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How to Predict the Odds of Anything (Video)

If quantum physics has taught us one thing, it’s that the universe is inherently probabilistic at heart.

The Future’s A Year Early: Researchers Create First Hoverboard Prototype


Image credit: Brant Ward / The Chronicle Researchers at Arx Pax have created a kind of hoverboard that allows individuals to float across metal surfaces, not unlike Marty McFly in Back to the Future.

How To Watch This Week’s Partial Solar Eclipse


Map of the eclipse. The farther north and west you are, the deeper the partial eclipse will become. Credit: Jay Anderson This week, the Sun is going to have a visit from a friend (kind of).

Einstein’s Brilliant Mistake: Entangled States

When you think about Einstein and physics, E=mc^2 is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But one of his greatest contributions to the field actually came in the form of an odd philosophical footnote in a 1935 paper he co-wrote — which ended up being wrong.

Have Scientists Created the Precursor to Life in a Lab?


(Image Credit: University of Southern Denmark) How did life originate? And can scientists create life?

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 10/21/14 — The Colors of The Moon


As some people have asked over the years — without a modicum of irony, I might add — “It’s the twenty first century..

Orionid Meteor Shower Peaking Tonight: How To Watch


Composite photo of an Orionid meteor shower taken a few years ago. The constellation Orion is seen at lower right center.

Milky Way Ransacks Nearby Dwarf Galaxies


Artist’s impression of the Milky Way. Its hot halo appears to be stripping away the star-forming atomic hydrogen from its companion dwarf spheroidal galaxies.

Rare Northern White Rhinos Dies: Only 6 Left on Earth


Suni in 2010 at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Image Credit: BARCROFT/GETTY We have witnessed species after species fall to extinction.

The Quantum All Around You — Flipping A Light Switch


Even the most basic things are influenced by the quantum world (Source) We generally think of the quantum world as something completely separate from the world we see and interact with.

Sugary Drinks Linked To Cell Aging: Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking


Source Sugar-sweetened soda consumption might promote disease independently from its role in obesity, according to UC San Francisco researchers who found in a new study that drinking sugary drinks was associated with cell aging.

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 10/20/14 — Comet Siding Spring


Siding Spring pictured on its journey toward Mars (Image Credit: Damian Peach) Recently, what seems like the entire world (at least those of us who have access to the internet) has been abuzz about a landmark event that took place this weekend on the Red Planet.

How Does Sugar Affect Your Brain?

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more.

How Tiny Nanoflares Might Be Responsible For the Sun’s Unexpectedly Hot Corona


on has baffled astronomers for decades. Today, a team led by Paola Testa of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is presenting new clues to the mystery of coronal heating using observations from the recently launched Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS).

Geologists To Determine If Next Epoch Will Be Known As “The Age of Humans”


Image credit: Shutterstock Scientists have referred to the past 12,000 years as the Holocene epoch, which is Greek for “entirely recent.” Its beginning was marked by a geochemical signal in Greenland’s ice cores showing the beginning of warmer and wetter conditions at the end of the last ice age.

Researchers Make First Observation of Atoms Moving Inside Bulk Material


Selected frames from a sequence of scanning transmission electron microscope images showing the diffusion pathway of a Ce dopant.

What has MAVEN Learned About the Martian Atmosphere So Far?


Artist’s rendition of the MAVEN spacecraft in orbit around Mars.  (Credit: University of Colorado/NASA) NASA’s ‘Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN’ (MAVEN) spacecraft — the first satellite designed to study the upper atmosphere of Mars — arrived on the Red Planet less than a month ago, and despite the fact that it is still in the process of calibrating, it is already returning data on an unprecedented scale.

Hubble Time-lapse Catches Stunning Stellar Explosion (VIDEO)


The Hubble Space Telescope captured the stellar explosion of V838 Monocerotis over the course of four years.

New Tech Will Let Scientists Find New Supernovae Every Night


This artist’s illustration of supernova 1987A reveals the cold, inner regions of the exploded star’s remnants (in red) where tremendous amounts of dust were detected and imaged by ALMA.

Scientists May Have Detected Dark Matter


Image of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation that stretches throughout our universe (Credit: European Space Agency) In what might be the most monumentally important discovery in the last half century (yes, we’re including the Higgs Boson in that), researchers have purportedly caught a glimpse of what might be dark matter—the elusive type of matter that makes up a quantifiable portion of the universe’s mass.


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