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Earth and Beyond

What Put the Bang in the Big Bang?

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almost 2 years ago

Every week, Dr. Michio Kaku will be answering reader questions about physics and futuristic science. If you have a question for Dr. Kaku, just post it in the comments section below and check back on Wednesdays to see if he answers it. Today, Dr. Kaku addresses the question of what comes next ...

Earth and Beyond

Curiosity: the Opiate of the Space Masses

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almost 2 years ago

A dollar doesn’t equal a dollar; a rover doesn’t equal a rover. What does that mean? Well, let’s just put it this way: While NASA has done an exceptional job of placing a rover on the fourth rock from the sun, I, for one, cannot be muzzled any longer. Most people celebrate the technological ...

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NASA Goes for the Gold with Curiosity

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almost 2 years ago

NASA went for the Gold with the Curiosity space probe, and scored a perfect 10. Perfect start, perfect execution, perfect dismount. And Curiosity is the Godzilla of space probes, with 10 times the instruments of any previous Mars probe, weighing 5 times more as well. This is truly a ...

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What’s Next After the Higgs?

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almost 2 years ago

The discovery of the Higgs boson was a real milestone for physics, a tremendous vindication of the hard work of thousands of physicists and engineers for the past 30 years. But this is just the beginning. The recent Higgs boson is just the first of a series of new forms of matter and energy. The ...

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Are Physics and Philosophy at Odds?

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about 2 years ago

Scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN have found strong evidence for the Higgs Boson. The Higgs has been postulated for its power to explain the existence of matter in the universe. In other words, its discovery is at least a step towards explaining the biggest of big questions ...