Laura Harrington

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Can Quantum Physics Solve Time Travel's Most Famous Paradox?

Maybe you can go back in time and kill your grandfather.<p>If you have ever sat down and thought about time travel for even half a second, you have grappled with the Grandfather Paradox. Of the many mind-boggling questions raised by the specter of time travel, it is probably the most common. What …

Scientists have discovered a cell that does something they thought was impossible

Known as the "power house" of the cell, these little subunits within the cell provide the organisms with energy and were thus thought to be essential.<p>But it now seems that actually they might not be that essential, as researchers describe the first eukaryote known that lacks mitochondria.<p>Other …

Where Is Love Located in the Brain?

No matter what you've heard, you don't love anything with all of your heart. You love from the depths of your ventral tegmental area, your …

Global warming won’t just change the weather—it could trigger massive earthquakes and volcanoes

Bill McGuire is not optimistic about humanity’s future. In his book, <i>Waking the Giant: How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes</i>, he explains why.<p>By his estimation, carbon dioxide emissions from human activity since industrialization began have changed the trajectory of …

Climate Change

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WATCH: Here Are The Limits of Humanity's Space Exploration

Unobtainable goals.<p>When it comes to space exploration, how far can we actually go? Is there a true limit, even with the sci-fi tech of the future, to …

Space mission first to observe key interaction between magnetic fields of Earth and sun

NASA mission, with help from UMD physicists, is the first ever to observe how magnetic reconnection takes place, a critical step in understanding …

The Limits Of How Far Humanity Can Go In The Universe

If you peer out into the depths of space — at the vast expanse of stars, galaxies, and even the leftover glow from the Big Bang itself — you might think that if humanity can understand the laws of nature and create a good enough technology, there are no limits to what we can explore. If we were to …

Universe

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NASA Admits Substantial Climate Uncertainties

<b>Guest essay by Eric Worrall</b><p>NASA has appealed to the Australian CSIRO not to fire lots of climate scientists, because they are doing “important work”, …

NASA temperature data shows last month was hottest April on record

It is hot. And it is only going to get hotter.<p>New data released by Nasa revealed that last month was the hottest April on record.<p>The information …

New York from space: incredible image from the International Space Station

The American astronaut, Tim Kopra, has tweeted an image of Manhattan taken from the International Space Station.<p>The image shows the New York borough in incredible detail.<p>It is the latest in a series of images that Kopra has sent during his mission on board the ISS:<p>He is on the ISS with British …

MSNW’s magnetoshell aerobraking system gets in on NASA’s way-out research fund

A system that would use magnetic fields to ease a spacecraft into orbit after an interplanetary journey has won a $500,000 grant from NASA’s advanced …

Space Junk Orbiting Our Planet Has Become a Big Mess | VICE News

The little ding that appeared recently on a window in the International Space Station is minor compared to the epic collisions that experts fear will occur as more satellites and debris clutter Earth's orbit.<p>"We are going to have some massive objects colliding in space and creating big, big field …

Manchester astronomers detect precious element in space

A team of astronomers from The University of Manchester, together with collaborators from the Centro de Astrobiología and the Deep Space Network, …

Space

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 13 – 21 - Sky & Telescope

The Moon passes Regulus and Jupiter on Friday and Saturday the 13th and 14th.<p><b>Friday, May 13</b><p>• As twilight fades, look upper left of the first-quarter …

Astronomy

'Russian Doll Cluster': Measuring the expansion of the universe

If NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, the European Space Agency's Planck and a slew of optical telescopes’ findings are too much to comprehend, the …

The Orbit of Mars. How Long is a Year on Mars?

Mars and Earth have quite a few things in common. Both are terrestrial planets, both are located within the Sun’s habitable zone, both have polar ice …

Astronomy

A LEGO Great Ball Contraption That Makes Balls Appear to Move in Orbit Around Planets

LEGO builder Akiyuki has created the LEGO GBC Module: Planets, a great ball contraption that makes balls appear to move in orbit around planets.<p>The …

Pluto's Moon Coated in Nearly Pure Water Ice

Despite its age, this 31-mile-wide moon appeared remarkably clean and bright in images.

Planets

Simulating the evolution of Mars volcano Olympus Mons

Scientists have succeeded in creating a model simulating the formation of mysterious structures on the surface of the Mars volcano, Olympus Mons. The …

Gorgeous New Mercury Maps Showcase Planet's Striking Features

A stunning digital model of Mercury unveils the planet's striking landscape, while other new maps provide a closer look at the shadowed northern pole …

‘That’s no moon’: Someone just spotted the actual Death Star next to Saturn

Has someone on our planet done something to displease Lord Vader?<p>Are we about to be turned into a cloud of cosmic ashes, just like Alderaan?<p>That’s …

Will Earth survive when the sun becomes a red giant?

Now this is where things become a bit of a "good news/bad news" situation. The bad news, according to Schroder and Smith, is that the Earth will NOT …

Secrets of life on early Earth — and other planets — may be trapped in ancient gas bubbles

Some 2.7 billion years ago, lava started oozing out of a crack in the planet in what is now Australia. It spread and spread, flowing out in every direction until it hit seawater. Then, swiftly, it hardened into rock.<p>As the lava surged upward, gases that had dissolved under the high pressures of …

University of Washington

NASA's Making a Major Kepler Announcement Tomorrow!

Aliens?<p>Get the popcorn ready. NASA will host a news teleconference at 1 pm EDT Tuesday, May 10 (5pm UTC, 3am AEST on Wednesday), to announce the …

Exoplanets

Scientists Have Finally Solved 50-Year-Old Mystery Of Bizarre Signals

Physics Photo credit: zhu difeng/ShutterstockScientists always love a thoroughly mysterious signal. Although one has never been traced back to alien …

Universe

Mount Saint Helens Is Recharging!

Several days ago, my Facebook feed exploded with the news that a swarm of small, shallow earthquakes has been ongoing beneath Mount St. Helens since …

NASA just detected oxygen in the Martian atmosphere — but half of it may be missing

For the first time in 40 years, NASA researchers have detected atomic oxygen in Mars' atmosphere, thanks to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), which soars on a plane 13.7 kilometers (45,000 feet) above Earth.<p>The oxygen atoms were found in the Martian upper atmosphere — …