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Astronomers Solve the Mystery of Where Gamma Rays Originate

Cosmic powerhouse: An artist’s view of the nuclear region of an active galaxy: a disk of accreting material (brown/yellow) spirals in onto the …

This is cool! Watch a realistic virtual universe unfold

If astronomers had used an average desktop computer to run the new Illustris simulation, the calculations would have taken more than 2,000 years to …

Mad Science: How to Build a Gamma-Ray Laser with Antimatter

Building gamma-ray lasers powered by an exotic hybrid of matter and antimatter may sound like science fiction, but scientists are now a step closer …

How scientists made a new chemical element, explained in GIFs

The periodic table is on its way to getting a new chemical element.<p>On May 1, researchers in Germany published a paper in <i>Physical Review Letters</i> showing that they had created element 117. The results confirm previous experiments by a team of Russians and Americans and make it likely that 117 will …

How To Tell When A Laugh Is Real: The Answer Is In A Breath

Greg Bryant, a professor at UCLA, explains his studies on laughter. Using acoustic analysis, he found that real laughter was more emotional, closer to animals, and fake laughter was closer to speech.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>And now, strictly in the interests of evolutionary psychology, the …

Swapping Young Blood for Old Reverses Aging

Muscle tone, endurance, memory, and smell improve in elderly mice infused with blood from younger mice<p>In what could have profound implications for understanding the process of aging, a trio of scientific papers published today show that infusing elderly mice with the blood of young mice can reverse …

Tomb dating back to 1100 B.C. found in Egypt

Archeologists have found a tomb dating back to around 1100 B.C. south of Cairo, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said Thursday.<p>Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that the tomb belongs to a guard of the army archives and royal messenger to foreign countries. Ibrahim said the Cairo University …

2 Percent Of People Can Multitask Well. Are You A Supertasker?

Now that I have your undivided attention...<p>When people try to do multiple things at the same time, their ability to do these things suffers. It's well-established that motorists on cellphones drive as badly as drunk people, for example. University of Utah researcher David Strayer thought that this …

First living Organism Created that Transmits the Letters in DNA 'Alphabet'

"Life on Earth in all its diversity is encoded by only two pairs of DNA bases, A-T and C-G, and what we've made is an organism that stably contains …

The Tail of the Hamburger Galaxy

<b>Sharp telescopic views of NGC 3628 show a puffy galactic disk divided by dark dust lanes. Of course, this deep portrait of the magnificent, edge-on</b> …

Best Time to Observe the Moon This Month Is Now

As the moon moves from first quarter to full moon over the next week, it offers stargazers a wonderful opportunity to explore another world.<p>As the …

NASA Now Streaming Live HD Camera Views of Earth from Space (Video)

Daydreaming about being an astronaut just got a whole lot easier.<p>NASA is now live-streaming views of Earth from space captured by four commercial …

Space Exploration

Watch Stunning First Simulation of Universe’s 13-Billion-Year Evolution

Changing Planet<p>An early universe simulation shows dark matter (left) transitioning to gas (right).<br>Credit: Illustris Collaboration<p><b>Everyone loves cartoons, even cosmologists. They just call them simulations.</b><p>Now, one of the great triumphs of modern cosmology—our understanding of how the universe …

New surveys claim Android is essentially for promiscuous hillbillies

This morning started like any other work day. I got up and started reading my email, I then followed up with checking various news feeds and other sources to get a better grasp at what’s going on in the world of Android. It wasn’t much more than thirty minutes into my day that I was made aware of …

Inner Solar System Orbit Diagrams

Inner Solar System Orbit Diagrams<p>Below are diagrams of the inner solar system on 2018 January 1. A description of these diagrams is given at the …

Confirming the Big Bang's Inflation: Q&A with Study Leader John Kovac

On Monday (March 17), a team of astronomers sent a jolt through the physics and cosmology communities and made front-page news around the world.<p>The …

Cosmic Inflation & Gravitational Waves: Complete Coverage of Major Discovery

On March 17, 2014 scientists announced the first direct detection of the cosmic inflation behind the rapid expansion of the universe just a tiny …

Practice Not As Important As Believed For Success

But don't use this as an excuse when you mess up at your piano recital.<p>You may have heard of the "10,000 hour rule," popularized in Malcolm Gladwell's book <i>Outliers</i>, which suggests that many people who have reached the top of their fields got there, in large part, due to practicing for 10,000 hours. …

Deep Water May Have Surrounded Ancient Mars Mountain

A giant lake could have filled Gale Crater and encircled Mount Sharp.<p>Water-carved rocks high up on a Martian mountain, just reported by planetary scientists, point to a very watery past for the red planet.<p>The new finding comes from Gale Crater, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed in 2012. The rover …

Elephants Know How Dangerous We Are From How We Speak

Elephants pay attention when we speak, a new study in Kenya shows.<p>When an elephant killed a Maasai woman collecting firewood near Kenya's Amboseli National Park in 2007, a group of young Maasai men retaliated by spearing one of the animals.<p>"It wasn't the one that had killed the woman, says Graeme …

Researchers create 'thinnest possible' LEDs at only three atoms thick

LEDs are already pretty tiny, but they just got a whole lot smaller. Researchers at the University of Washington have built what they say are the "thinnest-possible LEDs" — tiny lights that measure just three atoms thick. "Such thin and foldable LEDs are critical for future portable and integrated …

Dark Skin May Have Evolved to Protect Against Skin Cancer

Darwin and others said skin cancer couldn't influence the evolution of skin color. A new study makes the case that it did.<p>When it comes to skin color, the idea that we're really all the same isn't just a utopian dream. A look at skin cancer from an evolutionary perspective suggests that maybe once …

Summer Triangle, signpost for all seasons

Tonight, look for the Summer Triangle. It’s not summer for our northern temperate latitudes, but the three brilliant stars of the Summer Triangle – …

Big Pic: A Hypergiant Star And Its Clingy Companion

This enormous star is a million times brighter than the sun.<p>The astronomer who discovered the size of this star says it's shaped like a peanut, but we disagree; that one "lobe" is much too large. Perhaps that's because the larger star is, in fact, one of the 10 largest stars ever discovered. Its …

Universe

Virtual Reality French Experimental Theater Is The Trippiest Thing

Ever, possibly. It's also fascinating. We caught up with Benoit Marini, director of Mr. and Mrs. Dream, to talk about the play/show/dance/simulation.<p>Benoit Marini has spent years working with virtual-reality technology for the French company Dassault Systemes. As the director for the company's …

How the ancient Greeks shaped modern mathematics – video animation

In this Royal Institution animation about a group of revolutionary thinkers who changed the way we see mathematics, we see that maths isn't just about performing calculations, but a way of understanding and testing the reality of the world around us. Ancient thinking is still helping engineers, …

On Collision

NASA astronomers announced Thursday they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, sun, and solar system: the …