Kiana Maani

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Yes, China is building a super laser; no it’s not going to kill us all

China’s upcoming laser will tear apart space, but it won’t bring an end to the world<p>China has built one of the world’s most powerful lasers, but …

Physicists Spot Evidence of 'Odderon' First Predicted in the 1970s

Scientists have uncovered some preliminary evidence for a nuclear physics effect first predicted back in the 1970s. The physics universe you’re about …

Physics

Quantum Chemistry Solves The Question of Why Life Needs So Many Amino Acids

A flexible approach to life.<p>One of the oldest and most fundamental questions in biochemistry is why the 20 amino acids that support life are all …

A successful SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch gives NASA new options

The impact next week’s flight could have<p>SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will launch for the first time next week. It might be the company’s most anticipated mission yet, and it could open up a new line of business — one that might interest NASA.<p>The new rocket will be the most powerful in the world, …

Dinosaur-Era Bird Found Trapped in Amber

Year of the Bird<p>The 99-million-year-old animal is the most complete bird fossil yet known to science from the amber deposits of Myanmar.<p>The squashed remains of a small bird that lived 99 million years ago have been found encased in a cloudy slab of amber from Myanmar (Burma). While previous birds …

Jurassic Park

Astrophysicists discover planets in extragalactic galaxies using microlensing

A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team has discovered for the first time a population of planets beyond the Milky Way galaxy. Using …

The Best Hotel in the World Is Only $108 a Night

Even during more expensive months, rooms on average go for just $20 more<p>Hotels can be a pricey part of any vacation, but there’s some good news for …

NASA's next Mars lander passes key test ahead of May launch

LITTLETON, Colo. — NASA's next Mars mission — a lander designed to probe the Red Planet’s deep interior and eavesdrop on rumbling Marsquakes — is reaching "ship and shoot" status.<p>As spacecraft names go, this one's is a mouthful: Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat …

Beyond the Big Bang: What would it have been like to witness the birth of the universe?

A research paper has investigated the amount of light available in the newborn universe to offer clues as to how bright the Big Bang was<p>Something …

Missing Neutrons May Lead a Secret Life as Dark Matter

Neutrons shouldn’t be all that mysterious. Found inside every atomic nucleus, they may seem downright mundane—but they have long confounded …

Physics

Space Gets an Artificial Star. Astronomers Ask: Do We Need More?

A spinning, silver geodesic sphere reminiscent of the “Dancing With the Stars” mirror ball trophy is moving through space and blinking as it orbits Earth every 90 minutes.<p>Known as the Humanity Star, it was built to reflect the sun’s light and “encourage people to consider their place in the …

As if Pluto-gate hadn’t caused enough problems, astronomers want to reclassify planets again

A new study focuses on the formation of planets and non-planets as a way to categorise them<p>When is a planet not a planet? When it forms in the orbit …

Physicists are planning to build lasers so powerful they could rip apart empty space

Inside a cramped laboratory in Shanghai, China, physicist Ruxin Li and colleagues are breaking records with the most powerful pulses of light the …

Foldscope is a real microscope that’s made of paper

One year for Christmas, I received a Tasco microscope set. I loved that thing. It came in a wooden box that had tweezers, eye droppers, glass slides, …