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How Big is the Universe? How Small Are We in It?

What our present science understands about the size of the universe already shows us a vast and immense realm—yet it may still only be a tiny drop in …

Universe

How to Choose A Bottle of Wine, A Satirical Wine Buying Guide

Wine Folly, a wine education site whose work we’ve written about in the past, has created, “How to Choose A Bottle of Wine”, a satirical guide that …

Satire

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Rise Of The Insect Drones

Nature spent millions of years perfecting flapping-wing flight. Now engineers can reproduce it with machines.<p>Five years ago, Richard Guiler and Tom Vaneck were sitting at a bar a few blocks from their office, trying to take their minds off work. For nearly a year, the two engineers had been …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

Is the Universe a Hologram?

Researchers in Japan have taken another step toward supporting the theory that our universe is a hologram.<p>Yoshifumi Hyakutake of Ibaraki University …

Physics

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

1.34-million-year-old remains of strong, tree-climbing human ancestor

Researchers found a partial skeleton including arm, hand, leg and foot fragments. They say that P. boisei may have been as tall as 4.5 feet tall, …

National Science Foundation

Genetics accounts for more than half of variation in exam results

Differences in children's exam results at secondary school owe more to genetics than teachers, schools or the family environment, according to a study published yesterday.<p>The research drew on the exam scores of more than 11,000 16-year-olds who sat GCSEs at the end of their secondary school …

4 Things to Consider for Space Warfare, Such as How Bullets Fire in Space

As we develop plans for space tourism and, perhaps, colonization in the not-too-distant future, space warfare may also be on the horizon.<p>Here’s a …

Wormholes and Quantum Entanglement May Be Linked

This advance is so meta. Theoretical physicists have forged a connection between the concept of entanglement—itself a mysterious quantum mechanical …

Galaxy May Host 'Death Spiral' Of Two Black Holes Becoming One

Two black holes in the middle of a galaxy are gravitationally bound to each other and may be starting to merge, according to a new study.<p>Astronomers …

Hubble captures Horsehead nebula in stunning infrared

I just rewatched Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," and I think the soundtrack's opening horn melody would go perfectly with this NASA pic.<p>The Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the Horsehead Nebula in stunning detail. The nebula, about 1,500 light years away in the constellation of Orion, was …

Astronomy

The paradox of the demon star

There is a demon's head winking at us every few nights. It's brightest during the winter months, so you might be able to see it on clear nights in …

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NASA's Valkyrie robot is a 6-foot 'superhero' designed to save you from disasters

NASA has created a robot for DARPA's upcoming Robotics Challenge Trials. The Valkyrie is a 6-foot-2-inch humanoid machine with detachable arms, sonar sensors, mounted cameras, and a glowing Tony Stark-esque circle in the middle of its chest. The space agency says it's mobile and dexterous enough to …

Corgis With Long Tails Are Adorable Royalty And Should Be Treated As Such

Take a deep breath and repeat after me: corgis will not go extinct. It's just that corgis without tails, AKA corgis as we know them might go extinct since dog tail docking is no longer acceptable. So throw silly "breed standards" aside, and look how cute (and humane) corgis with tails are!!

A Space Laser Designed To Vaporize Dangerous Asteroids

DE-STAR could vaporize asteroids that threaten Earth in less than an hour.<p>DE-STAR is designed to vaporize or divert asteroids that threaten Earth. This isn't science fiction—I build things that have to work in practice. DE-STAR stands for Directed Energy Solar Targeting of Asteroids and …