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  1. Stephen Hawking Warns “God” Particle Could Kill Us All If Science Gets Enough Funding

    "Not if we kill God first!"—Philip Pullman [Citation needed]

    In his foreword for the new book Starmus: 5 Years of Man in Space, Stephen Hawking warns that the Higgs boson particle (also called the "God" particle, because monotheism) discovered by CERN scientists in 2012 and thought to give matter its mass, could destroy the Universe and "we wouldn't see it coming."

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  2. 5 Physics Phenomena That Make Us Think

    Can you figure out the physics behind these cool tricks?

    Youtuber Veritasium poses us with some interesting physics problems to help get our brains functioning. What do you think are the explanation behind these nifty tricks?

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  3. The Speed of Light Might Actually Be Slower Than We Thought, Which Kind of Ruins Everything

    On the up side, it lowers the bar for faster-than-light travel, right?

    Thanks to Einstein, everyone knows that the speed of light in a vacuum is a constant (299,792,458 meters per second), and we use that speed to calculate distances in the vastness of space. But, light has had a bit of a lateness problem at times, which doesn't make a lot of sense if its speed is constant. Well, surprise! Light might actually be slower than we thought.

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  4. Schrödinger’s Cat, Refuted Beautifully By A Singing Cat [VIDEO]

    Surely she has some thoughts on string theory, too?

    Sarah Donner has a set of pipes, a pack of cats, and a greater understanding of physics than I do. Why wasn't high school this engaging?

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  5. [Watch Live] Professor Brian Greene Will Host a Live Discussion Today at 1PM at World Science U

    Ask your questions online now with #AskProfGreene!

    Brian Greene is trying to change the way science education works with his new site World Science U. The site will offer online science classes, tomorrow at 1:00PM EDT Professor Greene is taking questions in a live discussion on the site. Have a burning question about how the Universe works? Ask it on Facebook or Twitter with #AskProfGreene.

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  6. Physics Students Explore Possibility of Gravity’s Space Debris Incident Becoming An Actual Problem

    Houston, we're boned.

    We all know that Gravity is a work of fiction and the Hubble telescope didn't really get hit with debris from a defunct satellite. As students from the University of Leister pointed out in a recent paper, though, there is a defunct satellite that could pose a threat to current real-life space missions: Envisat.

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  7. Kittens Play With A Newton’s Cradle And Discover Physics, It’s A CuteScienceSplosion

    None of them belong to Schrödinger, don't worry.

    Cats meet science in this video clearly made with Geekosystem's audience in mind! Watch three kitties (named Panda, Pikachu, and Pavel, because this wasn't cute enough already) play around with a Newton's Cradle, and discover the wonders of physics. This transfers adorableness via internet like energy through a Cradle.

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  8. Hawk-Eye,The Line-Calling Sports Camera, Might Not Be As Accurate As We All Thought

    But is it great at boats?

    Today we learned two things: one, that the device used to make  line-calls in tennis is very appropriately called "Hawk-Eye." Two, it's probably made a whole bunch of bad calls that we weren't aware of until just now. Whoops. Sorry, Barton. How 'bout we give you, like, an extra ten seconds of screen time in Avengers 2 to make up for it?

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  9. Several Means of Real Time Travel Explained by MinutePhysics [Video]

    You're still probably not going to get anywhere in a phone booth, though.

    Time travel is as real as the fact that you are now farther into the future than when you started reading this sentence. That's boring time travel, though, as MinutePhysics explains in a new video on real ways that time passes differently. The effects may be negligible in every day life, but time travel is all around us—like the Force.

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  10. Have Some Science In Your Art With This Wonderful Animated Short

    she blinded me with science

    Why Do I Study Physics? (2013) from Xiangjun Shi on Vimeo.

    In this short film animator/physics enthusiast Xiangjun Shi uses art to explain why she loves physics so much. Though visually amazing, my favorite thing about this video just might be its running time: 3:14. (via: io9) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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