Astronomers fooled by shiny, but tiny, black hole

  Artist’s view of a black hole and a star in a binary system. Scientists think a small black hole called M 101 ULX-1 may be shining brightly because of its companion star’s stellar wind. (Jingchuan Yu / November 29, 2013) A bright black hole in the Pinwheel galaxy has been shining us on, astronomers […]

November 29, 2013
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The Galaxy Quest: Going Into Orbit With the International Space Station [Infographic]

In recent years, there have been few space projects as exciting as the International Space Station, or ISS. Even though it is the 9th space station to take orbit, it is the first to house a full-time crew and a dedicated research laboratory. And, with recent social media exploits – like those of the excellent […]

November 29, 2013
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Is it OK to torture or murder a robot?

  Would you harm this bot? People often feel uncomfortable when watching social robots being tortured or harmed (see main story). Ask yourself how you’d feel if the same was done to these bots. (Thinkstock) With the world’s elderly population growing rapidly, scientists are suggesting that robots could take on some of the burden of […]

November 29, 2013
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Comet ISON Approaching the Sun [hd video]

November 29, 2013
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Photos From an Arctic Outpost Where Landscapes Are Alien and Dying Is Forbidden

After an unsuccessful trip to witness the aurora borealis from the northern tip of Norway, photographer Reuben Wu decided to venture even further afield in search of the celestial light show. Choosing the remote, frozen island of Svalbard, Wu quickly made its strange environment the new focus of his time there. “The northern lights ended […]

November 23, 2013
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This Starship Enterprise Of The Sea Will Launch Its Exploration In 2016

November 23, 2013
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Watch The Other Side Of Sandra Bullock’s Distress Call In ‘Gravity’

November 22, 2013
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Just 2 Genes from Y Chromosome Needed for Male Reproduction

Researchers hope the findings will be used to create treatment for men who cannot produce healthy sperm cells An image showing the injection procedure (ROSI) used on spermatids of a normal male mouse performed by researcher Yasuhiro Yamauchi. The same procedure was used in the study in mice that lacked the Y chromosome. Image: Science […]

November 22, 2013
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The digital soul

My Facebook page may be part of my identity, but can it give me a virtual afterlife? Life support systems; Facebook server room. Photo by Jason Madara/Gallery Stock Patrick Stokes is a lecturer in philosophy at Deakin University in Australia, and one half of the stand-up duo the Fake McCoys. His latest book, co-edited with […]

November 20, 2013
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The New Science of Disaster Prediction

  You wouldn’t know it from the images of the Philippines this past week, but the science of disaster prediction is flourishing. Prediction and preparation are not the same thing, however, and questions have arisen about whether sufficient preparations were made for Typhoon Haiyan. These questions are posed after every disaster, and invariably there is […]

November 20, 2013
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