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Giant Blast Shuts Down Starburst Galaxy

Astronomers spot gas bursts that may disrupt star formation.<p>For the first time, astronomers have spotted a critical moment in the life of galaxies: high-speed eruptions of gas that may halt the birth of stars.<p>Galaxies, such as our own Milky Way, are vast islands of stars littering space. How …

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Venus and the Triply Ultraviolet Sun<br>Image Credit: NASA/SDO & the AIA, EVE, and HMI teams;<br>Digital Composition: Peter L. Dove …

Earth's Water May Even Be Older Than The Sun Itself

Just how old is H2O? A fascinating new study suggests that some of the water molecules we drink and bathe in are <i>way</i> old -- as in more than 4.6 billion years old.<p>That's older than the solar system itself.<p>“Our findings show that a significant fraction of our solar system’s water, the most-fundamental …

Comet Probe Finds Elements Of Life

The Rosetta spacecraft has discovered all the elements of life in the gases jetting from a comet as it approaches the Sun.<p>The ingredients that make up amino acids, life’s building blocks, are all contained in the tail of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G). Among them are methane, …

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Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

When I was a boy I had a globe. I could take it in my hands, rest it on my lap, give it a spin and look down on Africa, Europe, North America and Asia spinning by.<p>In 1961 (I was 13), cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin left the planet and got high enough to look down on the real Earth spinning beneath him. He …

If You Dont Believe Watch This- Recent Mass UFO Sightings 2011

UFOs

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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 …

Nigella Lawson's 'borrowed' lasagne recipe: how to make it

Nigella Lawson borrowed one of her recipes from the Grillo sisters for her recipe book. Here is how it turned out.<p>One of the key revelations that attracted countless headlines in the Nigella Lawson saga was that she used a borrowed lasagne recipe.<p>A family recipe from Francesca and Elisabetta …

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New Research Affirms That Milky Way Has Four Spiral Arms

Our Milky Way galaxy has four arms instead of two, according to just published results of a 12-year study by scientists in the U.K.<p>The findings, published in the <i>Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society</i>, affirm what astronomers surmised in the 1950s but began to doubt in 2008 after seeing …

You Built What?!: A Tesla Coil Gun That Produces Foot-Long Sparks

Modeled after a Nerf gun--but with 200,000 volts under the hood<p>While browsing a bookstore near his home in Seattle last year, Rob Flickenger came across a graphic novel titled <i>The Five Fists of Science</i>. The story portrays inventor Nikola Tesla as a crime fighter who battles his enemies with a pair …

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 …

Oldest ever human DNA found in Spain, raises new questions about evolution

<i>Artist's interpretation of the human ancestors who lived near Sima de los Huesos.</i><p>A fossil discovered in a Spanish cave has given researchers the oldest human DNA found to date. According to <i>The New York Times</i>, the DNA comes from a femur bone and is believed to be around 400,000 years old. But while …

Black hole caught blasting heavy metal in jets | Ars Technica

Outburst contained iron ions accelerated to 66 percent of the speed of light.<p>Much of the matter falling onto a black hole is channeled into powerful …

Gravity May Not Be As Straightforward As Scientists Once Thought

"But we were extremely perplexed. We tried to think of what could be happening in the middle of the night that could account for it. My students …

5 Mysterious Ruins That Predate Known Civilization?

Artifacts and ruins discovered all over the world have made many scientists question whether the currently accepted understanding of prehistoric …

Archaeology

3 Fictional Stories That Later Came True—Details Eerily Similar

1. Edgar Allan Poe Seems to Foretell Death of Richard Parker by Cannibalism<p><i>Edgar Allan Poe (U.S. Library of Congress)</i><p>In the 19th century, Edgar Allan …

Literature

Stunning Photos of Starling Murmurations that Aren’t

There are a few good reasons why you should go about getting in touch with a photographer before using his or her work. Even if they’re okay with …

The Tony Blair 'selfie' Photo Op will have a place in history

Art could not stop the war in Iraq but this photomontage – now on show at the Imperial War Museum North – can influence how that war is remembered<p>Tony Blair grins for his photograph as he holds up his smartphone to take a selfie. He's delighted with himself and what he's done. Behind him, black …

Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation

How Isaac Newton's encounter with that apple ended up helping send rockets into space<p>Newton's equation first appeared in the <i>Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i>, July 1687. It describes why that apple fell from that tree in that orchard in Lincolnshire. Whether or not that apple actually …

Top 4 keys to mastering moon phases

The most important key is to think of the moon as a world in space, with a day and night side.<p><b>Why does the moon seem to change its shape every night?</b> …

Hubble Digs Deeply, Toward Big Bang

How do astronomers know when they have looked too far into space? Maybe when they have run out of galaxies to view.<p>That hasn't happened yet. There …

Universe

Behold the power of a supermassive black hole

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Beautiful Glowing Portraits of a Bobtail Squid

In this series, entitled <i>Bobtail Squid</i>, underwater photographer Todd Bretl documents the magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. The creatively composed shots transform eight curled arms and a round body into beautifully abstract shapes floating against a stark, black background.<p>Bretl was …

Photography