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Scientists: We're 'very close' to finding another Earth

Scientists looking for signs of life in the universe -- as well as another planet like our own -- are a lot closer to their goal than people realize.<p>That was the consensus of a panel on the search for life in the universe held at NASA headquarters Monday in Washington. The discussion focused not …

What is Newton's second law of motion?

It explains force, whichever way it is happening<p>Isaac Newton's laws of motion were first set down in his <i>Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis</i> in 1687. The first law states that an object will stay at rest or move with a constant velocity, unless it is acted upon by an external force. The …

Dark matter and drugs | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

A critique of a recent dark matter 'hint' provides a CoGeNT argument for open data<p>Dark matter is an enduring and exciting puzzle in physics. Multiple astrophysical observations give really strong evidence that most of the matter out there in the universe is invisible – or, more precisely, only …

Citi: These 10 Technologies Will Utterly Transform The World

It's a brand-new list from the one did they did last year.<p>"For the most part, when people think about disruptive innovation, technology is the first thing that comes to mind — smartphones, flat-screen TVs, MP3 players — things that have come on the market that have totally replaced products that we …

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Scientists Just Created The Best Simulation Of The Universe Ever

A new simulation of the evolution of the universe is one of the most accurate ever created. The model, developed by a team of scientists led by Mark Vogelsberger at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, traces the history of the universe from shortly after its birth to present day and captures …

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Large Hadron Collider discovers new form of matter

Researchers say that exotic hadrons -particles made up of two quarks and two anti-quarks – actually exist.<p>Physicists say they’ve confirmed the …

Will we ever… detect other universes?

Is there anything outside our Universe? Many physicists think it’s possible, says Marcus Woo, but could we one day know for sure?<p>We think of our Universe as everything there ever was, is, and will be.<p>But according to some researchers, there might not just be many universes, but an infinite number …

Dark Matter

The fundamentals of space-time: Part 1 - Andrew Pontzen and Tom Whyntie

Space is where things happen. Time is when things happen. And sometimes, in order to really look at the universe, you need to take those two concepts …

Primordial gravitational wave discovery heralds 'whole new era' in physics

Scientists have heralded a "whole new era" in physics with the detection of "primordial gravitational waves" – the first tremors of the big bang.<p>The minuscule ripples in space-time are the last prediction of Albert Einstein's 1916 general theory of relativity to be verified. Until now, there has …

10 Mind-Bending Implications of the Many Worlds Theory

In quantum physics—the scientific study of the nature of physical reality—there is plenty of room for interpretation within the realm of what is …

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Wormholes and Quantum Entanglement May Be Linked

This advance is so meta. Theoretical physicists have forged a connection between the concept of entanglement—itself a mysterious quantum mechanical …

750km of solid rock: new long-baseline neutrino results

Neutrinos are peculiar particles. They are very common, billions are passing through you all the time. Perhaps it is fortunate then that they very rarely interact with matter, and therefore do you no harm as they pass through. They rarely interact because, uniquely among all the fundamental …

The future of particle physics?

Just over a year ago I was up a mountain, in fog and hail, at the South-Western tip of Sicily. Along with about fifty other delegates, I was discussing the future of particle physics. This was the Erice meeting where we drafted the update of the European Strategy for particle physics. Although the …

Top 10 science and tech books for December: Brains, refrains and immortal souls

<b>Stephen Kosslyn and G Wayne Miller</b><p>Shedding light on the "left brain vs. right brain" theory, and how our brains work.<p><b>Beyond the God Particle</b><p><b>Leon M Lederman and Christopher T Hill</b><p>The importance of the Higgs boson, the future of particle physics, and mysteries of the universe yet to be found.<p><b>Max</b> …

Artist Paints The Human Body In Ways You Cannot Imagine

This is the talented Alexa Meade, a painter who creates extraordinary paintings by using the human body as her primary canvas.<p>Her work is almost …

Stephen Hawking: physics would be 'more interesting' if Higgs boson hadn't been found

Physics would have been "far more interesting" if scientists had been unable to find the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider in Cern, according to Stephen Hawking.<p>The cosmologist was speaking at an event to mark the launch of a new exhibit about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the Science …

You Have an Eye Inside Your Head: What's it For?

Human beings all have what has been called a vestigial (unused) eye in their brains. This eye has a structure similar to our external eyes, with …

Drunk Without Alcohol Pill? UK Researcher Says a Pill Can Mimic the Effects of Alcohol

A “drunk without alcohol pill,” as it has been called, is being apparently developed by a U.K. scientist. The pill mimics the drunk effects of …

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What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

Scientists Unravel Secrets of Monster Black Hole at Center of Milky Way

Supermassive black hole last erupted two million years ago, and will again.<p><b>For years astronomers have been puzzled as to why our Milky Way galaxy's "volcano"—a supermassive black hole (SMBH) at its core—is dormant today.</b><p>It seems the answer may simply be that we didn't catch the cosmic …

Meditators Can Affect Quantum Events

In quantum physics, one of the most enduring mysteries is known as the double-slit experiment, which renowned physicist Richard Feynman described as …

Quantum Physics

Life in space 'discovered by scientists in Sheffield' - video

Scientists at the University of Sheffield have made an extraordinary claim, firmly debunked elsewhere, to have discovered living organisms arriving at Earth from space. The team sent a specially designed balloon 27km into the stratosphere during the Perseid meteor shower where they discovered small …

The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.<p>According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all--our universe may have come from an entirely different source.<p>The Big …

Not breaking news: many scientific studies are ultimately proved wrong!

When a theory is shown to be incorrect or a publication in error, it is all too easy to think that the scientist who came up with this theory is a liar or a dishonest fraudster intent on misleading the public for personal gain. Or as Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal, puts …