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A Five-Dimensional Black Hole Could 'Break' General Relativity, Say Physicists

Uh oh...<p>If you thought regular black holes were about as weird and mysterious as space gets, think again, because for the first time, physicists have …

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General relativity caught in action around black hole

<b>GENEVA</b> — An effect of general relativity that is barely measurable on Earth has been spotted in full force around a black hole.<p>Physicists detected …

Harvard Goes To The Himalayas – Monks With ‘Superhuman’ Abilities Show Scientists What We Can All Do

It’s fascinating to consider just how many ancient teachings tell us that humans have the capacity to gain extraordinary powers through various …

Scientists Witness Eye-Opening Effects Of ‘QI Energy’ On Plant DNA & Cellular Growth

Why does the title of this article emphasize that ‘truly impossible’ results were witnessed? Because providing an explanation for what happened here …

Why are so many smart people such idiots about philosophy?

There’s no doubt that Bill Nye “the Science Guy” is extremely intelligent. But it seems that, when it comes to philosophy, he’s completely in the dark. The beloved American science educator and TV personality posted a video last week where he responded to a question from a philosophy undergradabout …

What we learned about the brain this week: anxiety and motivation

Anxiety has many physiological side effects; increased heart rate, nausea, dizziness. Now a new study has added another side effect: changes in …

Scientists are finding out that some genes thought to be ‘essential’ for human health actually aren't

If they aren't able to code proteins properly, then we simply won't survive — or will be saddled with the symptoms of any number of serious diseases.<p>That's been the conventional thought. But geneticists are beginning to question that idea.<p>They're finding more and more people who are perfectly …

The 7-Step Evening Ritual That Will Make You Happy

Everybody talks about morning rituals to get the day started right. (Even I have.) But <i>ending</i> the day right can be even more important. Why?<p>Because …

Quantum paradox directly observed -- a milestone in quantum mechanics

In quantum mechanics, a vanguard of physics where science often merges into philosophy, much of our understanding is based on conjecture and …

How one woman made a ‘tricorder’ that could change medicine

Watch the video to learn about an intriguing invention that can probe your DNA’s deepest secrets.<p>When you get mysteriously ill, how do you diagnose what’s up? If you’re at home, you might have a thermometer to help identify your illness, but not much else. Even your general practice doctor is …

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Physicists Send Particles Of Light Into The Past, Proving Time Travel Is Possible?

I'm in!<p>Scientists from the University of Queensland, Australia, have used single particles of light (photons) to simulate quantum particles …

A New Way of Thinking About Spacetime That Turns Everything Inside Out

<i>One of the weirdest aspects of quantum mechanics is entanglement, because two entangled particles affecting each other across vast distances seems to</i> …

Surprise: The Third Most Common Element In The Universe Isn't What You Think

One of the most remarkable facts of existence is that every material we’ve ever touched, seen, or interacted with is made up of the same two things: atomic nuclei, which are positively charged, and electrons, which are negatively charged. The way these atoms interact with each other — the ways they …

The Smallest Galaxies In The Universe Have The Most Dark Matter

If you want to find dark matter, there’s one simple rule: you follow the mass. Indeed, if you look at the largest structures in the Universe — big galaxies, groups of galaxies, or even the most massive clusters — they all show the same thing: their internal motions are all too fast to be explained …

Beyond Cold: How the World Works at -459 Degrees

<i>This Behind the Scenes article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation.</i><p>Most of us would agree that 32°F, the …

Handle awkward date silences, end a conversation with a stranger – plus chat to your children, your parents and your boss. Our panel shares their secrets<p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they don’t always understand what we’re looking for when we ask them …

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Parallel Worlds Could Explain Wacky Quantum Physics

The idea that an infinite number of parallel worlds could exist alongside our own is hard to wrap the mind around, but a version of this so-called …

The Physical Limits to Genius

It is humbling to think that a honeybee, with its milligram-size brain, can perform tasks such as navigating mazes and landscapes on a par with …

What your brain activity can reveal about your attention span

<i>This article is published in collaboration with The Conversation.</i><p>During a 1959 television appearance, Jack Kerouac was asked how long it took him to …

To See Deep into Space, Start Deep Underground (Op-Ed)

<i>Constance Walter is the communications director for the Sanford Underground Research Facility. She explores the stars vicariously through the physics</i> …

One hundred years ago, as time is measured on Earth, Einstein published his theory of General Relativity. A short video and some links to mark the occasion<p>As well as being the 150th since Maxwell’s equations, this year, and in some senses today, the 25th November, is the centenary of Einstein’s …

Physics

How to Predict Your Future with One Question

The self-interview that could change the way you see your world<p>If you could ask a question of yourself, 20 years in the future, what would it be?<p>It sounds like one of those stupid party games, right? In the same ballpark as “which 10 albums would you take with you to a desert island?” It’s an …

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What Triggered the Big Bang? It's Complicated (Op-Ed)

<i>Paul Sutter is a visiting scholar at The Ohio State University's Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP). Sutter is also host of the</i> …

Infographic: How To Attain A Flat Belly

Gaining a flat belly can be a real struggle. Often, the difficulty is because of the belief we put in misconceptions. Here's how to get a flat belly.

Physicists set quantum record by using photons to carry messages from electrons almost 2 kilometers apart

Researchers from Stanford have advanced a long-standing problem in quantum physics – how to send "entangled" particles over long distances.

Indestructible Water Bears Have a Genome That Is Seriously Weird

Water bears, known to scientists as tardigrades, are famously adorable microscopic creatures who can survive anything: freezing, total dehydration, …

Biology

Will Our Descendants Survive the Destruction of the Universe?

Billions of years from now, the universe as we know it will cease to exist. The good news is, that gives us a lot of time to prepare, and maybe even …

The blind woman who switched personalities and could suddenly see

It had been more than a decade since “B.T.” had last seen anything.<p>After suffering a traumatic accident as a young woman, doctors diagnosed her with cortical blindness, caused by damage to the visual processing centers in her brain. So she got a seeing eye dog to guide her and grew accustomed to …

Psychology

The Latest Breakthrough In Understanding Diabetes Was Made By An Algorithm

Researchers now believe there are three different kinds of type 2 diabetes–a result discovered with help from machines combing through reams of medical data.<p>With the cost to sequence a human genome dropping by the day and medical records finally going digital, public health experts are excited for …