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Astronomers solve mystery of the universe’s missing stars

For more than a decade scientists have been at a loss to explain why there are fewer stars than they predicted<p>There are not enough stars in the universe and now astronomers think they know why.<p>Using the Hubble space telescope, they have discovered a distant galaxy in which star formation is itself …

One paper by Nobel Prize winner Jean Tirole that every internet user should know

Jean Tirole, the French economist who won the Nobel Prize today, is known for the breadth and scope of his work across a number of fields. The Royal Swedish Academy specifically cited his work on competition and anti-trust issues as prizeworthy.<p>But I think many people will be most interested in his …

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Black Holes

They're thought to be what anchors galaxies — some of the largest objects in the universe.<p>And what happens past their event horizon, also known as the point of no return, can only be speculation since we will never get a chance to see it with our own eyes and live to tell the tale.<p>Despite decades …

Stephen Hawking

Why It's Awesome These Scientists Failed To Replicate Their Research

Sarah Brown-Schmidt and Sid Horton published results damaging their earlier work. And their peers are praising them for it.<p>Science chases progress. Researchers live under pressure from grant agencies, their peers, and the public to produce exciting results. New finds make headlines; checking old …

Scientists Explain Why Nobody Puts Cheddar on Pizza

Research confirms what margherita lovers already know: The perfect cheese is bendy, bubbly, and capable of getting brown. (In other words, mozzarella.)<p>Here is what happens, chemically, when you bake a pizza. (Warning: The following description will be ever-so-slightly disgusting.)<p>The water …

New View Suggests Big Bang Inflation Claims Are Just Dust

Newly released observations from the European Space Agency's Planck satellite have dealt a heavy blow to purported evidence of the universe's post-Big Bang growth spurt. Back in March, the scientists behind the South Pole Telescope campaign — known as Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic …

Telescopes

An All-Liquid Battery For Storing Solar And Wind Energy

Making alternative energy cheaper and more reliable<p>You could call it a rainy-day fund. A team of MIT researchers has built an all-liquid battery prototype that's designed to store excess energy from solar and wind power plants. When the sun isn't shining, or the wind isn't blowing, future versions …

Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples

HIV is sexist.<p>A woman is twice as likely to catch the virus from an infected partner in a heterosexual relationship than a man is.<p>And homosexual men are at even greater risk. They're more than 20 times as likely to get infected from an HIV-positive partner than partners in a heterosexual …

In Alpine villages, Hobbits lurk

With jagged peaks, glacial grottoes and fertile dells of wildflowers, it was Switzerland’s epic landscape – not New Zealand – that inspired JRR Tolkien.<p>No one will believe you are going to Middle Earth. Most visitors arrive in Zurich ready to shop on Bahnhofstrasse and sightsee in the Niederdorf …

Literature

Scientists Track a Great White Shark Across the Atlantic for the First Time

Tagged off Florida, the mature female is now closing in on the U.K.'s Cornish coast.<p>Ever since researchers tagged a great white shark nicknamed Lydia off Jacksonville, Florida, in March 2013, they've been keeping a close eye on her. Their vigilance was rewarded this past weekend when the 14-foot …

La Jolla

101 Cycling Tips to Completely Transform Your Bike Life

Ride better, get stronger, be happier, go faster, look nicer, stay safer, get fitter, smile wider, and lots more<p>Want to be a better cyclist? Just ride. Every time you turn the pedals, you naturally improve a little. Of course, one well-placed tip, trick, or nugget of wisdom can help you achieve …

Indonesia Announces World’s Largest Sanctuary for Manta Rays

Changing Planet<p>In this Oct. 18, 2011 photo, a manta ray swims off Raja Ampat islands, Indonesia. Photograph by Herman Harsoyo, AP<p>One of the world’s largest fishes gets a super-size sanctuary thanks to a decision by the Indonesian government to ban fishing for manta rays within the country’s …

Scuba Diving

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Amazing photo of eagle vs. deer

An amazing photo from the Russian Far East shows predation of sika deer by a golden eagle.<p>A camera trap set out for endangered Siberian (Amur) tigers …

Wildlife

Just A Cat, Dressed As A Shark, Riding A Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

You'll be glad you watched this.<p>Delightful. Watch the clip in full.

27 Amazingly Easy One-Bowl Desserts

When baking can be this simple, why would you ever mess with multiple bowls?