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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has called himself a geologist at least 40 times
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tried to justify his decision to decrease Bears Ear National Monument by claiming that he is a scientist and thus he knows better. According to CNN, Zinke told lawmakers, I'm a geologist.
Apr 17 12:01PM Raw Story

The current ability to test theories of gravity with black hole shadows
Astrophysicists at Frankfurt, the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, and Nijmegen, collaborating in the project BlackHoleCam, answer this question by computing the first images of feeding non-Einsteinian black holes: it is presently hard to tell them apart from standard black holes. Their findings are published as Advance Online Publication (AOP) on the Nature Astronomy website on 16 April 2018.
Apr 17 11:49AM

Ryan Zinke refers to himself as a geologist. That's a job he's never held.
Washington (CNN)Defending his decision to shrink the Bears Ears national monument to lawmakers last week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke fell back one of his favorite credentials. "I'm a geologist," he said.
Apr 17 11:36AM CNN

The illusion of time
The Order of Time Carlo Rovelli Allen Lane (2018) According to theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, time is an illusion: our naive perception of its flow doesn't correspond to physical reality. Indeed, as Rovelli argues in The Order of Time, much more is illusory, including Isaac Newton's picture of a universally ticking clock.
Apr 17 11:17AM

Researchers create new Bose-Einstein condensate
Researchers at Aalto University, Finland, have created a Bose-Einstein condensate of light coupled with metal electrons, so-called surface plasmon polaritons. Nearly 100 years ago, Albert Einstein and Satyendra Nath Bose predicted that quantum mechanics could force a large number of particles to behave in concert as if they were only a single particle.
Apr 17 9:29AM

Scientists decipher the magma bodies under Yellowstone: Computer modeling shows the presence of a thick crustal transition zone that may control the movement of magma emerging from the Earth's mantle
Science News from research organizations Date: Source: University of Oregon Summary: Using supercomputer modeling, scientists have unveiled a new explanation for the geology underlying recent seismic imaging of magma bodies below Yellowstone National Park. Share: FULL STORY Using supercomputer modeling, University of Oregon scientists have unveiled a new explanation for the geology underlying recent seismic imaging of magma bodies below Yellowstone National Park.
Apr 17 6:40AM ScienceDaily

The search for truth in the rubble of Douma
This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks -- and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western world's most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. There's even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I track him down in the very same clinic, cheerfully tells me that the 'gas' videotape which horrified the world - despite all the doubters - is perfectly genuine.
Apr 16 8:41PM The Independent

Ultra-Accurate Clocks Lead Search for New Laws of Physics
The fine-structure constant has been a mystery since 1916, when it popped out of Arnold Sommerfeld's analysis of the hydrogen atom's quantum mechanical structure. (Niels Bohr had just published his groundbreaking atomic model, with its famous central nucleus and orbiting electrons, three years earlier.
Apr 16 7:51PM Quanta Magazine

Huge solar 'tornadoes' don't spin after all, study shows
Giant plasma tornadoes raging across the surface of the sun don't actually spin like astronomers once thought, new research shows. Massive solar tornadoes, formally known as tornado prominences, which were first observed about 100 years ago, seemed to bear a striking resemblance to tornadoes on Earth.
Apr 16 3:31PM

Asteroid buzzed Earth this weekend
A medium-sized asteroid buzzed by Earth just hours after being detected this weekend. First observed at Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona on Saturday, April 14, 2018, the asteroid - which has been labeled 2018 GE3 - swept past us at about half the Earth-moon distance early Sunday morning according to clocks in North America.
Apr 16 12:55PM

The Dark Matter of Astronomy Hype
Just before Easter (and, perhaps more significantly, just before April Fool's Day) a paper by van Dokkum et al. was published in Nature with the title A Galaxy Lacking Dark Matter.
Apr 16 10:59AM In the Dark

New Kansas City airport will have 4 more terminals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The new Kansas City International Airport will be bigger than originally planned.
Apr 15 8:56PM AP

We May Finally Find out If Deep Space Travel Would Melt Astronauts
In Brief The Unruh effect has been heavily debated for the past forty years. Canadian researchers believe that they can prove the theory using currently available particle accelerators and electromagnets.
Apr 15 2:00PM Futurism

Get Ready For the Next Big Thing In NASA's Search For Earth's Twin
NASA is launching a mission to find Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that scientists can study for signs of life. Scientists already know of over 3,000 planets around distant stars.
Apr 15 12:20PM NPR-Space

Environmental Group Plans Methane-Tracking Satellite
Scientists hope MethaneSAT will show where the potent greenhouse gas is coming from. Tracking methane in the air is difficult because it rises and spreads from the source.
Apr 11 11:30PM NPR-Space

NASA Hopes Supersonic X Plane Will Deliver Less Bang For The Buck
The new plane will test technologies to reduce the loud boom planes make when they break the sound barrier.
Apr 5 7:21PM NPR-Space

Center Of The Milky Way Has Thousands Of Black Holes, Study Shows
The supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our galaxy appears to have a lot of company, according to a new study that suggests the monster is surrounded by about 10,000 other black holes.
Apr 4 5:26PM NPR-Space