Lauren Travis

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Black Holes Could Actually Be Colliding Wormholes

When two wormholes collide, they could produce ripples in space-time that ricochet off themselves. Future instruments could detect these …

Wormholes

What Is Spacetime?

Physicists believe that at the tiniest scales, space emerges from quanta. What might these building blocks look like?

Quantum Mechanics

Close-up photos of Russia's new 'stealth' jet reveal its true purpose — and it's a big threat to the US

Russia's "fifth-generation," "combat-tested," "stealth" fighter jet has a lot of dubious claims made about it, but recent close-up photography of the plane from Russia's Victory Day parade on May 9 reveals it's just not a stealth jet.<p>Russia has tried to sell the plane as a stealth jet to India, but …

The answer to life, the universe and everything might be 73. Or 67

A crisis of cosmic proportions is brewing: the universe is expanding 9% faster than it ought to be and scientists are not sure why.<p>The latest, most precise, estimate of the universe’s current rate of expansion - a value known as the Hubble constant - comes from observations by the European Space …

Universe

Want to become a multi-millionaire? Do these 15 things immediately

“The greatest reward in becoming a millionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to become a …

Self-improvement

Likely 2020 Democratic Candidates Want To Guarantee A Job To Every American

The 2018 midterm primary season is really heating up this week, which means it's time to think about elections — like the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries.<p>No major candidates have declared that they're preparing a run against President Trump in two years, but whispers are building around …

Middle-class

Engage Warp Drive! Why Interstellar Travel's Harder Than It Looks

How hard is it to hop to the nearest star system or soar across the galaxy? A typical "Star Trek" or "Star Wars" movie makes it look easy. When the …

Space Travel

Watch: The TED Talk that people at TED were talking about

“I can’t call these things social networks anymore — I call them behavior modification empires.”<p>This year’s TED conference — this past week in Vancouver — kicked off with a series of talks lamenting the state of society, from sexual harassment to school shootings.<p>The talk from the bunch that seemed …

Here's What Will Happen After a Huge Earthquake Inevitably Hits California

Nobody knows when "The Big One" is going to hit California, but here's how experts think it will play out when it does.<p>California is the land of beaches, mountains, and all the legal marijuana you can stomach. It’s also, inconveniently, a dangerous minefield riddled with nasty fault lines that …

How quantum mechanics defies our sense of logic

<i>Margaret Wertheim is a science writer and author of “The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet,” and “Physics on the Fringe.”</i><p>‘I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics,” wrote Richard Feynman in 1965, the year he was awarded the Nobel …

Quantum Physics

This Very Common Gas Could Be a Sign of Life on Saturn's Weirdest Moon

Back in 2015, NASA’s late, great Cassini spacecraft sampled material from one of Enceladus’s icy plumes. Among other interesting components, the …

Astronomy

Earth Went Strangely Quiet About 2 Billion Years Ago And We Don't Know Why

It slowed right down.<p>A new study has added evidence to the hypothesis that our planet experienced a lull in geology between 2.2 and 2.3 billion years …

Earth Science

Multiverse Thought Experiment Suggests Life Could Still Exist Under Different Laws of Physics

Perhaps we’re not alone but instead reside in a multiverse stocked with all sorts of fantastical realms. These other universes are somewhat—but not …

Stellar magnetism: What's behind the most brilliant lights in the sky?

Space physicists at University of Wisconsin-Madison have just released unprecedented detail on a bizarre phenomenon that powers the northern lights, …

Newborns or survivors? The unexpected matter found in hostile black hole winds

The existence of large numbers of molecules in winds powered by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies has puzzled astronomers since …

Searching for the Dark: The Hunt for Axions

The cosmos is mostly made of something we cannot see. That was the conclusion astronomers started to reach in the 1930s by looking at galaxy …

100 Years Later, This Russian Scientist's Predictions on Space Travel Are Eerily Accurate

But he got some of it wrong, too.<p>In the early years of the 20th century a Russian scientist – now known as the father of astronautics and rocketry – …

NASA captures rare image of a distant galaxy nearly as old as the Universe itself

When astronomers at NASA capture images of far-off galaxies, they typically appear only as tiny red dots. These distant celestial bodies are so far …

What Makes the Hardest Equations in Physics So Difficult?

The Navier-Stokes equations describe simple, everyday phenomena, like water flowing from a garden hose, yet they provide a million-dollar …

Why the universe glows

For the first time, scientists have identified a complex molecule in a distant part of the solar system, according to research published Thursday in …

Universe

Scientists Discover Clean Water Ice Just Below Mars' Surface

Locked away beneath the surface of Mars are vast quantities of water ice. But the properties of that ice—how pure it is, how deep it goes, what shape …

European Space Agency

Gamma rays from lightning found to create antimatter in the air

Lightning is one of Earth's most energetic events, but there's much more to it than just a flashing fork and the rumble of thunder. Lightning strikes …

Neutrons

Flat Earthers Just Held an International Conference - And Yes, There's Footage

Put on your tin foil hat and take a look.

Human Mini-Brains Growing Inside Rat Bodies Are Starting to Integrate

"We are entering totally new ground here."<p>Stem cell technology has advanced so much that scientists can grow miniature versions of human brains — …

Astronomers Just Found an Epic Ring Around an Exotic Dwarf Planet in Our Solar System

BREAKING: It's the first of its kind in our Solar System.<p>Beyond the orbit of Neptune there are hundreds or even thousands of mysterious dwarf …

Yellowstone’s supervolcano could erupt much faster than anyone thought

There’s a dangerous giant sitting dormant in the United States, and when it finally wakes up it has the potential to cause utter devastation. I’m …

Whiskey-Fueled Car Takes Its First Test Drive

The world’s first whiskey-powered car just completed its first test drive in Scotland.<p>The car runs on a biofuel called biobutanol and is made of …

Here's What Scientists Mean When They Say the Universe Could Be a Giant Hologram

The Holographic Universe<p>For decades now, scientists have been investigating the possibility that our Universe is, or once was, a giant hologram, …

Physics