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What are gravitational waves?

What does the apparent discovery of gravitational waves by the Bicep telescope say about inflation and the big bang?<p>What are gravitational waves?<p>Gravitational waves are ripples that carry energy across the universe. They were predicted to exist by Albert Einstein in 1916 as a consequence of his …

Earth's Core Is Weaker Than We Thought

Like so many of our own! No judgments, Earth.<p>A new study in Nature Geoscience, from two Stanford researchers, indicates that our planet's super-dense, super strong core may not be as strong as we'd thought.<p>It's very difficult to replicate the kind of ultra-high-pressure environment of Earth's iron …

Element of the week: francium | video

This week's element is francium, which has the symbol <b>Fr</b> and the atomic number <b>87</b>.<p>Francium is a highly radioactive alkali metal that is vanishingly …

Evolutionary theory gone wrong

Evolution? It is only a theory, many creationists will tell you.<p>"Only a theory" is meant to be dismissive, yet much of science is based on things …

WHOLE WORLD Water

Post has attachment<p>Public<p><p>"...a thread that runs through the encyclical is something that everyone can agree on because it is the thread that runs …

Samsung Galaxy S4 international giveaway!

<b>UPDATE – APRIL 17 2013</b><br>We have a winner Jake Siemer https://twitter.com/JakeSiemer is the winner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 giveaway, congratulations Jake and thanks to everyone for entering our giveway. Stay tuned for more upcoming giveaways.<p>————-<p>Today is D Day. Or should we call it S Day?<p>After …

Mobile

Gamma-ray burst from whopper of a star - Futurity

U. WARWICK (UK) — A new type of exceptionally powerful and long-lived cosmic explosion may …

Science

Algorithm ‘learns’ to fix up grainy photos - Futurity

U. TEXAS – AUSTIN (US) — A new, free website provides tools to “de-noise” photos, …

Algorithms

Billionaire T. Boone Pickens Sues His Son, Alleging 'Cyberbullying'

<i>One of America’s richest families has become the subject of a dark tell-all blog written by one of their own. Family members say the blog’s allegations of abuse are deceitful libel designed to extort millions from patriarch T. Boone Pickens. Inside the lawsuit:</i><p>In October 2012, Michael Pickens, son …

Why do humans cry? A new reading of the old sob story

When it came to solving the riddle of the peacock's tail, Charles Darwin's powers of evolutionary deduction were second to none – the more …

The benefits of hindsight: how history can contribute to science policy

It is easy to chant the mantras of evidence-based policy, but less straightforward to determine which forms of expertise and evidence should count. …

It is unfair to compare genetic ancestry testing to astrology

Professor Mark Thomas may have a point in his critique of genetic ancestry testing companies. The line between popularising science and misleading …

Will we ever… understand what dark matter is made from?

Perhaps the biggest secret in the Universe is the mysterious substance that makes up most of its mass. If dark matter does exist, asks Matthew Francis, what exactly is it?<p>Beautiful as it is, the Universe hides a great deal of its secrets from us. All the stars, galaxies, and other objects we see …

Dark Matter

Tesla Sees First-Ever Quarterly Profit

Tesla Motors Inc. shares rose as much as 22 percent on Monday after the luxury electric-car maker said it would report a quarterly profit for its …

Palo Alto

Messing with time

It's hardly surprising that I've become very aware of time and how we measure it since beginning work at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. What has …

This weird green rock is from Mercury, and it's unlike any other meteorite ever found on Earth. http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-03/weird-green-rock-mercury?src=SOC&dom=fb

50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know

I'm delighted to announce that my first book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>, has been given a publication date and is now available for …

Experts say Spamhaus attack is first of many to come

Earlier today, we reported on a cyber-battle between two groups that ended up dragging the entire internet along with it. The week-long battle …

Cybersecurity

Speed Of Light In Vacuum Is Not Actually Constant, Study Finds

Oh, and a vacuum may not really be void of matter.<p>Can you trust nothing in life? A new physics paper suggests that the speed of light in a vacuum may not be constant, and that a vacuum isn't actually entirely empty of stuff.<p>The paper, by a team of French physicists, finds that the speed of a photon …

The Building Is the New Server

Image copyright Oleksiy Mark<p>The personal computer is dead. As quickly as we moved from the desktop to the laptop, we are moving to the tablet — never …

Andreessen Horowitz

Charles Darwin letters reveal his emotional side

<b>In a collection of previously unpublished letters that have been made available online today, naturalist Charles Darwin reveals a highly emotional and personal side.</b><p>In letters to his closest friend, the botanist Joseph Hooker, he pours out his grief over the death of his daughter-in-law, Amy. He …

Etymology

Planck telescope: A map of all the 'stuff' in the cosmos

<b>Europe's Planck telescope, which last week showed us a picture of the oldest light streaming across the Universe, has another trick up its sleeve.</b><p>It has also mapped the distribution of all the matter in the cosmos.<p>This was done by analysing the subtle distortions in the ancient light introduced as …

Astrophysics