Forrest Coughlin

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How Scientists Are Learning to Write

"That's jargon-ish. Even some people in the sciences don't have an intuitive understanding of what that means."<p>The students tried not to look sheepish as their professor projected the article on the whiteboard, waiting for their work to be devoured by their classmates. It was the second class for …

You’re powered by quantum mechanics. No, really…

Every year, around about this time, thousands of European robins escape the oncoming harsh Scandinavian winter and head south to the warmer Mediterranean coasts. How they find their way unerringly on this 2,000-mile journey is one of the true wonders of the natural world. For unlike many other …

Do ‘unhealthy’ free radicals actually fight aging?

Many people believe free radicals, the sometimes-toxic molecules produced by our bodies as we process oxygen, are the culprit behind aging. Yet a …

Kiev hits back at pro-Russia rebels as Ukraine moves towards civil war

Two days of chaos and violence in east and south-east Ukraine appeared on Saturday to be pushing the country ever closer to civil war, as the death toll rose to 42 following a military counter-offensive launched by authorities in Kiev against pro-Russia rebels.<p>An angry crowd confronted police …

Major Discovery: 'Smoking Gun' for Universe's Incredible Big Bang Expansion Found

Astronomers have found the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation, the theorized dramatic expansion of the universe that put the "bang" in the Big …

Albert Einstein Reads ‘The Common Language of Science’ (1941)

Here's an extraordinary recording of Albert Einstein from the fall of 1941, reading a full-length essay in English:<p>The essay is called "The Common …

Big Bang's Sound-Like Waves Show Up In Lab Simulation

An ultracold vacuum chamber ran a simulation of the early universe and came up with some interesting findings about how the environment looked …

Mission Status

Instrument Status<p>Instrument<p>Voyager 1<p>Voyager 2<p>Cosmic Ray Subsystem (CRS)<p>ON<p>ON<p>Low-Energy Charged Particles (LECP)<p>ON<p>ON<p>Magnetometer (MAG)<p>ON<p>ON<p>Plasma Wave …

Monster Galaxy One Million Light Years Wide With No Central Black Hole

Viewing the core is like seeing a city with no center, just houses sprinkled across a vast landscape. An international team of astronomers used …

On Strange Lava Planet and Iron World, 'Years' Take Only Hours

Astronomers have discovered a scorching-hot "lava world" whose year lasts just 8.5 hours and determined that another planet candidate with an even …

Associated Press News

How Giant Black Holes Spin: New Twist Revealed

A newly discovered way to determine the spin of monster black holes could help shed light on the evolution of these bizarre objects and the galaxies …

Black Holes

Model-independent measurement of dark matter mass could lead to future discoveries

(Phys.org) —Determining the mass of dark matter particles requires accounting for several factors, one of which is the velocity distribution of the …

How to make zeptosecond X-ray pulses

A technique for producing radiation pulses that endure for less than one attosecond (10–18 s) has been proposed by researchers in Spain and the US. …

Humans tame light, stop it from moving for a full minute

Beams of light are usually speeding along at around 186,000 miles per second, but for one minute, researchers in Germany brought some to a screeching halt. Using a crystal frozen to temperatures below negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit, a research team managed to hold light in place for a full minute …