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Triple millisecond pulsar reveals secrets of gravity

Astronomers have pinned down masses and orbits of three stars in a unique system. Next, they’ll use the system to study details in Einstein’s theory …

American Astronomical Society

Triple star system 'can reveal secrets of gravity'

<b>Astronomers have discovered a unique triple star system which could reveal the true nature of gravity.</b><p>They found a pulsar with two white dwarfs all packed in a space smaller than Earth's orbit of the Sun.<p>The trio's unusually close orbits allow precise measurements of gravity and could resolve …

Universe

Online quiz finds iPhone users the smartest

<b>An online quiz set up by British bookmaker Ladbrokes has found that iPhone users are quicker to answer problems correctly than other smartphone users.</b><p>…

IQ

Facebook Without The Cool Kids

It’s not just an attractive advertising demographic that Facebook is losing as teens take their mercurial attention elsewhere in a sullen search of what’s cool. Facebook <i>sans</i> the cool kids may well be taking a substantial knock to the accuracy of its data, too.<p>A study of Facebook use among …

Nvidia Uses Crop Circle to Market New Processor

Graphics technology company Nvidia took an <i>interesting</i> strategy to market its new Tegra K1 processor — it created a crop circle.<p>“We simply couldn’t think of any other way to explain that our new Tegra K1 processor, with 192 graphics cores, can do things no other technology — on this planet, at least …

How the Heart Is Like a ‘Little Brain’: Which Is Really in Control?

Modern science has verified what the ancients believed about one’s heart—that the heart is a center of higher wisdom. It can actually remember things …

Yes, Your Toddler Really Is Smarter Than A 5-Year-Old

Parents, does your 18-month-old seem wise beyond her years? Science says you're not fooling yourself.<p>Very small children can reason abstractly, researchers say, and are able to infer the relationships between objects that elude older children who get caught up on the concreteness of things.<p>In …

Remember That? No You Don’t. Study Shows False Memories Afflict Us All

<b>Correction appended 11/20/13, 10:18 AM</b><p>It’s easy enough to explain why we remember things: multiple regions of the brain — particularly the …

The Particle at the End of the Universe, by Sean Carroll – review

Particle physics,Higgs boson,Royal Society,Peter Higgs,Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books,Science,Books,Physics,Cern<p>The difficulty of trying to explain the hunt for the Higgs boson shows that nature will not be so easily defined

NASA's Tips For Interpreting Satellite Images

Example tip: Farmed vegetation often looks brighter green than natural vegetation<p>Here at <i>Popular Science</i>, we love satellite images. They offer cool views of Earthly phenomena such as plankton blooms and erupting volcanoes. They give important perspective on the impact of natural disasters such as …

APOD: Heavy Black Hole Jets in 4U1630-47 (2013 Nov 20) Illustration Credit: NASA, CXC, M. Weiss http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131120.html What are black hole jets made of? Many black holes in stellar systems are surely surrounded by disks of gas and plasma gravitationally pulled from a close binary star companion. Some of this material, after approaching the black hole, ends up being expelled from the star system in powerful jets emanating from the poles of the spinning black hole. Recent evidence indicates that these jets are composed not only electrons and protons, but also the nuclei of heavy elements such as iron and nickel. The discovery was made in system 4U1630-47 using CSIRO’s Compact Array of radio telescopes in eastern Australia, and the European Space Agency's Earth-orbiting XMM-Newton satellite. The 4U1630-47 star system is depicted above in an artist's illustration, with a large blue star on the right and jets emanating from a black hole in the center of the accretion disc on the left. Although the 4U1630-47 star system is thought to contain only a small black hole -- a few times the mass of our Sun -- the implications of the results may be larger: that black holes of larger sizes might also be emitting jets of massive nuclei into the cosmos. http://www.nasa.gov/chandra http://chandra.harvard.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131120 #APOD

Why I hate neurons

Last week, Ben Lillie (director of the awesome Story Collider) asked people on twitter what science-related things first made them actually feel something. Who inspired your original spark of interest in science in the first place? Did you hate it at school, only to throw yourself into it as an …

Russian meteor was a wake-up call, says scientist

“If humanity does not want to go the way of the dinosaurs, we need to study an event like this in detail,” said earth scientist Qing-zhu Yin.<p>Consumer …

Meteorites

Engineers create smallest FM radio transmitter

To build the world’s smallest system that can create FM signals, engineers turned to atomically thin graphene.<p>James Hone, a mechanical engineering …

Art on the Mind

<b>Hey New Yorkers</b>, tonight (11/20) at ABC No Rio is the opening reception of <i>Collect, Store, Retrieve</i>, an exploration of the "mechanics, makeup, fallibility, and plasticity of memory." The show is curated by Brian George and Kelly Savage and is funded in part with support from the New York City …

Poor Countries Push Rich Nations To Do More On Climate Change

Delegates to the U.N. climate change conference in Poland from many of the world's poorer nations are asking wealthier countries to pay compensation to the impoverished countries bearing the brunt of climate change. Melissa Block talks to Munjurul Hannan Khan, negotiator and spokesman for the Least …

At Climate Meeting, Tensions Rise Between Rich And Poor Nations

At the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, conflict between rich and poor nations is mounting. The developing world wants large sums of money to help them adapt to climate change. The U.S. and Europe say they're doing what they can to help but times are tough.<p>Transcript<p>MELISSA BLOCK, …

Comet ISON brightening fast as its moment of truth nears

“We might witness a nice, long-tailed comet visible to the naked eye that will leave millions of people with fond memories for a lifetime, or maybe …

Astronomy

Electric Car Shopping Guide: What to Consider Before Buying an Electric Car

Epoch Times is taking a look at each of the major options for going green while shopping for your next vehicle.<p>Here’s a look at the pros and cons of …

Electric Vehicles