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Clouds circling a supermassive black hole

An international team of astronomers sight huge clouds of gas orbiting supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies. Watch a video depicting …

Space observatory will blast off on mission to find another Earth

The European Space Agency will launch an observatory into space designed to seek out potentially habitable planets outside of our solar system. The PLATO — Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars — mission will search for planets by monitoring the brightness of up to a million nearby stars.<p>The …

Sustainable nuclear fusion breakthrough raises hopes for ultimate green energy

US researchers have achieved a world first in an ambitious experiment that aims to recreate the conditions at the heart of the sun and pave the way for nuclear fusion reactors.<p>The scientists generated more energy from fusion reactions than they put into the nuclear fuel, in a small but crucial step …

Diamond: Britain's answer to the Large Hadron Collider

The darling of particle physics might be the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, but as a practical tool it's no match for the UK's Diamond Light Source. Located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory campus at Harwell in Oxfordshire, Diamond is an alchemist's dream, a place where beams of light …

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook - review

My name is Sherlock Homes. It is my business to know what other people don't know."<br>-- Sherlock Homes in "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" (1892)<p>Are you Sherlocked? Do you wish to hone your thinking and observational skills to meet the high standard set by Sherlock Holmes? Maybe you want to …

Streaks on Mars build the case for water - Futurity

Scientists say mysterious streaks that appear and disappear on the Mars surface are probably related to water, but a definitive answer may be hard to …

Fermilab's Neutrino Detector Sees Its First Particles

The entire experiment is 500 miles long, stretching from northern Illinois nearly to Canada.<p>They've traveled 500 miles underground, passing through soil and rock as easily as Casper the Friendly Ghost glides through walls. They've gone straight through the Earth, reaching their destination without …

25 Times Everyone Was BAFFLED, According To The Daily Mail

Thank you for bringing these incidents to our attention, BY DAILY MAIL REPORTER.<p>1) "The chemistry flops: Pupils baffled by O-level exams from the Sixties"<p>2) "The Chinese mummy that aged 300 years in a day: Experts baffled by 'perfectly preserved' body that turned BLACK just hours after its coffin …

Star-rich galaxy found from universe's baby years | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Astronomers have found an old and distant galaxy that is believed to date back to a time when the universe was just 650 million years old, a fraction of its current age.<p>A long-exposure Hubble Space Telescope image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744, the deepest …

Found: The Oldest Known Star In The Universe

Astronomers announced yesterday that they've spotted a child of the very first stars.<p>Astronomers announced yesterday that they discovered the oldest known star in the universe. They believe the star is from the second generation of stars ever to form.<p>Stefan Keller, an astronomer at the Mount …

Mass of ghostly neurtrinos solves sub-atomic mystery - Futurity

Scientists have used observations of the Big Bang and the curvature of space-time to accurately measure the mass of sub-atomic particles called …

Stephen Hawking Says There Are No Black Holes

The physicist offers a new theory that allows energy to escape.<p>Stephen Hawking has a big announcement. No, it's not that aliens exist or that humans won't survive another 1,000 years on Earth. The physicist claims, in a paper posted online Wednesday, that the idea of an event horizon—the point of …

Super-Earths likely to have oceans and continents

Massive exoplanets might be more like Earth than has been thought.<p>Massive terrestrial exoplanets – planets outside our solar system – called …

Mars mission selection 'to be reality TV show'

Mars One chooses its 1,508 candidates for the one-way trip to Mars and plan to make selection for final 40 wannabe astronauts a reality TV show<p>Mars One hopes to announce a Big Brother-style reality show to help choose which of the 1,058 candidates for the one-way trip to Mars in 2025 will be among …

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Mars One narrows applicant pool to 1,058 in first cut for 2025 colonization mission

Mars One, the organization attempting to send small teams of astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars, has made its first round of applicant decisions, selecting just over 1,000 people to move on to the next stage of what it hopes will be a decade-long, televised training and colonization mission. …

China successfully lands spacecraft on Moon

China, whose lunar ambitions have only expanded in the last few years, has finally joined the United States and Russia in successfully landing a spacecraft on the Moon. The country's Chang'e-3 unmanned spacecraft, launched two weeks ago, landed on the moon today, the first craft to "soft-land" on …

Are you right-brained or left-brained?

Follow these instructions to find out which side of your brain is dominant and how it may explain your personality.<p>In no particular order, I am visual, outspoken, artistic, impulsive, intuitive, a daydreamer and disorganised. I am right-brained, according to this uncannily accurate guide to …

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Space probe Gaia searches for galaxy's dark energy

European scientists are preparing to launch a probe that will transform our understanding of our galaxy. The spacecraft, called Gaia, will carry the world's biggest, most accurate camera which it will use to pinpoint more than a billion stars with unprecedented precision and create a 3D map of the …

What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles and, therefore, the smallest scales of nature. Of these scales, the …

Mars Mission Briefed on This Week @NASA

Dark matter stays hidden as detector fails to see a single particle

The world's most advanced instrument for detecting dark matter – the invisible substance thought to account for most of the matter in the universe – has ended its first three months of service without catching a hint of the stuff.<p>Sat a mile underground in a defunct gold mine in South Dakota, the …

Discovery of Earth-like planet Kepler-78b raises hopes of more

Scientists have found the most similar planet to Earth so far discovered, which is only a little bigger and seems to be made of very similar materials.<p>Describing the results in Nature, two independent teams of scientists found the planet has a diameter of 9,200 miles (around 1.2 times that of …

MIT has built a dark-matter hunter out of a modified particle accelerator

Dark matter is estimated to make up a vast majority of the universe's mass, yet no one has ever definitively detected it before. Now researchers from MIT are working to modify a particle accelerator to allow it to test select theories on what dark matter could actually be like. The work, described …

Biologists Discover Tiny Neural Computers in the Brain

Neuroscientists have learned that dendrites do more than just provide passive wiring in the brain. These nerve cell connectors also process …

Halloween is a cross-quarter day

The 4 cross-quarter days fall between equinoxes and solstices. Halloween is the spookiest one – derived from a sacred festival of ancient Celts and …

Scientists want to annihilate asteroids using nuclear weapons

There's a devastating asteroid hurtling towards Earth, and humanity only has a few years to destroy it before it destroys us. Scientists around the world are looking for solutions to just that scenario, and some of them are channeling Bruce Willis to do it.<p>Experts have previously pondered the idea …

Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter and the Controversy Surrounding Aurora 7

This past May, I went to Spacefest V in Tucson, Arizona, one of the few events where you’d do well to pay special attention to the elderly men you meet in the hall because they just might have walked on the Moon. The group of kids I saw barreling down the breezeway one afternoon in their haste to …