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Scientists Have Found ‘Time Crystals,’ A Bizarre New Form Of Matter

How much do we know about time? Not much, if you think about it. For the thing we value most of all, we’re largely ignorant of what time is and how time works (at least from a physics standpoint). But we’re slowly learning that time is much stranger than we thought, to the point where its oddities …

Physics

Formed by Megafloods, This Place Fooled Scientists for Decades

Geologists couldn't account for the strange landforms of eastern Washington State. Then a high school teacher dared to question the scientific dogma of his day.<p>In the middle of eastern Washington, in a desert that gets less than eight inches of rain a year, stands what was once the largest …

Earth Science

Harvard Scientists Theorize That Fast Radio Bursts Come From Alien Space Travel

Could these mysterious flashes of radio waves come from a planet-sized device to power alien spacecraft?<p>Fast radio bursts (FRB) are perhaps the most mysterious phenomena we observe in the cosmos. Earlier this year, astronomers announced they had pinpointed an FRB for the first time in a dwarf …

IBM somehow crammed data into a single atom

The research breakthrough isn't yet practical, but it's the direction the industry is headed. Imagine storing 26 million songs in your smartwatch.<p>In the never-ending quest to improve computing technology, IBM has just taken a big step smaller: It's found a way to store data on a single atom.<p>A hard …

Quantum Computing

The Year's Best Astronomy Photos Will Take You to Another Dimension

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich has announced its shortlist for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. From nebulas and …

How the ice bucket challenge led to an ALS research breakthrough

Not only has research funded by the stunt uncovered a gene variant associated with ALS, it has also demonstrated the huge value of scientific collaboration<p>When Bill Gates pulled on a red and white-striped cord to upturn a bucket of iced water positioned delicately over his head, the most immediate …

Motor Neurone Disease

Mysterious, meteor-like flashes appear across the Utah sky

Strange, bright lights appeared across the US sky last night – and it’s not clear why.<p>Though many suggested that the streaking, glowing sight was the …

We may be about to solve one of the biggest mysteries in the universe

The discovery of gravitational waves in February is leading to remarkable new insights in physics. One of the most promising is identifying what dark matter is made of, the elusive missing majority of the universe that we know is out there but can't detect directly. NASA Cosmologist Alexander …

Dark Matter

Mars Curiosity put itself in safe mode over the weekend and NASA doesn’t know why

Engineers still aren't sure what happened to make the rover power down, but early investigations suggest there might have been some kind of glitch between the camera and data processing software.<p>The good news is that Curiosity is stable for the time being, and is communicating with ground …