November 21, 2013 |
In a cosmos filled with darkness, scientists say they've discovered the first elusive neutrinos to come from outside our solar system in a quarter-century. The groundbreaking discovery made beneath the ice of Antarctica opens a whole new window onto the high-energy universe -- one that will usher in a new era of astronomy. Using a cubic kilometer of ice buried deep beneath the surface of an Antarctic glacier, the international team of astrophysicists known as IceCube has picked 28 neutrinos that are so energetic that whatever created them must have been extremely powerful, utterly mysterious, or both.
October 23, 2013 |
Even though I've seen a mere handful of episodes of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians , ” I know too many things about Kim Kardashian and her sisters and the machinations of their manager-mother. I know things about Kim's appearance (gluteally speaking) and the kind of car she drives and with whom she socializes. Then there is, of course, that business with the sex tape. In 2011, Kardashian married NBA player Kris Humphries. There was no missing this news because the media exhaustively covered the engagement, wedding planning and wedding itself.
September 25, 2013 |
What would happen to you if you fell into a black hole? Four physicists who write scientific papers about this kind of thing will discuss the current falling-into-black-hole theories, and you can join in the conversation online, right here, beginning at noon PDT. A black hole is the super-dense result of a dead star that has a gravitational field so strong not even light can escape its pull. All kinds of strange things are said to happen in and around black holes. They alter time.
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April 17, 2013 |
A few Caltech students had the chance to pick famed physicist Stephen Hawking's brain on black holes and other topics after he gave a lecture on campus Tuesday. The questions were submitted in advance; Hawking answered through a speech-generating device. He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1963 and has spent much of his life in a wheelchair. One Caltech student asked Hawking after the lecture if he believed in a theory that our universe was caused by a black hole in another universe.
April 13, 2013 |
Clive Svendsen doesn't get rattled easily, but the neurobiologist couldn't help sweating when Stephen Hawking paid a visit to his lab this week. Hawking is one of the world's foremost theoretical physicists. He pioneered groundbreaking research into how particles behave around black holes and deduced that black holes spit out radiation as they swallow up matter. He's also credited with teaching millions about the mysteries of the cosmos through his books, including the bestseller "A Brief History of Time.
April 10, 2013 |
Humans are on the cusp of discovering how the universe works on its biggest and smallest scales, Stephen Hawking said during a lecture Tuesday in Los Angeles. The renowned theoretical physicist made his name studying black holes, massive structures that anchor galaxies and whose gravity is so strong that not even light can escape. But on Tuesday, he delved into the world of microscopic cell biology to see first-hand how researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute are using stem cells to develop treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, the disease Hawking was diagnosed with in 1963.