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Why Is The Solar System Flat?

From galaxies to Saturn's rings to our solar system, many celestial objects are flat-out flat. But do you ever wonder why that is -- especially when we live in an ever-expanding, three-dimensional universe?

Henry Reich, creator of the YouTube series MinutePhysics, unravels the mystery of why the solar system is flat in a new video -- just check it out above.

Lab Scientists discover five new Nuclei

Lawrence Livermore scientists, in conjunction with international researchers, have discovered five new atomic nuclei to be added the chart of nuclides.


Image: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists were part of an international team that discovered five new nuclei: U 218, Np 219, Bk 233, Am 223 and Am 229.

The study, conducted this fall, focuses on developing new methods of...

UK Scientists develop a real life Tractor Beam

A team of scientists developed a real-life tractor beam that can levitate an object using sound waves.

tractor beam

Credit: University of Sussex/YouTube

Published in the journal Nature Communications, the new study details how the "sonic tractor beam" can manipulate a tiny object using...

Watch The Evolution Of The Human Species In 90 Seconds

John Gurche is a superstar in the little-known field of paleoart. John makes a living creating beautiful and realistic images of long dead creatures based purely off fossil evidence. His work has been featured in museums all over the country, including the Smithsonian. His newest book is called “Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins.”

Video: Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins [Book Teaser]

Is black phosphorous the next big thing in materials?

A new experimental revelation about black phosphorus nanoribbons should facilitate the future application of this highly promising material to electronic, optoelectronic and thermoelectric devices. A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has experimentally confirmed strong in-plane anisotropy in thermal conductivity, up to a factor of two, along the zigzag and armchair directions of single-crystal black phosphorous nanoribbons. "Imagine the lattice of black phosphorous as a two-dimensional network of balls connected...

Driverless taxis are hitting the streets of Japan next year - ScienceAlert

As The Wall Street Journal reports, a partnership between the Japanese federal government and Robot Taxi will see 50 people take part in a trial scheme in the Kanagawa prefecture, just south of Tokyo. The trips will cover about 3 kilometres and involve some of the main roads in the city - which is perhaps why human drivers will still be on hand in case they need to take over in an emergency.

An Australian student has reportedly smashed NASA's fuel efficiency record - ScienceAlert

An Australian university student has reportedly developed a new kind of ion space drive that absolutely obliterates NASA's current fuel efficiency record.

Ion drives are propulsion systems that basically work by throwing particles backwards really, really fast in order to propel a spacecraft forward. NASA's current record holder for fuel efficiency is its High Power Electric Propulsion, or HiPEP, system, which allows 9,600 (+/- 200) seconds...

'Tree of life' for 2.3 million species released

A first draft of the "tree of life" for the roughly 2.3 million named species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes has been released. A collaborative effort among 11 institutions, the tree depicts the relationships among living things as they diverged from one another over time, tracing back to the beginning of life on Earth more than 3.5 billion years ago.

The current version of the tree—along with the underlying data and source code—is available to browse and download at

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