Some Of The Most Bizarre Books Ever Written

If literary history teaches us one thing, it’s that people were just as confused and immature in the Middle Ages as they are now. From unsolvable codes to 13th-century penis doodles in the margins of bibles, history is like an all-encompassing high school cliche that never comes to an end. These books span the course…

Lunar lander images available for the first time

  Chinese space agency has made its high-resolution images of the moon available to the public for the first time The Chang’e 3 lander and Yutu ‘Jade rabbit’ rover touched down on the lunar surface in December 2013 Despite the rover grinding to a halt within weeks on the surface, both have sent back a…

Strange radio waves from distant alien planet?

  The “fast radio bursts” included one “double signal” never heard before and have left astronomers buzzing with excitement over the possibility of it being a message with alien origins. Only 11 of the unidentified transient radio pulses have been recorded before around the world.And it is the curious new double blast – which was…

Competition Showcases Beauty of the Cosmos

The winning images from the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition were announced last week, and the list is an awe-inspiring collection of celestial awesomeness. A record number of astrophotographers (more than 2,700) from 59 countries competed in the annual astronomy photography contest, according to the official website. The competition welcomes…

Feature: Black Hole Active Galaxies and Quasars

 Active Galaxy Overview   An active galaxy is a galaxy that has a very small core of extremely high powered emissions emanating from the center of the galaxy. The core is very bright and may be highly variable compared to the rest of the galaxy. Some active galaxies have jets emanating from two sides of…

How New Genes Arise from Scratch

Genes, like people, have families — lineages that stretch back through time, all the way to a founding member. That ancestor multiplied and spread, morphing a bit with each new iteration. For most of the last 40 years, scientists thought that this was the primary way new genes were born — they simply arose from…

A quantum world arising from many ordinary ones

The bizarre behaviour of the quantum world — with objects existing in two places simultaneously and light behaving as either waves or particles — could result from interactions between many ‘parallel’ everyday worlds, a new theory suggests. “It is a fundamental shift from previous quantum interpretations,” says Howard Wiseman, a theoretical quantum physicist at Griffith…

The wonderful world of wonder materials

In July, scientists at the University of Darmstadt in Germany succeeded in stopping light completely inside a crystal. Some rays of light (in this case from a laser) were barreling along at the universal speed limit of 300 million meters per second — and then, when they entered the crystal, the waves simply stopped dead….

D-Wave Systems Breaks the 1000 Qubit Quantum Computing Barrier

The world’s first quantum computing company announced that it has broken the 1000 qubit barrier, developing a processor about double the size of D-Wave’s previous generation and far exceeding the number of qubits ever developed by D-Wave or any other quantum effort.  This is a major technological and scientific achievement that will allow significantly more…

Feature: Saving Iran’s great salt lake

LAKE URMIA, IRAN—In a wetland dying of thirst, Hossein Akhani, a botanist at the University of Tehran, mourns a verdant past. “Fifteen years ago, the lake was here,” he says. “Every time I come back, the water is farther away.” Lake Urmia, in Iran’s northwestern corner, was once the planet’s sixth largest salt lake, covering…