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The Cosmic Accident of Life: Alan Lightman on Dark Energy, the Multiverse, and Why We Exist

Questions like why our world exists and what nothing is have occupied minds great and ordinary since the dawn of humanity, and yet for all our scientific progress, they continue to do so, yielding only hypotheses rather than concrete answers. But there is something immutably heartening in the …

Yikes! This cloud on Saturn's moon Titan is made of icy poison

A strange cloud that NASA's Cassini spacecraft spotted on Saturn's moon Titan two years ago appears to be made of icy hydrogen cyanide, a poison that on Earth has been used to kill everything from rats to whales.<p>The toxic cloud, described in the journal Nature, defies expectations for where and how …

New Map Locates Milky Way in Neighborhood of 100,000 Galaxies

Astronomers have defined a huge group of galaxies called a supercluster, now named Laniakea, with the Milky Way on its fringes.<p>A new map of the Milky Way's cosmic neighborhood shows where our galaxy lives in relation to thousands of others nearby, with scientists giving the newly discovered …

Galactic supercluster identified as home to our Milky Way

A new study has revealed that our Milky Way is a member of a group of local galaxies interconnected within a larger supercluster made up of a myriad …

A Mission Back In Time

Rosetta is on a journey to unlock the history of the solar system.<p>After 10 years of circuitous travel, <i>Rosetta</i> has begun to edge toward the icy, black core of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In August, it will become the first spacecraft to orbit a comet’s nucleus and, shortly after, the first to …

Is our universe a bubble?

The multiverse hypothesis – the idea that there are other universes – can be tested, scientists say.<p>Never mind the big bang; in the beginning was the …

Black Holes May Explode Into 'White Holes' And Pour All Their Matter Into Space, Physicists Say

Black holes might end their lives by transforming into their exact opposite — 'white holes' that explosively pour all the material they ever swallowed into space, say two physicists. The suggestion, based on a speculative quantum theory of gravity, could solve a long-standing conundrum about …

Q&A: The First-Ever Expedition to Turkmenistan's "Door to Hell"

Explorer George Kourounis describes his descent into a fiery, gas-fueled crater.<p>More than four decades ago, a gaping, fiery crater opened up in the desert of northern Turkmenistan (map), likely the result of a drilling mishap.<p>The Darvaza Crater, more commonly known as the Door to Hell, still burns …

A Giant, Mysterious Hole Has Opened up at the ‘End of the World’ in Siberia — and It’s Left Scientists Baffled

A helicopter spotted a large mysterious hole in Siberia Tuesday — and it’s left scientists largely perplexed thus far.<p><i>— Scroll down for video —</i><p>A massive hole has opened up at the “end of the world” and baffled scientists. (Image source: Screen grab via YouTube)<p>The massive hole, about 260 feet wide, …

Should the Higgs boson have caused our universe to collapse?

British cosmologists have concluded that the universe should not have lasted for more than a second after the Big Bang.<p>British cosmologists are …

Higgs Boson Seems To Prove That The Universe Doesn't Exist

None of us should be here. In fact, the whole world, the stars and the galaxies shouldn’t be here either. According to a new cosmological study, our whole Universe should have blinked out of existence an instant after it was first created.<p>Research from British cosmologists at King’s College London …

Astronomers Detect An X-ray Signal That Hints At Dark Matter

Astronomers at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have detected a mysterious X-ray signal coming from Perseus galaxy cluster. Although the signal still requires more investigation, there’s a possibility that it represents a concrete discovery of a form of dark matter.<p>Dark matter is still something of …

Cold dead star may be a giant diamond

Astronomers aren't being poetic when they say this star is a diamond.<p>Scientists have identified what is possibly the coldest white dwarf ever detected. In fact, this dim stellar corpse is so cold that its carbon has crystallized, effectively forming a diamond the size of Earth, astronomers …

More Scrutiny? Major Big Bang Discovery Study Published

A celebrated and controversial astrophysics discovery is about to receive even more scrutiny.<p>In March, a team of astronomers announced that they had …

Higgs particle linked to matter, not just force, particles

<i>Posted on behalf of Alexandra Witze.</i><p>COPENHAGEN — Physicists working at CERN, the European particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland, have snared …

Scientists Spy 'Magic Island' On Titan, Saturn's Strangest Moon

As if Titan, the Saturnian moon with mountains, dunes, rivers and lakes made of flammable hydrocarbons, wasn’t weird enough, now researchers have spotted an “island” in the middle of its second-largest lake that seems to appear and disappear.<p>Rather than an island of magic or any other sort, the …

Mystery object in lake on Saturn's moon Titan intrigues scientists

Scientists are investigating a mystery object that appeared and then vanished again from a giant lake on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.<p>They spotted the object in an image taken by Nasa's Cassini probe last year as it swung around the alien moon, more than a billion kilometres from Earth. …

Waves Discovered on Saturn’s Moon Titan?

Wildlife<p><b>Surfers rejoice! Fresh waves are still out there to conquer—on Saturn’s moon Titan. There, astronomers report a first sighting of waves rolling on an alien sea.</b><p>Using its cloud-penetrating radar, the international Cassini spacecraft team mapped the frigid surface of Titan, the ringed …

Is Seawater the Next Big Fuel Source?

In April, the Navy announced a breakthrough in transforming seawater, the earth's most abundant natural resource, to fuel. Researchers used it to fly a model jet powered with an internal combustion engine like its full-sized counterparts. What are the implications of such a technology in a world …

Revealed: The new electric Harley

I was awoken this morning by an email from Harley-Davidson. The company said, in part, that it wanted to "alleviate your fears."<p>Yesterday, you see, I had received wind that the company was about to launch its first-ever electric motorcycle. I was concerned for the future of America -- the real …

Motorcycles

Peugeot RCZ R: car review

<b>Price £31,995</b><b><br>MPG 44.8</b><b><br>Top speed 155mph</b><p>The Peugeot RCZ R is a small car that goes very fast. With its pronounced wheel arches, star-centred alloys and exuberant twin exhausts it wouldn't look out of place in a Hot Wheels toy box. It's an Audi TT for show-offs. And it really is quick, too. In fact, it …

Details leak out on HTC's 'Nexus 9' Android tablet

HTC may finally get a chance to build a Nexus device for Google.<p>Details on HTC’s new “Volantis” — an 8.9-inch Android powerhouse tablet — have just emerged, pegging it as the next big Nexus tablet, Android Police reports.<p>The site claims the tablet is being called the Nexus 9 internally at Google, …

5 Applications For Graphene, The 'Wonder Material,' That Could Change The Way We Live

Graphene, the pure carbon material that's just one atom thick and nearly transparent when laid out in sheets, manages to be roughly 200 times stronger than steel, even though it's 60,000 times thinner than Saran Wrap.<p>Graphene is also an excellent conductor of energy, can be synthesized from unique …

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Exynos 5433 and Snapdragon 805 Variants Spotted in Benchmarks

Two variants of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 powered by different processors have showed up in the AnTuTu benchmarks revealing hardware specifications …

Apple iWatch Will Compete With Google And Samsung Smartwatches In An Already Tough Market

Apple Inc. is getting ready to join Google Inc., Samsung Electronics Co.and a number of startups by unveiling several versions of its smartwatch -- …

What God does to your brain

The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an age-old question: why do we believe?<p>When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunch <b>atheist,</b> while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery. “Compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan …

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Earth may have underground 'ocean' three times that on surface

After decades of searching scientists have discovered that a vast reservoir of water, enough to fill the Earth’s oceans three times over, may be trapped hundreds of miles beneath the surface, potentially transforming our understanding of how the planet was formed.<p>The water is locked up in a mineral …

Can We Protect Mars Explorers From Deadly Cosmic Radiation?

As NASA eyes on a manned mission to Mars, Peter Guida—a medical scientist at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory in Brookhaven, N.Y.—is trying to tackle one of the biggest obstacles: hazardous radiation in space. He tells PopMech what cosmic radiation is and how we can protect astronauts against it.<p>…