Any blurry observations of distant objects could suggest the universe is blurry at a minute scale, and hint at how to build a theory of quantum gravity
Due to the gravitational lensing technique, a team of astronomers led by Dr Patrick Kelly from the University of California, Berkeley, has observed four magnified images of a distant exploding star with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The images are arranged around a giant foreground elliptical galaxy embedded in a cluster of galaxies. The arrangement forms [...] —> Read More Here
The Iron Age prince was discovered along with his chariot at the center of a huge mound near Lavau. Dating back 2,500 years, the remains were housed w… —> Read More Here
Although development aid is commonly seen as an important tool in the quest to reduce poverty in conflict-riven countries, new research co-written by a University of Illinois expert in development economics concludes that large-scale foreign aid programs can backfire and actually exacerbate violence in some long-running conflicts. —> Read More Here
Vice President Joe Biden took a strong stance against climate change deniers in an interview with VICE founder Shane Smith.
The interview is part of VICE’s documentary series, which airs on HBO and is premiering its third season on Friday. The first episode, titled “Our Rising Oceans,” will focus on sea level rise.
“It gets to the point where you can’t look anyone in the eye seriously and say, well, it’s nothing having to do with manmade,” he said.
Reacting to members of Congress who deny climate change is real, Biden said, “It’s almost like denying gravity now… the willing suspension of disbelief can only be sustained for so long.”
VASHON ISLAND, Wash. — Since arriving from Puerto Rico a year ago, Pedro Alvarez says he has learned a lot about healthy living from other people on this island — a small, crunchy community a short ferry ride from Seattle. He’s embraced kale and root vegetables, for example.
“Vashon is more aware. There are a bunch of really informed people here,” said Alvarez, 25, who wore a Karl Marx T-shirt, round-rimmed glasses and trimmed beard as he blended fresh fruits and vegetables behind the bar at the popular Pure Organic Cafe, where he works. He was careful to note these were his personal opinions.
Recently, a neighbor wearing a T-shirt espousing anti-vaccine views caused Alvarez and his girlfriend, who are expecting their first child this month, to question the safety of vaccines. They plan, for the moment, not to immunize their child against communicable diseases like polio, whooping cough and measles.
Vashon Island, wedged into the southern tip of Puget Sound, is a bastion of homesteading and do-it-yourself ethos, and perhaps most famous as home to a stronghold of vaccine skeptics. In 2002, a New York Times reporter visited the “counterculture haven” to cover a rising anti-vaccine sentiment. The —> Read More Here
Why we love high ceilings: Airy rooms stimulate the brain and encourage free thinking, psychologist claims
Dr Oshin Vartanian of the University of Toronto-Scarborough said that rooms with high ceilings promote ‘visuospatial exploration’ and prompt people to think more freely. —> Read More Here
Dawn prepares to orbit Ceres: Nasa mission to the ‘last uncharted world of the solar system’ nears its climax
Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft is preparing to enter orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres later today (illustration shown).
Scientists in California expect confirmation at 1.30pm GMT. —> Read More Here
What did 19th century beer taste of? Green leaves, apple and rose: Chemists analyse flavours of beer found in 1840 shipwreck
The beers were recovered from a shipwreck off the coast of the Åland Islands, Finland. Since the beers were found, a brewery has recreated what they believe to be as close to the real thing as possible. —> Read More Here
Researchers have mapped rats’ memories, and humans could be next.
Scientists may have cracked the code of memories by successfully tracing how they are imprinted on the brain. An experiment charted the nerve cell changes that occurred within rats’ brains as they made decisions—a process that could prove life changing if replicated in humans. —> Read More Here