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NASA discovers mysterious electron superhighway above Earth

Some electrons are speeding above Earth's surface at nearly the speed of light, and NASA isn't sure why.<p>According to a new study, the tiny, charged particles were found accelerating to high speeds in an unexpected part of space, farther from Earth than previously realized.<p>The region these fast …

Earth Science

The secret of the universe in 250 pages

If William Cook (who scraped through his Physics O-level) can understand — and even enjoy — Carlo Rovelli’s pithy new book, then anyone can<p>A few years ago, in Berne, I visited the apartment where Einstein wrote his theory of special relativity, which changed our understanding of the world forever. …

China Used Crispr to Fight Cancer in a Real, Live Human

Do you remember President-elect Trump holding forth on the campaign trail about “China beating us at our own game”? Well, it’s true, as long as the …

New era of 'cut and paste' humans close as man injected with genetically-edited blood

A world where DNA can be rewritten to fix deadly diseases has moved a step closer after scientists announced they had genetically-edited the cells of a human for the first time using a groundbreaking technique.<p>A man in China was injected with modified immune cells which had been engineered to fight …

Ask Ethan: What if gravity isn’t really fundamental?

Gravity is the oldest fundamental force ever discovered. Might it not be fundamental after all?Continue reading on Starts With A Bang! »

Space Science

A mathematician has worked out how likely humanity will be wiped out in 2017. His answer is terrifying

The human race faces a one in 500 chance of extinction in the next year, an expert mathematician has claimed.<p>Dr Fergus Simpson, a mathematician at …

Climate Change

ION Geophysical's Turnaround Signs

3Q 2016 earnings showed a generally positive picture of the company, which has been able to generate positive cash flow and profits.<p>While various …

Physicians still rely on medical journals but turn to the web when they have only 10 minutes

Traditional media sources such as print medical journals remain key ways for physicians to stay abreast of new and rapidly changing clinical …

America's Most Advanced Weather Satellite Ever Launches Tonight

An unmanned Atlas rocket is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 5:42 p.m. Saturday.<p>The nation's most advanced weather satellite ever awaits a sunset liftoff.<p>NASA is launching the $1 billion GOES-R satellite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. An unmanned …

The weird science behind distrusting super cheerful people

Every now and then, I’ll meet someone who’s just so relentlessly cheerful that it sets my grouchy self on edge. These extra smiley folks are …

Episode 18: MIT’s Natalie Kuldell on Synthetic Biology Tutorials | NatureEdCast | Learn Science at Scitable

In today's podcast, Ilona talks with Natalie Kuldell, a scientist and instructor inMIT's Department of Biological Engineering. Natalie began her …

Biology

This Star Is The Roundest Natural Object Ever Seen

At one time, scientists believed that the Earth, the Moon, and all the other planets in our Solar System were perfect spheres. The same held true for …

Universe

EM Drive Paper Published By Eagleworks Team

There are one or two perennial scientific stories that sound just too good to be true, but if they delivered on their promise would represent a huge …

2016 November 20 - NGC 4414: A Flocculent Spiral Galaxy

<b>NGC 4414: A Flocculent Spiral Galaxy</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, ESA, W. Freedman (U. Chicago) et al.,<br>& the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI), SDSS; …

Astronomy

Ask Ethan: What's So 'Spooky' About Quantum Entanglement?

, Contributor<p>By creating two entangled photons from a pre-existing system and separating them by great distances, we can know information about the state of one by measuring the state of the other. Image credit: Melissa Meister, of laser photons through a beam splitter, under c.c.-by-2.0 generic, …

Quantum Mechanics

NASA's Physics-Defying EM Drive Passes Peer Review

Experimental setup of the EM Drive. Credit: White, et al.<p>The reactionless thruster known as the EM Drive has stirred heated debate over the past few years. If successful it could provide a new and powerful method to take our spacecraft to the stars, but it has faced harsh criticism because the …

Physics

An Astrophysicist Says We Might Not Be Able to Distinguish Aliens From The Laws of Physics

What if dark matter is really just aliens?<p>An astrophysicist has put forward an interesting thought experiment this week: what if a civilisation of …

Dark Matter

Physicists Think These Could Be the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

"Strange stars" could theoretically exist forever, though we've never spotted one.<p>When an incredibly massive star supernovas, it leaves behind one of two things: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars are the leftover cores of massive stars after they have ejected all their other material. …

New Zealand earthquake so strong it lifted sea floor 2 meters

<b>(CNN) —</b> The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit New Zealand this week lifted the seabed two meters, leaving seaweed-covered rocks and marine animals exposed above tide level.<p>Incredible photographs show the extent of the devastation on South Island's coastline from Monday's quake.<p>"Much of the …

Earthquakes

NASA seeks public input on how to cut SLS and Orion costs

NASA has admitted in its latest Request for Information (RFI) that it's spending a bit too much money on the Space Launch System's and the Orion capsule's development. The agency is asking for public input on how to minimize the "production, operations and maintenance costs" of the …

NASA Needs Your Help Making It Easier to Poop in Space

In space, completing simple actions like clipping your nails, washing your hair, and crying can be a challenge. Pooping presents an especially pesky …

Math is the hidden secret to understanding the world | Roger Antonsen

Unlock the mysteries and inner workings of the world through one of the most imaginative art forms ever -- mathematics -- with Roger Antonsen, as he …

Mathematics

Why don’t we grieve for extinct species?

We have no rituals for coping with extinction, ecological destruction or environmental loss. And that’s a problem. Now, an impassioned group of artists and activists are trying to create them.<p>In early 2010, artist, activist and mother, Persephone Pearl, headed to the Bristol Museum. Like many …

Remembrance Day

Scientific backlash after High Court rules teenager can be frozen after death

Scientists have condemned the decision of a court to grant permission for a teenage girl to freeze her body after death, claiming the chances of her being revived are "infinitesimal".<p>Experts said cryogenic companies were irresponsible for implying there is a realistic hope that a dead human could …

New Technique Could Supercharge Crop Production

Out in the wild, it's often every creature for itself—even plants. Left to their own devices, most wild species of plants only create enough energy …

Agriculture