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Our Solar System

IntroductionA solar system is a star and all of the objects that travel around it—planets, moons, asteroids, comets and meteoroids. Most stars host …

How The James Webb Space Telescope Will Deploy (In An Ideal World)

Back in 2000, NASA held their decadal survey, choosing what would become the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) as their flagship mission of the 2010s. Despite the initial mismanagement of the project, causing it to go way over budget, the project scientists leading the way learned a slew of …

Telescopes

World 100 Greatest Golf Courses: Nicklaus & Norman Tie For Most Courses Among Living Architects

Golf Digest's third biennial ranking of the World 100 Greatest Golf Courses is truly global, showcasing brilliant layouts everywhere from Abu Dhabi to Vietnam, but not the United States. This is not a slight against courses born in the USA; Golf Digest will continue to produce biennial rankings of …

Golf

Great Britain and Ireland Classic Courses, 2017

<i>Here is the Golfweek’s Best list of top 50 Great Britain and Ireland Classic Courses for 2017:</i><p><b>Rank (2016 rank). Course . . . Location (Architect(s),</b> …

Global warming 'is FAKE': Volume of ice caps is INCREASING, claims top geologist

GETTYA geogologist has made claims that goes against the typical global warming thinking<p>James Kamis suggests "conflicting temperature trends" between …

Global Warming

Don’t Understand the Periodic Table? It’s Just a Quantum Truth Table

In the wee hours of the late 17th century, Isaac Newton could be found locked up in his laboratory prodding the secrets of nature. Giant plumes of …

Absolutely Stunning 3-D View of a Cosmic Cloud

To call Finnish astrophotographer J-P Metsävainio a magician is definitely not an exaggeration! Take a look at his latest handiwork, this amazing 3-D …

Dressgate: the science of why THAT blue dress looks white

It has divided a nation. How can a blue and black dress look white to some people? Science has the answer<p>Not since the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out wearing her Sarah Burton designed wedding outfit has social media been <b>so obsessed with one dress</b>.<p>Is this Roman Originals bodycon shift white or …

Scientists discover theory-defying black hole 12 billion times the size of the Sun

<b>"An artist's impression of a quasar with a supermassive black hole in the distant universe," from the University of Arizona (Zhaoyu Li/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Misti Mountain Observatory)</b><p>“Current theory is for a limit to how fast a black hole can grow, but this black hole is too large for that theory”<p>Sarah …

Black Holes

What is the most difficult concept to grasp in physics?

As a PhD student in Fluid dynamics, I can't prevent myself from quoting <i>Werner Heisenberg</i><p>"When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: Why …

Quantum Physics

How Can Space Travel Faster Than The Speed Of Light?

Light speed is often spoken of as a cosmic speed limit… but not everything plays by these rules. In fact, space itself can expand faster than a …

Some Racing Raindrops Break Their 'Speed Limit'

Some radical raindrops are flouting the rules: The wet-weather drips seem to be breaking a physical speed limit, sometimes falling 10 times faster …

Physics

Time Travel IS Possible, This Physicist Just Demonstrated It

For many the concept of time travel is nothing more than domain of science fiction writers and Hollywood movie magic, but what if you could …

The universe is a 'giant brain,' physicists say

For years, scientists and science fiction writers have perceived the universe as a "giant brain." Now, a new computer simulation by …

Inside The 'Europa Clipper' Mission That NASA Is Planning To Send Past Jupiter

Jupiter's moon is the best candidate for finding extraterrestrial life; here's how we're going to get there<p>On Monday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden gave an exciting update on the state of America's space agency, detailing the Obama Administration’s proposal to give NASA $18.5 billion for the …

No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning

(Phys.org) —The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein's theory of …

The Search For Neutrons That Leak Into Our World From Other Universes

“Braneworld” theories predict that matter can leak into and out of other universes. So physicists are searching for the first evidence<p>One of the more …

Gravity may have saved the universe - The Big Picture

Source: Phys.org<p><i>From Phys.org:</i><p>New research by a team of European physicists could explain why the universe did not collapse immediately after the Big …

Physics

The Oldest Stars Are a Lot Younger Than We Thought

Astronomers say the very first stars in the universe burst into existence more than 100 million years later than they previously thought.<p>A few hundred million years after the Big Bang, the light from some of the very first stars and galaxies lit up the universe and ended a period known as the "dark …

Dark Matter Hunters Suspect They've Found 'Galaxy X'

Years ago, astronomers mapped out curious ripples in the cold hydrogen gas that lies within the disk of our Milky Way galaxy — and suggested that the ripples were caused by the gravitational influence of an unseen dwarf galaxy dominated by dark matter. Now those astronomers say they may have found …

Scientists: What it would be like to enter a black hole

Interstellar travelers who find themselves entering a black hole might want to have some air sickness pills handy. According to a report in an upcoming “Physical Review Letters,” researchers from the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Toronto have found that interacting ripples in …

The Search For Neutrons That Leak Into Our World From Other Universes

KentuckyFC writes: <i>One of the more exciting predictions from "braneworld" theories of high energy physics is that matter can leak out of other</i> …

An Evolving Guide to the (Unfinished) Universe (Op-Ed)

<i>Ben Gilliland, is a science writer and illustrator and the 2013 winner of the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for space media. He recently published</i> <i>"How to</i> …

Articles about professor teaches physics his solar powered house on Dwell.com - Dwell

Designed to harness the sun, architect Birgitte Hovmøller's vacation house features a roof full of solar panels and plenty of...<p>Before the word "solar" evoked images of flat PV panels stuck on rooftops, many architects already had a mind to use the sun to...<p>A Washington, D.C.-based architecture …

A Beautiful, Incredibly Detailed Radial Calendar

Learn about the cycles of the sun, moon, and much, much more.<p>Anagraphic is a Hungarian design studio known, among other things, for its annual release of gorgeous radial calendars which track the movements of the sun, moon, and planets. Since 2010, each year has brought a new, intricately designed …

Astronomy

There Is No Time. There Never Was and There Never Will Be

By: Josh Richardson, Prevent Disease<p>Everything exists in the present moment and it’s a fundamental principle of the Universe that many of our …

Hidden Molten Channel Beneath Earth Discovered with a Blast

The bottom of one of Earth's rocky plates has been visualized in fine detail using sound waves from dynamite exploded deep underground, revealing a …

Upgraded Large Hadron Collider Brings Atom Smashin' Back in Fashion

After a two-year-long overhaul, thousands of researchers are getting ready to restart the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider — and this time, they're going to turn the world's most powerful particle-smasher up to the max.<p>"It's a new machine," Fermilab physicist Don Lincoln, a member of the science …

Quantum physics rules nature

Quantum theory doesn't just apply to physics - it's behind natural things like photosynthesis, homing pigeons and possibly consciousness itself, …

Quantum Physics

The 3 ways the universe will end… and how our destruction has already started!

Having a bit of a mid-week slump? Feeling like it’s all meaningless?<p>Here’s something to put it all in perspective.<p>Munich information designers …