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Get a Drone's-Eye View of the Large Hadron Collider

Researchers at Europe's CERN particle physics center send a camera-equipped drone above and through the Large Hadron Collider, the world's biggest particle-smasher. These shots focus on the ALICE detector, which recreates the conditions that existed just an instant after the Big Bang.

Physics

Lab notes: meet the primitive Picassos – our arty ancestors the Neanderthals

This week’s biggest stories<p>This weeks headlines have been full of our ancestors, most prominently the discovery that Neanderthals painted on cave walls in Spain 65,000 years ago – tens of thousands of years before the arrival of modern humans. Some say this made them the first artists on Earth, but …

Anthropology

Astronomers Spot Most Distant Supernova Ever Seen

An extraordinarily powerful "hypernova" a whopping 10.5 billion light-years from Earth is the most distant star explosion ever observed, a new study …

Universe

The Big Bang Wasn't The Beginning, After All

The Universe began not with a whimper, but with a bang! At least, that’s what you’re commonly told: the Universe and everything in it came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang. Space, time, and all the matter and energy within began from a singular point, and then expanded and cooled, …

Universe

Scientists Are Investigating Warm Caves Under Antarctica Which Could Support Secret Life

"You could wear a T-shirt in there and be pretty comfortable."<p>Australian scientists investigating ice caves under Antarctica's glaciers say they are …

Viking skeleton’s DNA test proves historians wrong

The remains of a powerful Viking — long thought to be a man — was in fact a real-life Xena Warrior Princess, a study released Friday reveals.<p>The lady …

Archaeology

The Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole is Proving Einstein Correct

As if he needs it.<p>Sitting at the center of the Milky Way galaxy lies a supermassive black hole named Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), possessing the mass of …

Black Holes

Scientists Just Revealed a Hidden Secret About The Sun's Inner Core

The beginning of new solar physics.<p>The innermost region of the Sun is hidden from our eyes, and it looks like this stealth has enabled the core to …

Astronomy

You can now explore the International Space Station with Google Maps

Not content with giving us eye-level views of millions of miles of roads, Google Maps has now entering the stratosphere. In a blog post published yesterday, Google announced that you can now explore the International Space Station (ISS) with Street View.<p>Of course, Google did not send its 360-degree …

Space Exploration

There's Growing Evidence That Pluto's Largest Moon Had a Massive Ocean

Pluto’s moon Charon is the best sidekick a dwarf planet could hope for: unwavering in its loyalty, content to be a minor character in somebody else’s …

Solar System

Long After Humanity is Gone and the Sun Dies, the Water Bears Will be There

Like all living creatures, stars have a natural lifespan. After going through their main sequence phase, they eventually exhaust their nuclear fuel …

Biology

Enormous Impact on Mars Could Have Created Mysterious Group of Asteroids

The Mars trojans may show a giant impact in its past.<p>Mars has never had an easy time as a planet, constantly getting bombarded with asteroids throughout its history as its atmosphere was stripped away to nearly nothing. A study published in <i>Nature Astronomy</i> today further highlights Mars's struggles …

Astronomy

Fly Over Pluto In This Incredibly Detailed New NASA Video

Pluto is the unquestionably the most goth (dwarf) planet in the solar system. Its cold, icy heart and underworld-themed moons are absolutely …

Russian "lighthouse" satellite enters orbit

Look upwards tonight and you might just see a new "star" streaking across the sky. A Russian CubeSat called Mayak (meaning "lighthouse") was …

Space Exploration

What’s so awe-inspiring about solar eclipses, in one paragraph

“You suddenly feel as though you can see the clockwork of the solar system.”<p>On August 21, the moon will completely block out the sun over a 60-mile-wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. The rest of the country will experience a partial version of this, with the moon blocking 50 …

South Carolina

Why We Lie: The Science Behind Our Deceptive Ways

In the fall of 1989 Princeton University welcomed into its freshman class a young man named Alexi Santana, whose life story the admissions committee had found extraordinarily compelling.<p>He had barely received any formal schooling. He had spent his adolescence almost entirely on his own, living …

Psychology

A New Type of Planetary Object Has Been Proposed - And It Could Explain Earth's Origin

Introducing: synestia.<p>Scientists have proposed that an unknown type of planetary object has been lurking in our Universe this whole time, and it …

Universe

Total solar eclipse: Things to know

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Monday, the sun will disappear -- for a short time -- across America.<p>For a brief moment, day will turn to night. Animals big and small will go into their nighttime routines. Stars and planets will be visible, and streetlights will turn on in the middle of the day.<p>Here are some of the …

Solar Eclipse

Trump’s own words add fuel to questions about the legality of firing Comey

With his own words over the past two days, President Trump has vastly escalated the stakes and potential consequences of his decision to fire James B. Comey as FBI director, provoking questions about whether his motivations and tactics may have run afoul of the law.<p>The president also suggested via …

Donald Trump

The Truth Behind All Those Gut Health Claims

No alternative facts here.<p>I get it. Gut health is not a sexy topic. (Who wants to talk about something called "leaky gut?") It is, however, a buzzy one. Just do a Google search, and you can easily fall down a rabbit hole of weird blog posts and misinformation about diets and nutrition. Finding …

Wellness

The 19 Best Places to Catch the Great American Solar Eclipse

Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina<p>The vast wilderness of this forest covering the mountains and valleys of southwestern North Carolina falls …

North Carolina

Physicists Say They've Created a Fluid With 'Negative Mass'

Holy crap.<p>Researchers in the US say they've created a fluid with negative mass in the lab... which is exactly as mind-bending as it sounds.<p>What it …

Physics

Do Naked Singularities Exist? Quantum Effects May Be Shielding The Universe From Uncloaked Infinities

Black holes are indisputably weird. These objects, formed when the center of massive stars collapse in upon itself, are so dense that nothing, not …

Scientists capture first ever image of dark matter web that connects galaxies

For the first time ever, scientists have captured an image of a dark matter bridge, confirming the theory that galaxies are held together by a cosmic …

Dark Matter

Mind-Blowing New Theory Connects Black Holes, Dark Matter, and Gravitational Waves

The past few years have been incredible for physics discoveries. Scientists spotted the Higgs boson, a particle they’d been hunting for almost 50 …

Physics

'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death

She is venerated around the world. She has outlasted 12 US presidents. She stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan.<p>Support our journalism by becoming a member or making a one-off …

University of London

The Man Who Wants to Unmake the West

Europeans are starting to worry that Steve Bannon has the EU in his cross hairs. Here’s how the White House could genuinely help pull it apart.<p><b>It was the day after Britain voted to leave the</b> European Union in June, and the Western world was still absorbing the shock. With no clear plan for what …

Europe

Welcome to Pleistocene Park

In Arctic Siberia, Russian scientists are trying to stave off catastrophic climate change—by resurrecting an Ice Age biome complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths.<p>Nikita Zimov’s nickname for the vehicle seemed odd at first. It didn’t look like a baby mammoth. It looked like a small tank, with …

Nature

Scientists have confirmed a brand new phase of matter: time crystals

For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals — strange crystals that have an atomic structure that repeats not just in space, but in time, putting them in constant oscillation without energy.<p>Now it's official — researchers have just reported in …

Quantum Mechanics

The Pit In Your Stomach is Actually Your Second Brain

The world is so much bigger and more interesting than we can see with our naked eyes. If we could, we could watch cells grow, morph, and split again over and over again on the backs of our own wrists--or the billions of foreign cells living in and among our own, forming what scientists are …

Wellness