To some people, cats are the perfect pet. Intelligent, elegant, calming companions, capable of dealing with their own exercise and cleaning. To others, they are frustratingly independent, cool and aloof.
For decades, scientists have held that Supermassive Black Holes (SMBHs) reside at the center of larger galaxies. These reality-bending points in space exert a extremely powerful influence on all things that surround them, consuming matter and spitting out a tremendous amount of energy. But given their nature, all attempts to study them has been confined to indirect methods.
The way fruit is harvested in the orchard hasn’t changed much since the Garden of Eden: it’s still a manual process, by and large.
Since the 1960s, astronomers have been aware of the electromagnetic background radiation that pervades the Universe. Known as the Cosmic Microwave Background, this radiation is the oldest light in the Universe and what is left over from the Big Bang. By 2004, astronomers became aware that a large region within the CMB appeared to be colder than its surroundings.
An exoplanet orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth may be the new holder of the title “best place to look for signs of life beyond the Solar System”
How much do you trust your memories?
It’s no Planet Nine, but the planetary body astronomers have found at the far edge of our solar system is a notable discovery nonetheless.
The discovery of hydrogen in the water plumes suggests that although the moon is just 505 kilometers in diameter, it may harbor under its surface the chemicals and processes capable of supporting microbial life.
AI is changing the world around us, making its way into businesses, health care, science and many other fields.
An international team of astronomers, led by Keele University researcher John Southworth, has managed to detect an atmosphere around GJ 1132b
After almost 20 years in space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft begins the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration: its Grand Finale.
Biologists have observed the evolution of a virus into two incipient species — a process known as speciation
The monster black hole has already zoomed 35,000 light-years away from its galaxy's center, farther than Earth and its sun are from the core of our own Milky Way.
The Large Hadron Collider beauty experiment (LHCb) collaboration just announced the discovery of a new system of five particles all in a single analysis.
Quantum computing promises a radical transition to computers that are infinitely faster, solving problems that would require unattainable amounts of computing power today.
DNA is one of the most robust storage systems available, and the technology could be available to consumers in a little more than ten years.
Although most amino acids exist in both left and right handed forms, life on Earth is made of 'left handed' amino acids, almost exlusively.
Scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory and NASA have announced a remarkable new discovery: An entire system of Earth-sized planets.
Hollywood has given us its fair share of humanoid aliens over the years.
For years, scientists have been piecing together evidence of peculiar phenomena known as red sprites, blue jets, pixies and elves – exotic types of electrical discharges that emanate from thunderstorms.
Or at least, that’s the idea more and more theorists are pursuing as they search for better descriptions of the laws that govern our Universe.
The answers can be traced to the moment of the Big Bang — or possibly before, discussed below by rock-star theoretical physicist Sean Carroll, at the California Institute of Technology.
Many complex dynamical systems have critical thresholds—so-called tipping points—at which the system shifts abruptly from one state to another
Time flies - but not if you're a fly.
In the past year, Sun Weidong, a highly decorated geochemist, has ignited a passionate online debate with claims that the founders of Chinese civilization were not in any sense Chinese but actually migrants from Egypt.
The recent discovery of quantum vibrations inside neurons in the brain supports a controversial theory of consciousness.
An unexpected connection has emerged between the results of physics experiments and an important, seemingly unrelated set of numbers in pure mathematics.
The Sima de los Huesos, or the Pit of Bones, is a cave site in the Sierra de Atapuerca of northern Spain, dated to around 430,000 years ago.
"Entropy is the normal state of consciousness - a condition that is neither useful nor enjoyable." - (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)
A first batch of ten intelligent robots have started to work as customs officers at three ports in the cities of Zhuhai and Zhongshan in Southern China's Guangdong province.
Astronomers have discovered 234 mysterious signals from stars that could be different alien species trying to talk to us.
We’ve all seen them, those colorful images that show how our brains 'light up' when we’re in love, playing a video game, craving chocolate, etc.
The universe suddenly looks a lot more crowded, thanks to a deep-sky census assembled from surveys taken by NASA 's Hubble Space Telescope, Nasa Kepler telescope and other observatories.
The so called smart-home has been gaining a lot of attention lately. Almost all the world’s major tech companies have announced plans and technologies to make the smart home the next big thing.
Crows have a reasoning ability rivalling that of a human seven-year-old.
The most detailed 3D map yet of a billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy was released last week on September 14, along with a sneak peek at brand-new data on millions of stars collected by ESA's Gaia spacecraft.
In common parlance, the word ‘soul’ pops up everywhere. We may speak of a vast, soulless corporation or describe an athlete as the ‘heart and soul’ of his team.
Your personality has been sculpted by many hands. Your genes, your friends, the schools you attended, plus many other factors, will all have played a part in making you the person you are today.
If the idea really is true that aliens are deliberately preventing humans from contacting them, then extraterrestrial civilizations most likely formed a number of cliques rather than a pan-galactic government.
According to MIT professor Seth Lloyd, the answer is yes.
"This would mean that many planets in the 'Goldilocks zone' may not be habitable after all."
A day after its launch, world's first quantum communication satellite has sent 202 MB of good quality data to the China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station (RSGS), located near Beijing.
A newly discovered microbe may help identify if there is life on other frozen moons or planets.
Socrates started what may have been the first technology scare.
A great flood at the dawn of Chinese civilization, around 2,000 BC, was said to have swept away settlements, the water rising so high that it overran hills, mountains and even heaven itself.
The field equations of Einstein’s General Relativity theory say that faster-than-light (FTL) travel is possible
In 1965, Gordon Moore, who later founded Intel Corporation, wrote an essay for Electronics Magazine.
Our world could be a clever computer simulation that creates the impression of living in a real world.
One day, aliens may stumble on the charred remains of earth and understand that we were here, ancient aliens they never got to meet
Spaceflight venture Moon Express wants to be the first private company ever to land on the Moon in 2017 — and now the company has been granted approval by the United States government to launch to the lunar surface.
It sounds like the plot of a bad science-fiction movie: a crew member decides to do something evil just for the sake of money, or fame, or for a cause.
It is often said that the way humans make and use tools is perhaps what sets our species apart more than anything else.
A new group of scientists is embarking on what could be the biggest scientific discovery of all time — to capture an image of another habitable planet.
Obviously, we won't live in our current form forever, but who or what might become our successor?
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