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Researchers Doubt the Existence of Dark Energy

Posted April 10th, 2017 at 4:20 pm (UTC-4)
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According to NASA, the universe is composed of three things. About 4.6% of it is normal (visible) matter, 24% is dark matter and the remaining 71.4% is made up of dark energy. In other words, hypothetically speaking, around 95% of everything in the universe can’t even be seen. Now a Hungarian and American team of […]

Our Expanding Universe; LISA Pathfinder is a Success; Drugs in Waterways

Posted June 9th, 2016 at 12:37 pm (UTC-4)
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How Fast is the Universe Expanding? The universe is a big place. And it’s getting even bigger, and at a faster rate than scientists had predicted.  That’s according to a new study at Johns Hopkins University, led by Professor Adam Reiss. The study is based on an analysis of data gathered by the Hubble Space […]

2015 Nobel Science Prizes Announced

Posted October 8th, 2015 at 12:20 am (UTC-4)
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The 2015 Nobel Prizes for Physiology or Medicine, Physics, and Chemistry were announced this week in Sweden. On Monday (10/5/15) the Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet said this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine has been awarded to three scientists who developed unique therapies for fighting parasitic diseases that especially impact the world’s […]

Stephen Hawking: There May Be a Way Out of a Black Hole

Posted August 26th, 2015 at 4:59 pm (UTC-4)
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Yesterday, renowned physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking, speaking to attendees of a conference being held at Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, proposed a new idea that addresses a forty-year old cosmological mystery called the Black Hole Information Paradox. Simply put, the basis for the paradox is the conflict between quantum mechanics and the theory […]

Science Scanner: Mapping an Asteroid; Why the Universe Didn’t Collapse; Spicy Food Saves Lives

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 9:07 pm (UTC-4)
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Scientists Create Geologic and Tectonic Map of Vesta the Asteroid A group of scientists used high-resolution images captured by NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft between 2011 and 2012 to create what they say is the first total geologic and tectonic map of the asteroid Vesta. Details on the work appear in the December edition of the journal […]

Science Scanner: All Systems ‘Go’ for Comet Touchdown, Cigarette Ash Removes Arsenic from Water, Is Earth’s Magnetic Field Ready to Flip?, Building the World’s Biggest Cosmic Ray Detector

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 8:17 pm (UTC-4)
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Rosetta’s Philae Lander Given Green Light for Comet Touchdown in November The European Space Agency announced that all systems are ‘go’ for the Rosetta Mission to send its Philae lander to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on November 12, 2014. This will the first-ever attempt of a soft touchdown landing on a comet. A month […]

Scientists Learn More about Mysterious 3rd Van Allen Belt

Posted September 25th, 2013 at 7:49 pm (UTC-4)
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New research provides insight into the mysterious Van Allen radiation belts. There are normally two of these giant bands of high-energy radiation encircling the Earth. However, researchers discovered a third and previously unknown radiation ring that only lasted for about a month back in September 2012. Writing in a recent edition of Nature Physics, scientists from UCLA […]

Simple Theory May Explain Dark Matter

Posted June 11th, 2013 at 5:54 pm (UTC-4)
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Scientists at Vanderbilt University believe dark matter, an invisible substance that makes up almost 85 percent of our universe, might be made out of particles that have an unusual, donut-shaped electromagnetic field called an anapole. A number of theories concerning dark matter have been developed over the years, but the Vanderbilt University scientists have come […]

Atoms Star in Smallest Movie Ever Made

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 4:45 pm (UTC-4)
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The World’s Smallest Stop-action Movie (IBM) Bigger is often better in Hollywood, but IBM is drawing lots of attention for making the smallest movie ever. A Boy and His Atom is a stop-motion, animated movie made with thousands of precisely positioned atoms in nearly 250 motion picture frames.  The folks at Guinness World Records®  verified […]

Scientists Confirm Higgs Boson Discovery

Posted March 15th, 2013 at 6:25 pm (UTC-4)
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Scientists working with the world’s largest atom smasher say the mystery particle they found last summer was a Higgs boson, which is believed to give mass to everything in the universe. However, while the physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) confirm the particle is a Higgs boson, it doesn’t appear to have […]