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A new ‘Einstein’ equation suggests wormholes hold the key to quantum gravity

It's pretty easy to remember: ER=EPR.<p>You might suspect that to make this equation work, P must be equal to 1. But the symbols in this equation stand not for numbers, but for names. E, you probably guessed, stands for Einstein.<p>R and P are initials — for collaborators on two of Einstein's most …

Quantum Mechanics

Here's How Scientists Are Going to Save The World From Annihilation

Move over, superheroes.<p>It’s no secret that the planet is in serious trouble. By August 8 this year, we’d already used up an entire year’s worth of …

Scientists Create Life That Reads a New Language in the Letters of DNA

Redefining what cells understand when they interpret the genetic code.<p>Marc Lajoie is working on a new type of genetically engineered life: organisms that read a new language of DNA. That is, they have the same letters in their DNA—A,C,G, and T—but they read and interpret them in a totally different …

Genetics

Star Facts: The Basics of Star Names and Stellar Evolution

Stars are giant, luminous spheres of plasma. There are billions of them — including our own sun — in the Milky Way Galaxy. And there are billions of …

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> …

Physics

Our Milky Way Galaxy: A Traveler's Guide (Infographic)

Our Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy containing 400 billion stars bound together by gravity. From Earth, the galaxy has the appearance of a …

Astrophysics

Ingredients for Life Were Always Present on Earth, Comet Suggests

The basic building blocks of life may have been present on Earth from the very beginning.<p>Astronomers detected 21 different complex organic molecules …

The strange star that has serious scientists talking about an alien megastructure

“It was kind of unbelievable that it was real data,” said Yale University astronomer Tabetha Boyajian. “We were scratching our heads. For any idea that came up there was always something that would argue against it.”<p>She was talking to the New Scientist about KIC 8462852, a distant star with a very …

Universe

Water Is Flowing on Mars

In a major scientific finding, researchers confirm briny water flows seasonally on the Red Planet.<p>Right now, 140 million miles away, somewhere on the frigid surface of Mars, there is water forming. Scientists announced they have strong evidence that briny water flows on the planet, a critical step …

Earth Science

It's Official: The Universe Is Dying Slowly

The most comprehensive assessment of the energy output in the nearby universe reveals that today's produced energy is only about half of what it was …

A First Glimpse of the Hidden Cosmos

What we can see is only a tiny fraction of what exists. To catch the first glimpse of the shadow universe around us, scientists are learning to detect the other stuff: dark matter and dark energy.<p><b>It used to be said that cosmologists, the scientists who study the universe as a whole, are “often in</b> …

Dark Matter

How Sanskrit came to be considered the most suitable language for computer software

Misreading of a 1995 paper in 'AI Magazine' and the sheer power of assertion repeated so often that it's never questioned seem to be …

Women more likely to be bisexual, study finds

A woman's sexual identity is thought to be more influenced by romantic opportunities and women are said have a more fluid approach to relationships<p>Women are three times more likely to become bisexual than men because they are more flexible in their sexuality, new research has suggested.<p>While the …

All you need to know about the Inner Line Permit issue in Manipur

On Tuesday, <b>fresh clashes erupted</b> between two groups over the Inner Line Permit issue in Manipur. For the past several months, the state has been …

Stephen Hawking is working on a new theory of everything

Stephen Hawking is at it again: In a Facebook posting, the wheelchair-riding British physicist says he’s working on a theory of cosmic origins that …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots<p>One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being …

Consciousness

Interactive Infographic: The Search For Other Earths

Here are all the planets outside our solar system.<p>Astronomers announced they had discovered planets around other stars—the first so-called extrasolar planets—in 1992. Other discoveries came a few years later, one by one at first and then in a steady stream by the mid-2000s. The Kepler mission …