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Astronomy Photo of the Day: 7/5/15 — Milky Way & Castle Hill

The Milky Way over Castle Hill, New Zealand (Image Credit: Paul Wilson [Paul Wilson Images NZ]) The newest image from Paul Wilson was taken over Castle Hill, New Zealand, which can be found on the South Island.

Can Facebook Create a More Open-Minded Society?

Image Credit: Wakalani via Wikimedia Commons You know that Facebook friend that constantly annoys you with their posts from the opposite side of the ideological spectrum?

New Discovery in Particle Physics Raises Hope for a “Theory of Everything”

The standard model of particle physics, which describes every particle we know of and how they interact, was given much credence when the Higgs boson was discovered in 2012.

Will the Universe End in a Big Rip? New Research Favors Hypothesis

Our rendering of the big rip (Original work by Gary Tonge) As I often like to point out, nothing was built to last forever….not even the universe itself. Just how, when and why the universe will die remain unclear. There here are numerous hypotheses, however, all of which hinge on some unknowns.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 7/4/15 — Revisiting the Fireworks Galaxy

Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946) (Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/MSSL/R.Soria et al, Optical: AURA/Gemini OBs) As Americans celebrate the fourth of July, we commemorate Independence Day with another stunning image of NGC 6946: aptly called the Fireworks Galaxy.

Scientists Create Responsive Holograms that You can Touch

Image: Digital Native Group For anyone who grew up watching Star Trek, real life holograms are a dream come true.

Our Universe may be More Lonely than We Thought

Image Credit: NASA Our universe just got a little bit smaller. Well, it didn’t physically shrink (that would violate several laws of physics); however, according to new research from Michigan State University, the cosmos isn’t nearly as populated as we previously thought.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 7/3/15 — NGC 6118

NGC 6118 (Image Credit: ESO) NGC 6118, a grand-design spiral galaxy, shines bright in this image, displaying its central bar and tight spiral arms from its home in the constellation of Serpens (The Snake).

Watch: Robots Navigate Disaster Simulation With, Uh, Style

DRC-HUBO Enters a Door -Image Credit: DARPA Imagine yourself stranded in a building after an earthquake.

What Would Happen if You Jumped Through the Center of the Earth?

Part of the fun of theoretical physics (and, if you ask me, the best part of theoretical physics) is that you get to ask absurd questions and calculate the (often equally absurd) answers.

Witnessing the Birth of a Planet

Rendering of HD 100546, a planet’s birth (Image Credit: ESO / L. Calçada) Observing time at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on Paranal Mountain is a very precious commodity—and yet the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile spent an entire night with a high-resolution infrared camera pointed at a single object in the night sky.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 7/2/15 — Light Echos Through the Lagoon Nebula

The Lagoon Nebula (Image Credit: Fred Vanderhaven) This is yet is another breathtaking image of the Lagoon Nebula: a rich field of stars located approximately 5,000 light-years from Earth in the Sagittarius constellation.

Cuba Just Eliminated HIV Transmission between Mother & Baby

Scanning electron micrograph of HIV particles infecting a human T cell. Credit: NIAID, NIH Thirty years ago, HIV was a death sentence.

Why the Glass Discovered on Mars May Reveal Signs of Alien Life

A possible Martian site (white circle) is the Nili Fossae trough. The blue-tinted Hargraves crater at the right (blue indicates a low topography) is known to contain impact glass.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 7/01/15 — NGC 2367

NGC 2367 (Image Credit: ESO/G. Beccari) Using the power of the Wide Field Imager (WFI) Camera mounted on the ESO’s 2.2 Meter Telescope, astronomers have taken a stunning new image of a cluster of stars—all of which, sit approximately 7,000 light-years from Earth toward the constellation of Canis Major.

How to Make the Universe in a Lab

Illustration of Antimatter/Matter Annihilation. Credit: NASA/CXC/M. Weiss One of the all-time great mysteries in physics is why our universe contains more matter than antimatter, which is the equivalent of matter but with the opposite charge.

NASA Update About New Horizons’ Pluto Flyby: Watch Live @ 11:30 ET

There is a tiny spacecraft racing towards the most distant reaches of the solar system. It as known as New Horizons, and it started its journey nearly a decade ago.

Move Over Ceres, New Horizons Sees Bright Spot on Pluto

The two images above of the dwarf planet above were captured 30 seconds apart and have had the brightness and contrast enhanced to reveal the bright spots more clearly.

Thunderstorms May “Power Up” Massive Cyclones on Saturn

This image of the northern polar region of Saturn shows both the aurora and underlying atmosphere, seen at two different wavelengths of infrared light as captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. (Credit: NASA) For the last decade, astronomers have observed curious “hotspots” on Saturn’s poles.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 6/30/15 — Haro 11

Haro 11  (Image Credit: ESO/ESA/Hubble and NASA) Haro 11 is a messy galaxy located approximately 300 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Sculptor.