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A Eulogy for the Luminiferous Ether

<i>Science is a field of progress, and in order to keep moving forward, you’ve got to break down a few walls. If you’re in New York on June 6, come join</i> …

Physics

The Planck units and their meaning

(Note: I am using some Greek letters and math symbols in this post and HTML can be dicey in how they appear. They look ok to me using the Safari …

Why Is Space 3D? Physicists Might Finally Have a Plausible Explanation

But it's weird and knotty.<p>You might never have wondered why the Universe has just three spatial dimensions, but it is a question that has long vexed …

Physics

Einstein, Bohr and the origins of entanglement | Cosmos

<b>It all began in October 1927, at the Fifth Solvay Congress in Brussels.</b> It was Louis de Broglie’s first congress, and he had been “full of pleasure …

A Teenager Won $250,000 For His Video Explanation Of Einstein's Special Theory Of Relativity

What were you doing when you were 18 years old? If we had to guess, we'd say you probably weren't winning hundreds of thousands of dollars for a …

We're More Confident Than Ever That Life on Earth Really Did Come From Meteorites

They splashed into warm ponds.<p>New research suggests life on our planet started out as a series of meteorites struck the surface and landed in small, …

Why Neutrinos Aren't "Real"

<i>Brian Koberlein is bringing the story of science to the world. His Kickstarter project — a television series called Big Science — recently garnered</i> …

Learn How to Think Like Einstein

Albert Einstein is widely considered one of the smartest people who ever lived, significantly impacting our understanding of the world around us. His …

Physics

Scientists Achieve Direct Counterfactual Quantum Communication For The First Time

Counterfactual Communication<p>Quantum communication is a strange beast, but one of the weirdest proposed forms of it is called counterfactual …

A visual explanation of quantum mechanics

From the ViaScience YouTube channel comes this 31-part video explainer of quantum mechanics. As the introduction video notes, there is a fair bit of …

Black holes are even stranger than you can imagine

Our love of black holes continues to grow as our knowledge of these celestial bodies expands. The latest news is the discovery of a rare …

A Brief Explanation of Black Hole Physics

Black holes, the Event Horizon, and what happens when you find yourself inside one.<p>What happens when you enter a black hole is the biggest bong-rip question of astrophysics. As you'd expect, the answer is complicated. Here, PBS's Space Time attempts to tackle this confusing topic in as accessible a …

Black Holes

Matter Is No More Than Fluctuations In Vacuum

Scientists had been striving to explore what lies between planets, stars and galaxies and what medium electromagnetic waves propagate through. James …

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Mars Rover Views Spectacular Layered Rock Formations

The layered geologic past of Mars is revealed in stunning detail in new color images returned by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which is currently …

Like It Or Not, Complexity Is Something We Can No Longer Ignore

You only need to look at any Apple product to understand our fascination with simplicity. The sleek lines, intuitive user interface and human centered design give us a feeling of power over our technology. You don’t need a complicated user manual to instruct you, you just pick it up and …

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What Are Gravitational Waves, Exactly?

A simple explanation.<p>When LIGO first discovered gravitational waves back in February, it was a confirmation of decades of scientific research and the culmination of years of searching. But what exactly are gravitational waves? MinutePhysics helps explain.<p>Waves are produced when stuff vibrates. …

Physics

Here's how scientists will take the first-ever photograph of a black hole

You've probably seen a handful of amazing black hole images on the internet, like the one below.<p>It shows a black hole dragging in the hot plasma of a nearby blue giant star, never to be seen again:<p>Or perhaps you've seen this illustration, which shows the immense mass of a black hole warping the …

Quantum entanglement: Three twisted light particles uncover a new generation of superfast computers

Quantum physics has taken another leap forward as scientists successfully entangle three particles of light. This pattern has never been seen before …

The missing brown dwarfs

When re-analyzing cataloged and updated observational data of brown dwarfs in the solar neighborhood, astronomers have found that a significant …

Supermassive black holes everywhere?

A near-record supermassive black hole discovered in a sparse area of the local universe suggests these monster objects might be more common than once …

‘If you feel you’re in a black hole, don’t give up’ – Stephen Hawking explains

Searching for Far Out and Wandering Worlds

Astronomers have made great strides in discovering planets outside of our solar system, termed "exoplanets." In fact, over the past 20 years more …

Did comets kick-start life on Earth? Chemists find missing piece of puzzle

The origin of life on Earth has been a matter of intense debate throughout human history. Even today, scientists don’t know whether the molecular …

Universe

How Neanderthal Left Their Mark on Human Beings

It seems that some people contain a small amount of Neanderthal DNA. Pacific Island dwellers have Denisovans DNA while many others have other genes. …

All quantum communication involves nonlocality

Researchers of CWI, University of Gdansk, Gdansk University of Technology, Adam Mickiewicz University and the University of Cambridge have proven …

Quantum computing is now a big step closer thanks to a new breakthrough: the Fredkin gate

Quantum computing is now within closer reach thanks to a major breakthrough in which scientists have demonstrated that a key building block can be assembled.<p>Quantum computers are based on atomic-scale quantum bits, or qubits, that can represent both 0 and 1 simultaneously, and they are expected to …