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New Puffy Coats Are Being Designed to Fall Apart Faster

Outdoorsy types are well-versed in the differences between down feathers and synthetic fibers, the two most common fillings for puffy gear like jackets, gloves, and sleeping bags: Down compresses, but stops insulating when it gets wet. Synthetics keep you warm even when they’re soggy, but resist being stuffed into tight ...

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Can we tell black holes apart?

One of the most fundamental predictions of Einstein’s theory of relativity is the existence of black holes. In spite of the recent detection of gravitational waves from binary black holes by LIGO, direct evidence using electromagnetic waves remains elusive and astronomers are searching for it with radio telescopes. Astrophysicists at ...

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2 powerful earthquakes rattle central Italy 2 hours apart

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 rattled a broad swathe of central Italy, including Rome, on Wednesday, just two months after a powerful temblor toppled villages, killing nearly 300 people. (Oct. 26) AP People walk past rubble after an earthquake struck in Villa Sant’Antonio village, near Visso, Italy.(Photo: ...

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