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Amateur Astronomer Witnesses Something Scientists Have Been Waiting Decades For

Victor Buso is a locksmith. He spends his days fiddling with locks and keys, and in his spare time he stares into the heavens in the observatory he built on the top floor of his own home. He’s devoted an incredible amount of time and money to his personal passion of skywatching, and now he’s the first person on the planet to witness something that scientists have been hoping to see for decades: the birth of a supernova.
Using the high-powered telescope mounted above his home, Buso recorded the bizarre behavior of a distant star. The far-off star let out a massive purge of energy from its core just moments before it exploded, confirming long-held beliefs of the birth of supernovas and landing his Buso’s name in the history books.
Buso, who told The Washington Post that he inherited his love of astronomy from his parents, witnessed the incredible sight after aiming a newly-acquired telescope-mounted camera at the distant galaxy NGC-613. The galaxy sits some 65 million light-years from Ear…
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Watch Real Footage of Elon Musk’s Tesla Flying Through Space as a Tiny, Insignificant Speck

It’s now been a couple of weeks since Elon Musk and SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy into space. Its payload, a Tesla Roadster with the now-famous Starman behind the wheel, will orbit the Sun for millions of years according to SpaceX, and you can bet that astronomers will be taking every opportunity to spot it whenever they can. The latest observation comes from the Virtual Telescope Project, which managed to capture the faint speck of light reflecting back towards Earth.

The animated image above is the result of several photos that were captured on February 8th, just a couple of days after Starman’s trip began. You can see the object quite well, but it’s moving away from Earth at a rapid pace. The latest image, which you can see below, is the latest spotting of the Roadster, and it’s much harder to see.
A pair of red lines point at the distant Roadster, and you can barely see it at a normal resolution. Here’s a zoomed-in version of the same image:

“The telescope tracked it apparent moti…

Stephen Hawking Believes Humankind Is in Danger of Self-Destruction Due to AI

World-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is a monumental figure in modern science. Lately, he's been focused on what he perceives to be major threats to the future of humanity.

THEORY OF THE END

Stephen Hawking is one of the most respected minds in science today. He often speaks on a wide range of topics both within and outside of his particular expertise in theoretical physics. Some of Hawking’s most discussed topics including the search for alien life, climate change, artificial intelligence (AI), and how all of these things, and more, are going to spell the end of humanity once and for all.
Speaking at an event at Cambridge University last year Hawking said, “Our earth is becoming too small for us, global population is increasing at an alarming rate and we are in danger of self-destructing.”
He recognizes the pessimism of his assertations. Hawking cites the passing of the controversial “Brexit” plan for the UK to leave the EU as a reason for this enduring pessimism, say…

New Particles Discovery Has “Signal the Breaking Point of the Standard Model”

Theoretical physicists working with the LHCb experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have stumbled upon an anomaly that challenges the Standard Model. It's possible that there are yet to be discovered particles to explain the anomaly.

ANOMALOUS DECAYS

Operated by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the largest particle accelerator today, built underground in an area that straddles France and Switzerland. It’s purpose is to analyze the simplest particles in existence in an attempt to understand how the universe works.
One of the experiments currently being conducted at the LHC is called the LHCb, which is exploring what happened after the Big Bang that allowed matter “to survive and build the Universe we inhabit today.” While the LHCb experiment got off to a good start, according to two University of Cambridge theoretical physicists working at CERN, there’s something anomalous going on.
“Using proton collisions from the…

Time Crystals: How Scientists Created A New State Of Matter

Some of the most profound predictions in theoretical physics, such as Einstein’s gravitational waves or Higgs’ boson, have taken decades to prove with experiments. But every now and then, a prediction can become established fact in an astonishingly short time. This is what happened with “time crystals”, a new and strange state of matter that was theorized, disproved, revamped and finally created in just five years since it was first predicted in 2012.
Crystals, such as diamond and quartz, are made of atoms arranged in a repeating pattern in space. In these new crystals, atoms also follow a repeating pattern, but in time. Because of this weird property, time crystals could one day find applications in revolutionary technologies such as quantum computing.
The story of time crystals begins in 2012 with Nobel Prize winner Frank Wilczek from MIT. As a theoretical physicist and a mathematician, Wilczek made a crucial step in transferring a key property of regular crystals – called symmetry br…

There Are Two Types of Time Travel, and Physicists Agree That at Least One of Them Is Possible

Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and co-founder of the World Science Festival, explains what we know about time travel so far. Following is a transcript of the video.
Brian Greene: I’m Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and co-founder of the World Science Festival.
It’s critical that you realize that there are two types of time travel, and they are radically different. Time travel to the future? Definitely possible.
We know how to do it because Einstein showed us the way over a hundred years ago. It’s surprising how few people actually really know about this in their bones. He showed that if you go out into space and travel near the speed of light, and you turn around, and you come back, your clock will be ticking off time more slowly. So, when you step off it’s going to be the future on planet Earth. You will have time traveled into the future.
He also showed that if you hang out near a nice strong source of …

Human Consciousness is Linked to a Law That Governs the Universe, New Study Reveals.

Our species has long agonized over the concept of human consciousness. What exactly causes it, and why did we evolve to experience consciousness? Now, a new study has uncovered a clue in the hunt for answers, and it reveals that the human brain might have more in common with the universe than we could have imagined.
According to a team of researchers from France and Canada, our brains might produce consciousness as something of a side effect of increasing entropy, a process that has been taking place throughout the universe since the Big Bang.
Their study has been accepted for publication in the journal Physical Review E.
The concept of entropy is famously confusing, and the definition has evolved over time. Essentially, entropy is a thermodynamic property that refers to the degree of disorder or randomness in a system. It can be summed up as the description of a system’s progression from order to disorder.
The second law of thermodynamics states that entropy can only remain constant or i…