Brandon Capilla

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Gravitational waves: A triumph for big science

<b>The first direct detection of gravitational waves is without doubt one of the most remarkable breakthroughs of our time. The</b> Advanced LIGO laboratories <b>in the US states of Washington and Louisiana have traced the warping of space from the merger of two black holes about 1.3 billion light-years from</b> …

The science of air guitar and car karaoke: How music teaches our brains to imagine what’s coming next

<b>(bowie15 via iStock/beccarra via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Salon speaks to a cognitive scientist about neuroscience research, and music as a universal human activity<p>Scott Timberg<p>February 10, 2016 11:59pm (UTC)<p>What part of the brain responds to music? Neuroscientists have been looking for this zealously …

What You Need to Know About Gravitational Waves

What are they? Why are they important? Why should we care?

If Star Wars droids have sex, it looks like this

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, droids probably mashed metals.<p>While many of the most famous <i>Star Wars</i> humanoid characters developed …

Lost in Space

Awesome beauty of the Eagle Nebula

The Eagle Nebula – aka Messier 16 or M16 – is home to several famous structures, including the Pillars of Creation and the Stellar Spire.<p>The Eagle …

Supermassive black hole in galaxy blasts gas out at high speed

We live in a universe that loves extremes.<p>Astronomers at University of Sheffield say they’ve solved a long-standing mystery in astronomy, related to …

Big Pic: A Portrait Of Saturn's Best Features

Plus, plans for Cassini's final mission on Saturn<p>Like a photo of the New York City skyline with both the Empire State and Chrysler buildings in view, this image of Saturn shows off its most iconic landmarks. There's the hexagon-shaped jet stream feature at its north pole, plus its rings. The …

The Case of the Janus-Faced Microbial Genus

What makes a bacterium pathogenic? Answering the question has been the vocation of thousands of microbiologists over the decades. Thanks to their hard work, a clear delineation between harmless bacteria – commensals – and pathogens has been established giving public health officials and medical …

Scientists: Biggest-Ever Bird Had Massive 20-Foot Wingspan

Scientists have identified what they believe to be the largest bird to have ever lived.<p>According to a paper published in the <i>Proceedings of the</i> …

NASA's Zombie Spacecraft Learns to Fire Its Engines

As the presumed-dead probe hurtles toward Earth, the deadline for saving it looms.<p>The quest to save the ISEE-3—a long-lost NASA probe launched in the disco era and abandoned in the dot-com boom—might just succeed. Late last week, the amateur scientists and engineers working to salvage the probe hit …

Satellites Could Predict Floods Months Ahead Of Time

You can look at the crick and read the almanac, but that ain't the best way to predict when a flood is a-comin'.<p>In the spring and summer of 2011, the Missouri River swelled past its banks, reaching a high-water mark not seen in decades. Flooding persisted from May to August, causing $2 billion in …

Astronaut Looks Down on Churning Eye of Typhoon Neoguri

World<p>The International Space Station passed directly over the eye of Typhoon Neoguri and astronaut Alexander Gerst of Germany captured its terrifying size. In a tweet, Gerst marveled that even with a fish-eye lens, he couldn't capture the whole storm.<p>The typhoon battered Japan's Okinawa islands …

Intel, Samsung create Internet of Things group

The effort to reduce complications for the Internet of Things just got more complicated.<p>A handful of tech-industry heavyweights including Intel, Broadcom, and Samsung Electronics on Tuesday unveiled a new nonprofit group called the Open Interconnect Consortium, or OIC, with the mission to develop …

A Convincing Theory About Human Evolution

No ape had done that before.<p>It was an important milestone in the story of human evolution.<p>The ancestor in question, Homo erectus, could use simple tools and hunt. His diet was more meat-based than plant-based. Meat has more calories than food derived from plants. Humans had transformed themselves …

Hurricane Science: How Storms Like Arthur Form and Grow

It comes down to warm ocean water and the Earth's eastward rotation.<p>As Hurricane Arthur, the season's first hurricane, gathers strength off the U.S. southeast coast, thousands of Americans who were looking forward to baseball games, barbecues, and beaches are preparing for a windy, water-soaked …

Two years ago the discovery of the Higgs boson was announced. What's new?

The Large Hadron Collider, in its 27km tunnel under the Franco-Swiss border, has been under maintenance since early 2013. No particles have been colliding, and no new data have been flowing through the high-bandwidth cables spreading across the world ready to feed eager physicists with new …

Dark snow: from the Arctic to the Himalayas, the phenomenon that is accelerating glacier melting

When American geologist Ulyana Horodyskyj set up a mini weather station at 5,800m on Mount Himlung, on the Nepal-Tibet border, she looked east towards Everest and was shocked. The world's highest glacier, Khumbu, was turning visibly darker as particles of fine dust, blown by fierce winds, settled …

One of the Most Earthlike Planets Ever Found May Not Exist

What was thought to be a planet in the "Goldilocks Zone" of its star may have just been starspots.<p>All sorts of excitement accompanied astronomers' discovery of Gliese 581g in 2010—the alien world looked like Earth in both size and temperature, and thus seemed potentially hospitable to life.<p>But …

Study Finds "Extreme" Climate Change in National Parks

Global warming threatens visitor experience and national treasures, scientists say.<p><b>Many national parks in the United States have already experienced "extreme" climate change over the past few decades, and the trend is likely to accelerate unless bold steps are taken, government scientists warn in a</b> …

Scientists Translate the Meaning Behind Chimpanzee Gestures

Science News<p>Scientists have decoded for the first time the meanings of chimpanzee gestures. Researchers at the University of St Andrews observed the behaviors of more than 80 wild chimps in Uganda. They found that the animals use 66 gestures, from arm raises to ground slaps to foot stomps, to …

These Young Stars Will Eventually Rip Apart Their Mother Nebula, Astronomers Say (VIDEO)

Massive young stars that will eventually destroy their own stellar nursery shine brightly in a dazzling new photo.<p>Cosmic gas cloud Gum 15, which lies 3,000 light-years from Earth, is busily giving birth to huge stars that are, in turn, shaping the cloud's weird structure. That activity will …

Timelapse video of a microburst

This short timelapse video of a microburst in the desert, with images every 30 seconds, makes you feel nature’s awesome power.<p>The Reno/Sparks area in …

Hubble Finds Worlds Beyond Pluto (and Looks for More)

Space<p>Astronomers say they've discovered two icy mini-worlds in the Kuiper Belt on the solar system's edge — just two weeks after they started using the Hubble Space Telescope to look.<p>The fast-track discoveries, based on imagery collected on June 24, led NASA to give the go-ahead for a more …

Astronomy

Homni: The new superorganism taking over Earth

Is our species evolving into something new? Gaia Vince makes the provocative argument that humanity is transforming, and it is already having a huge effect on life on our planet.<p>In Ancient Greek mythology, the Earth Goddess Gaia had nine titan sons, who attempted to control not just the Earth, but …

7 Awesome Astronomical Sights You Can See Without a Telescope

Think you need to buy an expensive telescope to do some backyard astronomy? Think Again.<p>Think you need to buy an expensive telescope to do some backyard astronomy? Think Again.

Scientists say weakness in 'superbug' bacteria could herald new treatments

A weakness in the defences of "superbug" bacteria has been uncovered by British scientists, raising the prospect of new treatments to tackle infections that are resistant to antibiotics.<p>The researchers have identified a weakness affecting the membrane barrier that surrounds some of the most …

Calling Interference On The Sun

Bad news: solar flares are becoming more of a threat. Good news: we get photos like this.<p>On March 29 at 1:48 p.m. EST, the sun issued a massive X1 flare that caused a brief radio blackout on the sunlit side of Earth. Because the atmosphere insulates technology from most solar-weather effects, …