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Scientists stumbled upon a plastic-eating bacterium—then accidentally made it stronger

Hungry, hungry enzymes.<p>The natural world is rapidly becoming a giant pile of plastic waste. There are literally six—<i>six!</i>—ungodly large garbage patches swelling in the ocean. Even areas as far removed from us as the Arctic are not safe. We’re slowly suffocating a lot of natural ecologies with our …

Research

Elusive Higgs-Like State Created in Exotic Materials

If you want to understand the personality of a material, study its electrons. Table salt forms cubic crystals because its atoms share electrons in …

Year in Review: The Best Cars of 2017

Coupe: Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR<p>As I said in my review, it’s rare that I walk away from one of the dozens of cars I drive each year with a sinking …

How different are men's and women's brains?

In a world of equal rights, pay gaps, and gender-specific toys, one question remains central to our understanding of the two biological sexes: are …

New Study 'Sounds Alarm' on Another Climate Feedback Loop

The loss of Arctic sea ice has already been shown to be part of a positive feedback loop driving climate change, and a recent study published in the …

Katharine Hayhoe: Why Climate Change Should Matter to You

What's one of the most insidious myths we've bought into, when it comes to climate change?<p>It has nothing to do with the science: It's the simple idea …

Earth - The Earth does not just spin: it also shakes and wobbles

The Earth beneath our feet seems reassuringly solid and unchanging most of the time. But this is an illusion, born of our limited perspective.<p>Our planet rotates on its axis once every 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds. It also orbits the Sun, while our Solar System dashes around the centre of the …

Climate change escalating so fast it is 'beyond point of no return'

Global warming is beyond the “point of no return”, according to the lead scientist behind a ground-breaking climate change study.<p>The full impact of …

Great Scifi Movies You May Have Missed in 2016 (But Shouldn't Have)

It’s a holiday weekend, which probably means you have some down time. What better activity, while you’re digesting that leftover Turkey, than …

Why Are Most Galaxies Spiral-Shaped?

The structure of spiral galaxies is more complex than we thought. Here's how the laws of physics contribute to the shaping of galaxies.<p>Most galaxies …

Universe

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Particles in Love: Quantum Mechanics Explored in New Study

<b>Fast Facts:</b><p>› Entangled particles influence each other instantaneously even when they are physically far apart.<p>› In the 1960s, theoretical physicist …

Gravitational waves and our golden age of physics | Financial Times

Hold up for a moment. Put down your coffee and stop checking your phone. As physicists celebrate confirmation of Albert Einstein’s last major …

How the First Gravitational Waves Were Found

After decades of speculation and searching, a signal came through. It promises to change our understanding of the universe.<p><i>Note: On October 3, 2017, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that the Nobel Prize in Physics would be awarded to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish, three</i> …

The Two Big Bangs

Is it how the Universe began, or just how our observable Universe began? They’re not the same!<p><i>“These theories were based on the hypothesis that all</i> …

'GOD' for Atheists (and an Expanded, Scientific Definition of God for Everyone Else)

As many celebrate the Christmas season and the coming of a New Year, maybe there's a way we can, indeed, bring atheists and theists and the disparate factions and religions together on our little planet.<p>And, instead of focusing on the old definitions of "God", that many reject, or on how …

Atheism

Science Proves That Wearing Bras Is Bad For Your Health

What is success to you?<p>To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth. Others want power. Some just want to make a positive impact on the …

Einstein's Unfinished Dream: Marrying Relativity to the Quantum World

<i>Don Lincoln is a senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermilab, the U.S.' largest Large Hadron Collider research institution. He also</i> …

This Machine Will Create The Largest Manmade Waves In The World

Sorry dude, no surfing.<p>Here comes the wave!<p>Scientists at Deltares, a research institute in the Netherlands, say that they have created a machine that can produce the largest human-made waves in the world, Science magazine reports.<p>The enormous model is called the Delta Flume. The water-filled trough …

How can some stars be older than the universe itself?

The Night Sky, October 2015: the majestic M13 cluster in the constellation of Hercules seems to defy common sense<p>People who glance casually up at the stars seldom think of them as they appear in this picture: vast and tightly packed profusions of red, green, blue, purple and gold.<p>This tremendous …

China's replacement for Windows is an XP ripoff

China has been trying to move away from relying on Microsoft's Windows software for its government, enterprise, and education industries. The Chinese government originally partnered with Ubuntu maker Canonical back in 2013 to create an alternative to Windows, codenamed Kylin. While that initial …

Explore Mars with these new NASA simulators

Web applications bring users even closer to the Red Planet<p>NASA has released two online applications that bring users closer to the surface of Mars. The first, Mars Trek, compiles 50 years worth of data to create a 3D visualization of the Red Planet's surface, which you can explore directly from a …

What the world looks like with a bionic eye

The University of Washington has shown for the first time what the world looks like for someone fitted with a bionic eye<p>The world as seen by someone fitted with a bionic eye has been recreated for the first time by scientists to help people decide if they want the device.<p>Researchers at The …

The 10 Best Songs of July 2015

From new Wilco to 50 Cent's ballsy return, listen to what the month had to offer. Plus: Listen to all the best songs of the year on Esquire Spotify.

Why do men still exist? Scientists finally find the answer

New research suggests that sexual competition for mates keeps populations healthy<p>Feminists have debated it for decades, but scientists have finally got to the bottom of why men still exist.<p>Biologists have always puzzled over why males have survived given that their only contribution to reproduction …

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …