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Astronomers Just Zoomed Stunningly Close to The Event Horizon of Our Galaxy's Black Hole

Wowowowow.<p>Telescopes around the world have joined forces to try to provide us with our first photograph of a black hole. That's still a few months …

Black Holes

Royal wedding talk brings André Leon Tally to tears

André Leon Tally was brought to tears talking about the recent royal wedding.<p>The larger-than-life former Vogue editor-at-large “was in tears …

Royal Weddings

A Recent Hurricane Shot a Bolt of Antimatter Toward Earth

When you think of an alien world, you might think of a strange, stormy place with an inhospitable environment, frequent lightning strikes, and …

Weather

Weekend lie-ins could help you avoid an early death, study says

Many people complain they do not get enough sleep, and it seems they are right to be concerned. Researchers have found that adults under the age of 65 who get five or fewer hours of sleep for seven days a week have a higher risk of death than those who consistently get six or seven hours’ …

Sleep

The Standard Model of particle physics: The absolutely amazing theory of almost everything

The Standard Model. What dull name for the most accurate scientific theory known to human beings.<p>More than a quarter of the Nobel Prizes in physics …

Physics

One Impossible Michael Jackson Dance Move Is Still Mystifying Surgeons

As the King of Pop, Michael Jackson didn’t limit his showmanship to his incredible vocal range or bedazzled costumes. The man had an arsenal of …

Michael Jackson

Scientists Discover Giant Worms Invaded France Almost 20 Years Ago

Claims that giant worms were destroying gardens have finally been verified.<p>For almost twenty years, a specter has been haunting France: flatworms. After years ofd scattered claims, scientists have confirmed that the nation is indeed infested with hammerhead flatworms and has been for nearly two …

Biology

Something Is Sucking Iron Out of Earth's Crust, and Scientists Think They Know What

What makes the Red Planet red? The answer, as Sherlock Holmes might say, is elementary. And that element is iron.<p>The continental crust of Mars is so …

Earth Science

The Nuclear Battle Between the Earth and Sun

<i>Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI science center. Sutter is also host of Ask a Spaceman</i> …

Astronomy

Scientists find secret behind sweet sound of Stradivarius violins

The violins made by the Italian masters Andrea Amati and Antonio Stradivari are celebrated as the finest ever made, but the secret behind their perfect sound has mystified experts for centuries.<p>Now scientists in Taiwan believe they have hit on an answer. Using software normally reserved for speech …

Guitar

How a Pyramid Scheme Doomed the World’s Largest Amphibians

It turns out that the Chinese giant salamander is actually five different species—and they’re all probably facing extinction.<p>The world’s largest amphibian should have been easy to find.<p>While most salamanders are the size of your finger, Chinese giant salamanders can be as big as your entire body. …

Amphibians

Move Over, Telomeres: There's Another Cell Part That Might Predict Lifespan

You'll remember this one from biology class.<p>Knowing when you’re going to die is a fact best left unexplored. But for better or for worse, scientists …

Biology

Blood from umbilical cord may help fix your brain after a stroke

A healing balm for the brain? Infusions of umbilical cord blood seem to help people recover better after a stroke.<p>Strokes occur when blood can’t …

Medical Research

Here's how to tell if you're experiencing an 'introvert hangover'

• <b>Introverts and extroverts have different brain chemistry ways of functioning.</b>• <b><br>Introverts often need to take time out in an "introvert hangover."</b>• <b><br>This</b> …

Self-improvement

The Mystery of the ‘SpaceBees’ Just Got Even Weirder

As the government investigates an unauthorized satellite launch, amateur trackers are watching the skies for clues.<p>“Perfect timing!” Mike Coletta said when he answered the phone. I called him recently to ask about some satellites currently orbiting Earth. Just then, one of them was passing over his …

Space Exploration

Stephen Hawking's Graphic Novel Biography Shows How He Saw the World—and the Universe

If all you know about Stephen Hawking is that he was on <i>The Simpsons</i> and other TV shows, then a new graphic novel coming next year will be the perfect …

Physics

How YouTube's "Super Chat" System Is Pushing Video Creators Toward More Extreme Content

During one livestream, someone using the screen name National Socialist spent $100 to display the message “WHITE PRIDE WORLD WIDE!”<p><b>In late April</b>, the white nationalist Christopher Cantwell — commonly known as “the Crying Nazi” — made an appearance on a YouTube channel run by Andy Warski that boasts …

Internet

50 Celebrities Who Spoke Out Against President Trump

These celebs use their platform to criticize Trump's policies.<p>As Donald Trump's inflammatory statements and dubious politics continue to polarize the nation, these 50 celebs use their platform to speak out against Trump and his policies.

Donald Trump

Scientists transferred memories from one snail to another. Someday, they could do the same in humans.

You may not carry your house on your back or release sulphuric acid, but you’ve got a lot more in common with a sea snail than you may think. …

Biology

Image of Iapetus

N00153784.jpg was taken on 2010-05-12 15:14 (PDT) and received on Earth 2010-05-13 00:57 (PDT). The camera was pointing toward Iapetus, and the image …

Astronomy

‘When I think of Matt Damon, I think of gene editing’: scientists on their favourite sci-fi

Jan Zalasiewicz<p><b>Professor of Palaeobiology, University of Leicester</b><b><br>Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind</b><i><br>(Hayao Miyazaki, 1984)</i><p>When I reread the science fiction I loved as a kid – Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein – I’m usually disappointed. There are some wonderful plots but the books are kind of clunky. With …

Science Fiction

Net neutrality is weeks away from dying, and the first signs of change are already showing up at Netflix and other internet companies

Investors have a new risk factor to take into account when betting on tech companies — the end of net neutrality.<p>Dozens of tech companies, from internet video giant Netflix to online dating company Match, have begun sounding the alarm that the impending repeal of open internet rules could cause …

Net Neutrality

Time travelers invited to Stephen Hawking send-off

LONDON (Reuters) - Stephen Hawking's family have invited time travelers to his memorial service, seeking to tackle one of the curiosities that eluded the British physicist during his extraordinary life.<p>The world's most recognizable scientist died in March aged 76 after a lifetime spent probing the …

Westminster Abbey

10 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries About Planet Earth

From the water that covers most of it to the moon that orbits it, here are some bizarre things about our home planet that science still doesn't …

Earth Science

Volcanologist: Why Hawaii's volcano is in danger of going ballistic

<b>(CNN) —</b> Everyone has been looking at Kilauea volcano's lava flows. Sure, a wall of molten rock consuming a car is quite the sight. But as we all focus on the damage at Leilani Estates, we shouldn't forget that volcanoes are complex systems, where everything is connected. New warnings about flying …

Geology

This Asteroid Shouldn’t Be Where Astronomers Found It

At first the astronomers thought it was a mistake. They had found a carbon-covered asteroid floating among countless icy bodies far away in our solar system. The newly discovered space rock, which they named 2004 EW95, was something the scientists would have expected to have seen in the asteroid …

Astronomy

Is Earth the Only Planet With Tectonic Plates?

On Earth, plate tectonics build up mountains, set off tsunamis and form volcanoes. To paraphrase the late evolutionary biologist Theodosius …

Earth Science

These bricks are made out of desert sand but are as strong as concrete

After air and water, usable sand is the natural resource that we use the most of. It's what entire cities are made of and it's running out.<p>A group of …

Concrete

EA exec reveals PS4 still handily outselling Xbox One

Microsoft hasn’t disclosed sales numbers for its Xbox One console since 2015, but an EA executive let slip a solid data point for the publisher’s current install base — and it’s not hard to do the math and calculate the breakdown based on what he said. As <i>Variety</i> reports, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said …

Markets

China Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Crushes Presales Records

With nearly $50 million in presales and counting, the Marvel Disney juggernaut has already crushed the former all-time presales record for a …

Box Office