Aaron River

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Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First Time

Seeing is believing<p>Scientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave—Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have …

Genetic Geometry Takes Shape

Inside the cell’s nucleus, the double helix folds up in myriad loops and twists. The quest to unravel this structure is revealing the subtle genetic …

Genetics

Chasing The Mystery Of Spacetime's Local 'Bulk Flow'

For decades, the root cause of our Milky Way galaxy’s “bulk flow” in the direction of the Centaurus and Hydra constellations has retained an air of mystery. Our own star’s motion through the Milky Way is relatively well understood. But a full understanding of the exact forces driving our Local …

Universe

A Black Mississippi Judge's Breathtaking Speech To 3 White Murderers

<i>Here's an astonishing speech by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, who in 2010 became the second African-American appointed as federal judge in Mississippi. He read it to three young white men before sentencing them for the death of a 48-year-old black man named James Craig Anderson in a parking</i> …

Black History

What if the universe had no beginning?

Reports of the death of the Big Bang have been greatly exaggerated. Big Bang theory is alive and well. At the same time, our universe may not have a …

Loss of Planetary Tilt Could Doom Alien Life

Although winter now grips much of the Northern Hemisphere, those who dislike the cold weather can rest assured that warmer months shall return. This …

'CRISPR' science: Newer genome editing tool shows promise in engineering human stem cells

A powerful "genome editing" technology known as CRISPR has been used by researchers since 2012 to trim, disrupt, replace or add to sequences of an …

Genetics

Record-breaking flare from Milky Way’s black hole detected by NASA's Chandra project

Chandra observations of the Perseus and Virgo galaxy clusters suggest turbulence may be preventing hot gas there from cooling, addressing a …

Black Holes

Entanglement Makes Quantum Particles Measurably Heavier, Says Quantum Theorist

The discovery is a long sought-after link between the theories of quantum mechanics and general relativity<p>The two towering achievements of 20th …

Quantum Mechanics

“Shadowy” anti-net neutrality group flooded FCC with comments [Updated] | Ars Technica

Form letter campaign makes it appear Americans don't support net neutrality.<p>"A shadowy organization with ties to the Koch Brothers" spearheaded an …

Healthcare is Killing Fat People

In Devon (UK), people who are classed as “morbidly obese” and higher (a BMI of 35+) will be denied any and all routine surgery until they lose 5% of …

Saturn's Moon Enceladus Spreads its Influence

Water vapor and ice erupt from Saturn's moon Enceladus, the source of a newly discovered donut-shaped cloud around Saturn. Image credit: …

Astronomy

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

Quantum Mechanics

Professor Stephen Hawking is using SwiftKey technology to communicate easier and faster

SwiftKey, well known for a popular iOS keyboard, has recently announced that its technology is being used by world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking …

Thirteen Year Old Girl Refuses Weigh In

Reader Laney e-mailed me this story: when she was called in front of her class to be weighed, Ireland Hobart Hoch decided to be brave, and said no. …

Why We Yawn

The human body exhibits many unusual behaviors, and foremost among them might be the yawn. An involuntary reflex that serves no clear purpose, …

Neurology

New Twist Found in the Story of Life’s Start

All life on Earth is made of molecules that twist in the same direction. New research reveals that this may not always have been so.<p>For 30 years, …

La Jolla

CERN's Higgs Discovery As Portal To New 'Technicolor' Physics

CERN’s historic discovery of the elusive Higgs boson — the subatomic particle thought to be at the root of what gives normal matter its mass — may actually represent only a portion of a more complicated and heretofore unexplored particle physics paradigm, say researchers.<p>After new analysis of the …

cos(b) says, "The kids today need to learn their mathematics, ya see!"

Multiverse Collisions May Dot the Sky

Early in cosmic history, our universe may have bumped into another — a primordial clash that could have left traces in the Big Bang’s afterglow.

Dark Matter

This "Yoncé" Parody Vine Will Leave You Crying From Laughter

You will OMG at all of this cuteness.