Mystery Particles on Mars Revealed by Curiosity's Junk

Sifting through soil on Mars, NASA's rover Curiosity paused to take a picture - and exposed its own bad behaviour. The shot included a bright object lying in the Martian dirt, and a closer look suggests that the rover is guilty of littering: it appears the object is a piece of plastic wrapper that has fallen from the… » 10/17/12 8:55am 10/17/12 8:55am

Have Scientists Discovered a New Elementary Particle?

Researchers at Fermilab, who run the Tevatron particle accelerator, say they've discovered a new particle "anomaly," leading people to think they may have uncovered a new elementary particle or new force of nature. But those working on the project are playing it safe, merely stating that the data is interesting. » 4/06/11 11:20pm 4/06/11 11:20pm

Video Analysis Suggests Gulf Spill Could Be Much Worse Than Estimated

As BP continues to come up with schemes to slow the Gulf oil spill, new research by NPR suggests that the leak could be far worse than previously thought. Applying particle image velocimetry—basically a computer program that measures the oil geyser particle by particle—to videos of the underwater leak, researchers… » 5/14/10 6:29pm 5/14/10 6:29pm

The Hills Girls Analyze the Large Hadron Collider

I don't watch The Hills, but that doesn't mean I'm not entertained when I see Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt prancing around and pretending they aren't posing for the cameras: in this clip, Audrina attempts to get scientific with the Big Bang theory and the Large Hadron Collider. Her friend explains that the Large… » 10/30/08 10:00pm 10/30/08 10:00pm