Disney has plans to make the Star Wars galaxy the setting for the widespread introduction of virtual reality and augmented reality to the public at large.
It isn’t just for merging neutron stars, anymore. Over the past three years, there’s arguably been no greater scientific discovery than the direct detection of gravitational waves. The two LIGO […]
A rare counter-example to the flood of Temperance maps, this Prohibition-era chart celebrates alcohol in its many forms
The pulsar map to Earth was perfect when it was launched. By time aliens get it, it’ll be completely useless. “We [are] a species endowed with hope and perseverance, at […]
The first detections were incredible. But now the real fun — and the real science — truly begins. On August 17, the signals from two merging neutron stars reached Earth after a journey of 130 […]
The one thing both extremes of Left and Right agree on.
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If you have a choice between “known astrophysical objects” and “new physics,” bet on the known. “Two recent studies by teams in the U.S. and the Netherlands have shown that the […]
If you think that spin-1/2 and spin-1 aren’t that different, the actual science may shock you. “The layman always means, when he says “reality” that he is speaking of something self-evidently […]
If we see an atomic nucleus decay in a particular way, it means the Universe is fundamentally different from how we see it today. “There are several categories of scientists in […]
If the LHC can’t produce new fundamental particles, the collisions coming from it still a chance to teach us something incredible. “It was quite the most incredible event that has […]
Gamma rays from black holes? It’s an incredible idea… and it’s probably wrong. “That’s the next step: to simultaneously see [gravitational waves] with three, four or five interferometers, localize it quickly, […]
There’s a new theory out there that these merging black holes came from a single star. What are the odds? “Even if the Fermi detection is a false alarm, future LIGO […]
After then-president George W. Bush phoned Jacques Chirac, his French counterpart had to consult a biblical scholar to make sense of the conversation.
Throwback Thursday: How Dark Matter’s #1 Competitor Died The only way out is to modify the laws of gravity, and our best observations rule those modifications out. “The discrepancy between […]
Country-shaped birthmarks also exist outside of Wes Anderson movies.
An exposé in this week’s issue of The New Yorker on the surprising depth of jihadist poetry should be required reading for everyone on the swelling list of candidates for president […]
We use words like "fight" and "battle" when we talk about cancer, as if it's an enemy we can conquer if we're strong enough. But a study shows this kind of thought may hurt chances of people taking preventative measures.
Every prediction it’s ever made has been verified, except for one. “These neutrino observations are so exciting and significant that I think we’re about to see the birth of an entirely […]
Do you know all of them, and what makes them so bright? Image credit: source unknown, but it contains #7 and #9 on the list, via http://st.gdefon.com/wallpapers_original/wallpapers/428170_orion_yupiter_betelgejze_rigel_aldebaran_pleyady_y_7408x4602_(www.GdeFon.ru).jpg. “I’m hungry for […]
The tens of thousands of turbines generating power around the world on land and, increasingly, at sea, represent a stunning reversal of fortune for an industry that fifty years ago was virtually non-existent.