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The multiverse in a nutshell - podcast

Presented by Nicola Davis, produced by Iain Chambers

Will we wipe ourselves out?

The best long reads from around the web, including the greatest threats to humanity and the best science books of 2014.<p><b>Books</b> <br>Best science books of 2014<br>Maria Popova | Brainpickings | 24 November 2014<br>Leading the list are Alan Lightman’s Accidental Universe, an essay collection; Diane Ackerman’s Human …

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Jupiter's gaseous eye, a moon impaled and a Halloween sun – in pictures

This month’s pick of the best space-related imagery has a theme: pareidolia, or the human tendency to see meaningful shapes and patterns where none exists<p>Eye of the storm: Nasa released this close-up of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot, taken by Hubble on 21 April as the shadow of the Jovian moon, …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Media Misled Over Speed Of Light Story

Were physicists all wrong about the speed of light? You might think so, given the stories posted recently about a new paper suggesting that light travels a bit more slowly than the 186,000-miles-a-second figure that's familiar to generations of science geeks.<p>The paper's author, University of …

Why We Prefer Pictures: It's the Way We're Wired

<i>Abhilasha Shah is a PR/Communications Intern studying communications and psychology at the University of Michigan. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission.</i><p>Let’s play a little game. See how long you can stay focused on the data and research …

NASA Reveals 2020 Mars Rover Will Sport Machine To Generate Oxygen, Better Radar

The rover that NASA is sending to Mars in 2020 will carry seven instruments geared to choosing just the right rocks to collect and store for future return to Earth. They include several firsts for Mars, including a zoomable camera, a machine to generate oxygen from carbon dioxide, and radar to …

Andrelton Simmons Makes Unbelievable Barehanded Play

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Tesla and Panasonic said to reach agreement on Gigafactory

Panasonic has reached a basic agreement with electric-car maker Tesla to participate in a large-scale battery plant, or a so-called Gigafactory, according to a Japan-based report.<p>Panasonic is expected to invest between 20 billion yen and 30 billion yen (about $194 million to $291 million) initially …

Astronomers Are Closer to Understanding Dark Matter

Astronomers have come closer to understanding dark matter — one of the most elusive substances in the universe — by using high-energy telescopes to …

Starwatch: A sister for the Sun?

A star has been found that may be a sister of our Sun, born in the same cloud of gas and dust in our galaxy, the Milky Way. The Sun, the Earth and the other planets coalesced some 4.54 billion years ago within a such a cloud, probably with thousands of other stars. This age comes from radiometric …

The 10 Best Things From March 2014

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Big Pic: A Sound System That's Loud Enough To Kill

Toot toot<p>This looks a bit like a giant ear canal, but in a way, it's the opposite. It's the largest horn in the most powerful sound system in Europe. The system's maximum output, according to the European Space Agency, would kill any human exposed to it.<p>The horn is part of the European Space …

Stephen Hawking Says There Are No Black Holes

The physicist offers a new theory that allows energy to escape.<p>Stephen Hawking has a big announcement. No, it's not that aliens exist or that humans won't survive another 1,000 years on Earth. The physicist claims, in a paper posted online Wednesday, that the idea of an event horizon—the point of …