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Black Hole Hunters: Q&A With Katie Bouman
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Black Hole Hunters: Q&A With Katie Bouman

Scientists have revealed the first-ever image of a black hole. The picture is the result of a global collaboration in which scientists linked together telescopes...

NASA Reveals Aliens Could Have Already Visited Earth
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NASA Reveals Aliens Could Have Already Visited Earth

A NASA scientist suggested that aliens may have already visited earth but evaded detection due to their appearances being vastly different from human expectations...

You Will Be Replaced. Here's How
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You Will Be Replaced. Here's How

Route 9 skims by Boston and cuts clear across Massachusetts to Pittsfield, a city of roughly 50,000, the largest in Berkshire County.

Wormholes Could be Portals to Other ­niverses
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Wormholes Could be Portals to Other ­niverses

Wormholes are theoretical objects that could serve as portals between two points in space and time. Some believe they could even act as passageways to other universes...

Scientists Create a 'Social Network of Brains'
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Scientists Create a 'Social Network of Brains'

Sending your thoughts directly into someone else's brain may seem like the stuff of science fiction. But this capability could be closer to reality than you think...

Scientists Hope Artificial Stupidity Could Save Humans
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Scientists Hope Artificial Stupidity Could Save Humans

Some scientists are suggesting limiting how smart artificial intelligence can get—all the way down to human intelligence.

This Is the Brightest Early ­niverse Object Ever Seen
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This Is the Brightest Early ­niverse Object Ever Seen

A galaxy spinning around a hungry supermassive black hole that's guzzling down matter and shooting out plasma jets has grabbed the attention of astronomers 13 billion...

Are We Alone in the ­niverse?
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Are We Alone in the ­niverse?

Say goodbye to ET, Marvin the Martian and Yoda. Humans are probably the only intelligent life in the universe, researchers from the University of Oxford have reported...

Colliding Wormholes May Be Causing Gravitational Waves
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Colliding Wormholes May Be Causing Gravitational Waves

One of the most significant scientific developments of recent times has been the five separate observations of the elusive ripples in space-time known as gravitational...

New Horizons Is Awake Again to Fly by Distant Object
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New Horizons Is Awake Again to Fly by Distant Object

A nice nap always makes a long journey more bearable—and that's even more true when the journey covers billions of miles.

Dark Galaxies Could Explain How Stars Are Formed
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Dark Galaxies Could Explain How Stars Are Formed

Scientists may have identified up to six "dark galaxies," a finding that could help solve the mystery of how stars and galaxies are created.

Editing Memories and Sensations in the Brain With Tech
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Editing Memories and Sensations in the Brain With Tech

What if we had the ability to fool our brain into thinking that we'd experienced something that never happened?

Is This the Sound of Black Holes Colliding?
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Is This the Sound of Black Holes Colliding?

Take a deep breath, put on your headphones and watch the video above. You're about to hear something truly astronomical: the sound of two black holes smashing together...

Pi Day: What Is Pi and Where Did It Come From?
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Pi Day: What Is Pi and Where Did It Come From?

Today is Pi Day, an annual celebration of the famous mathematical concept that has fascinated people for millenia. But what exactly is π (pronounced like the word...

Speed of Light Could Be Dropped to Zero ­sing Crystals
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Speed of Light Could Be Dropped to Zero ­sing Crystals

In a vacuum like space, the speed of light is just over 186,280 miles per second. Scientists have now shown it's possible to slow it down to zero miles per second...

New Nasa Cassini Image of Saturn Moon Has a Surprise
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New Nasa Cassini Image of Saturn Moon Has a Surprise

Usually, the postcards stop after a journey ends, but not so for robotic adventurer Cassini, whose epic journey exploring Saturn and its neighbors finished in September...

Artificial Intelligence Will Be a Human Jobs Creator
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Artificial Intelligence Will Be a Human Jobs Creator

In 2013, James "Jimi" Crawford founded a company called Orbital Insight, barely noticed at the time amid the Silicon Valley froth.

Can We Make a Hack-Proof Internet with Quantum Physics?
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Can We Make a Hack-Proof Internet with Quantum Physics?

Is it possible to build a network that's impossible to hack? Quantum physicists believe it might.

Wormholes Join Black Holes By Quantum Teleportation
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Wormholes Join Black Holes By Quantum Teleportation

A century after wormholes were first theorized, scientists have posited that passages through space-time can be traversed using a special quantum connection between...

Gigantic Ice Spikes on Pluto Trace Climate
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Gigantic Ice Spikes on Pluto Trace Climate

Pluto's Bladed Terrain is just as welcoming as the name sounds. The landscape type, which is found only in the high elevation areas around the dwarf planet's equator...
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