James T. Whittaker

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Hubble and Spitzer telescopes look deep into space to study early universe

Two venerable space telescopes, the Hubble and the Spitzer, have teamed up to study the very early universe, and here's what they see at the cosmic dawn: a wild and woolly party, with brilliant blue stars that aren't ready to settle down into anything so structured as a conventional spiral …

The incandescent light bulb isn't dead

Reports were greatly exaggerated<p>Perhaps you’ve heard the news: the incandescent light bulb is dead. "When the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, the year ends — and so does the ordinary lightbulb," read Fox News' website. CNN even penned an obituary. That’s because, according to countless media reports, …

The bitter truth about making a natural sugar substitute

Sugar in soft drinks and other processed foods may be bad for us, but cheating our taste buds has proved difficult — and the substitutes we do have (like the coal derivative found in Sweet'n Low) can sound even worse. A more "natural" solution is sweetener derived from plants like stevia, which has …

Simulation helps unravel ancient Roman puzzle

An enduring mystery of archaeology involving a well-known historical site in ancient Rome is being quietly unraveled in Indiana, thanks to a …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Engineer Recalls Past Life, Near Death Experience: Materialism and the Divine

In my childhood and adolescence, I had extraordinary experiences I could not explain. I didn’t dare to tell others, fearing ridicule from people with …

Pictures of the year 2013: space - Telegraph

Centuries Before China's 'Great Wall,' There Was Another

<b>Listen · 4:30</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>The Great Wall of China, built more than 2,000 years ago, stands as one of the monumental feats of ancient engineering. Stretching thousands of miles, it protected the newly unified country from foreign invaders.<p>But before the Great Wall, warring …

How Ultrasound Became the Newest Weapon Against Stroke

Even the best methods doctors have today for treating the most common strokes won't help most patients. In the race to find a better way, some scientists are using ultrasound to find and track strokes before they happen and treat them afterward.<p><b>Ischemic strokes, caused by blood clots</b> that can …