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Ask Ethan: Do Gravitational Waves Exhibit Wave-Particle Duality?

Now that LIGO has detected their first gravitational wave signal, the part of Einstein’s theory that predicts that the fabric of space itself should have ripples and waves in it has been confirmed. This brings up all sorts of interesting questions, including this one from reader (and Patreon …

Physics

Diverse parental genes lead to taller, smarter children, finds extensive study

The children of parents who are more distantly related tend to be taller and smarter than their peers, according to one of the largest studies to date into genetic diversity.<p>The study suggests that height and intelligence may be increasing as a growing number of people are marrying people from more …

Genetics

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

How galaxies evolve in the cosmic web

Galaxies in thread-like filaments within the cosmic web have a much higher chance of actively forming stars. So galaxy evolution was accelerated in …

2014 shaping up to be warmest year on record

The global average temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January to October 2014 was the highest on record, according to a NOAA …

Is HIV Evolving Into A Weaker Virus?

Viruses are masters at mutating.<p>So the big concern with deadly viruses, like Ebola and hepatitis C, is that they will evolve into more dangerous forms over time.<p>It looks like just the opposite is happening with HIV — although it's happening slowly.<p>"HIV can generate any mutation in the book, on any …

Astronomers solve mystery of the universe’s missing stars

There are not enough stars in the universe and now astronomers think they know why.<p>Using the Hubble space telescope, they have discovered a distant galaxy in which star formation is itself driving the raw materials for more stars out into space at two million miles per hour – and in the process …

Watch Laser Light Moving At 100 Billion Frames A Second

The latest and greatest in ultra-fast photography<p>There's a new, ultra-fast camera that lets engineers take videos of phenomena including the movement of laser light and even faster-than-light phenomena. Watching the videos is like seeing a physics textbook come to life.<p>Here's a video of a laser …

Asteroids, asteroids will rock you, Queen guitarist warns

It's never too early to worry about asteroids wiping out life on Earth.<p>So say the folks who've been fretting for decades over just such a scenario -- among them, Queen guitarist-astrophysicist Brian May. They think it's time all Earthlings focus their anxiety, and asteroid-diversion efforts, on one …

Japan’s Asteroid-Bombing Spacecraft Launches Successfully

What's next for Hayabusa 2<p>While most of the East Coast U.S. was sleeping last night, the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) launched Hayabusa 2, a deep space probe that will land on asteroid 1999 JU3, collect samples, and bring them back to Earth.<p>If you missed the liftoff, here are some highlights from …

You Can Help Physicists Make the Next Higgs Boson Discovery

More than two years after physicists discovered the Higgs boson, there’s still a lot they don’t know about the elusive particle. Now, they want your …

How the Higgs boson made reality possible and how it can destroy it all

After explaining why pure scientific research is crucial for the advancement of humanity at all levels, David Kaplan tell us why the Higgs boson is …

Physics

Why Time Can't Go Backward: Physicists Explain

“<i>Time is what keeps everything from happening at once,</i>” wrote Ray Cummings in his 1922 science fiction novel “The Girl in the Golden Atom,” which …

Light-bending silicon strips are the key to super-fast computers

No, that's not a barcode you're looking at -- instead, it's the likely future of computing. Stanford University researchers have developed an optical link that uses silicon strips to bend light at right angles, which future processors will likely need to transmit data at super-fast speeds. The key, …

Our Ability To Digest Alcohol May Have Been Key To Our Survival

As we're sipping away on a glass of stout or Merlot, we probably take for granted our ability to digest the alcohol in the drink. Alcohol, or dietary ethanol (as scientists like to call it), is technically a toxin — imbibing too much can lead to a hangover and even poisoning, of course.<p>But thanks …

How man’s best friend could hold the key to anti-ageing

Scientists are targeting a new set of recruits to test anti-ageing drugs: pet dogs. And according to their plans, not any old pooch will do. The researchers want to concentrate their trials on large canines. Golden retrievers, labradors and German shepherd dogs will do nicely.<p>The researchers are …

Your science questions answered

Q Given the fact that the atom consists mainly of empty space and glass has a much higher density than paper, why is it that I can’t look through a sheet of paper but easily through centimetre-thick glass? asks Thoralf Schubert<p>A As Professor Philip Moriarty from the University of Nottingham …

New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat

A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar …

Google is developing cancer and heart attack detector

<b>Google is aiming to diagnose cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes and other diseases, at a much earlier stage than is currently possible.</b><p>The company is working on technology that combines disease-detecting nanoparticles, which would enter a patient's bloodstream via a swallowed pill, with a …

Manly Men Are Not Always the Best Choice, Study Says

It’s a Hollywood stereotype: Men prefer to partner up with feminine-looking women, and women favor masculine men. But even when you allow for …

Quantum tunnelling sounds like science fiction, and does indeed feature quite often in the genre. But it is real, and plays a role in nuclear fusion, chemical reactions and the fate of the universe. Here’s how it works<p>The recent claim from Stark Industries Lockeed Martin that a compact fusion …

What Is Nothing? A Mind-Bending Debate about the Universe Moderated by Neil deGrasse Tyson

<b>Isaac Asimov</b> — sage of science, champion of creativity in education, visionary of the future, lover of libraries, Muppet friend — endures as one of the most visionary scientific minds in modern history. Every year, the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, of which Asimov …

A NASA spacecraft reaches Mars just in time to see an unexpected guest

NASA's latest Mars probe entered the planet's orbit on September 21. By sheer luck, it arrived just in time to get an up close look at Siding Spring, a comet set to pass by Mars on October 19.<p>It's a little bit like space nerd Christmas. "This is at least a once-in-a-century event — and maybe a …

How Technology Traced HIV to Its Very Beginnings

In a feat of virus archaeology, scientists follow modern HIV to its ancestors that were around nearly 100 years ago.<p><b>In the early 1980s</b>, when AIDS deaths began to ripple across the U.S. in force, most people—including healthcare professionals—had never even heard of the virus behind the outbreak. It …

Public Health

Glaciers Lose 204 Billion Tons of Ice in Three Years

Antarctica is losing so much mass that it’s actually changing Earth’s gravity.<p>Antarctica is famously a continent capped with ice, but as Earth’s …

Science On Ice: 7 Antarctic Experiments To Keep An Eye On

Summertime in Antarctica means scientists will be studying penguins, mysterious microbes, and more.<p>Since the 1950s, a small but growing number of international scientists have spent months at a stretch on the world’s most remote continent: Antarctica. This year, 29 countries will host research …

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