Elon Musk Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur behind Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity. Birth place: Pretoria, South Africa Birth name: Elon Reeve Musk


In CERN’squest to discover the complexity of particle physics, it has just hit aparticularly good spot five new subatomic particles have been found. With this discovery, physicists hope they can unlock the mystery of how the nuclei of atoms are stuck together. These five new particles are just five different versions of Omega-c-zero, c0, a […]

Beijing Insider Travel Guide

(CNN)Important things happen in Beijing. You can feel this everywhere in the city of nearly 20 million people. In the years before and after the Beijing 2008 Olympics, modern wonders of glass and chrome have appeared. It all makes Beijing’s cityscape a study in superlatives; the grand scale of the city planning a campaign for […]

The climate change battle dividing Trumps America

Climate change denial and energy conspiracy are high on the presidents agenda, but US scientists are fighting back Ever since Donald Trump became US president, certain sectors of American society have felt particularly embattled. His statements on Muslims are notorious, but there is another community, less heard about, that has also been sent reeling: scientists. […]

College’s Break With Climate Change Deniers Riles Debate Over Divestment Strategies

Barnard Colleges Board of Trustees announced earlier this month that it had made a unique climate decision. After months of deliberation and mounting pressure from students, faculty and activists, Barnard, like hundreds of other institutions and colleges, had decided to divest from fossil fuels. Unlike some institutions that have opted for full divestment from the […]

Explosion At Mount Etna Nearly Kills BBC Film Crew

Sicilys Mount Etna began erupting a decent amount of lava peppered with the occasional ash column towards the end of February of this year, and plenty have gathered around it to watch the fireworks. A BBC News team happened to get a little bit too close to it today, though, and a sudden explosion almost […]


A bunch of beaches on the Australian island of Tasmania are sparkling with a strange electric-blue glow, perhapsfurther proof that all of Australasia’s nature is absolutely insane. The sight can be seen around certain parts of the shores on the northern coast of Tasmania, ranging from Preservation Bay, Rocky Cape, Hobart, and the East coast […]


Black holes are the sharks of the universe. Theres a lot of unjustified fear of them and it’s difficult to actually encounter one. Space is very big and stellar black holes are not much larger than a small island, so to study them youre gonna need a bigger telescope. When we talk about black holes […]


An international group of astronomers havediscovered a distinct lack of dark matter in the disks of spiral galaxies 10 billion years ago. The observation, reported in Nature, suggests that dark matter did not condense as quickly as the gas, leaving the core of galaxies spinning much faster than the edge of the disk. Early galaxies […]


From general relativity, we know that mass bends spacetime. However, if the object is rotating, then that also drags spacetime. This phenomenon, known as frame-dragging or the Lense-Thirring effect, is very important in relativity, and it was only proven a few years ago. Now, a new experiment plansto study frame-dragging with higher precision, but it […]

Video Game Study Suggests Humans Get More Peaceful As The World Ends

Worried that all the volcanoes in the world will be set off by some nefarious supervillain? Concerned that we might be nearing a time of nuclear apocalypse? Well, if you are fretting to the extreme, then a brand new study currently sitting on the pre-print server arXiv has some additional information for you specifically, how […]

The fossil fuel industry’s invisible colonization of academia | Benjamin Franta and Geoffrey Supran

Benjamin Franta and Geoffrey Supran: Corporate capture of academic research by the fossil fuel industry is an elephant in the room and a threat to tackling climate change. On February 16, the Harvard Kennedy Schools Belfer Center Vice President of a family-owned oil and gas company, and has taken $3.75 million from Shell. And the […]

Washington state seeks to expand travel ban injunction to cover revised order

Motion filed two days before federal court hears Hawaiis challenge argues that previous block should cover new ban, as Democratic legislators attempt repeal The state of Washington has asked a federal court to extend a national injunction so that it halts Donald Trumps upheld by a federal appeals court in February. Also on Monday, Senator […]

College students should resist not silence their political foes | Bill McKibben

Campuses can be sites of powerful protest and activism if students and faculty use some care Canniness is a virtue, at least for organizers. When protest goes well the typical coverage of that effort.) Middlebury students that Ive talked to were sad and annoyed that their voices werent heard amidst the melee. Theyre right to […]

The US Government Share Of Science Funding Hits Record Low

Science under the Trump administration is already suffering, and its set to get a lot worse. Apart from space science which almost no one thinks is unnecessary the earth sciences and physics are set to take amassive hit over the next few years if President Trumps proposed budgets are anything to go by. Unfortunately, even […]


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being beaten to a proverbial pulp by the Republicans. Its improbable new chief, Scott Pruitt, has begun taking a sledgehammer to its ability to push back against climate change and keep Americas air and water clean. Just recently, the word science was found to have evaporated from the EPAs […]


Researchershave been able to achieve a remarkable success that could revolutionize how electronic devices store information. They have used a single atom as a single computer bit. In a paper, published in Nature, the researchers have discussed how they have achieved this impressive feat. They placed holmium atoms on magnesium oxide and then used a […]

Scientific Theories Arent Mere Conjecture  to Survive They Must Work

The evidence is incontrovertible. Global warming is occurring. Climate change is real, is serious and has been influenced by anthropogenic activity. The scientific evidence is clear: Global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and is a growing threat to society. As these scientific societies position statements reflect, there is a clear scientific […]


Crystals are structures thatregularly repeat in space. A few years ago, scientists wondered if there existedstructures that also regularly repeat in time, so-called “time crystals”. The answer is yes and we can make them. This week, two papers by two different groups were published in Nature detailing the creation of time crystals, which were announced […]

14 Groundbreaking Milestones For Women Throughout History

It’s impossible to look back at history and not be blown away by the incredible milestones women have made over the years. After all,when you think about how many ordinarythings ladies have been restricted from in the past, you can’t help be but be impressed and inspired by the brave women who persisted against those […]

Women In STEM Around The World: Where We’ve Improved, And Where We Can Do Better

On March 8, every year, its International Womens Day a celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women all over the world. As we often like to point out at IFLScience, particularly around this time of year, we should absolutely be applauding the mind-blowing work of women working in science, too. Without these […]

Snapchat raises eyebrows with Women’s Day filter that lightens Frida Kahlo’s skin

Three custom filters in honor of International Womens Day drew criticism for notably lightening users skin and adding a full face of makeup to Marie Curie Snapchat is celebrating Mexican artist Frida Kahlo on International Womens Day with a filter that lightens the skin of users. Snapchat debuted three custom filters for the day, which […]

Sussex tops global university ranking – BBC News

They show the strength of in-depth specialisms, rather than an overall university ranking. Harvard is top of 15 of these subjects, including history, medicine and biology. Its neighbouring university, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, accounts for another 12, including maths, chemistry and physics. ‘More influential’ There are a number of UK universities claiming first places, […]


Space can be very, very cold, but its not cold enough for the NASA scientistsplanning a new ultra-low-temperature experiment for the International Space Station. The suite of instruments is called CAL, Cold Atom Laboratory, and its about the size of an ice-box. CAL has lasers, an electromagnetic knife, and a vacuum chamber. It will be […]

Physics It’s Some Kind Of Elvish

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You Are Living Inside A Massive, Musical Instrument  And Heres What It Sounds Like

The ancients believed that the Earth was surrounded by celestial spheres, which produced divine music when they moved. We lived, so to speak, in a huge musical instrument. This may sound silly but modern science has proved them right to a certain extent. Satellites recording sound waves resonating with the Earths magnetosphere the magnetic bubble […]


Another tasty video (and this time also description) by You Suck at Cooking that already got over 300,000 views on YouTube. “Pizza. The ultimate open-faced sandwich. Use parchment paper or non stick spray. Slap down a tortilla shell with intention. Spread some tomato sauce or pesto with vagueness. Add mozzarella or a mozza-anything combo with […]


I don’t know how to start this analysis without a spoiler. I can try settingit up with ageneric physics question, but if you are behind on the excellent SyFy program The Expanse, you may want to walk away and do something else, like read about why flying at light speed is pretty much impossible unless […]


I love including numerical calculations in my introductory and advanced physics courses. I find that including coding in the introductory physics course forces students to think in different ways to better understand physics. Numerical calculations are such an integral part of real world physics that it would be wrong to not include them in the […]

The Beauty of Mathematics: It Can Never Lie to You

A few years back, a prospective doctoral student sought out Sylvia Serfaty with some existential questions about the apparent uselessness of pure math. Serfaty, then newly decorated with the prestigious Henri Poincar Prize, won him over simply by being honest and nice. She was very warm and understanding and human, said Thomas Lebl, now an […]

Lasers reveal how Big Ben ‘bongs’ – BBC News

“Then to get everything set up before the first chime, we were literally working against the clock.” The study was commissioned by the BBC and the results will be featured in the BBC Four series Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics. Mapping the vibrations The scientists used a measurement technique called “laser Doppler vibrometry”. This […]


This Taiwanese man is SO good at arcade basketball, even a pro NBA player would have a hard time beating him. While I’m in total awe of his mad skills, he couldn’t be more casual. Maybe he’s great at physics or plays every day on his way home from work, but either way, this guy […]


The Legend of Zelda has always been been a misnomer, and not only because the franchises game has had very little to do with Princess Zelda (or really any women) in any significant way. Since the Nintendo sagas early 8-bit days, the title has conjured images of grandeur, heroism, and mythbut the reality has always […]

34 Poets Of Color Summarize 2017 In Verse

If 2017 was a poem, what would you call it? The open-ended question provided respondents with ample space to play. Some poets answered the prompt in two words, while others filled up pages, all while attempting to describe a time categorized by so much fear, anger, hope, action and love. Behold, 34 poets of color […]

LEGO To Launch Women In NASA Collection

These days, youve only really made it if youve been immortalized in LEGO. Just ask Batman. So riding high on the renewed interest in the hidden figures of space science, LEGO has announced it will be releasing a new Women of NASA collection, set to be available either late this year or early 2018. The […]

Astronomers Spot Mysterious Blob From The Ancient Universe

As our telescopes improve, we can look further back into our universe’s past to determinewhere the galaxies we see today came from. Sometimes, though, we find something that doesnt really match with our theories. Today is one of those times. An international team of researchers has announced the discovery of a gigantic hydrogen nebula located […]


American Astronomers have looked at Comet C/2014 Q2, known as Lovejoy, and discovered something quite unusual: The amount of a rare type of water within the comet increased as the ice rock moved past its closest point to the Sun. You see, water comes in different forms and it depends on the isotope of the […]

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There Is A Gigantic Neuron Wrapping Itself Around Your Entire Brain

There is a gigantic neuron that wraps itself around your entire brain. Thats right one single neuron, those brain cells that, among other things, generate the bioelectrochemical signals that make you, you. This neuron is part of a group of three in a so-called crown of thorns network. Theyre all extremely long and they all […]


John Abraham: As with all such lists, the 300 scientists badly lack climate expertise If you read my articles regularly, you may have noticed multiple times I have stated that the scientific argument is over; there are no longer any scientists that deny DeSmogBlog: Ralph B. Alexander is a former Associate Professor of Physics at […]

Betsy DeVos Is Right: Professors Are A Threat To The Trumpist Movement

At the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 23, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos continued her campaign against educators, this time trying to pit college students against professors like myself: Nobody who actually teaches college students would see herself in DeVoss Orwellian portrait of who we are or what we do. For starters, although Im an […]

A Forgotten War Technology Could Safely Power Earth For Millions Of Years. Here’s Why We Aren’t Using It

Humanity may face an energy crisis as the world’s population rapidly grows. Nuclear power plants can generate bountiful, carbon-free electricity, but their solid fuel is problematic, and aging reactors are being shut down. A Cold War-era liquid-fueled reactor design could transform thorium a radioactive waste from mining into a practically limitless energy source. US engineers […]


Physicists thought they had built the detector to rule them all. A mile underground in a former South Dakota gold mine, the Large Underground Xenon detector was the latest, greatest attempt to find dark matter, the elusive material that physicists think makes up a missing 25 percent of the universes mass. But last September, LUX […]

The hidden history of Nasas black female scientists

The diversity of Nasas workforce in 1940s Virginia is uncovered in a new book by Margot Lee Shetterly. She recalls how a visit to her home town led to a revelation Mrs Land worked as a computer out at Langley, my father said, taking a right turn out of the parking lot of the First […]


Being unhackable is one of the big promises of quantum computers, and in the current climate of hacking for political gain, transmitting information safely has never been more important. Unfortunately, according to University of Ottawa researchers, quantum computers can be hacked. In a paper published in Science Advances, the researchers were able to clone photons […]


Scientists believe that understanding why the universe is made of matter and not antimatter will pave the way for brand new physics, and now one ofCERN’s experiments hasspotted new hintsthat might contribute to explainingthis asymmetry. The LHCb experiment (one of seven experiments collecting data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland) has observed […]

MRI pioneer and Nobel laureate Sir Peter Mansfield dies – BBC News

Sir Peter shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003 with the inventor of the technique, US chemist Professor Paul Lauterbur. He is credited with further developing the technology, showing it can be mathematically analysed and interpreted, creating scans that take seconds rather than hours and generating much clearer images. Image copyright University […]


We might one day able to launch a new extensive exploration campaign to Venus, as researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio have achieved a circuit that can withstand the extreme conditions of the planet.The research was published in the American Institute of Physics journal AIP Advances. The circuit board is made of silicon […]

Edge of darkness: looking into the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way

It would take a telescope as big as a planet to see the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. But a team of scientists think they know how to do it At the heart of our galaxy, a vast black hole is devouring matter from the dust clouds that surround it. […]

Lets Use Physics to Model the Gaps in Saturns Rings

Lately, you might have noticed an abundance of pictures showing the rings of Saturn. These were recently captured by the Cassini space probe, whose mission will come to a dramatic end in September when it flings itself into the gas giant’s atmosphere. One of the coolest things in these images, taken as the probe travels […]

Support staff ‘plugging more teaching gaps’ – BBC News

The ATL survey of nearly 1,000 members working as support staff suggested there had been a rise in such staff covering lessons in a more formal way. ‘High quality lessons’ A similar survey by the union the previous year suggested less than two-thirds were teaching lessons. And just over seven in 10 (72.5%) of those […]

Trump Has A Strange Connection To Nikola Tesla’s Deadly ‘Impenetrable Wall Of Force’

Building an impenetrable wall along the US-Mexican border, ostensibly to keep out foreigners, is a key item on President Donald Trump’s campaign-promise checklist. “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words,” Trump said during a campaign rally on June 16, […]


Astronomers have got closer to one of the holy grails of stellar researchcapturing a supernova as it explodes. Although the first moments of the explosion werenotseen, the event was picked up three hours after it started, easily setting a new record. We have watched thousands of supernovas as they pass their peak brightness and decline, […]

Scientists Have Modeled What Gravitiational Waves From The Big Bang Might Look Like

No matter how good our telescopes get, we will never see the Big Bang. To even peer close to the beginning of the universe, our best bet is to use gravitational waves. Physicists from the University of Basel, Switzerland, have looked into what gravitational signals might be coming from the primordial universe and they have […]


An obsession by ancient rulers with placing their mark on pottery could help us work out whether the Earth’s magnetic field is likely to change any time soon. The Earth’s magnetic field is always changing, and there are reasons to think we might see a reversal in direction some time soon. To predict the future, […]

Study reveals why so many met a sticky end in Boston’s Great Molasses Flood

In 1919, a tank holding 2.3m gallons of molasses burst, causing tragedy. Scientists now understand why the syrup tsunami was so deadly It may sound like the fantastical plot of a childrens story but Bostons Great Molasses Flood was one of the most destructive and sombre events in the citys history. On 15 January 1919, […]

Mohsin Hamid on the dangers of nostalgia: we need to imagine a brighter future

Make America great again. Take back control… From politics to culture, we have been gripped by a wave of nostalgia. Mohsin Hamid calls on storytellers to look ahead with hope We human beings exist by being first in one moment, then in another, and then in another, until we reach our end. Time circumscribes the […]

Robo-Telescopes Capture the Last Gasp of a Dying Star

A very long time ago in a faraway galaxy, a star blew up. When the flash of light finally reached Earth on October 6, 2013, nobody noticed. Not at first. Three hours of supernova photons streamed by before an old telescope perched on a mountain north of San Diego started snapping pics. The 48-inch Samuel […]

How Much Energy Does Iron Fist Pack Into His Superpowered Punch?

I am super pumped up about the Iron Fist series that will premiere on Netflix soon. At this point, all I really have is this trailer—but that has never stopped me before. Why would it stop me now? If you don’t know anything about Iron Fist, let me say one important thing. Other than being […]


The team from How Ridiculous have found a new way to pit ball sports against each other, testing which balls are most subject to swing when dropped from a very, very high place with spin. In 2015, How Ridiculous experimented with trying to score a basket from the top of a 126 meter (415 feet) […]

Study Suggests We Reclassify The Moon As A Planet  Reopening A Centuries-Old Debate

Every now and then a scientific paper makes a real splash. We had one recently, to judge from recent headlines. Moon rises to claim its place as a planet said The Sunday Times on February 19, while the Mail Online asked Is this lunarcy?. The articles were among many responding to the humble paper: A […]

“All Of Science Is A Metaphor”: Deepak Chopra’s Curious Interview With IFLScience

The etymology of the word science to know is befittingly simple. It is the quest for information about the universe around us. Its the search for objective truth. That is why, when Deepak Chopra M.D. a trained endocrinologist, writer, speaker, and prominent alternative medicine advocate tells IFLScience that he dislikes the truth, it strikes us […]


Kudos to this teacher for turning a bunch of wood and sand into an exciting physics experiment. Excuse us while we go craft our very own tiny wooden bridges. VIA: http://www.wimp.com/


Its 5:15 a.m. and dark when I drive over Raton Pass, the 7,835-foot-high saddle right at the boundary between Colorado and New Mexico. Animal crossing signs whiz by my window: first a clip-art bear, then an elk, then a deer. Watch out is an apt way to enter the state, particularly on this trip: New […]


The new US administration has taken its time in employing a science adviser. Back when Barack Obama was elected in 2008, science adviser John Holdren was nominated a month before inauguration. I had the honor of meeting him last December, and I’ve never been more intimidated or impressed by someone’s sheer intellectual presence. His commanding […]

People you gotta check out this guy on YT! If you’re into programming, drawing, physics, games, modeling etc. go check it out!

Ouch! Bryan Ropar’s World of Science and Engineering tried to boss this really long whip, but the score board says “Physics 4 Bryan 0”. And 1.6 million views on YouTube. VIA: http://www.viralviralvideos.com

Check Out This Awesome Crash Test. Now, Lets Run the Physics

This is the ETI Roller System. Ituses rolling drums to absorb the impact of a vehicle collision, turning a serious impact into a glancing blow and, presumably, reducing the risk of injury. That may be, but I’m more interested in using this video to measure the acceleration during the impact. To do that, I need […]

Muggle ‘Quidditch’: Students swap books for broomsticks – BBC News

Queen’s University’s team was founded in September by Conor Ardill, a politics student. Image copyright Ana Caizares Bejarano Image caption Members of the new Northern Ireland and Dublin teams who now regularly play friendly games Queen’s University Belfast Quidditch Club (QUBQC) are now ready to head to Manchester with members of the Dublin Draiochta Dragons […]

Time Crystals: How Scientists Created A New State Of Matter

Some of the most profound predictions in theoretical physics, such as Einsteins gravitational waves or Higgs boson, have taken decades to prove with experiments. But every now and then, a prediction can become established fact in an astonishingly short time. This is what happened with time crystals, a new and strange state of matter that […]

The World’s Only Sample Of Metallic Hydrogen Just Vanished

The worlds first sample of metallic hydrogen, whose existence was only confirmed this January, has suddenly gone missing. It appears that the orb of extremely compressed matter vanished from the scientific laboratory in which humanity first laid eyes on it. The team from Harvard after spending more than four decades trying to forge it are […]


The Trump administration, and plenty of Congressional Republicans, are under fire at the moment from pretty much every facet of society. This is fortwo very broad reasons namely, they are doing things that are either genuinely terrifying or batshit crazy. Speaking of crazy, Representative Trent Franks an Arizona Republican popped over to the CNN recently […]

Forget Weather Apps: Measure the Wind Yourself With an Old Electric Motor

One of the best ways to measure wind speed is to usean anemometer. You could go out and buy one, but I find it much more fun to build my own. There areseveral types of anemometer tochoose from, but I am going to build one that uses electromagnetic induction. Normally, we think of electric potential […]

Can Dogs Eat Broccoli?

One of my go-to meals is a delicious salad filled with my favorite greens and fresh vegetables. I typically like to mix romainewithsome chopped vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, beets, bell peppers, and broccoli florets, with an added sprinkle of bacon on top. My dog loves to sit under my feet as I prepare my salad […]

Why NASA sent a superbug to the space station

(CNN)An antibiotic-resistant superbug launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Sunday from the same Kennedy Space Center launch complex where the first manned mission to the moon lifted off and the bug will be studied by astronauts on the International Space Station. Before you start to worry, this isn’t a sign of an impending apocalypse. […]


In the last few days, there have been some reports that the Voyager 2 spacecraft was hacked in 2010 and even more importantly it was probably done by aliens. So lets have a look at the facts and lets separate them from the rather obvious fiction. On May 6,2010, NASA engineers put out a press […]

Teacher shortage getting worse, say MPs – BBC News

But, he said, the department had spent 1.3bn on a recruitment campaign. The report from the cross-party committee, though, says recruitment targets for teaching had been consistently missed and the teacher shortage is getting worse. It warns that this causes particular problems in some shortage subjects in secondary school, including physics, maths and computing. Initiative […]


Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and the former master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He sat down with The WorldPost for a wide-ranging interview, which has been edited for clarity and brevity. Martin Rees: It depends on what time scale we are thinking about. In the next 10 or 20 years, I would say its […]

Teacher receives chilling death threats ordering her to pass students on physics
Why The Man Behind The New Horizons Mission Wants Pluto To Be A Planet Again

The debate over whether Pluto should be called a planet or not has raged for years, coming to a head in 2006 when it was reclassified as a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Now, that debate is being ignited once again. Alan Stern from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, the […]

Flying at Light Speed Is Pretty Much ImpossibleUnless Youre Han Solo

SPOILER ALERT. I’m going to talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you haven’t seen it by now, I have a feeling that you either don’t really care about the movie or you don’t care about spoilers. But don’t worry, I’m not going to give away anything major. Still—you have been warned. In one […]

Amazing Finding Of Dunes On Rosettas Comet

Rosettas mission finished last September, but astronomers are still finding incredible stuff in the images and data weve received. The latest discovery is an unexpected sight for a comet: dunes. If there are dunes, there also must be wind. But how is this possible whencometsdon’t have an atmosphere that allows them to produce dense enough […]


We’ve lost control of our web browsers. Sure, we tell them what sites to load. But after that, browsers do the bidding of someone else’s server, executing code that could, for all we know, install malware on our phones and computers to spy on our every digital move. And sometimes they do. In 2009, The […]


The director of Money Monster, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, opens up about the financial crisis and why she will always support her controversial pal Mel Gibson. “> Of course, even someone of Fosters caliber had a bit of a rough go the last time around. Looking back now, Foster reflects on the public […]


Rapidly spinning black holes like Gargantua, from the movie “Interstellar” should produce very different gravitational wave patterns than slower-spinning black holes. (Paramount Pictures) What is the sound of two black holes colliding? Some of them chirp. But a truly massive, fast-spinning black hole such as the one featured in the movie “Interstellar” might create a […]


A diamond that turns radioactivity into electricity could operate as an energy source in circumstances where small amounts of power are needed for very long periods of time. The product could also prove a useful way to dispose of stocks of nuclear waste. Nuclear power stations produce a lot of radioactive waste, and long-term storage […]


The leaders of 29 U.S. research and academic institutions have urged President-elect Donald Trump to name a senior science adviser during his ongoing appointment pageantry, stressing the need for “science and technology to address major national challenges.” The group whose signatories include the heads of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical […]

Theory challenging Einstein’s view on speed of light could soon be tested

New paper describes for first time how scientists can test controversial idea that speed of light is not a constant The newborn universe may have glowed with light beams moving much faster than they do today, according to a theory that overturns Einsteins century-old claim that the speed of light is a constant. Joo Magueijo, […]

Time travellers could use parallel dimensions to visit the past, scientists claim

The wheels and cogs of the clock are seen inside the Big Ben Clock Tower above the Houses of Parliament in London April 30, 2009. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth) There are multiple timelines playing out in parallel universes, according to a team of researchers. The sensational claim was made by a team of physicists, who believe that […]


Meredith Farmer, an English and philosophy double major in the class of 2005, nervously Despite the time crunch, Wallace entertained the student responsible for bringing him to campus and her friend, Chris Bench. He sang a song about Galveston, Texas, Farmer’s hometown. He beatboxed the opening to Billy Joel’s which is about the city Bench […]


Heres an easy question for you: Whats the tallest mountain in the world? If you are wary of being asked such a seemingly simplequery, you would be right to be concerned, because the answer is not necessarily Mount Everest. At a height of 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) above sea level, it puts other mountains on […]


Solar cells have been combined in a way that doesn’t just break, but shatters the record for converting unconcentrated sunlight into electricity. The method is unlikely to be suitable for rooftop installation, but could prove useful for other solar applications. Sunlight contains a spectrum of wavelengths, and solar engineers face a never-ending challenge: They can […]


The Department of Chemistry and Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, where I teach,just hit a milestone. This year, seven students graduated with a degree in physics. That is a big deal, for two reasons. First, the state of Louisiana has an issue with low-completer programs. The Louisiana Board of Regents defines a low-completer program as […]


Seen here is experimental evidence for the physical mechanism of forming a traffic jam. This video is a multimedia supplement to the research paper, “The Mathematical Society of Traffic Flow” by Yuki Sugiyama et al., and was published in the New Journal of Physics in 2008. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/how-inadvertent-braking-causes-traffic-jams/


I got in a lot of trouble back in the day for drawing/ writing on my school desks. It was just very important to me that everyone who read the table knew exactly what my mate Charlie’s mum was up to… This fifth grade teacher had different ideas. Her students had a high stakes exam […]


Between a major league record and a new $175m seven-year deal, theres been plenty of drama at the Nats this week Max Scherzer was approaching a record and the Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker had a decision to make: balance the rare opportunity to make history against the danger of keeping his hurler on the […]


When I was twelve years old, I was fascinated by psychic powers. Who wouldnt be? Its a provocative notion, to be able to reach out and push things around, hear what other people are thinking, or tell the future, all just by using your mind. I read everything I could find about ESP, telekinesis, clairvoyance, […]


Cast member Mark Ruffalo poses during a photocall for the film “Foxcatcher” in competition at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 19, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT) – RTR3PSGZ (Reuters) Dr. Marc Edwards, a Virginia Tech professor who helped uncover the Flint water crisis, has slammed Mark Ruffalo for his […]


The possibility that we earthlings are not truly alone in the universe has gained some added credibility, thanks to a new study that coincides with NASA’s recent planetary discoveries. The research, published in the journal Astrobiology last week, suggests that more planets in the Milky Way galaxy may harbor advanced civilizations than we previously imagined. Study co-authors […]


Mr Savage is a professor of engineering who has worked with Nasa and also with carmakers Honda and McLaren on designs for Formula One racing cars. He said: “We have taken the best of everything we have learned in Formula One to create the best fly rod ever made.” ‘Game changer’ Mr Mackenzie said: “We […]