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Incredible New Universe Simulation Is the Most Advanced of Its Kind

We’re probably not living in a computer simulation, despite some people’s insistence to the contrary. But that doesn’t mean we can’t create our own awe-inspiring simulations of the universe. Read More >>

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What’s the Speed of Dark Matter?

Based on physicists’ measurements, most of the mass in the universe is actually taken up by dark matter. Whatever this stuff is, we can see its effects on the behaviour of distant galaxies, though no experiment has detected it here on Earth. Doing so probably requires knowing how fast it moves. Read More >>

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You’ll Swear This Macro Photography Universe Is CGI

It’s an odd paradox of our times, but when we see something extraordinary these days, it’s easy to assume that it was computer generated. CGI is the current all-consuming method of creating movie effects, but this video of ink in water shot with macro photography shows just how beautiful practical effects can be. Read More >>

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3D Size Comparison of Everything in the Universe is Awe-Inspiring

Like a cross between the opening credits of Contact and the Simpson’s Universe couch gag, this video gives us an ever expanding look at how the smallest objects in existence compare in size to the largest. Read More >>

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New Measurements of the Universe Expanding Tell a Confusing Story

Humans don’t know much about the universe, but we do know that most of the gravity holding it together—around 85 per cent of it—comes from something we can’t see or touch called dark matter. And some other force we can’t see or touch, called dark energy, is simultaneously causing the universe to expand, at an ever-increasing rate. But our measurements that seek to nail down the effects of dark energy don’t seem to be adding up. Read More >>

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Could We Turn Other Planets and Moons Into a Second Earth?

This planet of ours isn't going to last forever, and who knows what’s going to happen to the world that far off into the future (or even after November 8th). Life Noggin decided to conduct a little brain exercise about how we could convert a planet like Mars or Venus, or a moon like Europa, into a second Earth. Read More >>

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Watch the Cosmic Evolution of the Universe in This Stunning Short Film

In Infinitude, abstract, geometrical shapes condense into stars, which explode into supernovae, sending an asteroid careening through space towards a nascent Earth. The mixed media short film is the creation of Canadian filmmaker Scott Portingale. Read More >>

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There May Be an Earth-Like Exoplanet Less Than Five Light Years Away

Rumours are flying that astronomers at the European Southern Observatory have discovered an Earth-like exoplanet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, our nearest neighbouring star. If confirmed, this is undeniably one of the biggest astronomical discoveries of the century. Read More >>

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New 3D Map of the Universe Features a Whopping 1.2 Million Galaxies

The astronomical map you see here doesn’t depict stars, it shows galaxies – 1.2 million of them, to be exact, a new record for astronomers. This extraordinary new 3D scan of the universe provides yet more evidence that a mysterious substance known as dark energy is likely causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate. Read More >>

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This Planet With Three Suns Shouldn’t Even Exist

Three hundred and twenty light years away in the Centaurus constellation sits one of the strangest planets humans have ever laid eyes on. It’s four times as massive as Jupiter and orbits twice as far out as Pluto—around one of its three suns. Read More >>

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Here’s the Entire Universe in One Clever Map

A map of the known universe to a constant scale would either be very big, or very useless. But use a logarithmic scale to compress the distances as you travel outwards, and you get this gorgeous and slightly Eye-of-Sauron image. Read More >>

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This Timeline Shows the Entire History—and Potential Future—of the Universe

It can be hard to get your head around the long and complex history of the Universe. But this new timeline by Slovak graphic designer Martin Vargic does a wonderful job of describing the last 13.8 billion years of space—and what might happen in the next 10 billion, too. Read More >>

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Simulating a Universe With a Computer: Yes, This is Complicated

The EAGLE Project isn’t some neo-Nazi project to bring a cloned Hitler to life; rather, it’s trying to simulate a universe inside a supercomputer. Yes, it’s exactly as complicated as it sounds. Read More >>

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The FX Team Behind Gravity to Explain the Universe Using Magic Leap AR

The visual effects team that made Gravity look so god-damn great is planning to "tell the story of the universe," using Magic Leap's augmented reality technology to create an immersive live show next year. Read More >>