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Climbing Everest in Virtual Reality Was More Powerful Than Any Video Game

This is virtual tourism meeting its most epic potential, the sort of project that really isn't for the players, but for the people.<p>Interstellar battles against war-mongering alien races. Sprawling, supernatural worlds full of magic and monsters. Alternative-history action adventures with all the …

The Bright Spots On Ceres Just Got Even Weirder

The ever changing lights make for a complicated, tiny world in the middle of the asteroid belt.<p>Ceres was already a strange world, a relic of the early solar system hiding out in the asteroid belt, just a hair under 600 miles in diameter. It also has bright lights of what are probably salts …

The mysterious boundary

A black hole’s event horizon is a one-way bridge to nowhere, a gateway to a netherworld cut off from the rest of the cosmos.<p>Understanding what …

Black Holes

Human DNA found in a Neandertal woman

Humans and Neandertals may have hooked up much earlier than previously thought.<p>Early ancestors of humans in Africa interbred with Neandertals about …

Clocking the rotation rate of a supermassive black hole

A recent observational campaign involving more than two dozen optical telescopes and NASA's space based SWIFT X-ray telescope allowed a team of …

Black Holes

After Two Black Holes Collide, a Puzzling Flash

On Sept. 14, 2015, at almost the exact same time that a pair of sprawling gravitational-wave detectors heard the last gasp of a collision between two …

What happens to your body in space

US ASTRONAUT Scott Kelly has just arrived home after a 340-day mission in space and has revealed how his body changed while he was away.

Space Exploration

A proposed superconductivity theory receives exclusive experimental confirmation

Superconductivity - a quantum phenomenon in which metals below a certain temperature develop flow of current with no loss or resistance - is one of …

Physics

Ask Ethan: Is This Actually A Hole In The Universe?

There’s a lot of brilliant, scientifically accurate information out there on the internet, to be sure. But arguably, there are a lot <i>more</i> sites devoted to generating clicks and traffic irrespective of what’s scientifically true, and it’s often very hard for a non-specialist to tell them apart. For …

Universe

Scientists Just Made a Major Breakthrough in Personalized Cancer Treatment

Scientists at the University College London (UCL) have made a major breakthrough that may further cement so-called immunotherapies’ status as the …

Immunotherapy

Physicists find signs of four-neutron nucleus

The suspected discovery of an atomic nucleus with four neutrons but no protons has physicists scratching their heads. If confirmed by further …

Haunting Whale Sounds Emerge From Ocean's Deepest Point

New experiment calls to mind classic recording made famous by National Geographic.<p>Scientists have produced the first ever recording from the deepest part of the ocean. Now everyone can hear what James Cameron experienced at the bottom of the Challenger Deep, an incredibly remote, high-pressure …

Weekend Science: Turn Your Smartphone Into a Microscope

Ahh, Sunday. Time for coffee, lounging around, and … microbes? Why not? The video above will show you how to make your own microscope so you can see …

Jeff Bezos

Happy Birthday, Periodic Table!

On March 6, 1869, Dmitri Mendeleev unveiled a remarkable discovery-slash-invention: the periodic table arranging the known elements. He showed it to …

Nutrition

WATCH: The World's Blackest Material Just Got Even More Black

Scientists can't even measure it.<p>Back in 2014, a team of British researchers made headlines for producing the blackest material known to science. …

Why Does a Song Get Stuck in Your Head? Here's What Science Has to Say About Earworms

The fact that Taylor Swift's romantic dramedy of a song, "Wildest Dreams," has been stuck in your head for damn days has nothing to do with whether …

Lizard Found Preserved In Amber Is 99-Million-Years-Old, Scientists Say

"It's kind of a missing link."<p>March 5 (Reuters) - A fossilized lizard found in Southeast Asia preserved in amber dates back some 99 million years, Florida scientists have determined, making it the oldest specimen of its kind and a "missing link" for reptile researchers.<p>The lizard is some 75 million …

Dinosaurs

NASA: Asteroid Expected To Pass 'Close To Earth' On March 8th

A small asteroid is expected pass earth on March 8, NASA has said.<p>The rock, named as 2013 TX68, will fly roughly 3 million miles from our planet …

Not So Fast: Discovery of Radio Burst Source May Be Flawed

Last week, a group of astronomers announced that they had for the first time discovered the source galaxy for a mysterious type of event known as a …

A scientist identified the oldest land fossil ever and realized it was eating something even older

Martin Smith never meant to find 440-million-year-old fossils.<p>On three separate trips to New York, Scotland, and an island off the coast of Sweden called Gotland in the 1980s, Smith, a paleontologist at Durham University in England, found tiny fossilized fragments of a type of fungus called</i> …

Paleontology

The Rainbow Mountains Of China Are Earth's Paint Palette

The Rainbow Mountains of China within the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park are a geological wonder of the world. These famous Chinese mountains are known for their otherworldly colors that mimic a rainbow painted over the tops of rolling mountains.<p>This is just one example where geology …

National Parks

Scientists Have Finally Found a Way to Control Electrons in Action

Down to the attosecond.<p>For the first time ever, a team of international scientists has been able to control and monitor the direction of electrons …

Study offers clearest picture yet of how HIV defeats a cellular defender

The first atomic-scale view of an interaction between the HIV capsid -- the protein coat that shepherds HIV into the nucleus of human cells -- and a …

Casper, the Friendly Deep Sea Octopus Who's Entirely New to Science

NOAA’s exploration ship <i>Okeanos Explorer</i> is back on the job in the Hawaiian Archipelago, and on its very first dive of the season, encountered a cute …

The Shocking Consequences of the World's Meat Addiction

More than 9 billion animals are slaughtered in the U.S. every year for meat with global demand skyrocketing. Animal agriculture is putting an …

What Made Einstein's Brain Different From Everyone Else's?

<i>In what ways might Einstein’s brain biology have been different from average? originally appeared on Quora –</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Joyce Schenkein, Ph.D in neuropsychology, on Quora:</b><p>Before looking at differences</i> …

Albert Einstein

These truisms proved false in 2015

Some truisms turned out to be false in 2015 — notably, <i>Brontosaurus</i> exists only in pop culture, the speed of light is always constant and fish are …

Deep-Diving Robot Discovers Mysterious and Adorable Octopus Species

Would you just look at him? Sprung to life out of a Pixar movie, the ghostly little fella pictured above was discovered last month by <i>Deep Discoverer</i>, …

Headphones That Get You High on Dopamine Are Tipped to Go on Sale Next Month

When the music is not enough.<p>Headphones that stimulate the release of dopamine in your brain and reportedly make you feel high as hell have been …