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Scientists Finally Detected Einstein’s Gravitational Waves

David Reitze, executive director of the LIGO Laboratory at Caltech, announces that scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves for the first time, confirming a prediction of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, in Washington, on Feb. 11. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
David Reitze, executive director of the LIGO Laboratory at Caltech, announces that scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves for the first time, confirming a prediction of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, in Washington, on Feb. 11. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON—In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Feb. 11 that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of...

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    Mouse Killed by 150-Year-Old Trap in English Museum Display

    A mouse was apparently killed by a 150-year-old trap inside a museum display in the United Kingdom, officials said. Staff at the Museum of Rural... Read more

  • A self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover at the "Mojave" site, where its drill collected the mission's second taste of Mount Sharp. The scene combines dozens of images taken during January 2015 by the MAHLI camera at the end of the rover's robotic arm. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS via Getty Images)

    NASA Releases 360-Degree Interactive Video Taken From the Mars Curiosity Rover

    Last month, NASA’s Curiosity rover sent a “selfie” from Mars, seen above, stitched from 57 separate images it had taken on the red planet. Now,... Read more

  • Hills of water ice on Pluto ‘float’ in a sea of frozen nitrogen and move over time like icebergs in Earth’s Arctic Ocean—another example of Pluto’s fascinating geological activity. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)

    There Are Floating Hills of Ice in the ‘Heart’ of Pluto

    Images from NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto show what may be water ice hills floating through a vast nitrogen ice plain that scientists have called the... Read more

  • A reconstruction of the Kalligrammatid lacewing consuming pollen drops. (Vichai Malikul/Smithsonian)

    Jurassic Butterfly: Scientists Publish Discovery of Fossilized Insect Similar to Modern Butterflies

    Scientists have discovered a connection between ancient lacewing fossils and modern butterflies, leading them to dub the former “Jurassic Butterflies.” The large butterfly-like insects fluttered... Read more

  • Amy Cuddy speaks onstage during Cosmopolitan Magazine's Fun Fearless Life Conference powered by WME Live at The David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on November 8, 2014 in New York City.  (Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Cosmopolitan Magazine and WME Live)

    This Pose Will Make You Feel More Confident, Says Harvard Psychologist

    Can changing your posture instantly give you a boost in confidence? According to experiments done by Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy, yes, it can... Read more

  • Silica formations possibly formed by microbial life on the surface of soil near Home Plate, in a photo taken by the Mars rover Spirit in 2008. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

    Mars Spirit Rover: Silica Formation Could Hint at Alien Life, Astronomers Say

    Two American astronomers believe that they have found the key to unlocking evidence that there was once life on Mars. In 2008, the Spirit rover... Read more

  • Calved icebergs from the nearby Twin Glaciers are seen floating on the water on July 30, 2013 in Qaqortoq, Greenland. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Greenland’s Ice Sheet Releases 400,000 Metric Tons of Phosphorus Yearly, Study Says

    Greenland’s melting ice sheet is adding enormous amounts of phosphorus to the oceans, which could simulate the growth of marine life, a new study found,  Jon Hawkings... Read more

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    The Surprising Link Between Compassion and Success

    To many people, the idea of compassionate leadership is too touchy-feely at best and bad management at worst. But new research suggests that rather than... Read more

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    99-Million-Year-Old Daddy Long Legs Fossil Discovered

    The fossil of an ancient cousin to the daddy longlegs was discovered by scientists in Burma. The 99-million-year-old arachnid was found fully fossilized in amber. The... Read more

  • This photo taken on December 14, 2015 in Chernobyl shows a Memorial for disaster fighters in front of a shelter and containment area built over the destroyed fourth block of Chernobyl's old nuclear power plant. 
On December 14 Ukraine will mark 15th anniversary of the starting of decommission of the Chernobyl Power Plant. The last working reactor of the ChNPP was stopped on December 15, 2000. / AFP / GENYA SAVILOV        (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

    Watch: Drone Explores Ghost Town Near Chernobyl Power Plant

    After the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, Soviet authorities established an “exclusion zone” within a 19-mile radius of the power plant... Read more

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    UK Regulators Authorize Selective Gene Editing for Research

    The Francis Crick Institute, based in the U.K., has had a research application for genetically modifying human embryos approved by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority... Read more

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    Indian Ocean Expedition Attempts to Reach Earth’s Mantle but Falls Short for Now

    A new expedition to try to reach the Earth’s mantle fell short in phase one, but scientists are excited about the crust material they’ve gathered. ... Read more

  • Bill Nye at The Library of Congress on Nov. 12, 2013. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

    Bill Nye Says NASCAR Should Convert to Electric Cars

    Bill Nye, the educator of “Science Guy” fame, wrote that NASCAR stock cars should be converted to have electric motors—to the chagrin of many of the... Read more

  • The mummy of Buddhist Master Liuquan, shown inside a Buddha statue via scans. (M. Elsevier Stokmans, Courtesy of Drents Museum)

    CT Scan Reveals Buddha Statue Contains a Mummy

    Scientists found the unthinkable a few months ago when they examined a 1,000-year-old Buddha statue from China: it contained a mummified monk who apparently died... Read more

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    Corals, Crochet and the Cosmos: How Hyperbolic Geometry Pervades the Universe

    We have built a world of largely straight lines—the houses we live in, the skyscrapers we work in and the streets we drive on our... Read more

  • Italian diver Antonio Cressi, owner and CEO of the Cressi-Sub company, dives in Portofino on June 12, 2014. Italian Company Cressi-Sub, one of the largest manufacturers of scuba diving, snorkel and swimming industries equipments in the world, has been founded in 1946 by two brothers Nanni and Egidio Cressi. They produce "Made in Italy" fins, masks and snorkel, computers and other scuba items in their headquarters in Genova. AFP PHOTO/ OLIVIER MORIN        (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Physicist Has Gun Fired At Him Underwater to Demonstrate Water Resistance

    The fact that water is many times more dense than air—784 times to be precise—has been known since the days of Euler more than 200 years... Read more

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