photos for Its 27th Birthday

Hubble turns 27 today. Here's a look back at some of its most noteworthy accomplishments.<p>Hubble turns 27 today. Here's a look back at some of its most noteworthy accomplishments.