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Here's the only way to destroy a black hole

I've suggested a bunch of crazy ideas, like blasting it with rockets, shooting lasers at it, smashing planets into it. Nothing would work, everything would just make it bigger and angrier.<p>Turns out the only way to defeat a black hole is to sit on your hands and wait for it to evaporate. That's not …

World War 1 Casualties As A Percentage of Pre-War Population

<i>Map created by reddit user lanson15</i><p>The map above reveals a rather shocking aspect of the First World War. While most people in Western Europe and …

12 Illuminating Facts About General Relativity

This year marks the 100th anniversary of a scientific breakthrough that fundamentally changed our world.<p>In 1915, Albert Einstein presented his theory …

Experiment suggests that reality doesn't exist until it is measured

Researchers working at the Australian National University (ANU) have conducted an experiment that helps bolster the ever-growing evidence surrounding …

Black Holes: Facts, Theory & Definition

Black holes are some of the strangest and most fascinating objects found in outer space. They are objects of extreme density, with such strong …

How It Works: Death By Black Hole

A quantum quandary<p>As you fall feet first across an event horizon—the point where nothing can escape the black hole’s gravitational pull—you don’t feel anything change. But eventually, gravity is so much stronger at your feet than your head that you’re stretched apart, like Play-Doh, until you snap. …

New analysis may explain why the Earth and the moon are so chemically similar

It's a lunar mystery that has lingered for decades: If the moon is made of material from another planetary body that crashed into Earth, why is its chemical fingerprint so similar to that of our planet?<p>Nobody is 100% sure how the moon was created, but the giant-impact model is the most widely …

Ring brings ancient Viking, Islamic civilizations closer together

More than a century after its discovery in a ninth century woman’s grave, an engraved ring has revealed evidence of close contacts between Viking Age …

10,000 Years of War and Immigration Captured in This DNA Map of Britain

Take a look at the regions of Europe that had the greatest genetic influence on the people of the U.K.<p>New research from geneticists and historians at Oxford University uses DNA analysis to identify patterns of immigration from Europe to the U.K. The DNA of longtime British residents—those from …

Scientists create genetic map of Britain to chart immigration since the Ice Age

Scientists compare DNA samples from 2,000 Brits with people from across Europe to draw new conclusions from 10,000 years of immigration<p>The people of …

Here's how proving supersymmetry could completely change how we understand the universe

The $10 billion, 17-mile-long Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has lain dormant for two years while engineers revamped it to hurl particles at even greater speeds. Physicists think the near-light-speed collisions could reveal a whole suite of new particles that would backup one of the most elusive …

How Information Theory Unifies Quantum Mechanics

A new framework ties together wave-particle duality and quantum uncertainty with bits.<p>Two parallel mysteries of quantum mechanics, so-called wave-particle duality and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, are in reality one and the same. This is according to a new framework developed by physicists …

Why Interstellar Should Be Taken Seriously -- Very Seriously

A few of my closest friends are physicists. In fact, when I went to see <i>Interstellar</i>, I made sure one of them was at my side. My physicist pal and I loved the movie, and to us (especially the physicist) the physics of the story were merely a layman's version of the real thing, but that was the right …

12 data maps that sum up London

<b>A new collection of data maps of London reveals a city heaving with information.</b><p>A quick quiz question for you. How many football pitches could fit inside the Greater London boundary? Well, 220,000 of them would fill the space between Cockfosters and Croydon, Heathrow and Hornchurch.<p>That statistic …

When we find aliens, which religions will still make sense?

How will humankind react after astronomers hand over rock-solid scientific evidence for the existence of life beyond the Earth? No more speculating. …

How Gravity Explains Why Time Never Runs Backward

We can’t avoid the passing of time, even at the DMV, where time seems to come to a standstill. And daylight savings notwithstanding, time always …

The Changing Face Of Satan, From 1500 To Today

Over the centuries, artists have come to portray Satan as less bestial demon, more human. How did the devil’s image evolve?<p>Whether you call him Satan, Lucifer, or Mephistopholes, he’s a beast with even more faces than he has names. Over the past five centuries, artists have variously depicted the …

These Fascinating Maps Show The Origin Of Words We Use All The Time

U.S. playwright Rita Mae Brown said: "Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."<p>That …

Is Google Making Students Stupid?

Outsourcing menial tasks to machines can seem liberating, but it may be robbing a whole generation of certain basic mental abilities.<p>One of the oldest metaphors for human interaction with technology is the relationship of master and slave. Aristotle imagined that technology could replace slavery if …

A lost Lebanon - in pictures

When artist Ania Dabrowska started working with Diab Alkarssifi, a homeless Lebanese man in London, she made a startling discovery. He was a compulsive photographer with a hoard of unseen pictures from his homeland<p><i>To support the publication of this archive, visit</i>

Paper Crafted Editorial Illustrations by Eiko Ojala

Eiko Ojala’s editorial papercraft illustrations.<p>You may remember the vertical landscape – papercut artwork by Eiko Ojala. This time I want to present …

Photoshopped Portraits Paint a Creepy and Cuddly Picture of Infamous World Leaders

What happens when you use a generous dose of juxtaposition in combination with some digital retouching skills? You end up with a rather humorous …

Cancer-Stricken Father Walks His 11-Year-Old Daughter Down the Aisle

For many women, the wedding is one of the most significant days of her life, with the traditional walk down the aisle with her father holding a special place in her heart as a reminder of the love and care that her parents have given her. 11-year-old Josie Zetz was given the surprise of a lifetime …

Arabic Calligraphy – Taking A Closer Look

Can different scripts tell us more information, such as the geographical area where each was developed? How much is the local culture affected by …

Is Freedom Just An Illusion? Maybe We Don't Want To Know

The possibility that machines will be able to simulate the human brain is all over the news these days. In the United States, President Obama's Brain Initiative promises $100 million to fund research into "how we think, learn, and remember." In Europe, the Blue Brain Project, headed by Henry …

Study Theology, Even If You Don't Believe in God

This lost liberal art encourages scholars to understand history from the inside out.<p>When I first told my mother—a liberal, secular New Yorker—that I wanted to cross an ocean to study for a bachelor’s degree in theology, she was equal parts aghast and concerned. Was I going to become a nun, she …