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The Young Physicist Creating Matter From Light

Growing up, Jonathan Simon loved playing Dungeons & Dragons — but not because the game involved elves, orcs or other fantastical creatures. It was …

52 of Cassini's most beautiful postcards from the outer solar system

The spacecraft completely changed our view of Saturn and her moons<p>One of NASA's greatest spacecraft will call it quits on September 15, 2017. The Cassini spacecraft has made countless discoveries during its sojourn to Saturn and its surrounding moons. It has also sent back nearly 400,000 images, …

Astronomy

What Does A Quantum Explosion Look Like?

No one knows–because neither the human eye or brain is equipped to see it. That’s where art comes in.<p>There’s an invisible world that operates all around us, but we can’t see it. It’s a world composed of particles smaller than an atom, like protons, neutrons, and electrons. The way in which it …

Woolly mammoth will be back from extinction within two years, say Harvard scientists

"Woolly mammoths" could be brought back from extinction within two years, the scientists behind a groundbreaking resurrection project have said.<p>World-renowned geneticist Prof George Church and his team at Harvard University have been working for the past two years on recreating the DNA blueprint of …

This 3,000-Year-Old Bronze Age Sword Is Absolutely Incredible

In what archaeologists are calling the “find of a lifetime,” a horde of Late Bronze Age weapons has been discovered at a Scottish construction site. …

Archaeology

Earth - The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics

"I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there's no real problem, but I'm not sure there's no real problem."<p>The American physicist Richard Feynman said this about the notorious puzzles and paradoxes of quantum mechanics, the theory physicists use to describe the tiniest objects in the …

Quantum Physics

Hallucinations Are Far More Common Than We've Been Led to Believe, Study Suggests

If you've experienced hallucinations, you're not alone.<p>New research has found that hallucinations are far more common among the general population …

The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought

In a brilliant new experiment, physicists have confirmed one of the most mysterious laws of the cosmos.<p>There might be no getting around what Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.” With an experiment described this week in <i>Physical Review Letters</i>—a feat that involved harnessing …

Quantum Physics

Wandering Black Hole Found Hiding In Gas Cloud Of Nearby Supernova Remnant

Nothing spoils a good day faster than a black hole sneaking up on you and gobbling you down — spaghettifying and ripping you to shreds for good …

The best recent science fiction, fantasy and horror novels – reviews roundup

Under a Watchful Eye by Adam Nevill, The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo, Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove, The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds, Gilded Cage by Vic James, Defender by GX Todd<p>Adam Nevill’s riveting ninth novel, <b>Under</b> <b>a Watchful Eye</b> (Pan, £12.99), …

Study: Living in space could reverse a key aspect of aging

After spending 340 days on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015 and 2016, astronaut Scott Kelly might have actually gotten younger.<p>Kelly, who has an identical twin brother (and a retired astronaut) Mark, was a guinea pig of sorts during his time in space. Scientists used this rare …

Am I a Christian, Pastor Timothy Keller?

What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st century? Can one be a Christian and yet doubt the virgin birth or the Resurrection? I put these questions to the Rev. Timothy Keller, an evangelical Christian pastor and best-selling author who is among the most prominent evangelical thinkers today. …

This New Hypothesis Claims to Solve 5 of The Biggest Problems in Physics

Welcome to 'New Physics'.<p>Physicists have come up with a new model that they say solves five of the biggest unanswered questions in modern physics, …

Stunning new theory of gravity suggests there's no such thing as dark matter

A new theory of gravity explains the way galaxies rotate without the need for the theoretical presence of dark matter, according to a renowned expert …

Blame Cannabinoids For Giving You That Sweet, Sweet High

If marijuana is the foreman, these chemicals are the construction crew.<p>You might think of the process as simple: Light up a joint, inhale, let the …

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Unsealing of Christ's Reputed Tomb Turns Up New Revelations

For just 60 hours, researchers had the opportunity to examine the holiest site in Christianity. Here's what they found.<p>Researchers have continued their investigation into the site where the body of Jesus Christ is traditionally believed to have been buried, and their preliminary findings appear to …

Scientists locate site where ancient Roman armies breached Jerusalem walls

Archaeologists say they've found evidence of a battlefield from the Roman emperor Titus' siege of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.<p>Recent excavations revealed a section of the so-called "Third Wall" of Jerusalem that Titus' army breached on its way to conquering the city, according to the Israel Antiquities …

Physicist Says Our Universe Could Have Spawned From a Black Hole

What if the Big Bang was a black hole?<p>According to our best understanding of the Universe, if you travel back in time as far as you can, around 13.8 …

The New Horizons Spacecraft Has Found A Strange Asteroid Teeming With The Ingredients Of Life

Red isn’t a common color outside of planets in our solar system. Sure, you’ve got Mars, and surprising patches of color on Pluto among other mysteries, but by and large, space is greyscale. So that makes MU69, a red asteroid in the Kuiper Belt, a subject of serious fascination among scientists.<p>MU69 …

Monumental tomb of the first ever chief of Nan Madol reveals secrets ancient societies

Tomb on Pohnpei shows how Pacific islanders invented a new society with one single ruler.<p>The monumental tomb of the first ever chief of Nana Madol on …

Researchers say giant asteroid to hit earth, but Nasa says not in the immediate future - IBTimes India

Nasa refuted the claims made by other astronomers saying that Earth is likely to be hit by the deadly asteroid 2000 ET70.<p>A giant, mountain-sized and …

Ancient corpse found in "burial shroud" of marijuana plants

In northwest China, archaeologists dug up an ancient corpse in a burial shroud of cannabis plants. The fellow was buried approximately 2,400 to 2,800 …

'Witch' prison revealed in 15th-century Scottish chapel

An iron ring set in the stone pillar of a 15th-century chapel in the Scottish city of Aberdeen may not look like much, but historians say it could be a direct link to a dark chapter in the city’s past — the trial and execution of 23 women and one man accused of witchcraft during Aberdeen's "Great …

What It Feels Like to Die

Science is just beginning to understand the experience of life’s end.<p>“Do you want to know what will happen as your body starts shutting down?”<p>My mother and I sat across from the hospice nurse in my parents’ Colorado home. It was 2005, and my mother had reached the end of treatments for metastatic …

In Search of the Lost Empire of the Maya

The ambitious Snake kings used force and diplomacy to create the most powerful alliance in their culture’s history.<p>The ancient city of Holmul isn’t much to look at. To the casual observer it’s just a series of steep, forested hills in the middle of the jungle in northern Guatemala, near the Mexican …