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Why an Old Theory of Everything Is Gaining New Life

Twenty-five particles and four forces. That description—the Standard Model of particle physics—constitutes physicists’ best current explanation for …

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Why Hubble Will Never See The First Stars

Imagine what the Universe must have been like after the Big Bang, before the first stars ever formed. As space expands, it gets harder and harder for particles to find each other and collide, and the energy-per-particle decreases, since the Universe cools as it expands. After 380,000 years, it’s …

Universe

An Easy Tulle Skirt Tutorial - Everyday Reading

Back in December, I had the brilliant idea to make a green tulle skirt for the Green Party at Alt Summit.<p>Of course, then I did nothing about that …

Einstein's genius changed science's perception of gravity

Albert Einstein opened humankind’s eyes to the universe.<p>Before Einstein, space seemed featureless and changeless, as Isaac Newton had defined it two …

Physics

29 Gorgeous Ways To Make Your Winter Decor Look Expensive

♪♫ Deck the halls with cans of spray paint. ♫♪

Monster telescope breaks ground, will offer deepest views of universe

What promises to be the most advanced and sensitive telescope in the world, the massive Thirty Meter Telescope, officially breaks ground Tuesday in Hawaii. When completed, it will offer the deepest and sharpest views of our universe yet.<p>This thing is a monster. At 30 meters (98 feet), the TMT's …

Primordial gravitational wave discovery heralds 'whole new era' in physics

Gravitational waves could help unite general relativity and quantum mechanics to reveal a 'theory of everything'<p>Scientists have heralded a "whole new era" in physics with the detection of "primordial gravitational waves" – the first tremors of the big bang.<p>The minuscule ripples in space-time are …

Dark matter looks more and more likely after new gamma-ray analysis

Scientists describe as 'extremely interesting' new analysis that makes case for gamma rays tracing back to Wimp particles<p><i>Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent division of SimonsFoundation.org whose mission is to enhance public understanding of</i> …

Quasar Eats Gas, Throws Up

You can’t beat a quasar for general awesomeness. When they were first discovered in the 1960s, nobody could imagine what those pinpoints of light …

Scientists in Japan to put Stars-2 satellite into orbit to trial space cleanup

Space Tethered Autonomous Robotic Satellite-2 designed to harness space debris and make orbital lanes safe for exploration<p>It sounds like an idea for a niche movie aimed at sci-fi anoraks: a floating magnetic net that harnesses tonnes of wayward space junk and makes the overcrowded orbital lanes …

Globally, January 2014 had highest temps since 2007

January 2014 also marked the 38th consecutive January and 347th consecutive month (almost 29 years) with a global temperature above the 20th century …

Launch a Balloon for Science

Have you got anything going on for April 18 - 21, 2014? If not, you might want to set aside that weekend for some quality balloon time.<p>The Global Space Balloon Challenge (GSBC) wants people from around the world to build and launch their own high altitude balloons. The goal is to launch balloons to …

Top Discoveries Awaiting NASA's Next Big Telescope

Astronomers eagerly await the launch of the $8 billion James Webb Space Telescope.<p>It will see back in time farther than any space telescope ever has before—back to the first light following the big bang.<p><b>It will watch the first stars and galaxies form.</b><p><b>And it will hunt for distant habitable planets</b> …

Alien Life May Have Evolved Just After Big Bang, New Research Suggests

Earthlings may be extreme latecomers to a universe full of life, with alien microbes possibly teeming on exoplanets beginning just 15 million years after the Big Bang, new research suggests.<p>Traditionally, astrobiologists keen on solving the mystery of the origin of life in the universe look for …

Discovery of Oldest Star in Our Universe Changes Understanding of Big Bang

Australian astronomers have discovered the oldest star in the universe, which experts say could change our understanding of how the universe was …

Universe

The Mysterious Magnetar WIth An Insanely Strong Magnetic Field

A team of scientists using the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton space telescope have discovered a weird dead star, which hides one of the strongest …

Interstellar magnetic fields warp as our sun and heliosphere move through galaxy

This illustration shows our heliosphere – the sphere of the sun’s influence – moving through the space of our Milky Way galaxy.<p>The blue “globe” in …

Strange Dark Streaks on Mars Get More and More Mysterious

There is a deep and watery mystery on Mars. Whether or not the Red Planet ever had water on it has long been solved. Plenty of evidence exists for …

How oil spill chemicals cause heart failure in fish

New research by scientists studying environmental damage from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill explains why crude oil causes heart failure in …