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Nuclear scientists at CERN discover color of antimatter, hope to learn much more

For the first time in history, researchers at CERN have been able to examine the spectral structure of an antimatter antihydrogen atom in full …

Physics

CERN Researchers Think They Saw Rare Particle Decay That Could Lead to New Physics

Physicists in Switzerland are on a subatomic hunt that, they hope, will reveal some entirely new results beyond the limits of their theories.<p>An …

Physics

This Supposed Dark Matter Evidence Won't Seem to Go Away

This past June, 500 pounds of a specially fabricated crystal buried in an Italian mountain <b></b>seemed to glow just a little brighter. It wasn’t the first …

Dark Matter

Astronomers think they saw a star exploding out of a giant gas bubble

Basically just a cosmic cocoon.<p>It appeared as a flash of light on the arm of a distant spiral galaxy. It outshone neighboring stars, an attention-grabbing display of brilliance that peaked after 2.2 days in the sky. Then it was gone, dimming slowly into the background even as researchers raced to …

Universe

Something unusual is happening with our planet's magnetic field

<b>The South Atlantic Anomaly</b><p>Something unusual is happening with our planet's magnetic field. For the past 160 years, it's been weakening at an alarming …

25 under-the-radar places in Latin America to visit in your lifetime, according to the world’s top travel experts

From the darkest depths of Peru to the crystal blue underground cenotes of Mexico, there is something incredibly alluring about Latin America.<p>However, the best off-the-beaten-track destinations are usually discovered by word of mouth, often among travellers on the road from hostel bunkbeds or over …

South America

Iconic Stellar Ring Much Stranger Than Previously Thought

You’re looking at an image of an enormous ring of debris, 237 light years away from Earth, orbiting <b></b>a long-studied, young star called HR 4796A. While …

Elusive Higgs-Like State Created in Exotic Materials

If you want to understand the personality of a material, study its electrons. Table salt forms cubic crystals because its atoms share electrons in …

Scientists detect signal from ‘cosmic dawn,’ when stars first lit up the universe

For the first time, scientists have detected a signal from “cosmic dawn” — the moment when the universe's earliest stars emerged.<p>The signal, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, is little more than a blip in the radio echo of that ancient era, as difficult to detect as the wingbeat of a …

Universe

Scientists Will Transport Antimatter in a Truck

The antimatter of science fiction vastly differs from the real-life antimatter of particle physics. The former powers spaceships or bombs, while the …

Oldest Fossils On Earth Nearly 3.5 Billion Years Old

Life has been present on Earth for a long time, and at one point, it might have sustained off methane.<p>Life on Earth is, at the very least, about 3.5 billion years old. That's what researchers at UCLA and the University of Wisconsin–Madison have determined through analysis of microscopic fossils …

Neutron star collision named biggest scientific breakthrough of 2017

The discovery of two neutron stars violently colliding has been named the top scientific breakthrough of 2017 by the journal Science.<p>Scientists from …

Black Holes

Greenland Shark Is Oldest Living Vertebrate And Could Be 512 Years Old, Science Study Finds

Danish scientists believe they’ve discovered the oldest living vertebrate: a Greenland shark lurking in the frigid North Atlantic and Arctic waters …

Astronomers just discovered a supermassive black hole from the dawn of the universe

And it's much bigger than we expected.<p>There was a bang. A big one. It was the beginning of everything, but for several hundred million years, all was darkness. Then, lights started flickering to life, stars and gases and galaxies all coming online.<p>One of the brightest lights during that dawn had a …

Geology

Two Teams Have Simultaneously Unearthed Evidence of an Exotic New Particle

A few months ago, physicists observed a new subatomic particle—essentially an awkwardly-named, crazy cousin of the proton. Its mere existence has …

Physics

Periodic Table of Exoplanets Neatly Classifies Over 3,700 Known Worlds

Astronomer Abel Méndez‏ from the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico has put together a Periodic Table of Exoplanets, …

Universe

Music only helps you concentrate if you’re doing the right kind of task

If the task requires creativity or mental rotation, music can increase performance.<p>Many of us listen to music while we work, thinking that it will help us to concentrate on the task at hand. And in fact, recent research has found that music can have beneficial effects on creativity. When it comes …

IBM’s Newest Quantum Computers Are the Most Powerful of Their Kind

IBM has announced two powerful new quantum computer processors, one client-ready and another in the works.<p>Today’s announcement includes both a 20 …

What the Hell Is a Quantum Computer and How Excited Should I Be?

They will never sit on your desk, and they will most certainly never fit in your pocket. Today, they’re fragile, and need to be kept at temperatures …

Quantum Computing

Squishy or Solid? A Neutron Star’s Insides Open to Debate

The alerts started in the early morning of Aug. 17. Gravitational waves produced by the wreck of two neutron stars—dense cores of dead stars—had …

The Astounding Engineering Behind the World's Largest Optical Telescope

It's easy to miss the mirror forge at the University of Arizona. While sizable, the Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory sits in the shadow of the …

Advanced aliens, if they exist, may not look so different from us after all

Nearly every depiction of extraterrestrial life are of green figures with large heads, and bug eyes, that look, well, <i>alien</i>. But new research suggests …

Monster Planet, Tiny Star: Record-Breaking Duo Puzzles Astronomers

A giant planet has been found orbiting an ultracool dwarf star — the largest planet compared to its star ever found — leaving scientists baffled at …

Astronomy

Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes

In 1985, when Carl Sagan was writing the novel <i>Contact</i>, he needed to quickly transport his protagonist Dr. Ellie Arroway from Earth to the star Vega. …

Astronomy

Scientists Confirm Light's Crazy Quantum Mechanical Properties in Space

Here’s the thing about quantum mechanics: it works on Earth, but how do we know that it works elsewhere—like in space? That requires testing it over …

Quantum Mechanics

How to hike Machu Picchu: Everything you need to know

You may only hike Machu Picchu once in your life so you should try to plan for the best experience. Here is everything you need to know before hiking …