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Is Time Travel Possible, According To Science?

Have you ever dreamed of traveling through time? Not at the standard, “boring” rate that we normally do — at one second per second — but either:<p>faster, so that you wound up far into the future while remaining the same age,<br>• slower, so that you could accomplish much more than anyone else over the same …

Physics

23 Photos of Adorable Animal Brothers & Sisters

Babies and animals can be tricky subjects to photograph, so imagine the challenge of photographing baby animals. We have to hand it to the wildlife …

Cute

Ask Ethan: What's The Difference Between A Fermion And A Boson?

There are only two types of fundamental particle known in the entire Universe: fermions and bosons. Every particle — in addition to the normal properties you know like mass and electric charge — has an intrinsic amount of angular momentum to it, colloquially known as spin. Particles with spins that …

Physics

Mind-Blowing New Theory Connects Black Holes, Dark Matter, and Gravitational Waves

The past few years have been incredible for physics discoveries. Scientists spotted the Higgs boson, a particle they’d been hunting for almost 50 …

Discovery Of The Source Of World's Largest Methane Pool Is Anything But Good News

Methane, for the most part, isn’t a gas we’d like to find more of on Earth. Although it decays a lot faster in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, it …

Global Warming

The Real Reason America Used Nuclear Weapons Against Japan. It Was Not To End the War Or Save Lives.

But most of the top American military officials at the time said <i>otherwise</i>.<p>The U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey group, assigned by President Truman to …

“Moonlight” is the first LGBT movie to win best picture. Here’s why it matters

The Oscars have long recognized movies where LGBT people were props or tropes. “Moonlight” makes us human<p>Do you remember where you were when “Brokeback Mountain” lost in the best picture category? It was in 2006, my first year in college, and I was at a crowded Oscar party. When Jack Nicholson read …

Scientists sound the alarm on impending ‘major extinction event’

Biologists are gathering at the Vatican this week to discuss ways to stave off massive man-made extinction.<p>In June of 2016, a group of scientists …

Extinction

This New Metamaterial Is The First to Reach The Theoretical Limits of Stiffness

The most efficient foam in the known Universe.<p>Scientists have demonstrated that the design of their new 3D metamaterial is the first structure of its …

There's No Such Thing As A 'Habitable Super-Earth'

For a long time, we thought our Solar System was the template for the planets we’d find in the Universe. Inner, rocky worlds dominate the hottest part of the Solar System, with large, gaseous planets orbiting much farther out. The largest rocky planet was Earth; the smallest gas giant was Uranus; …

Science

Weird Life Found Trapped in Giant Underground Crystals

Boston, Massachusetts<p>Floating in pockets of fluid, the microbes are likely new to science and may be up to 50,000 years old, a NASA researcher says.<p>Creatures that thrive on iron, sulfur, and other chemicals have been found trapped inside giant crystals deep in a Mexican cave. The microbial …

Biology

What Is The Universe's Third Most Common Element?

In the earliest stages of the Universe, it was too hot to form neutral atoms or even atomic nuclei, as they’d immediately be blasted apart by a collision. By time the Universe had expanded and cooled enough that we could form stable nuclei, things were sparse enough that we wound up with 75% …

Universe

Distant black hole may disprove Einstein's theory of relativity

More than 26,000 light years away, deep within the heart of our galaxy, lies Sagittarius A* - four millions Suns' worth of unseen mass concentrated …

Astronomers Spot An Ancient, ‘Hyper-Starburst’ Galaxy

A team of astronomers has observed a galaxy from early days of the universe undergoing a tremendous burst of star formation. The galaxy, seen by …

A new report shows the hell LGBTQ kids go through in school

The report describes the school experience for LGBTQ kids as “walking through a hailstorm.”<p>There has been a lot of progress on LGBTQ issues over the past couple of decades, with the legalization of same-sex marriage, the spread of laws that legally protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, the …

When was the determination of the speed of light and how fast does light really travel?

The speed of light was determined 340 years ago today, and Google has marked the occasion with a Doodle.<p>Who figured out the speed of light?<p>Light speed was discovered in 1676 by a Danish astonomer called Ole Roemer.<p>But Roemer wasn't the first person to try and measure light's speed. Galileo set …

Einstein Could Easily Think In Four Dimensions, And It's A Skill Most People Can Train

<i>In an online lecture, a professor mentioned that Einstein could draw or imagine a 4-dimensional figure. How can one possibly do that? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Alon Amit, BSc in</b> …

Mathematics

Opening of Jesus Christ's tomb for first time in 500 years leads to new discovery

The tomb believed to be the place where Jesus was laid has been opened for the first time in centuries.<p>For decades, archaeologists and theologians …

Scientists blend photosynthesis and quantum physics to improve solar cells

Four physicists at the University of California, Riverside decided to blend photosynthesis and quantum physics to work towards greener solar cells. …

Quantum Physics

A space where mathematical ideas burst into life

Lessons in quadratic equations, long division and trigonometry have left generations of schoolchildren asking “when will I use this in real life?”, while others carry a fear of the subject as adults.<p>Now, the Science Museum in London is hoping to change that. On Thursday, a new permanent gallery …

Mathematics

Scientists Just Discovered There Are 'Bees' in The Oceans

Huh...<p>For the first time, researchers have found evidence that underwater ecosystems have pollinators that perform the same task as bees on land.<p>Just …