2010's Popular Science Stories
ScienceNOW's Top 10 list of its favorite and most popular stories of 2010 is an eclectic mix. It includes its most popular story of all time: "Does Our Universe Live Inside a Wormhole?"
ScienceNOW's Top 10 list of its favorite stories of 2010 is an eclectic mix including its most popular story of all time: "Does Our Universe Live Inside a Wormhole?" Also featured are reports on why running shoes are bad for you, experiments with ultraprecise clocks, robots trained to lie, atmospheric geo-engineering, pessimistic dogs and irresistible dance moves. The Wormhole story looked at a theoretical physicist's theory that a long time ago, in a universe much larger than our own, a giant star collapsed. Its implosion crammed so much mass and energy together that it created a wormhole inside which our universe was born.
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
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