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Xbox Ultimate Game Sale kicks off tomorrow with more than 250 cheap games

It's the start of the month again so what better way to celebrate having money than spending all of it on Xbox games? Xbox's Ultimate Game Sale …

Why does E=mc^2?

Einstein’s most famous equation didn’t have to be this way, but it is, all the same.<p><i>“Science is global. Einstein’s equation, E=mc^2, has to reach</i> …

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Earth - The strange fate of a person falling into a black hole

<i>This was the most-read story on BBC Earth in 2015. Here is another chance to read it.</i><p>It could happen to anyone. Maybe you're out trying to find a new habitable planet for the human race, or maybe you're just on a long walk and you slip. Whatever the circumstances, at some point we all find …

What Do Black Holes Sound Like?

Janna Levin, professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College and author of <i>Black Hole Blues</i>, describes the noise that black holes make this way: “You could say black holes are playing drums out there. Space-time is the drum, and black holes are the mallets.” The collision of two black holes, …

10 Mind-Blowing Scientific Facts About Black Holes

Need to know!<p>Black holes are the only objects in the Universe that can trap light by sheer gravitational force. Scientists believe they are formed …

Which Elements Will Never Be Made By Our Sun?

The periodic table offers up so many possibilities, but some things are off-limits in our Solar System.<p><i>“There’s no god, it’s the elements that</i> …

Physicists Just Discovered a Totally New Form of Light

Science, always keeping us on our toes.<p>Physicists have just discovered a new form of light that doesn't follow our existing rules of angular …

If photons have zero mass, why do they feel the effects of gravity? (Advanced)

<i>We know that black holes exert a gravitational force on the objects. How can a massless photon go into black hole and not escape from it? The</i> …

What we would actually do to stop a 'doomsday’ asteroid

Lumps of rock flying through space could cause catastrophic damage to our planet. What could we do if we found one on a collision course?<p>Imagine the day observatories confirm that an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth; space-faring nations agree we need to stop it. What happens next …

Man seeks restraining order against God

An Israeli man has petitioned for a restraining order against God, claiming the almighty has been particularly unkind to him over the years and that …

9 hidden Xbox One features only power users know about

The Xbox One is an incredible gaming console with the capability to do all sorts of cool things, but unless you have your finger on the pulse of the latest Xbox news, you might be missing out on a few of its best features. Here are nine especially great features of the Xbox One that you may not …

Earth - The real reasons nothing can ever go faster than light

It was September 2011 and physicist Antonio Ereditato had just shocked the world.<p>The announcement he had made promised to overturn our understanding of the Universe. If the data gathered by 160 scientists working on the OPERA project were correct, the unthinkable had been observed.<p>Particles – in …

Why Does Gravity Move At The Speed Of Light?

If you looked out at the Sun across the 93 million miles of space that separate our world from our nearest star, the light you’re seeing isn’t from the Sun as it is right now, but rather as it was some 8 minutes and 20 seconds ago. This is because as fast as light is — moving at the speed of light …

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