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A year before D-Day, Allied forces made their first thrust into the 'soft underbelly of Europe' — here's how Operation Husky played out

On April 30, 1943, a fisherman off the coast of Huelva, Spain, recovered the body of Maj. William Martin, a dead British soldier. Spanish authorities quickly buried the body, but his personal affects — including the briefcase handcuffed to the dead man's wrist — were turned over to the Germans.<p>For …

Military

An advanced civilization could resist the accelerating expansion of the universe - MIT Technology Review

When it comes to existential threats to humanity, some problems are more urgent than others. Disease, nuclear war, famine, asteroid impact: all have …

Universe

A tiny version of this physics toy is revealing quantum secrets

Scientists created a quantum Newton’s cradle to study thermal equilibrium.

Quantum Physics

NASA readies probe to touch the sun with 'cutting-edge heat shield'

For the first time in human history, we are going to "touch the sun".<p>As NASA prepares for an Aug. 4 launch, it has unveiled a "cutting-edge heat shield", installed on June 27, that will keep the spacecraft from being burnt to a crisp.<p>The probe's mission will take it within 4 million miles of the …

Johns Hopkins University

Milky Way still bears the 10-billion-year-old scars of a galactic collision

Galaxies collide with each other on a pretty regular basis. Our own Milky Way, for instance, has gobbled up dozens of smaller galaxies in the past, …

Universe

What Was It Like When The Universe Was Inflating?

Our Universe today is full of matter and radiation, and can be observed by us through a variety of means. Atoms have clumped and clustered together due to billions of years of gravitation. This has formed a great cosmic web on the largest scales, with clusters of galaxies, individual galaxies, …

Dark Matter

Dark Matter 'Test' Will Either Prove Its Existence or Modify Gravity

For something that supposedly takes up 80 percent of the total mass of the universe, we don’t know a whole lot about dark matter. Sometimes the …

Dark Matter

We Just Found The Missing Matter In The Universe, And Still Need Dark Matter

For over 40 years, scientists have argued over dark matter’s existence.<p>Big questions arose from the motions inside galaxies, clusters of galaxies, and along the cosmic web.<p>From their gravity, we can infer the total mass in the Universe.<p>Yet multiple sources indicate that only 15% of that mass can be …

Dark Matter

Three of The World's Greatest Minds Just Published a New Take on The Famous Fermi Paradox

Oof.<p>The Fermi Paradox remains a stumbling block when it comes to the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI).<p>Named in honor of the famed …

Oxford University

Physicists Just Found the Last Missing Protons and Neutrons In the Universe

The universe's missing matter has been found, and it's floating between the stars.<p>Researchers who study the ancient history of the universe know how …

Universe

The Mysterious ‘Jumping Gene’ That Appears 500,000 Times in Human DNA

Its segments make up 17 percent of our genome, but scientists are only just starting to understand what it does.<p>For years, Miguel Ramalho-Santos tried to convince researchers in his lab to study a segment of DNA he personally thought was quite extraordinary: LINE1. It’s repeated half a million …

Biology

Mysterious neutrino surplus hints at the existence of new particles

Neutrinos show up in greater numbers than expected in an experiment, possibly bolstering the idea of a fourth type of the particle.

Mystery Objects Spotted Near The Heart Of Our Galaxy Deepen The Puzzle Of Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

Researchers find three more 'G-objects' near the Milky Way galactic center, which they believe could be massive stars cloaked in a veil of galactic …

The LHC Has Detected The Higgs Boson Again, This Time With a Massive Twist

Whoa.<p>Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider have made a major new detection of the famous Higgs boson, this time catching details on a rare …

These photos show how America almost went to war with Mexico during WWI

Pancho Villa launched attacks north of the border and there was little the U.S. could do<p>As spring gave way to summer in 1916, the world was on fire. …

Diamond 'guitar' strings could lead to quantum computer memory

Quantum computers need memory to perform tasks like their conventional counterparts, but it's hard to create that memory when it only takes nearby vibrating atoms to lose all their data. Scientists may have a clever solution, though: tune diamond like a guitar string. They've crafted a quantum …

How can you tell if a quantum memory is really quantum?

Quantum memories are devices that can store quantum information for a later time, which are usually implemented by storing and re-emitting photons …

Death of Hitler: How the world found out from the BBC

<b>It was late in the evening on 1 May 1945 and Karl Lehmann was working at his desk on the outskirts of Reading, 40 miles (65km) to the west of London.</b><p>Soviet forces were closing in on Berlin and the war with Germany had reached its final stages.<p>The 24-year-old was monitoring German state radio when …

There's a Strange New Theory For Those Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts in Space

No, still not aliens.<p>Fast Radio Bursts (FBRs) have fascinated astronomers ever since the first one was detected in 2007. This event was named the …

IBM warns of instant breaking of encryption by quantum computers: 'Move your data today'

Welcome to the future transparency of today as quantum computers reveal all currently encrypted secrets -- a viable scenario within just a few …

Can a quantum drum vibrate and stand still at the same time?

Researchers have studied how a 'drumstick' made of light could make a microscopic 'drum' vibrate and stand still at the same time.<p>A team of …

Mathematicians Disprove Conjecture Made to Save Black Holes

Mathematicians have disproved the strong cosmic censorship conjecture. Their work answers one of the most important questions in the study of general …

A New Spin on the Quantum Brain

A new theory explains how fragile quantum states may be able to exist for hours or even days in our warm, wet brain. Experiments should soon test the …

Quantum Physics

The Results of a 100,000-Person Quantum Experiment Seem To Violate Einstein’s Theory of Local Realism

The largest participatory experiment in quantum physics is helping physicists better understand the nature of reality by eliminating free will from the equation.<p>When you close your eyes, you don’t assume that the world is no longer there simply because you can’t see it. Similarly, everything we …

round-up | Hawking’s radical instant-universe-as-hologram theory and the scary future of information warfare | Kurzweil

A timeline of the Universe based on the cosmic inflation theory (credit: WMAP science team/NASA)<p><b>Stephen Hawking’s final cosmology theory says the</b> …

Deletion of single enzyme stops mice getting fat, no matter the diet

A compelling study from a team of researchers at the University of Copenhagen has demonstrated a way to completely stop a body's ability to store …

Bye, black holes: white holes are even weirder

If there is a phenomenon out there that is actually more bizarre than black holes, it has to be white holes. Black holes can’t say that they might be …

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.<p>The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first …

Pollution

Nuclear scientists at CERN discover color of antimatter, hope to learn much more

For the first time in history, researchers at CERN have been able to examine the spectral structure of an antimatter antihydrogen atom in full …

Newly-discovered human organ may help explain how cancer spreads

A newly discovered network of fluid-filled channels in the human body may be a previously-unknown organ, and it seems to help transport cancer cells …