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Higgs Boson Seems To Prove That The Universe Doesn't Exist

None of us should be here. In fact, the whole world, the stars and the galaxies shouldn’t be here either. According to a new cosmological study, our whole Universe should have blinked out of existence an instant after it was first created.<p>Research from British cosmologists at King’s College London …

Evidence found for the Higgs boson direct decay into fermions

For the first time, researchers at CERN have found evidence for the direct decay of the Higgs boson into fermions—another strong indication that the …

Lasers, microjets and mad scientists

It’s madness, I tell you, but sometimes a brilliant experiment requires a little craziness.<p>When I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the staggering pace of modern day science, I wasn’t joking. Back then — how long ago it seems — I ventured to express my breathless admiration for a new method of …

NASA | Comet ISON Fizzles

Astronomy

View from space: Hybrid eclipse shades Africa

Satellite image showing shadow over Africa about 38 minutes after the maximum eclipse on November 3, 2013.<p>The last eclipse of 2013 was an unusual …

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

NASA video captures breathtaking 'canyon of fire' on surface of the Sun

The Sun may make life possible here on Earth, but make no mistake: it's one inhospitable place. If you needed any reminder of that, NASA's released a video compiled from satellite data to show the Sun's most recent coronal mass ejection, a visually-stunning event that sent a 200,000 mile-long …

38 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent

Sometimes we must turn to other languages to find <i>le mot juste</i>. Here are a whole bunch of foreign words with no direct English equivalent.<p><b>1.</b> …

Apophis Asteroid Not the Asteroid That Just Flew by Earth

Apophis Asteroid, which is not supposed to impact the Earth in 2036, is being misidentified as 2013 TV135, a newly discovered asteroid that came …

How It Works: The Fastest DNA Sequencer

DNA sequencing has revolutionized medicine and biomedical research. For example, DNA analysis can tell doctors which drug might work best against a particular cancer. But current technology usually sequences only short stretches of DNA and can take hours or days.<p>To sequence anything longer than a …

Time lapse of epithelial cells undergoing mitosis

Time lapse of epithelial cells undergoing mitosis.

Watch This Droplet 'Walk' On Liquid [Video]

Mesmerizing. These little drops of silicone oil can "walk" and bounce across a vibrating bath of the same fluid, rather than sinking down and becoming part of the bath. The vibrations in the fluid allow the droplets to be borne across the surface by the waves produced when they collide. In short, …

Fabian Oefner turns simple science into stunning art photography

Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner is known for using art to breathtakingly illustrate simple science at work. His latest series of images, called <i>The Invisible Dimension</i>, captures crystals of color rising in reaction to a speaker's soundwaves, magnetic liquid pushing paint into canals, and a flame of …

See the very first images of a hydrogen bond

Chemists have long known what a hydrogen bond should look like, but until last week, most hadn't actually seen an image of one. Now, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been able to visualize a hydrogen bond using atomic force microscopy, a technique that can deliver higher …

This Magic Projection Box Will Melt Your Brain

It can float, combine with other boxes, and make you lose all faith in the rules of physics.<p>San Francisco design studio Bot & Dolly created this demonstration of<p>what is almost certainly sorcerya projection mapping system. The project's simply called "Box," and without ruining too much, the studio …

360-degree, 3-hour star trail panorama

Vincent Brady Photographer captured this image at Logan’s Pass, Glacier National Park, with a nod to Ansel Adams. Thank you Vincent!<p>Vincent Brady …

Have a question science could answer?

The next issue of Tech Monthly, The Observer's new science and technology supplement, appears on 13 October and we want you to be involved.<p>Every month I'll be answering the science questions that have you foxed – I trained as a chemist and if I don't know the answer I'll speak to someone who …

How Imagination Works

A small new study images the brain's "mental workspace."<p>Look at these shapes for a few seconds. Then close your eyes, and try to imagine how they look. Try to take the mental image of one of them and break the shape into pieces in your mind, or combine it with another shape to make something …

See Coral Reefs Like Never Before Thanks To Gorgeous New Panoramas

To track the effects of warming seas on coral reefs, a new survey project is launching an extensive database of panoramic underwater imagery.<p>Today the Catlin Seaview Survey—which recently brought us some amazing views of the Galápagos coastline—launches the first-of-its-kind database of our …

Waiting for Comet ISON

When it returned to our sky in late August, Comet ISON wasn’t as bright as many hoped it would be. Does that mean we will or won’t see the comet?<p>Here …

Beautiful And Bizarre Translucent Snail Discovered In Croatia

Hi, new friend. You are pretty.<p>Deep in one of the deepest caves in the world, a cave that reaches more than 4,500 feet below ground, scientists made a startling discovery: a new species of snail with a near-transparent shell.<p><i>Zospeum tholussum</i>, an air-breathing land snail, is a brand-new entry in …

Loges musculaires, aponévroses, vaisseux et nerfs du cou et de l’aisselle

Cell Nucleus

Anatomical FlipbookL.W. Yaggy & James J. West, 1885

<b>Anatomical Flipbook</b><br>L.W. Yaggy & James J. West, <b>1885</b>

Visualizing the Infinite Beauty Of Pi And Other Numbers

Thinking about the hugeness of mathematical numbers like pi can give you a headache, but visualising them can be a thing of beauty.<p>Math and art may appear, superficially, like two disparate fields, but they've been in conversation for millennia. One recent example of the synergistic possibilities …

Consciousness is a Process

Science & InnovationOnly Human<p>Last week my fellow Phenom Ed Yong wrote a post about what happens to consciousness when animals die. According to the research Ed described, a rat’s brain shows signs of consciousness for at least 30 seconds after its heart stops.<p>That study got a lot of buzz, …