Colin Pocock

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Ever Dream You Could Fly? 'Jetman' Has. Let Him Tell You About It

<i>This is the first story in an occasional series exploring gadgets that can give you real-life superpowers.</i><p>Summer is the season of superhero movies. Coming soon to a theater near you: <i>Fantastic Four</i> and <i>Ant-Man</i>.<p>It's common to have a favorite superhero, but what about a favorite superpower? There's …

Gear & Gadgets

New planet formation hypothesis places giant hidden worlds everywhere

Simulations of circumstellar disks, the vast dust-planes left over from stellar formation, suggest that planets ten times larger than Jupiter may …

What Happened Before the Big Bang?

Source: BBC 2015 The Big Bang theory is the prevailing cosmological model for the universe from the earliest known periods through its subsequent …

Universe

What is a Dyson sphere?

Are some advanced civilizations in our galaxy now collecting all of the energy emitted by their stars? If so, we would call their energy-collecting …

Astronomers discovered a new component of the Milky Way galaxy that they never expected to find

And now, a recent study shows that even our own cosmic neighborhood can surprise us at times.<p>Reporting in this month's Astrophysical Journal Letters, a team of astronomers identified a band of special, young stars residing in one of the last spots they expected: near the heart of the Milky Way.<p>The …

Europe's most popular source of 'renewable' energy is worse for the planet than coal

We're not talking about wind, solar, or hydroelectric power here. The biggest renewable in Europe is wood pellets.<p>Burning wood — technically labeled a "renewable" resource since more trees can be replanted and they'll absorb carbon from the air — is the European Union's largest source of …

Fossil Fuels

Physics Still Hasn't Solved Some Everyday Mysteries

I spent several days in California last week (thus the lack of blogging), and spent most of Sunday flying back to Albany. I had my camera with me on the plane, and as we were descending into Albany, I used it to snap a few photos out the window, because the fall foliage was very pretty. In the …

Physics

Watch this black hole rip apart a star - Futurity

Astronomers caught a black hole tearing apart a star in the center of a galaxy about 290 million light years away from Earth.

Astroquizzical: Would Any Observer Anywhere Think They're At The Center Of The Universe?

Would any observer anywhere in the Universe think they are at the center of the Universe?<p>They should! And if their understanding of physics is as advanced as ours, they should subsequently realize that what they see as being the “center” of the Universe is really just the center of the <i>observable</i> …

Universe

The XKCD Guide to the Universe’s Most Bizarre Physics | WIRED

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Visualizing video at the speed of light — one trillion frames per second

#NetflixAndChill Memes That Will Make You Feel Way Too Proud of Your Existence

Hold that Netflix subscription up high and with pride.<p>Netflix and chill isn’t a hobby. It isn’t a pastime. It’s a goddamn lifestyle. You have to …

Lifestyle

Everything you need to know about the mysterious cosmic phenomenon astrophysicists call a 'white hole'

So what in the universe is a white hole?<p>It's imagination day, and we're going to talk about fantasy creatures. Like unicorns, but even rarer. Like leprechauns, but even more fantastical!<p>Today, we're going to talk about white holes. Before we talk about white holes, let's talk about black holes.<p>And …

Here's why it would be 'unintelligent' to build brain-like computer intelligence

The surest strategy might seem like emulating human intelligence or even mimicking brain structure.<p>But creating an intelligent machine based on the human mind might be impossible, unnecessary, or even counterproductive.<p>In fact, many researchers believe what's inside our heads is just one example of …

Map reveals ghostly antineutrinos lurking within Earth

A look inside of Earth has revealed the hiding places of weird antimatter particles that are nearly massless, resulting in a global map of the planet's so-called antineutrinos.<p>Antineutrinos are the antimatter versions of neutrinos, particles so light and insubstantial that they rarely interact with …

Physics

Interstellar was right. Falling into a black hole is not the end, says Stephen Hawking

“If you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up, there’s a way out,” Stephen Hawking told the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm<p>Interstellar was right. Falling into a black hole is not the end, professor Stephen Hawking has claimed.<p>Although physicists had assumed that all matter must be …

Black Holes

Physics Nobel Awarded For Work On Neutrinos' Metamorphosis

Two scientists from Canada and Japan have won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 for opening "a new realm in particle physics," the Nobel Prize committee says. Working far apart, both Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald showed how neutrinos shift identities like chameleons in space.<p>The …

Physics

If the Universe Is So Big, Why Haven’t We Found Aliens Yet? (Video)

In the 19th century, a long-standing problem in cosmology was that the sky was curiously dark at night. If the universe is infinitely large, and …

Universe

Enormous SUPERVOID size of 10,000 galaxies that is 'TOO big' to exist found by scientists

University scientists discovered its existence through Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS1 (PS1) telescope at Haleakala, Maui, and using NASA's wide field survey …

Universe

Large Hadron Collider discovers new form of matter known as a PENTAQUARK

GETTYArtist impression of a particle colliding in the machine<p>The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a huge £7billion "atom smashing" machine based at the …

Physics

Could UFO sighting be sign Large Hadron Collider has created portal to other dimension?

HARRYPERTON•TWITTER•GETTYHarry Perton's image and the Large Hadron Collider<p>COULD this image of a bizarre object snapped above the Netherlands be the …

Latest experiment at Large Hadron Collider reports first results

After a two-year hiatus, the Large Hadron Collider, the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world, began its second run of …

Physics

10 Obsolete Scientific Theories That Didn't Go Without A Fight

Science has changed a lot over the last few millennia. Theories came and went, and today, a lot of ye olde science “facts” look downright bizarre. …

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Smithsonian

First ever 'wormhole' created and it could make things INVISIBILE

GETTYThe wormhole is no longer just science fiction<p>A wormhole is a theoretical space portal first identified by Albert Einstein that "can transfer …

How the expansion of the universe is affecting galactic speeds

Warp speed galaxies come up when I talk about the expansion of the Universe.<p>Perhaps it's dark energy acceleration, or the earliest inflationary period of the Universe when EVERYTHING expanded faster than the speed of light.<p>Imagine our expanding Universe. It's not an explosion from a specific place, …

Universe