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Should I Worry About Asbestos From the New York Pipe Explosion? Should I Worry About Asbestos From the New York Pipe Explosion?

A steam pipe blew up just blocks away from the Gizmodo office this morning, emitting a plume of white smoke on New York City’s Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District. The Gizmodo writers are all fine, unfortunately for you. But The New York Times reports that city officials believe the pipe, installed in 1932, might be…

Scientists Made the Fastest-Spinning Particles Ever to Test the Limits of Physics

Scientists made nanoparticles that spin around each other a billion times per second, the fastest mechanical rotation on record. They want to use these spinning particles to study the very fabric of spacetime.

New Study Finds Unintended Consequences of CRISPR Gene Editing New Study Finds Unintended Consequences of CRISPR Gene Editing

Scientists and biotechnologists have heralded the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system as revolutionary way to edit DNA, like scissors and a glue stick for the genome. But a new study found some potentially harmful unintended effects.

New Super-Crisp Images of Neptune Show How Far Our Telescopes Have Come New Super-Crisp Images of Neptune Show How Far Our Telescopes Have Come

This is a new picture of Neptune taken from the Earth. It’s nothing short of amazing.

Is The Earth's Mantle Full of Diamonds? Is The Earth's Mantle Full of Diamonds?

Parts of the Earth’s mantle might be loaded with diamonds, if a new model turns out to be correct. But no, you can’t mine them—they’d be almost a hundred miles below the surface.

In Defense of the Scooped-Out Bagel In Defense of the Scooped-Out Bagel

If you’re visiting New York City for the first time and having your first bagel, it’s certainly cause for excitement and wonderment. How did the baker produce this incredible textural mashup of chewy inside and crunchy outside? It might seem ludicrous to scoop this masterpiece out, leaving behind a sad, hollow corpse.…

Scientist Loses Distinguished Award After Acceptance Presentation Full of Racy Photos Scientist Loses Distinguished Award After Acceptance Presentation Full of Racy Photos

The Herpetologists’ League rescinded its annual Distinguished Herpetologist award after winner Dick Vogt showed racy photos during his acceptance address.

How Many Nukes Would It Take to Send the Earth Spiraling Off Into the Sun? How Many Nukes Would It Take to Send the Earth Spiraling Off Into the Sun?

The modern age has brought one of the most nightmarish inventions in all of human history—the atomic bomb. These weapons harness the power of physics, releasing an immense amount of energy from a relatively small amount of mass to generate unfathomable fire, disease, and death. They have the power to end the world as…

Can We Measure Our Own Galaxy Speeding Through Space? Can We Measure Our Own Galaxy Speeding Through Space?

You’re probably sitting still, right? Wrong, absolutely wrong. Not only are you on a spinning orb, but you’re also traveling around 70,000 miles per hour around a star, in a galaxy that, observations imply, is sailing through space at over a million miles per hour.

New South African Telescope Releases Epic Image of the Galactic Center New South African Telescope Releases Epic Image of the Galactic Center

You’re looking at the center of our galactic home, the Milky Way, as imaged by 64 radio telescopes in the South African wilderness.

New Quantum Computer Milestone Would Make Richard Feynman Very Happy New Quantum Computer Milestone Would Make Richard Feynman Very Happy

A commercially available “quantum computer” has been on the market since 2011, but it’s controversial. The D-Wave machine is nothing like other quantum computers, and until recently, scientists have doubted that it was even truly quantum at all. But the company has released an important new result, one that in part…

See the South Pole Message That Alerted Astronomers to the Cosmic-Ray-Spewing Blazar See the South Pole Message That Alerted Astronomers to the Cosmic-Ray-Spewing Blazar

Today, scientists made a huge announcement: Telescopes around the world recorded a source of mysterious, ultra-high-energy cosmic rays, the highest-energy particles that hit the Earth. It all started with a text message.

Cosmic Ray Mystery Finally Cracked Thanks to Supermassive Black Hole Beaming Energy Straight at Earth Cosmic Ray Mystery Finally Cracked Thanks to Supermassive Black Hole Beaming Energy Straight at Earth

Every so often, protons and even entire atomic nuclei strike the Earth with extremely high energies—much higher than what scientists can produce in their most powerful physics experiments. Since the discovery of “cosmic rays” a hundred years ago, no one knew for sure where the most energetic of these particles came…

New Analysis of Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Makes Us Hungry for Better Telescopes  New Analysis of Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Makes Us Hungry for Better Telescopes 

Eleven light-years from Earth, orbiting a dim red star, there’s an exoplanet called Ross 128b that, as we recently reported, has some the best prospects for life of any known distant world. New results may help astronomers figure out what the planet is made of—and they offer more evidence that it might be inside its…

We Asked Celeb Physicist Brian Cox About Flat Earth Conspiracies, the Multiverse, and Ghosts We Asked Celeb Physicist Brian Cox About Flat Earth Conspiracies, the Multiverse, and Ghosts

There’s a growing, bewildering movement of folks who reject the most basic learnings of science in favor of conspiracy theories and hocus pocus—as a science journalist, I regularly get emails from people who firmly believe the Earth is flat, as shocking as that may seem. I recently chatted with Brian Cox, host of BBC…

Listen to the Sound of Saturn's Electromagnetic Energy

Sound and light have way more in common than you think, which is why it’s easy to turn light data, like radio waves, into sound. This can make for some pretty incredible science communicating tools—just look up Jupiter’s whistlers, falling bomb sounds caused by the planet’s lightning; or the chirp of LIGO’s…

Scientists Harvest Hydrogen from Water in Microgravity, a Nifty Trick for Deep-Space Travel Scientists Harvest Hydrogen from Water in Microgravity, a Nifty Trick for Deep-Space Travel

A team of scientists announced they have harvested hydrogen from water in microgravity—a proof-of-principle test that may one day lead to a way to acquire fuel or other resources during a long-distance, crewed space mission.

Meteorite Hunters Find Remains of Last Month's Botswana Fireball Meteorite Hunters Find Remains of Last Month's Botswana Fireball

Last month, a fireball lit up the skies over Botswana just hours after scientists first spotted the space rock hurtling toward Earth. Researchers from Botswana, South Africa, Finland, and the United States have now found pieces of the meteorite.

New Higgs Boson Discovery Could Help Solve Cosmic Puzzle New Higgs Boson Discovery Could Help Solve Cosmic Puzzle

Scientists can’t take pictures of the Higgs boson. But they can find proof of its existence by watching “E=mc2” play out in hundreds of millions of particle collisions per second and detecting how it decays into other particles they do know how to spot. Now, six years after officially discovering the Higgs boson,…

Weird New Quantum Diamonds Offer Hope for a Quantum Internet Weird New Quantum Diamonds Offer Hope for a Quantum Internet

“Diamonds are forever” is a cliche that fails to fully encapsulate the many strange properties of diamonds. But a new kind of diamond, one loaded with impurities, relies on a sort of foreverness that could be useful in future quantum technology—maybe even a quantum internet.

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