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Largest Known Ancient Megalith Discovered—Who Really Made It?

Baalbek is an ancient complex of temples located at an altitude of approximately 3,800 feet (1,150 meters), at the foot of the Anti-Lebanon mountain …

Archaeology

Alien Life on Mars? NASA Rover Spots Methane, a Possible Sign of Microbes

Unexpected geology, or perhaps even alien life, may explain intriguing gas plumes.<p>SAN FRANCISCO—NASA's Curiosity rover team reported on Tuesday surprising spikes in methane gas, raising the possibility of microbial alien life on the red planet.<p>On Earth, most methane, better known as natural gas, is …

How Information Theory Unifies Quantum Mechanics

A new framework ties together wave-particle duality and quantum uncertainty with bits.<p>Two parallel mysteries of quantum mechanics, so-called wave-particle duality and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, are in reality one and the same. This is according to a new framework developed by physicists …

How To Sell A Nanotechnology Revolution

Last week, Baltimore-based nanotech firm Pixelligent Technologies closed a funding round of $5.5 million to continue its development and growth. This marks a total of $23 million in equity funding the firm has raised to date, plus another $10 million it’s received in the form of government grants …

'Cosmogology' Blends Art, Astrophysics, and Myth into Science Fictional Wonder

French artist Vincent Broquiare crafts science-fiction without words.<p>French artist Vincent Broquiare is known for his humorous and minimal small-scale art that manifests as pen and paper illustrations, books, animated videos, and installations. Through these various media, he explores the …

New Doubt About Dark Matter

Tantalizing ‘signals’ from a handful of recent high-energy searches for dark matter are more likely the product of conventional astrophysics than the first tentative detections of the universe’s missing mass, say skeptical astrophysicists.<p>“A decade ago, no [one] would make these claims without …