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Hubble Space Telescope Helps Solve Mystery Of Universe's Massive Galactic Burnouts

Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories, astronomers are learning why some massive galaxies hit their peak young and quit making stars when the universe was less than a quarter of its current age.<p>Scientists have been puzzled by compact, elliptical-shaped galaxies that …

Mathematics: Why the brain sees maths as beauty

<b>Brain scans show a complex string of numbers and letters in mathematical formulae can evoke the same sense of beauty as artistic masterpieces and music from the greatest composers.</b><p>Mathematicians were shown "ugly" and "beautiful" equations while in a brain scanner at University College London.<p>The …

Secret Viking Code Decrypted: 'Kiss Me'

Medieval Norse cryptology was more about love than war.<p>For years, researchers puzzled over codes they saw carved into 13th-century Viking inscriptions. It's not that researchers don't know how to read Norse runes—they do. But about 80 existing fragments of runes seem to be encrypted. Are they …

The Science of Stupid: Galileo is Rolling Over in His Grave

So here’s a fine howdy-do for Galileo Galilei: Exactly one day—<i>one flipping day</i>—after the great man’s 450th birthday, on Feb. 15, 2014, a study by …

How Modern Light Bulbs Work

Future Particle Colliders May Dwarf CERN's Enormous Large Hadron Collider

LONDON — So, physicists have found the Higgs boson. What next?<p>It took three years for the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), to spot the elusive Higgs boson particle, which is thought to explain how other particles get their mass.<p>It took the international …

Interstellar magnetic fields warp as our sun and heliosphere move through galaxy

This illustration shows our heliosphere – the sphere of the sun’s influence – moving through the space of our Milky Way galaxy.<p>The blue “globe” in …

Famous Star Explosion Lit by Ultrafast Mach 1,000 Shock Wave

Astronomers studying the remnants of a well-known stellar explosion discovered a blisteringly fast shock wave that is rushing inward at 1,000 times …

The 10 Best Toys From The 2014 Toy Fair

A plush uterus, talking teddy bear, and other crazy trinkets<p>We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Every toy does not need an app! So once again, as we cruised the aisles at the American International Toy Fair this week, we largely turned a blind eye to "interactive elements" carelessly …