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CERN Scientists Find Further Evidence That the Universe 'Should Not Exist’

They "simply do not understand where the difference is."<p>When it’s not lending its name to the worst show on cable TV, the Big Bang Theory tells the …

Physics

Stephen Hawking's expanding universes thesis breaks the internet

Stephen Hawking’s 1966 doctoral thesis has broken the internet after becoming available to the general public for the first time.<p>Demand for the thesis, entitled Properties of Expanding Universes, was so great on Monday that it caused Cambridge University’s repository site to go down. The site was …

Stephen Hawking

The world's tropical forests now emit more CO2 than all US cars and trucks combined

Scientists have a wake-up call for the world.<p>Tropical forests are now a threat in our fight against climate change. They emit more CO2 than all US cars and trucks combined, according to a study recently published in Science. This wasn't always the case.<p>After all, trees absorb CO2 from the …

Google's new $400 speaker is a room-shaking monster

The Amazon Echo and the Google Home smart speakers are pretty good at playing music. Ask them to play a song, and enjoy the surprisingly high sound quality on display.<p>Sometimes, though, you need to bring the freakin' roof down.<p>Enter the Google Home Max, a $400 speaker designed for the bass-shaking, …

iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8, Pixel 2 XL: Which should you buy?

So you want a big-screen phone and the Pixel 2 XL, iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 are catching your eye. Which one do you buy? Decisions, decisions.<p>The best policy is to wait until our reviews are in. Some of you are going to preorder regardless, so for you, we're going to break down the pros and cons …

Galaxy Note

Man Claiming To Be From The Year 2048 Says He's Back With A Dire Warning

After delivering his message, Bryant Johnson was charged with public intoxication.<p>A Wyoming man accused of public intoxication allegedly told police he traveled from the year 2048 to warn mankind of an impending invasion by extraterrestrials.<p>Bryant Johnson issued his grave warning to Casper police …

Here's How Deadly a North Korea Nuclear Attack Could Be

If North Korea launched a nuclear attack, the death toll would be costly: perhaps as bad as 2.1 million deaths in Tokyo and Seoul alone.<p>In the event …

Autumn Equinox 2017: Why Friday Is the First Day of Fall

Friday’s autumn equinox marks the end of summer and the first day of fall for anybody living in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning colder weather and …

All blue-eyed people have a single ancestor in common

New research shows that all blue-eyed people share a common ancestor. This person lived more than 6,000 years ago and carried a genetic mutation that …

Long-term sexual satisfaction: What's the secret?

Once the flutters of a new relationship are over, for many, the slog of everyday life sets in. But how do you keep the spark alive?<p>Sex is a key …

University of Toronto

First Evidence That Offshore Wind Farms Are Changing the Oceans - MIT Technology Review

Offshore wind farms are becoming increasingly common in our oceans. In Europe, the goal is for them to supply over 4 percent of the continent’s …

New information about Alzheimer's disease provides hope for a cure

Amyloid or Tau<p>Since 1993, we’ve known that ApoE4, a variant of the apolipoprotein E (ApoE) gene, increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by up to …

Mass global extinction that wipes out human civilization will begin in 2100, mathematician predicts

A mass extinction which wipes out humanity will be underway by the year 2100, scientists have claimed.<p>By the end of the century, it’s feared that so much carbon will have been added to the oceans that the planet will have passed a “threshold of catatastrophe” which leads to the destruction of our …

Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts May Be Occurring Every Second

And we still don't know what they are.<p>Fast radio bursts are quite the ongoing space mystery. We don't know what they are, and only a couple of dozen …

Fathers pass on four times as many new genetic mutations as mothers – study

Children inherit four times as many new mutations from their fathers than their mothers, according to research that suggests faults in the men’s DNA are a driver for rare childhood diseases.<p>Researchers studied 14,000 Icelanders and found that men passed on one new mutation for every eight months of …

Genetics

This Nuclear Bomb Map Shows What Would Happen if One Exploded Near You

It even accounts for weather.<p>Imagine that a 150-kiloton nuclear bomb exploded in the city closest to you. Do you know how the city, surrounding …

Netflix, Microsoft, and Google just quietly changed how the web works

The organization that sets standards for the web just failed to beat back a stupid, greedy technology.<p>This week the World Wide Web Consortium, the …

This Quick Mental Exercise Will Bring You Immediate Clarity & Motivation | Inc.com

A common way to clarify what you want in life is by imagining yourself on your death bed. Similarly, Dr. Stephen Covey invites readers of <i>7 Habits of Highly Effective People</i> to imagine their own 80th birthday party.<p>What kind of legacy would you like to <i>leave behind</i> is the idea.<p>Although imagining your …

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Starting to Study Physics? Watch Out for These Common Mistakes

It's still near the beginning of the semester for most introductory physics courses—so it's not too late to give some physics advice. I know it might …

Physics

New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning

A new idea called the “information bottleneck” is helping to explain the puzzling success of today’s artificial-intelligence algorithms — and might …

Deep Learning

How to download music from YouTube - and is it even legal?

A lot of people who aren’t subscribed to a music streaming service like Google Play Music or Spotify like listening and discovering new tracks on YouTube. In a way this is a great option but it’s far from ideal. For one, the screen of your device has to be turned on all the time for the audio to …

Android News

Satan's enigma: 'Possessed' nun's 17th-century letter deciphered

A mysterious letter written more than 300 years ago by a Sicilian nun who claimed to be possessed by Satan has finally been deciphered. Scientists used a deep-web code breaker to read the letter.<p>The message — indeed devilish — describes God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as "dead weights," the …

Poliovirus kills off cancer cells, stops tumor regrowth

Researchers from Duke University in Durham, NC, may have discovered a new way of killing off cancer cells.<p>The team was jointly led by Dr. Matthias …

Hubble spots a strange new type of celestial object

Astronomers have discovered a brand new type of object in our solar system: an active binary asteroid. That means the object, named Body 288P, is the …

Are We About To See A Black Hole?

If there is one thing science is good for, it's going to extremes.<p>A lot of science's history is just one story after another of people figuring out how to do something that, just a few years before, was thought to be impossible.<p>The impossible was heavy on my mind last Wednesday as I found out just …

Albert Einstein

The Big Bang Wasn't The Beginning, After All

The Universe began not with a whimper, but with a bang! At least, that’s what you’re commonly told: the Universe and everything in it came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang. Space, time, and all the matter and energy within began from a singular point, and then expanded and cooled, …

Universe

Scientists searching for alien life are starting to consider some weird biological possibilities

From blob-like jellyfish to rock-like lichens, our planet teems with such diversity of life that it is difficult to recognize some organisms as even being alive. That complexity hints at the challenge of searching for life as we <i>don’t</i> know it – the alien biology that might have taken hold on other …

Student jailed for falsely accusing taxi driver of sexual assault when he refused to accept her kebab-soaked cash

A criminology student has been jailed after falsely claiming a taxi driver sexually assaulted her after he refused to accept a £10 note covered in kebab oil.<p>Sophie Pointon, 22, told police officers she had been molested in the back of the cab she had been picked up in after a night out.<p>The student …

North Korean missiles powered by Russian ‘devil’s venom’

A dangerous rocket fuel dubbed “devil’s venom” by the Russians has been the key to the success of North Korea’s ballistic missile program — and it …