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Remarkable Image Captures Surface Details Of A Dying Star Located 530 Light-Years Away

By combining the power of four telescopes, an international team of astronomers has captured the most detailed image yet of a distant star - an …

Scientists take viewers to the center of the Milky Way

A new visualization provides an exceptional virtual trip—complete with a 360-degree view—to the center of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. This …

What Is The Singularity And Will You Live To See It?

Ever since scientists first discovered the existence of black holes in our universe, we have all wondered: what could possibly exist beyond the veil …

The MP3 format is officially dead

If you grew up in the 90s and early 2000s, you probably still remember downloading MP3 files to build your music collection, and burning up to 10 times as many of these onto audio discs than you could with traditional CD tracks.<p>I didn’t just remind you of MP3s to make you feel old first thing on a …

Thailand has 'world's most congested traffic'

Thailand was the world's most congested country for traffic in 2016, according to a study released Monday by INRIX Inc.<p>Drivers in Thailand spent an …

Want to understand how Trump happened? Study quantum physics

The past decade will be remembered as the period when the global underclass revolt snowballed into a movement with political bite. From Occupy Wall Street to Brexit to Donald Trump’s election, these post-financial crisis years have featured many unsynchronized awakenings that are forcing a …

Quantum Mechanics

How does the CMB tell us what’s in the Universe?

The Big Bang’s leftover glow tells us a lot more than just where we came from.<p><i>“Cosmology is the study of the origin, evolution, and fate of objects</i> …

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Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it's more likely than not

A swath of technologists and physicists believe that ‘simulation theory’ will be proved, just as it was proved that the Earth was not the center of the universe<p>When Elon Musk isn’t outlining plans to use his massive rocket to leave a decaying Planet Earth and colonize Mars, he sometimes talks about …

Physics

China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

BEIJING (AP) — The world's largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in …

Telescopes

4-D Printing Is Everything 3-D Printing Wished It Could Be -- Here's Why

Move over, 3-D. 4-D printing soon will allow manufacturers to create shape-shifting products that offer convenience, entertainment, safety, style, and economy.<p>3-D printing recently has done astounding things--scientists have used it to recreate a mummy head, cars, prosthetics and even firearms. …

Cosmic neutrinos detected, confirming the Big Bang’s last great prediction

Without colliding with anything since the Universe was 1 second old, these neutrinos still pack a punch!<p><i>“When you see how fragile and delicate life</i> …

The Largest 3D Map of the Galaxy Contains Over a Billion Stars

Some may call it excessive, unreasonable, exhibitionist. What kind of masochist wants to stare at a billion pinpricks of light all at once, anyway? …

A ‘Memory Hacker’ Explains How to Plant False Memories in People’s Minds

Scientist Julia Shaw explains false police confessions (and reports of alien abductions).<p>We tend to think of memories as perfect little time capsules—important records of past events that matter to us and made us who we are, as unchangeable as a dragonfly stuck in amber. Well, they're anything but. …

Physicists Have Caught Signs of a New Particle: The Madala Boson

And it could help solve one of the biggest mysteries of modern physics.<p>Physicists have discovered signals of a new particle in the swathes of data …

Earth - We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter

<i>This story is part of BBC Earth's "Best of 2016" list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>Are you real? What about me?<p>These used to be questions that only philosophers worried about. Scientists just got on with figuring out how the world is, and why. But some of the current best …

Quantum Physics

Comment on Are There Other Intelligent Civilizations Out There? Two Views on the Fermi Paradox by Louis Charles Morelli

Yes, there is a galactic empire, it is located at Orion, Nebula, and there is the commander in chief of 5 spaceships responsible for our spatial …

Magnetism

Researchers are building a robotic Lionfish exterminator

We joke around a lot about bringing about a horrific robot apocalypse, but let's get real: sometimes, building a killer robot is just the <i>right thing to do.</i> Well, at least when those robots are being used to cull invasive species. Researchers at Robots In Service of the Environment (RISE) are …

Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Confirmed Around Nearest Star!

For years, astronomers have been observing Proxima Centauri, hoping to see if this red dwarf has a planet or system of planets around it. As the …

Astronomy

Climate change is thawing deadly diseases. Maybe now we'll address it? | Mona Sarfaty

An anthrax outbreak in Russia came from a 75-year-old caribou carcass thawing out. It’s a warning sign of worse to come<p>Earlier this month, an outbreak of anthrax in northern Russia caused the death of a 12-year-old boy and his grandmother and put 90 people in the hospital. These deadly spores – …

Physicists confirm possible discovery of fifth force of nature

Recent findings indicating the possible discovery of a previously unknown subatomic particle may be evidence of a fifth fundamental force of nature, …

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5 Future Visions to Fuel Your Imagination of What's Possible

Through the lens of imagination, humankind has the ability to see far beyond the present. The strongest of these guiding visions tend to coalesce and …

Researchers think we may have to protect our brains from hackers in a few years

What if hackers could one day control your mind, or at least take a glimpse inside, through the use of sophisticated malware?<p>It’s a scenario that’s sounds straight out of a science fiction novel, but we’re far closer than you might think. As scientists continue to make breakthroughs in implanting, …

Italy Sets Example on Reducing Food Waste as U.S. Tosses $161 Billion Worth a Year

Italy adopted new laws this week to cut down drastically on food waste — the second such law in Europe, joining France's. So what's the United States doing to reclaim the 30 percent of its food that's simply thrown away?<p>Italy's Senate overwhelmingly gave final approval Tuesday to millions of euros …

Agriculture

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Has the global economy (finally) achieved escape velocity?

The latest Fulcrum nowcasts for global economic activity have identified a broad pick-up in growth in many major regions, both in the advanced …

What the Earth's frozen burps tell us about global warming

Analysis of bubbles trapped in ancient Antarctic ice suggests that as the planet heats up, plants and soils will add more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere<p>“When the earth burps, Law Dome records it,” says Australian climate scientist Dr David Etheridge.<p>Law Dome is a special spot in eastern …