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Simulations back up theory that Universe is a hologram

A team of physicists has provided some of the clearest evidence yet that our Universe could be just one big projection.<p>In 1997, theoretical physicist …

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South Pole detector spots 28 out-of-this-world neutrinos

Extremely high energy particles originated from outside the Solar System.<p>Earlier this year, scientists using a powerful detector at the South Pole …

Stellar Space HD Wallpapers

Hey, space geeks! It's time to pimp your desktop with some fantastic, and why not to say, stellar space wallpapers! These are some high definition …

Morphing Table inFORM

<b>Morphing Table inFORM</b><p>Well, what can I say… The Future is here. This is one of the most amazing artifacts from the future I’ve seen in a long time.<p>Think about the potential and what you can do with it when they increase the resolution and the strength of the blocks (carbon composites, graphene… whatever). I definitely share the astonishment of Kevin Kelly:<p>Wow, it’s the beginning of….. something in our future. There must be a science fiction name for a full body controlled virtually. It’s a demo …

6 Chemical Reaction GIFs That Will Make You a Smarter Person

Remember how much fun your high school chemistry class was? Neither do we. But that may be because there weren't enough explosions. Well, nowadays, …

Every Nerd Will Love This Errol Morris-Benoit Mandelbrot Interview

"A formula can be very simple and create a universe of bottomless complexity."<p>Perhaps it's because they create an infinity of interesting from simple equations.<p>Perhaps it's because they suggest that many seemingly chaotic phenomena have an underlying order.<p>Perhaps it's because they were great early …

Le Chatelier's principle

<b>Le Chatelier's principle</b> (UK: /ləʃæˈtɛljeɪ/, US: /ˈʃɑːtəljeɪ/), also called <b>Chatelier's principle</b> or "The Equilibrium Law", can be used to predict the …

What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

Satellite trio to explore the Earth’s magnetic field

“Improving the exploration of the magnetic field’s function and recording space weather data more accurately allows us to draw conclusions for life …

Magnetism

Can humans have two hearts?

Doctor Who can function with two hearts, but can non-Time Lords do the same? Greg Foot finds out.<p>Being a Gallifreyan, Doctor Who has a binary vascular system, where the blood vessels lead to two hearts. If the Time Lord can function with two hearts, can humans do the same?<p>Aside from conjoined …

Coming Monday: A Make-or-Break Launch for SpaceX

A successful launch of a broadcast satellite from Cape Canaveral would put Elon Musk and SpaceX in position to upend the launch industry.<p><b>SpaceX might reach another watershed moment</b> in its young life on Monday if it can successfully launch a satellite to geosynchronous orbit. This would be the first …

Moon, Jupiter, Orion last night

People around the world last night saw Jupiter near the moon. One sky …<p>We hear so often from so many of you that your skies are cloudy. And we …

Astronomy

Small is beautiful – nanotechnology in pictures

Photograph: Shruti Gour/Drexel University<p>Spray drying is a commonly used technique in the pharmaceutical industry to control the particle size and distribution of powders. It typically results in shrunken and partly collapsed particles. This is due to the initial formation of a dry shell around a …

Graphene - the new wonder material

Scientific interest rolls in for a material that is more solid than steel and a better conductor than copper<p>The molecule is priceless but it is not a matter of cost – a few hundred dollars per kilo. The value lies in its potential. The molecule in question is called graphene and the EU is prepared …

Synthetic biology is bursting with life

Synthetic biology can be hard to pin down. The field encompasses a vast array of research themes, from creating artificial life to engineering …

Five questions that (should) keep chemists awake at night

The origin of life is chemistry's quintessential Big Question (Image: NASA)<p>It is often said that chemistry lacks “big questions” like physics and …

Delving Into The Mystery Of Black Hole Jets

The concept of a black hole jet isn’t a new one, but we still have a lot to learn about the mixture of particles found in the vicinity of them. …

Guts of Superfast Black Hole Jets Revealed

Astronomers have taken an unprecedented look at the superenergetic jets blasted out by black holes, and thus have answered a key question about the …

Black Holes

Black hole caught blasting heavy metal in jets

Outburst contained iron ions accelerated to 66 percent of the speed of light.<p>Much of the matter falling onto a black hole is channeled into powerful …

Microbial Dark Matter

Is space really the final frontier or are the greatest mysteries closer to home? Researchers estimate that there are more undiscovered microbes on earth than stars in the sky. These microbes are known as “microbial dark matter” and form the pervasive (yet practically invisible) infrastructure of life on the planet.<p>A single handful of dirt contains approximately 100 billion microbes, but we have only been able to access the genomes of a few thousand of them. One large problem is that many …

Visitors from Beyond the Galaxy Reach the Antarctic

Astronomers have become incredibly skilled at detecting cosmic radiation in all its forms—not just ordinary, visible light, but also light we can’t …

Microphone Turns Your Fingertip Into A Speaker

Touch your finger to someone's ear, and they'll hear your recorded message whispering to them.<p>Turn your body into another kind of wonderland: A new invention from Disney Research lets you record messages to your friends that they can hear only if you touch your finger to their ears. That is, your …

These tiny manmade structures are amazingly strong

Engineers have built super small structures with hollow ceramic scaffolds that mimic the lightweight—and very strong—skeletons of organisms such as …

FYI: How Do You Dispose Of Chemical Weapons?

As the international community debates what should be done with Syria's chemical weapons program, here is a look at what chemical weapons are, and what it takes to safely dispose of them.<p>In the midst of a particularly brutal civil war, international attention focused on the Syrian government's use …

Scientists discover 100,000-year-old organisms in frozen Antarctic lake

The secret to how life could survive on alien planets may be buried within a frozen Antarctic lake. Resilient microbes that researchers think may contain those very secrets have been hidden away for over 100,000 years beneath the ice, but they've now come within scientists reach as the frozen …

Zombie vortices may help lead to birth of new stars

Vortices arise from dead zones in disks around newly forming stars and help the stars complete their birth process.<p>A new theory by fluid dynamics …