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How The Universe Could Annihilate Itself At The Speed Of Light

Time now for a very cute video about a rather terrible prospect — the very grim possibility of the universe spawning a lethal bubble of pure vacuum that expands in all directions at the speed of light.

This Is The Most Detailed Hydrogen Map Of The Milky Way Ever Created 

Using two of the world’s largest configurable telescopes, scientists have created the most detailed map yet of hydrogen atoms the Milky Way.

MIT's Fusion Reactor Broke A World Record Right Before The Feds Shut It Off

MIT’s fusion program has fallen on hard times, but that hasn’t stopped it from smashing world records and keeping the dream of limitless, carbon-free energy alive. At an International Atomic Energy Agency summit in Japan this week, researchers involved with MIT’s Alcator C-Mod tokamak reactor announced that their machine had generated the highest plasma pressure ever recorded.

Astronomers Spot A Massive Black Hole That's Gone Rogue

Using the Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found evidence of a “wandering” black hole on the outskirts of a distant galaxy. It’s too far away to cause us any trouble, but the discovery of this homeless ball of gravitational despair affirms a long standing theory about the existence of such objects.

X-Ray Images Of Bird Feathers Hold The Secret To Dinosaur Colours

Textbook illustrations and museum dioramas could soon be even more accurate in their depiction of the rich colours of long-extinct animals like dinosaurs. An international team of scientists used advanced X-ray imaging techniques to map out elements related to pigmentation in modern birds of prey, which they will use to reconstruct the likely colour patterns of fossil specimens.

Breakthrough Quantum Cat Experiment Captured On Camera

The paradox of Schrödinger’s cat — in which a quantum cat is both alive and dead at the same time until we check to see which state it’s in — is arguably the most famous example of the bizarre counter-intuitive nature of the quantum world. Now, Stanford physicists have exploited this feature weirdness to make highly detailed movies of the inner machinery of simple iodine molecules.

Scientists Made Beautiful Holograms Using Sound

We’re all familiar with holograms, the projected 3D images created by manipulating light. But can you create a hologram with sound?

Does Listening To This Pink Kinetic Sand Give You The Tingles?

Video: Kinetic sand is a freaky-looking substance made of 98 per cent sand and two per cent silicone oil, so it sticks to itself, but won’t stick to anything else. It’s like an especially granular type of dough, and you can watch — and hear — the stuff in action in a new short “trigger” video from The ASMR Circus.

It's The Physics That Makes Roller Coasters So Exciting

If you’re planning a visit your favourite theme park, take a moment to learn a little about the underlying physics of roller coasters, via the latest video from the folks at SciShow.

Scientists Just Made A Working Laser Using Blood

Lasers are behind so much of our cutting-edge technology. Now scientists at the University of Michigan have successfully shown it is possible to build a working laser with blood, the better to spot tumours in the human body.

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