Eric Lars Lee

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Can States Commit Suicide?

Americans no longer take states seriously as political units. And that means federalism is probably doomed.<p>Raise your hand if you’re sick of your …

A nearby alien planet six times the size of the Earth is covered with a water-rich atmosphere that includes a strange "plasma form" of water, scientists say. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/do2j "As the temperature and pressure are so high, water is not in a usual form (vapor, liquid, or solid), but in an ionic or plasma form at the bottom of the atmosphere... of Gliese 1214 b," principle investigator Norio Narita of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan told us by email.

Here's Something Congress Can Agree On: Helium

With the government on the brink of a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together to compromise on helium. Legislation passed late last week will keep the gas used in party balloons flowing from a national reserve.<p>The helium bill's passage shows that compromise is still …

The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.<p>According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all--our universe may have come from an entirely different source.<p>The Big …

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

Theoretical Element 115 Exists, Study Confirms

Researchers confirm the existence of this synthetic element in a new accelerator study. Will it be enough to give ununpentium official recognition and a new name?<p>At the bottom right corner of the periodic table of elements, there are a handful of boxes that illustrators often color gray. The …

Swedes claim confirmation of element 115

Swedish researchers have reported strong evidence for the formation of element 115, some 9 years after Russian researchers first claimed to detect a …

When I think, you move: researchers achieve brain-to-brain interface

It might sound rather frightening to have your arm move involuntarily, controlled by some unseen puppet master — but for researchers at the University of Washington, it represented a major breakthrough in human-to-human brain interfaces. Using a non-invasive brain-to-brain setup, a researcher in …

The World's Most Precise Clock Could Prove Einstein Wrong

What a makes a good clock? Andrew Ludlow, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, says one of the most important criteria is stability.<p>"If you could imagine a grandfather clock and see the pendulum swinging back and forth, ideally that pendulum would swing back and forth …

Could A Spacecraft Fly Straight Through Jupiter?

Despite its gusty reputation as a "gas giant," Jupiter's blood-red clouds hide a dense, rocky core that's perhaps 20 times as massive as Earth. That core blocks any spacecraft's passage through the center of the planet, but even a detour through the clouds would be a disaster.<p>Knowledge of Jupiter's …

Fringe Factor: Latin Americans Bring Violence to the U.S.

Latin Americans make the U.S. more violent? Yet another week in nutty theories from our fearless leaders.<p>The House would totally impeach President …

Space Oddities: 8 of the Strangest Exoplanets

Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar system, there are more than 900 confirmed exoplanets and thousands of additional candidates. Some of the worlds out there are just plain out-there.<p>Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar …

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How A Comma Gave Americans The Right To Own Guns

Take a look at the Second Amendment:<p>"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State<b>,</b> the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."<p>That little, red comma caused the Supreme Court to strike down D.C.'s ban on handguns, the country's strictest gun …