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Five Amazing Facts About NASA's Mission to Jupiter

After five years and 445 million miles, NASA’s Juno mission arrives in orbit around Jupiter on Monday to begin an unprecedented scientific study of …

We may soon finally know what a black hole actually looks like

<b>(CNN) —</b> Despite what Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" and fancy NASA visualizations may have led you to believe, we've never actually seen a black hole.<p>We know they're there. There's one at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, Sagittarius A*, for that matter.<p>But while Sagittarius A* is around 24 …

Astrophysics

Where Should America Build Its Next Space Station?

In case you haven't noticed, NASA's lease on the International Space Station is about to expire, and moving day is just around the corner.<p>Russia plans to begin disassembling the International Space Station sometime in 2023, or 2024 at the latest. Assuming it follows through on the threat, detaching …

Space Exploration

Are we gods now? Jennifer Kahn talks CRISPR at TED2016

Jennifer Kahn speaks at TED2016 – Dream, February 15-19, 2016, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED<p>Something …

The World Reacts To LIGO’s Discovery Of Gravitational Waves

From Mark Zuckerberg to Neil deGrasse Tyson<p>On Thursday, the scientists at LIGO announced they’d officially found gravitational waves. This truly is a remarkable discovery, and confirms the final piece of Einstein's general theory of relativity. Read more about the announcement, and what it means …

Gravitational Waves Were the Worst-Kept Secret in Science

Now that we know the big news—scientists have observed gravitational waves, produced by a pair of merging black holes—let’s revisit the clustercuss of a quagmire in which it was announced. While <b></b>the scientists kept quiet about their discovery, it quickly became one of worst-kept secrets in the …

Journalism

Gravitational Waves Have Been Discovered, Opening a New Window on the Universe - MIT Technology Review

On Thursday, researchers announced the first-ever detection of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time whose existence Albert Einstein predicted …

Even in death, Einstein continues to be right

The results of a big physics experiment have delivered a long-sought, hard-won and resounding victory to Albert Einstein, confirming yet again that the revolutionary theory of gravitation he put forward a century ago is the real deal. The findings cement Einstein's near-mythical stature as one of …

Physics

Astronomers finally have a way to track objects that don't emit light

Astronomy as we know it will never be same.<p>Today, February 11, scientists announced that we finally detected ripples in the fabric of spacetime known …

Physics

The Future of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

<i>Editor’s Note (10/3/17): This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne “for decisive</i> …

AP Explains: Just what are Einstein's gravitational waves?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers on Thursday announced that their new billion-dollar U.S. observatory has detected a gravitational wave, a phenomenon Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of general relativity. Here's what that breakthrough means.<p>WHAT IS A GRAVITATIONAL …

As big as the Higgs: Stephen Hawking says gravitational waves could revolutionize astronomy

British physicist Stephen Hawking says the detection of gravitational waves provides a completely new way of looking at the universe, and is at least …

Top scientists explain how enormously exciting and important gravitational waves are

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity, which described how gravity warps and distorts space-time.<p>While this theory triggered a revolution in our understanding of the universe, it made one prediction that even Einstein doubted could be confirmed: the …

Physics

'Update' due on gravitational waves

<b>Anticipation is building ahead of a "status report" from an international effort to detect ripples in space-time.</b><p>These gravitational waves were first proposed 100 years ago by Albert Einstein, as a key prediction of his Theory of General Relativity.<p>But in decades of searching they have never been …

LIGO

Gravitational waves will unlock these 'revolutionary' secrets of the universe

Ripples in the fabric of space, called gravitational waves, are careening across the universe, right through everything and everyone.<p>Scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment have detected some of the waves— a feat Einstein thought impossible 100 …

LIGO

Is the Gravitational-Wave Claim True? And Was It Worth the Cost?

Chirps of exultation, triggered by a press conference held yesterday in Washington, D.C., are rippling through the noosphere.<p>Scientists overseeing …

The simplest explanation of why we should care about gravitational waves

In February, when a team of scientists announced they had detected gravitational waves for the first time ever — a blockbuster, Nobel-worthy discovery — I called up Cliff Burgess.<p>Burgess is a theoretical physicist at McMaster University in Ontario. Throughout his career, he has authored hundreds of …

How Mozart Unlocked a Galactic Secret

Seeking to untangle the theory of relativity—which scientists announced confirmation of this week—Albert Einstein turned to the pure simplicity of …

Physics

This is the most profound explanation I've heard of what it means to detect gravitational waves

Albert Einstein predicted their existence 100 years ago but never believed we'd actually detect the waves. So right now if you hang around physicists, who can't contain their excitement, you're bound to hear some profound scientific poetry.<p>One scientist from the Laser Interferometer …

LIGO

Architects in London have designed a shadowless skyscraper

Two buildings act like mirrors that reflect the Sun instead of cast shadows<p>With around 250 new skyscrapers set to grace the London skyline in the next few years, one local design firm has figured out a way to prevent Londoners from living in the shadows. The firm, NBBJ, designed a pair of buildings …

UK's 5G could make video holograms a reality

Futuristic 5G networks with speeds of 50 Gbit/s could be up and running in the UK by 2020, with holographic video one of many applications for the …

At CES And Beyond, It's The End Of The Car As We Know It

Apologies to REM for borrowing the band’s song title, but I’ve never been more convinced that the car is undergoing a dramatic transformation courtesy of technology. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas is the prime place to witness this metamorphosis of the …

The inside story of the HTC One M8

CNET takes a look at just how critical the latest flagship phone is to HTC’s long-term success, and gets the details from one of its principal architects.<p>There was unfinished business with the HTC One.<p>It was critically praised, yes. In a sea of bland plastic phones, the HTC One's aluminum-clad body …

The South Pole Is a Great Place to View Space

The Big Bang radiation discovery happened there—and when you look at Antarctic conditions, you can understand why.<p>The South Pole in winter is a far from ideal spot for humans. The temperature averages -72 degrees Fahrenheit (-58 degrees Celsius), it's dark for six months, and it's as bone dry as …

Astrophysics