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Why Cosmology's Expanding Universe Controversy Is An Even Bigger Problem Than You Realize

Look out at a distant galaxy, and you’ll see it as it was in the distant past. But light arriving after, say, a billion-year journey won’t come from a galaxy that’s a billion light years away, but one that’s even more distant than that. Why’s that? Because the fabric of our Universe itself is …

Universe

The Counterintuitive Reason Why Dark Energy Makes The Universe Accelerate

Matter and energy tell spacetime how to curve; curved spacetime tells matter and energy how to move. It’s the cardinal rule of General Relativity, and it applies to everything in the Universe, including the entire Universe itself. In the late 1990s, we had collected enough data from distant …

Dark Matter

New $100 Genetic Test Identifies Men Who Have Vastly Increased Chance Of Developing Prostate Cancer

A new DNA “spit test” for prostate cancer can identify men who have an increased risk of developing the disease.<p>The research published today in <i>Nature Genetics</i>, funded by an international team including the world’s two biggest cancer research agencies, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Cancer …

Cancer

Dark inflation opens up a gravitational window on the first moments after the Big Bang

Dark matter and dark energy may have driven inflation, the exponential expansion of the universe moments after the Big Bang. A new cosmological model …

There Are No Laws of Physics. There’s Only the Landscape.

Scientists seek a single description of reality. But modern physics allows for many different descriptions, many equivalent to one another, connected …

Quantum Mechanics

This is an Incredible Commercial for the Scientific Method

God doesn't deserve credit for human achievement when science does all the work.

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Multitask, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

2,400 years ago, Plato saw democracy would give rise to a tyrannical leader filled with “false and braggart words”

Plato was not a fan of democracy. Many might consider this just a blip on the philosopher’s otherwise excellent political analysis. But his description of the “democratic man” does give pause for thought.<p>In the <i>Republic</i><i>,</i> written in 380 BC, Plato describes such the democratic man—by which he means a …

Political Science

There are two types of water, and a new study finds they behave differently

It’s not just poets. Chemists also like to wax lyrical about water, because there’s nothing like it. You probably already know some of the cool stuff about water: unlike all other chemicals, water becomes less dense when you cool it from a liquid state to a solid state (that’s why ice floats on …

Chemistry

What if dark matter is changing?

Dark matter is the unseen hand that fashions the universe. It decides where galaxies will form and where they won’t. Its gravity binds stars into …

A New World’s Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine

In early 2016, two planetary scientists declared that a ghost planet is hiding in the depths of the solar system, well beyond the orbit of Pluto. …

Universe

How to Deal With mshelper, the Latest Mac Malware

It’s been a long time since Apple could claim its computers were really virus-free. Even mighty Mac owners have to keep an eye out for the latest …

Earth Shatters Climate Record, Sending Planet Toward 'Worst Case Scenario'

April was the 400th “consecutive month with above-average temperatures.”<p>April 2018 was the 400th “consecutive month with above-average temperatures” …

Climate Change

What causes multiple sclerosis? Landmark study finds clue

Multiple sclerosis can cause debilitating fatigue, vision problems, impaired balance and coordination, and muscle stiffness. It is usually disabling, …

Mind-Altering Quantum Experiment Shows Time Has Never Existed

In 2012 US National Medal of Science award winner Yakir Aharonov, who is regarded as one of the world’s leading quantum theorists published a paper …

According To Physicists Parallel Worlds Interact With Us

<b>According to new claims made by some physicists, there are other parallel worlds that interact with us.</b><p>Quantum mechanics is a tested science, but it …

What Everyone Gets Wrong About Introverts

Not antisocial. Not lazy.<p>When you hear the term "introvert," you might imagine someone who's quiet and insular, who likes to spend most of their time …

You Won't Like The Consequences Of Making Pluto A Planet Again

Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto was heralded as the ninth planet in our Solar System. Pluto was the first world ever discovered beyond Neptune, and for nearly half a century, was the only world known beyond our last gas giant. Generations of schoolchildren learned mnemonic devices about their …

Astronomy

What Stephen Hawking thought about the multiverse might surprise you

The idea of a multiverse fascinates physicists as much as sci-fi fans, but if science was able to prove it exists, could every type of universe …

Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Is All About Observers

One of the great things about being asked to speak on unusual topics is that putting together a talk on a subject a little outside of your usual range sometimes leads to looking at familiar topics from a new angle. When you do that, sometimes you notice connections between things that you hadn’t …

Quantum Physics

Earth's carbon dioxide levels continue to soar, at highest point in 800,000 years

Carbon dioxide — the gas scientists say is most responsible for global warming — reached its highest level in recorded history last month, at 410 parts per million.<p>This amount is highest in at least the past 800,000 years, according to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Prior to the onset of …

Climate Change

Remembering Richard Feynman

The late Richard P. Feynman, longtime professor of physics at Caltech and Nobel Laureate, would have been 100 years old on May 11, 2018. Though he …

Physics

The reign of Lew Alcindor in the age of revolt

When black collegians debated boycotting the Olympics in 1968, he emerged as the most prominent face on campus<p>Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is known as one of …

This New Kind of Battery Can Be Fully Charged in Less Than 30 Seconds

We need this SO bad.<p>A novel approach to an energy storage device run on an aqueous electrolyte can go from flat to fully-charged in just 20 seconds, …

This Map Shows the Average Income in Every State—and What It's Really Worth

$50,000 goes further in Ohio than New Hampshire.<p>Geography can transform a paycheck. That is: How much your wages are actually worth depends largely …

The 100 greatest novels of all time

<b>Our critics choose the best novels ever written, from Tolkien to Proust</b><p>100 <b>The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (1954-55)</b><p>Hairy-toed hobbit Frodo leaves home to defend the world from dark forces by destroying a cursed ring, in Tolkien's epic trilogy. WH Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures …

Water Might Be All Over the Moon, New Research Shows

In 2009, three spacecraft confirmed that water exists on the moon, but until now, astronomers thought most of that water was confined to "cold traps" …

Space Travel

NASA Set To Launch Game-Changing Probe Of Mars' Deep Interior

In what promises to be a planetary science game-changer, NASA’s forthcoming InSight probe to the surface of Mars should provide the best data ever on the Red planet’s deep interior.<p>Due for a May launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California , NASA says the InSight (Interior Exploration Using …

Moon was spat out by giant ‘dust doughnut’ after planetary collision, say scientists

The Moon was formed after early Earth collided with a baby planet creating a ‘dust doughnut’ which spat out the the lunar satellite, scientists have suggested.<p>Up until now, experts thought the Moon formed as a result of a glancing blow between the early Earth and a Mars-size body, commonly called …