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
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. The study suggests that height
Viruses are masters at mutating. So the big concern with deadly viruses, like Ebola and hepatitis C, is that they will evolve into more dangerous forms over time. It looks like just the opposite is happening
There are not enough stars in the universe and now astronomers think they know why. Using the Hubble space telescope, they have discovered a distant galaxy in which star formation is itself driving the
The latest and greatest in ultra-fast photography 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.
It's never too early to worry about asteroids wiping out life on Earth. So say the folks who've been fretting for decades over just such a scenario -- among them, Queen guitarist-astrophysicist Brian They
What's next for Hayabusa 2 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
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
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
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.
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?
Google is aiming to diagnose cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes and other diseases, at a much earlier stage than is currently possible. The company is working on technology that combines disease-detecting
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
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“You can’t assert an answer just because it’s not something else.” Isaac Asimov — sage of science, champion of creativity in education, visionary of the future, lover of libraries, Muppet friend — endures
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. It's a bit
In a feat of virus archaeology, scientists follow modern HIV to its ancestors that were around nearly 100 years ago. In the early 1980s, when AIDS deaths began to ripple across the U.S. in force, most
Summertime in Antarctica means scientists will be studying penguins, mysterious microbes, and more. Since the 1950s, a small but growing number of international scientists have spent months at a stretch