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People make a big deal about the energies reached by the Large Hadron Collider, to the extent that they filed suit to block its operation over fears it would destroy the Universe. But as the physicists running the accelerator noted in their response, when it comes to high energies, nature got there first. While the LHC will eventually reach energies of 14 Tera-electronVolts, a cosmic ray called the Oh-My-God particle struck Earth with an energy of 300 Exa-electronVolts—over 10,000,000 times more energetic.
For centuries people have found meaning — or thought they did — in what they could see in the sky, the shapes of the constellations echoing old myths, the sudden feathery intrusion of comets, the regular dances of the planets, the chains of galaxies, spanning unfathomable distances of time and space.
Philosopher Nick Bostrom's famous Simulation Argument suggests it's highly probable that we live inside a supercomputer. But one philosopher takes this hypothesis to task, arguing in a new paper that there are other post-human scenarios that need to be taken into account.
Chhattisgarh state department of archaeology and culture plans to seek help from Nasa and Isro for research on 10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs in Charama region in Kanker district in tribal Bastar region.
NASA says it's setting aside $25 million for designing scientific instruments to address questions about the habitability of Europa, an ice-covered moon of Jupiter. Europa is thought to have a hidden ocean that could sustain life. The agency's announcement of opportunity calls for scientists to propose experiments for a Europa probe that could be launched in the 2020s. Next year, about 20 proposals will be chosen to receive shares of the $25 million for further study.
Humanity will probably have to wait a few decades to find out if life is common beyond our own solar system.
The meteorite is made of iron and about 2 metres long, which is about the width of the Nasa rover that found it. It is the first meteorite that Curiosity has found on Mars. Scientists have named it Lebanon – presumably because of its shape.
Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired some sensational new images of the comet it is chasing through space.
Part of losing weight boils down to making tweaks to the simple equation of calories in versus calories out.
A group calling themselves biohackers, from the San Francisco Bay area has created an Indiegogo project called "Real Vegan Cheese!" Their goal is to create cheese that is every bit as good as that made from mammalian milk, without using the mammal.
It’s one of many recent luminant innovations, such as glow-in-the-dark sidewalks and roads fit for Tron, that are trying to disrupt the way we light our world at night. Scientists and DIY hobbyists alike are working to make self-glowing plants bright enough so that we can one day read a book or light a street corner by them.
When over 200 members of a small Philippine island’s goat population end up strangled with their stomachs ripped open and vital organs removed and the killings just happen to coincide with occurrences of a full moon, there are plenty of mythical creatures to suspect. Filipino folklore has stories of the Sigbin, a goat-like blood sucker with large ears, and the Aswang, a vampire-werewolf combination. But on Sibale Island in the Romblon province, they blame werewolves.
Related: Islanders prepare to fight ‘wolves’
Otzi’s human genome was decoded from a hip bone sample taken from the 5,300 year old mummy. However the tiny sample weighing no more than 0.1 g provides so much more information. A team of scientists analyzed the non-human DNA in the sample. They found evidence for the presence of Treponema denticola, an opportunistic pathogen involved in the development of periodontal disease.
A wall painting, dating back over 4,300 years, has been discovered in a tomb located just east of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
A new species of prehistoric, four-winged dinosaur discovered in China may be the largest flying reptile of its kind.
Animals have used the same technique to search for food that's in short supply for at least 50 million years, a study suggests.
Archaeologists in Norway made an extremely rare discovery when they found an ancient skull believed to date back 8,000 years at a dig site in Stokke, southwest of Oslo. According to a news report in The Local, the skull was found to contain a grey, clay-like substance inside it, which is thought to be the preserved remains of the individual’s brain. If analyses confirm this to be the case, it will constitute one of the oldest brains ever found. Being able to study a preserved brain enables scientists to piece together the individual’s last hours and may also reveal any diseases or pathological conditions such as tumours and haemorrhaging.
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