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Microsoft Edition Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launched

We recently heard about the Microsoft Edition Samsung Galaxy S8 and now a new Microsoft Edition Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone has been …

Galaxy Note

Big Bang Confirmed Again, This Time By The Universe's First Atoms

The Big Bang is the leading theory as to where our Universe came from. The Universe was hotter, denser, more uniform, and smaller in the past, and is only as vast as it is today due to the fabric of expanding space. This idea was extremely controversial for many decades, until detailed observations …

Physics

Watching The Dance Of Giant Black Holes

At the heart of most galaxies is a supermassive black hole. These powerhouses have a mass of millions or billions of Suns, and can create brilliant quasars when active. So what happens when two galaxies collide?<p>According to the models, when galaxies collide and merge, their two black holes capture …

Black Holes

How big data is fueling a new age in space exploration

In 2018, a group of organizations from all of the world will begin construction of the largest radio telescope ever built, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).<p>With one million square meters of collecting area and enough optical fiber to wrap around the Earth twice, this marvel of modern engineering …

American Douglas McAuthur McCain Dies Fighting for ISIS in Syria

The battle in itself seemed tragically normal. Two Syrian opposition groups fought and there were heavy casualties on both sides. Then victorious rebels rifled through the pockets of the dead. One contained about $800 in cash -- and an American passport.<p>Douglas McAuthur McCain, of San Diego, …

Islam

Messier 8 is the Lagoon Nebula

The Lagoon Nebula aka M8 is the largest and brightest of a number of nebulosities in and around Sagittarius.<p>The Lagoon Nebula, also known as M8 or …

Cosmology

What’s faster than supersonic? Hypersonic, of course

As the US tests a hypersonic weapon, how fast can we really travel?<p>An experimental US hypersonic weapon, which would be capable of striking targets around the world within an hour, was aborted <b>within seconds of launching</b> on Monday. But how much do we know about hypersonic travel, and why are we …

Aviation

Testing a space rover under Alaskan ice

Scientists test a device on an Alaska glacier that could be used to explore an icy moon of Jupiter.<p><i>This article is republished with permission from a</i> …

Astronomy

This Reader Revamped Our Wiffle Ball Cannon

Dave Herbert turned our pitching machine into a levitation tube and a water balloon launcher.<p><i>Popular Science</i> reader Dave Herbert had a blast building and playing with the DIY Wiffle ball cannon from our September issue. But the retired Marine also added his own twist.<p>In the cannon’s original …

Power Tools

Rapeseed genes could take the bite out of broccoli - Futurity

Scientists have unraveled the rapeseed genome, which could lead to better canola oil or less bitter versions of vegetables like broccoli.

From marvellous to awesome: how spoken British English has changed

A study called the Spoken British National Corpus 2014 reveals how our use of language is evolving. Is British English succumbing to American influence?<p>Almost nothing is marvellous these days, but everything is awesome. According to a study by Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press, …

New diabetes treatment would turn liver cells into insulin-producers

When pancreatic islet allo-transplantation therapy was first introduced, it provided hope for countless diabetics tired of daily insulin injections. …

Burger King's CEO is only 33

Burger King's (BKW) scheme to lower its tax bill by merging with Tim Horton's (THI) and moving to Canada sounds like something cooked up by veteran corporate bosses intent on squeezing every last bit of profit out of a relatively unsexy fast food chain.<p>But this is actually the brainchild of …