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Stringy fields may make the universe swell faster

13 hours ago - DARK energy, the mysterious force thought to be responsible for the fact the universe's expansion is accelerating, might come from a series of exotic fields. This notion, which has its origins in string theory, could explain why it was only after galaxies formed that the rate of ...

Sleeping in two segments common in eras before electric lights

17 hours ago - Roger Ekrich noticed many old books, including Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales", referenced two periods of sleep being the norm in their era. ...Ekirch somehow rediscovered a fact of life that was once as common as eating breakfast. Every night, people fell asleep not long after ...

Human Spaceflight Launches Will Return to the United States

1 day ago - NASA has just announced that Boeing and SpaceX have been selected to lead the Commercial Crew Program, founded in 2010. Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Dragon V2 will be used to launch humans into Low Earth Orbit and to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral beginning in ...

Planets with oddball orbits like Mercury could host life

1 day ago - Mercury has an oddball orbit—it takes longer for it to rotate on its axis and complete a day than it takes to orbit the sun and complete a year. Now, researchers suggest photosynthesis could take place on an alien planet with a similarly bizarre orbit, potentially helping support ...

Deep Sea Explorers Saw A Creature They Can Hardly Believe Is Real

1 day ago - While there are no shortage of wacky ideas in science fiction about what creatures from other planets might look like, many weird and remarkable creatures can actually be found right here on Earth. Recently, a team from the Nautilus Live expedition piloting a remotely operated ... 2

Divers sure of new finds from 'ancient computer' shipwreck

1 day ago - Archaeologists set out Monday to use a revolutionary new deep sea diving suit to explore the ancient shipwreck where one of the most remarkable scientific objects of antiquity was found. The so-called Antikythera Mechanism, a 2nd-century BC device known as the world's oldest ...

Uncovering Hidden Text on a 500-Year-Old Map That Guided Columbus

1 day ago - Christopher Columbus probably used the map above as he planned his first voyage across the Atlantic in 1492. It represents much of what Europeans knew about geography on the verge discovering the New World, and it’s packed with text historians would love to read—if only the faded ... 1

Massive 5,000-year-old stone monument revealed in Israel

2 days ago - A lunar-crescent-shaped stone monument that dates back around 5,000 years has been identified in Israel. Located about 8 miles (13 kilometers) northwest of the Sea of Galilee, the structure is massive - its volume is about 14,000 cubic meters (almost 500,000 cubic feet) and it ...

Scientists Capture The Sound Of A Single Atom, And Apparently It's A 'D-Note'

2 days ago - What does an atom sound like? Apparently it's a "D-note." That's according to scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, who have revealed in a new study that they've captured the sound of a single atom. "We have opened a new door into the quantum ...

ESA's Gaia Observatory locates its first supernova

2 days ago - Less than two months after it first began repeatedly scanning the sky, the ESA's Gaia space observatory has discovered its first supernova - a powerful stellar explosion that had occurred in a distant galaxy located some 500 million light-years from Earth, the agency announced on ...

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

3 days ago - Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly will throw a water balloon at Bob whenever you throw a water balloon at Molly. Maybe Bob will ...

New research reveals civilization is older than previously thought

3 days ago - What if everything you've been taught about the origins of civilization is wrong? Be it that certain pieces of our history have been intentionally hidden, or that we have yet to discover and realize the true story of our past, new archaeological and geological discoveries are revealing ... 3

Suicide drug: New anti-obesity pill to help curb appetite of 78 million Americans

4 days ago - US regulators have approved a weight-loss drug called Contrave, the third type of such prescription medication introduced in over 10 years, despite carrying some possible heavy side-effects of its own. Contrave, which won its official stamp of approval this week from the Food ... 2

Woman of 24 found to have no cerebellum in her brain

4 days ago - DON'T mind the gap. A woman has reached the age of 24 without anyone realising she was missing a large part of her brain. The case highlights just how adaptable the organ is. The discovery was made when the woman was admitted to the Chinese PLA General Hospital of Jinan Military ...

'Boris' the robot can load up dishwasher

4 days ago - A robot unveiled today at the British Science Festival will be loading dishwashers next year, its developers claim. "Boris" is one of the first robots in the world capable of intelligently manipulating unfamiliar objects with a humanlike grasp. It was developed by ...

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