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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 …

Astrophysics

First Support for a Physics Theory of Life

Take chemistry, add energy, get life. The first tests of Jeremy England’s provocative origin-of-life hypothesis are in, and they appear to show how …

Physics

Jupiter is so big it does not actually orbit the sun

One of my daughter's favorite books is "Space Walk" by Salina Yoon. Each page shows a planet accompanied by a rhyming factoid about it.<p>But each time …

Astronomy

WARNING: Supermassive black hole heading Earth’s way at 110 KM per SECOND

A black hole with millions of times more mass than the sun is hurtling towards Earth and will one day wipe out life as we know it.<p>The black hole is …

Astrophysics

'Game Of Thrones' Home World Could Actually Exist, Says Science

Winter is coming. Here on Earth, we can accurately predict when it will arrive, how long it will last, and even — to a large extent — how severe it will be. But that isn’t the case for the continents of Westeros and Essos in George R.R. Martin’s epic series and television show. Imagine living on a …

Big Bang Confirmed Again, This Time By The Universe's First Atoms

The Big Bang is the leading theory as to where our Universe came from. The Universe was hotter, denser, more uniform, and smaller in the past, and is only as vast as it is today due to the fabric of expanding space. This idea was extremely controversial for many decades, until detailed observations …

Tying loose ends? Gravitational waves could solve string theory, study claims

New paper suggests that the hotly contested physics thesis, which involves the existence of six ‘extra dimensions’, may be settled by cutting-edge laser detectors<p>String theory makes the grand promise of weaving together all of physics into a single sublime framework. The only downside is that …

Physics

The Origin Of The Universe: Could The Famed “Big Bang” Theory Need A Revision?

A group of theoretical physicists suppose the birth of the universe could have happened after a four-dimensional star collapsed into a black hole and …

Space Science

Gravity-lensed supernova magnifies understanding of universe

Using an automated supernova-hunting "pipeline," scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have identified a Type Ia …

Universe

Scientists Have Discovered What Existed Before The Universe

There are many scientific and non-scientific varieties of the answer about what came before Big Bang. Some say there was literally nothing and some …

Space Science

Earth's Evolution Was Delayed By Two Billion Years Because There Wasn't Enough Oxygen

You thought Southern Rail was late.<p>If you feel like you spend your whole life waiting around because of delays, you might want to count your blessings that you weren’t around on Earth back in its middle ages.<p>That’s because scientists have now revealed that the evolution of our planet was halted for …

If the Universe Is Expanding, What Does It Expand Into? | Mental Floss

<i>If the universe is expanding, then what does it expand into?</i><p><b>Richard Muller:</b><p>The universe doesn't have to be expanding into anything in order to …

Space Science

What We Know About Space Is Wrong? The Universe Is Actually Flat, Scientists Say | International Business Times

The entire universe could be a "vast and complex hologram," scientists announced Monday after studying the cosmic microwave background, or the …

First human-pig embryos made, then destroyed

<b>(CNN) —</b> To grow human organs within animal bodies has long been the dream of scientists wanting to provide transplantable hearts, lungs, kidneys and other organs for patients in need. A glimpse of possible success in this elusive goal was seen Thursday.<p>Using stem cell technologies, researchers …

Genetics

Conditions right for complex life may have come and gone in Earth’s distant past

This is a 1.9-billion-year-old stromatolite — or mound made by microbes that lived in shallow water — called the Gunflint Formation in northern …

Biology

The Black Hole Poses a Moral Quandary

Short of the Day<p>OR, The Gravitational Price of Greed.<p>What would you do if you discovered a black hole? I’m not talking about the celestial variety, …

Ask Ethan: Could the Universe have begun from a Big Bounce?

And just what did come before — way before — the Big Bang?Continue reading on Starts With A Bang! »

Space Science

Even Physicists Find the Multiverse Faintly Disturbing - Issue 44: Luck

How do you feel about the multiverse?” The question was not out of place in our impromptu dinner-table lecture, yet it caught me completely …

Multiverse

Was Einstein Right, Is Time Travel Possible? Scientists Tested it

The University of Queensland Australia has done subsequent studies on time travel, its possibility aspects, and components. According to in-depth …

Physics
Globalization

LIGO Black Hole Echoes Hint at General Relativity Breakdown

It was hailed as an elegant confirmation of Einstein’s general theory of relativity — but ironically the discovery of gravitational waves earlier …

Physics

What happens to Earth in 5 billion years?

What will happen to Earth when our sun becomes a red giant? A possible planet for the old star L2 Puppis may offer a sneak peek.<p>It’s common knowledge …

Universe

A Brief Explanation of Black Hole Physics

Black holes, the Event Horizon, and what happens when you find yourself inside one.<p>What happens when you enter a black hole is the biggest bong-rip question of astrophysics. As you'd expect, the answer is complicated. Here, PBS's Space Time attempts to tackle this confusing topic in as accessible a …

Astrophysics

The Women You've Never Heard of Who Transformed Astrophysics

In a new book The Glass Universe, author Dava Sobel explores the invaluable contribution of Harvard College Observatory's women "computers" who helped fashion the modern field of astrophysics.<p>In the 1880s, opportunities for women in science were almost non-existent, and astronomy was dominated by …

Women in Science

When Did the Universe Begin?

According to some scientists and a model based on quantum correction, the universe may have been in existence forever. This theory complements …

Space Science

Could Dark Matter Be Powering The EMdrive?

The experimental setup of the EMdrive. Image credit: H. White et al., “Measurement of Impulsive Thrust from a Closed Radio-Frequency Cavity in Vacuum”, AIAA 2016.<p>For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. This formulation of Newton’s third law has two very important modern …

Physics