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A Mathematical Proof That The Universe Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Cosmologists assume that natural quantum fluctuations allowed the Big Bang to happen spontaneously. Now they have a mathematical proof<p>One of the …

Could Supermassive Black Holes At The Center Of Galaxies Be Wormholes?

A duo of theoretical physicists from Fudan University, Shanghai, has proposed a very intriguing hypothesis; supermassive black holes at the center of …

The Biggest Thing In The Universe Is So Gigantic It Shouldn't Exist At All (VIDEO)

What's the biggest known structure in the universe?<p>Astronomers used to think it was a "filament" of galaxies known as the Sloan Great Wall. But recent research suggests a different structure is even bigger -- and its size has astronomers scratching their heads.<p>Meet the Hercules-Corona Borealis …

Biggest Misconceptions About The Universe Explained

Back in March, the science world celebrated as researchers announced the first detection of gravitational waves; a smoking gun for the Big Bang. …

Universe

Stretch Or Splat? How A Black Hole Kills You Matters ... A Lot

It could rightly be called the most massive debate of the year: Physicists are locked in an argument over what happens if you fall into a black hole.<p>On one side are those who support the traditional view from Albert Einstein. On the other, backers of a radical new theory that preserves the very …

Why you can't travel at the speed of light

A short history of Einstein's theory of relativity<p>Albert Einstein is famous for many things, not least his theories of relativity. The first, the special theory of relativity, was the one that began the physicist's reputation for tearing apart the classical worldview that had come before. Special …

Stephen Hawking: 'There are no black holes'

Most physicists foolhardy enough to write a paper claiming that “there are no black holes” — at least not in the sense we usually imagine — would …

Quantum computing explained: harnessing particle physics to work faster

Around the world teams of scientists are working on the next technological revolution: quantum computing. But what makes it so special? And why do we need it? We ask physicist Dr Ruth Oulton of the Bristol University to explain.<p><b>In a normal computer, information is stored as bits. How is it</b> …

10 Mind-Bending Implications of the Many Worlds Theory

In quantum physics—the scientific study of the nature of physical reality—there is plenty of room for interpretation within the realm of what is …

Our Universe Just May Exist In A Multiverse After All, Cosmic Inflation Discovery Suggests

The first direct evidence of cosmic inflation — a period of rapid expansion that occurred a fraction of a second after the Big Bang — also supports the idea that our universe is just one of many out there, some researchers say.<p>On Monday (March 17), scientists announced new findings that mark the …

Plugging the hole in Hawking's black hole theory

(Phys.org) —Recently physicists have been poking holes again in Stephen Hawking's black hole theory – including Hawking himself. For decades …

The Universe Really Is a Hologram, According to New Simulations

A team of physicists has provided some of the clearest evidence yet that our universe could be just one big projection.<p>In 1997, theoretical physicist …

MinutePhysics Explains Why Relativity Isn’t Actually Relative

MinutePhysics host Henry Reich explains why relativity, as it relates to physics and most sciences, isn’t actually relative.<p>In addition to this blog, …

New Quantum Theory Could Explain the Flow of Time

Coffee cools, buildings crumble, eggs break and stars fizzle out in a universe that seems destined to degrade into a state of uniform drabness known …

How do astronomers know Jupiter’s mass?

Astronomers use the orbiting moons of Jupiter – largest planet in our solar system – to find Jupiter’s mass.<p>Jupiter is the largest planet in our …

How to spot ISS in your sky

A new map-based feature in NASA’s Spot the Station program makes it even easier to track the International Space Station as it passes over you.<p>This …

Is spacetime like a liquid?

A very slippery superfluid, that’s what spacetime could be like, say physicists.<p>What if spacetime were a kind of fluid? This is the question tackled …

Maybe I’m not even here, and other crazy beautiful stuff physics told me

In her short animated documentary – called Why Do I Study Physics? – Xiangjun Shi finds beauty in both the orderly world of physics and the chaos of …

Physics

Our sun now has a brother star, the first one ever found

These astronomers say there’s a “small, but not zero” chance that brother stars to our sun could host planets that harbor life.<p>Astronomers at …

Siblings

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 …

Lifeform of the Week: Monotremes are a true singularity

The egg-laying Cadbury Bunny is an invention of advertising, but monotremes are the real deal.<p>Sometimes nature is just weird. All your life you’re …

Zoology

Top 10 cool things about stars

Here’s a collection of 10 unexpected, intriguing facts about the stars of our universe – including our sun – that you probably didn’t know!<p><b>1. Every</b> …

Scientists propose way to turn light to matter

Scientists believe light transformed to matter shortly after the Big Bang. Two UK physicists say they now know how to change light to matter here on …

Alpha Centauri system, closest to sun

We see this star system as a single star, but it’s really 3 stars. Of the 3, Proxima is closer to our sun than any other known star.<p>The Alpha …

Which spiral arm of the Milky Way contains our sun?

Our sun is one of billions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy? But where within this vast spiral structure do our sun and Earth reside?<p>We live in an …

Cosmology

NASA is go for 2016 Mars lander

New Mars InSight mission is focused downward and inward, on Mars’ core, mantle and crust. It’ll even probe Mars’ interior.<p>NASA and its international …

Space

An expert explains what’s happening to glaciers in Antarctica

What is happening to ice in Antarctica, and why does the reality of ice loss or gain on Earth’s southernmost continent seem so elusive?<p>The story …

Global Warming