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Why an Incredible New CERN Observation Has Physicists Popping Champagne

Scientists have announced the observation of “CP violation in a D0 meson” at CERN, a discovery that will appear in physics textbooks for years to come. You’re probably wondering what exactly it means. Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Cern, Particle physics, LHC, Antimatter, Lhcb, Cp Violation


Apparently even NASA is wrong about which planet is closest to Earth

Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer. Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury! Did Musk pick the wrong planet to die on? By 2024, Elon Musk wants to land humans on Mars – the billionaire entrepreneur has said that he himself wants to go to the Red Planet, and even wants to die there (just not on impact, he qui...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Youtube, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Sun, Planets, Mars, Map, Saturn, Jupiter


Think of the closest planet to Earth... Wrong! Think again!

Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer. Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury! Did Musk pick the wrong planet to die on? By 2024, Elon Musk wants to land humans on Mars – the billionaire entrepreneur has said that he himself wants to go to the Red Planet, and even wants to die there (just not on impact, he qui...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Youtube, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Sun, Planets, Mars, Map, Saturn, Jupiter


Indian Scientists Measure 1.3-Billion-Volt Thunderstorm, the Strongest on Record

Scientists in India observed the highest-voltage thunderstorm ever documented with the help of a subatomic particle you might not hear much about: the muon.Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, India, Physics, Lightning, Electricity, Radiation, Crazy Weather


Mercury, Not Venus, Is the Closest Planet to Earth

A team of scientists just demonstrated something that might shock you: Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth on average.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Earth, Physics, Planets, Venus, Mercury, Planetary Science, The Best Planet


U.K. Royal Mint honors Stephen Hawking on new 50p coin

Stephen Hawking, cosmologist, theoretical physicist and popular science educator, died on March 14, 2018.The Royal Mint is celebrating his work and life with a collector's coin that's selling for 10 pounds.Hawking's younger son said he imagined his dad reacting to the news with "one of his huge, wide smiles." None The U.K. Royal Mint has issued a 50-pence coin commemorating the late physicist Stephen Hawking, who died nearly one year ago at age 76. The collector's coin, which is selling online f...
Tags: Space, Science, Money, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Tim, Ellis, Cosmos, U K Royal Mint, Lucy Hawking Stephen Hawking, Edwina Ellis, Tim Hawking Stephen


Water Is All You Need to Revive Soggy Vegetables

Many things in life get soggy when wet, like paper, or expensively blow-dried hair. But plants do not work this way. Water makes them plumper, crispier, crunchier. Understand this fact and you’ll never suffer soggy lettuce again. Read more...
Tags: Food, Cooking, Science, Vegetables, Water, Physics, Lifehacks, Lettuce


The UK Royal Mint Is Putting a Black Hole on a Coin to Honor Stephen Hawking

The United Kingdom’s Royal Mint will honor the work of Stephen Hawking with a commemorative coin featuring the physicist’s name above concentric circles representing a black hole. It looks pretty awesome.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, UK, Science, Physics, United Kingdom, Stephen Hawking, Black Holes, Coins




How Heavy Is the Milky Way?

By combining data from the Hubble and Gaia space telescopes, an international team of astronomers has come up with the most accurate estimate yet of our galaxy’s mass.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Physics, Milky Way, Galaxies, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Stellar Masses


How Scientists Made a Laser Beam That Can Pass Through White Paint

It’s not quite seeing through walls, but scientists are working to engineer light beams so that they can pass through an opaque medium without scattering, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Lasers, Photonics


Astronomers Around the World Are Training in Case a Giant Asteroid Threatens Earth

On October 12, 2017, a 20-meter asteroid passed just 50,000 kilometers (31,000 miles) from Earth. For weeks, dozens of astronomers from labs around the world mobilized, measuring everything they could about the asteroid in preparation for an impact.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Earth, Physics, Asteroids, Astrophysics, Impact, Arecibo, Potentially Hazardous Asteroids, Impact Event


Physicists Propose Hunting for Signs of Dark Matter in Ancient Minerals

Physicists typically build large, complex experiments to hunt for dark matter particles coming from outer space, but what if clues to its existence have been hiding inside the Earth all along? One group of physicists proposes hunting for signs of it in ancient minerals, such as olivine or gypsum, that formed in the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Physics, Particle physics, Dark Matter, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Particle Astrophysics


Fake FCC Comments, Shark DNA, and the Edge of Everything: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Hopefully your week has been better than leading New York politicians, like NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew “Amazon” Cuomo—both of whom are still dealing with the disastrous fallout from the failed deal to subsidize a new Amazon facility in Queens’s Long Island City neighborhood. (Adding insult to injury:…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Gaming, Science Fiction, Politics, New York, Science, Technology, Fcc, Microsoft, Climate Change, Dna, Samsung, Genetics, Physics


Particle Physicists Build a Meatball Collider

A team of particle physicists wanted “to unveil the deepest secrets of the Universe—and of Swedish cuisine.” So, naturally, they built a Swedish meatball collider.Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Cern, Particle physics, Stupid Hackathon, Meatball Collider


This is why microwaved grapes produce flashes of plasma

Two grape halves heated in a microwave produce light-emitting ionized gas, or plasma. The grapes collect and trap microwaves whose energy eventually bursts outward. The discovery could lead to passive microwave antennas. None One of the internet's favorite mysteries has been what happens to an everyday grape nearly split in halves and put in a microwave: After about five seconds the grape produces a dramatic flash of plasma. Here's what it looks like. Has this mystery been keeping you up at ni...
Tags: Energy, Science, Technology, Discovery, Chemistry, Physics, Materials, Innovation, Microwave, Grapes, National Academy of Sciences


7 of the most popular science books of all time

Chaos theory, evolution and the cosmos make for an eye-opening read. Carl Sagan paints a sagacious picture of humanity's place in the universe.Great scientists give us a glimpse into their minds and their theories.Scientists have been sleuthing through the mysteries and secrets of the universe since humankind first started asking questions. Just what is going on in this grand amphitheater of reality? The courageous and curious sometimes leave their ivory towers to translate their arcane works ...
Tags: Books, Science, Scotland, Time, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Literature, Stephen Hawking, Evolution, Charles Darwin, Dyson, Richard Dawkins, Einstein, Carl Sagan, Darwin


Scientists Produce Rigorous Study of Why Grapes Spark in the Microwave

A paper published Monday in a well-known science journal begins with the following sentence: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pair of grape hemispheres exposed to intense microwave radiation will spark, igniting a plasma.” A universally acknowledged truth indeed... but what causes this microwave marvel?Read more...
Tags: Science, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Microwaves, Dont Try This At Home, Try This At Home


What's at the Edge of the Universe?

It is a routine emotion in 2019 to urgently wish, four or five times in a day, to be launched not simply into space but to the very edge of the universe, as far as it is possible to get from the fever dream of bad weather, busted trains and potentially cancerous thigh lesions that constitute life on Earth. But what…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Physics, Cosmology, The Universe


It's Official: NASA Says Mars Rover Opportunity Is Dead

NASA declared at a press conference today that its Opportunity rover is officially no longer functional, marking the end of an era while celebrating the wildly successful Mars Exploration Rover mission. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Physics, Spirit, Mars, Curiosity, Opportunity, Mars Exploration, Planetary Exploration, Mars Exploration Rovers


New Star Map Reveals the Milky Way Is Warped

A new analysis of pulsing stars has revealed the Milky Way’s twisted shape.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Stars, Physics, Milky Way, Astrophysics, Gaïa, Cepheid Variables


New NASA Visualization Shows What the Dreaded Polar Vortex Really Looks Like

It was cold in the Continental US the this week. Colder than Alaska, Mars (technically), and even parts of Antarctica, which isn’t so surprising because it’s presently summer in Antarctica, but sounds wild nonetheless. You probably want to forget about the cold—but we won’t let you.Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Polar Vortex, Nasa, Physics, Antarctica, Continental US, Alaska Mars


New Research Could Be First Step Toward Buckyball-Powered Quantum Computers

Scientists have characterized the quantum behavior of buckminsterfullerene molecules, also known as buckyballs, with the hope of perhaps one day turning them into miniature quantum computers.Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Buckminster Fuller, Buckyballs, Buckminster Fullerene


How Scientists Used a 1906 Photo to Find the Center of San Francisco's Most Infamous Earthquake

Researchers used a grainy photograph of a toppled train combined with an eyewitness account to analyze the deadly earthquake that struck San Francisco over 110 years ago.Read more...
Tags: Science, Trains, San Francisco, History, Physics, Earthquakes


A Guide to the Chemistry of Cold Weather

You might have noticed that it’s pretty cold throughout much of the United States—frostbite-inducing, school-closing, scald-yourself-with-boiling-water-while-attempting-that-stupid-instant-snow-trick cold. You might wonder what that means, scientifically.Read more...
Tags: Science, Cold, Chemistry, Physics, United States, Biochemistry, Astrobiology, Stay Warm Out There Folks


5 favorite books of Albert Einstein

Einstein had a large library and was a voracious reader.The famous physicist admitted that some books influenced his thinking.The books he preferred were mostly philosophical and scientific in nature. None Undoubtedly considered one of the brightest individuals who ever lived, Albert Einstein did not become so accomplished in a vacuum. The physicist learned from the best minds of the time, as is evidenced by his voracious appetite for reading and his extensive personal book collection.In "Einste...
Tags: Art, Books, Astronomy, Isis, Science, Education, Intelligence, History, Physics, Innovation, Philosophy, Albert Einstein, Einstein, Newton, Mach, Cervantes


Amateur Astronomy Equipment May Have Spotted Tiny Object Beyond Neptune

Japanese astronomers spotted evidence of tiny Kuiper Belt object at the outer edge of the Solar System using a pair of telescopes you could buy online, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Japan, Science, Physics, Asteroids, Neptune, Astrophysics, Kuiper Belt, Dwarf Planets, Asteroid Belt, Amateur Astronomy


What's the Worst Planet?

The best planet is Earth, objectively, and I only say that because I live there. Other than Earth, you might find fans of Jupiter, Mars, and even Mercury. But what about planets that absolutely stink? Are there planets which aren’t and will never be habitable, have absolutely nothing interesting to study, or just…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Planetary Science, Jupiter Mars, Actually All Planets Are Bad


Scientists Figured Out How to Send Secret Messages to Your Ear With Lasers

Scientists have devised a way to communicate secretly by sending laser-transmitted messages directly into the area around a person’s ear.Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Lasers, Spies, Secrets, Acoustics


Scientists Try to Recreate Freakishly Tall 'Rogue' Waves in the Lab

On New Year’s Day, 1995, an instrument off the coast of Norway measured a rogue wave 84 feet high. Now, scientists are recreating these waves—albeit in miniature—in the lab.Read more...
Tags: Science, Water, Physics, Ocean, Norway, Waves, Fluid Mechanics



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