Rhonda Thibeau

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Watch The Splashdown Test Of Boeing's Astronaut Capsule

A watery success<p>There’s no point in sending people to space if they can’t survive the landing. While the early days of space testing are littered with the ghosts of animals who entered orbit before humans, modern testing makes sure the capsule can survive the trip back to Earth <i>before</i> putting …

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Professor Brian Greene answers everything you wanted to know about string theory and the multiverse

Lateline asked you to send in science questions for famed physicist Professor Brian Greene.<p>Professor Greene is the author of The Elegant Universe, a …

Three Big Mysteries of Human Evolution We Still Don’t Understand

We know when and how humans evolved, for the most part, but these questions remain.<p>Although a lot is known about the history of human beings and our ape-like origins, many evolutionary questions remain a mystery.<p>We still aren't really sure why we walk on two legs, why we don't have fur, and where …

This Brain-Reading Tool Can Teach You A New Skill In No Time

By measuring how hard the brain is working, the BACh system knows when to give a learner new information.<p>Beste Yuksel could soon put a lot of piano teachers out of work.<p>The Ph.D candidate at Tufts University in Massachusetts has created a tool that helps students learn the instrument faster and …

This is the week the robot-controlled future arrived in all its terrifying glory

There's no stopping this future.<p>This week, two of the largest technology companies in the world offered unnerving glimpses of the future as they see …

Earth could be unique among 700 quintillion planets in the Universe

But what if - statistically speaking - the odds are stacked against us finding another planet even remotely like Earth?<p>That's the thinking behind a new study by an international team of researchers, which has taken what we know about the exoplanets that lie outside our Solar System and fed the data …

17 words for vocabulary enthusiasts

<i>This article was originally published in February 2016.</i> <br>There are an estimated 750,000 words in the English language —but the average …

Immune System May Play a Larger Role in Alzheimer's than Thought

<b>UCI mouse study finds dramatic increase in brain plaques when key cells are lacking.</b><p>Immune cells that normally help us fight off bacterial and viral …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a rocket tonight followed by another epic rocket landing attempt — here's how to watch live

SpaceX on Flickr<p>Thursday's launch was postponed. Learn more here.<p>SpaceX was scheduled to launch an 11,750-pound satellite into space on Wednesday, but dodgy weather got in the way.<p>The next launch attempt is scheduled for Thursday evening.<p>The launch window — a carefully calibrated time when the …

Most images of black holes are illustrations. Here’s what our telescopes actually capture. - Vox

Soon, we may get to see one up close for the first time.<p>Impossibly dense, deep, and powerful, black holes reveal the limits of physics. Nothing can escape one, not even light.<p>Even though black holes excite the imagination like few other concepts in science, the truth is that no astronomer has …

7 Exercises That Can Improve Your Focus

Try using these seven exercises to gradually increase your ability to focus in almost any situation.<p>Focus is a skill necessary for almost anything important in life, from finishing that term paper, to listening to your boss's instructions, to organizing your schedule for the day. Unfortunately, for …

Have You Settled for a Less-Than-Ideal Life?

I pulled my hood over my head as I looked down into one of nature's most magnificent creations, and one of my favorite things: a gorgeous waterfall.<p>We were ten kilometers into our hike at Yosemite National Park in California, and I wasn't at all tired. I was energized, drinking in every moment, …

What would happen if aliens contacted Earth

For decades we’ve been listening out for a message from space. Organisations like Seti analyse unusual radio signals to catch potential transmissions from an intelligent alien civilisation. But what would happen if they really heard one?<p>Nearly 40 years ago, radio astronomer Jerry Ehman was scanning …

6 Illustrations That Show What It’s Like In An Introvert’s Head

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>Dear Extroverts,<p>We love your energy and excitement. But as introverts, we sometimes feel misunderstood. We wish you could visualize what’s going on inside our brains—you might be surprised! Here are six illustrations of what it’s like to be in our …

French astronomers say they have used modelling to halve the area where theoretical new satellite, 10 times the mass of Earth, might be<p>A group of French scientists have said they are closer to pinning down the location of Planet Nine, the mystery potential new addition to the list of major …

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Gravity Waves and ET

The other shoe has dropped.<p>After a century of speculation and a half-century of searching, science teams using instruments built by Caltech and MIT have made a discovery that will take up permanent residency in physics textbooks from now to the end of textbooks. They've found the gravity waves that …

The latest innovation in renewable energy is an army of huge, sunken turbines in Scotland’s wild seas

Take a map of Great Britain and draw a line between its extremities. Far to the southwest is Land’s End. In the northeast corner, your pen will fall into the sea at the windswept tip of Scotland, not far from John o’Groats. That’s the future site of the world’s biggest array of tidal …

We've finally found gravitational waves, so can we time travel?

Physicists working with a powerful observatory on Earth announced Thursday that they have finally detected ripples in space and time created by two …

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Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, Is the Source of Morality

As the world celebrates Darwin Day, much of humanity refuses to accept evolution.<p>Creationists pretend that their argument is with science. Their posts are littered with gems of motivated reasoning such as this: "If natural selection were true, Eskimos would have fur to keep warm, but they …

Does the discovery of gravitational waves foretell the end of physics?

It took us 100 years to confirm the last big puzzle of Einstein’s theory of relativity. On Feb. 11, scientists announced that they have detected gravitational waves, which are created when two accelerating masses generate “ripples” in the curvature of spacetime—just like frolicking children on a …

Still don’t understand the groundbreaking discovery? We asked scientists to break it down so that even a five-year-old could understand<p>If you didn’t fully grasp Thursday’s blockbuster announcement that scientists had detected gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were first …

Physics

Women's Secrets: Clues to a Female Brain?

I was sitting on the train yesterday and couldn't help eavesdropping on the two women sitting in front of me. They looked about 40-something, casually dressed, and from outward appearance rather healthy.<p>Then they started talking about how they're cope with their ailments. One woman has epilepsy and …

The World Reacts To LIGO’s Discovery Of Gravitational Waves

From Mark Zuckerberg to Neil deGrasse Tyson<p>On Thursday, the scientists at LIGO announced they’d officially found gravitational waves. This truly is a remarkable discovery, and confirms the final piece of Einstein's general theory of relativity. Read more about the announcement, and what it means …

Explainer: Gravitational waves and why their discovery is such a big deal

Scientists working at the LIGO experiment in the US have for the first time detected elusive ripples in the fabric of space and time known as …

Why Does Gravity Wave, And Why Does It Matter?

LIGO announced today that they have detected gravitational waves from a black hole merger. If verified it will be the ultimate confirmation of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. But what are gravitational waves, and why is their detection such a big deal?<p>Water is perhaps the most common …

Physics

See 10 Animals That Live a Ridiculously Long Time

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Gravitational waves were predicted as part of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Scientists have been searching for evidence of their existence ever since.

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University of California

A study of 35 families led by a UC San Francisco psychiatric researcher showed for the first time that the structure of the brain circuitry known as the corticolimbic system is more likely to be passed down from mothers to daughters than from mothers to sons or from fathers to children of either …