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Are We Simulated Beings Living in a Simulated Universe?

Is the universe real? Or are all the stars and planets (including Earth and everything and everyone on it) just simulations in some colossal video game? What sounds like a silly question is actually one that some scientists have begun to take seriously.<p>It’s hard to come up with a way to tell for …

Universe

Nobody Knows Where A Black Hole's Information Goes

According to Google, Stephen Hawking is the most famous physicist alive, and his most famous work is the black hole information paradox. If you know one thing about physics, therefore, that’s what you should know. Before Hawking, black holes weren’t paradoxical. Yes, if you throw a book into a …

Physics

The five finalists in Google’s private-sector race to the moon have 341 days to launch…and counting

Five teams now have until the end of the year to launch spacecraft to the moon in search of the $20 million first-place Google Lunar X-Prize.<p>The X-Prize foundation confirmed today that five teams from around the world demonstrated serious plans to launch in 2017 by the beginning of the year and …

Space Exploration

Google AI beats Go world champion again to complete historic 4-1 series victory

The battle between Google’s artificial intelligence and Go world champion Lee Sedol concluded today after the former (AlphaGo) triumphed to win the five-game series 4-1.<p>AlphaGo, created by London-based DeepMind — which was acquired by Google for around $500 million in 2014 — found itself in a …

Artificial Intelligence

Deadpool: Ryan Reynolds might have leaked the test footage

With <i>Deadpool</i>‘s marketing campaign in full swing, and the raucous superhero movie set to invade cinemas this weekend, it’s easy to forget that the …

Einstein’s theory about gravitational waves could be confirmed today

Gravitational Waves

National Space Society conference to discuss future space travel

Future space travel beyond Earth — to Mars and beyond — will be one of the hot topics at a five-day international space development conference in Toronto this week.<p>It's the annual conference of the National Space Society which brings together engineers, scientists, educators, and business …

China Just Gave Boeing a Big Boost

Boeing can thank a booming travel industry in China for its latest windfall.<p>Chinese carrier Ruili Airlines and two leasing companies have placed an …

China plans to be the first to land on the dark side of the moon

The Pink Floyd album aside, the “dark” side of the moon is not <i>actually</i> dark—it receives just as much sunlight as the hemisphere of the moon that we can see from Earth. It’s “dark,” because it’s mysterious, as it has never been explored by humans before.<p>Until now, that is. Wu Weiren, the chief …

Space Science

Alleged Airplane Hacker Also "Messed Around With The Space Station"

Testing the limits of cybersecurity in space<p>Last month, security researcher Chris Roberts was removed from a United Airlines flight, after the airline claimed he had endangered his fellow passengers by tweeting a message about potential security vulnerabilities aboard the aircraft. In 2012, Ars …

Space Exploration

Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

Dwarf planet Ceres has ten bright spots, not just the two that the Dawn spacecraft saw as it approached the worldlet in February.<p>The two bright …

Dark matter may not be completely 'dark' after all, say scientists

A clump of dark matter appears to be lagging behind its galaxy suggesting it is interacting with something else...but what?<p>Dark matter may be having an even bigger impact on the Universe than previously thought, after scientists found the first signs that it interacts with something other than …

GAO reports warns hackers could bring down plane using passenger Wi-Fi

The same Internet access now available on most commercial flights makes it possible for hackers to bring down a plane, a government watchdog warned Tuesday.<p>The finding by the Government Accountability Office presents chilling new scenarios for passengers. The report doesn't suggest it would be easy …

NASA: Stay 70 Days In Bed And Get Paid $18,000

NASA says it will pay $18,000 to anyone willing to take part in a three-month study that requires participants to stay in bed for 70 days under …

Scientists create dark matter 'map' to see invisible space

We've finally gotten our first glimpse at the mysterious material that supposedly makes up 27 percent of the universe. It's only taken two years of research, the efforts of 300 researchers working for the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and a 570-megapixel camera attached to the Victor Blanco telescope in …

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

Geoscience

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

Black Holes

Goku Levels Up Again In Upcoming Dragon Ball Movie, Gets Blue Hair

In a move not all that unsurprising, Goku has leveled up to a new form in the upcoming Dragon Ball movie Resurrection of “F”.<p>In this instance, this new form is called “Super Saiyan God SS”. Apparently in the last movie, where he attained the red haired God transformation, that wasn’t actually the …

Anime

Supernovae suggest the universe is growing slower than expected

Don't look now, but what you know about the universe's growth might have been turned on its ear. University of Arizona scientists have learned that a certain type of supernova (Ia) isn't the reliable measuring stick for universe expansion that previous data would suggest. By comparing optical and …

Universe

NASA’s Chief Scientist On The Possibility Of Finding Alien Life: “It’s Going To Be Mind-blowing”

Ellen Stofan explains how the space agency is thinking big as it looks to the future.<p>Sometime around the year 2035, NASA hopes to fly a manned spacecraft to Mars and land astronauts on the planet. How will it achieve this daunting goal? Who will create the necessary technologies? And just as …

Star Trek

Mars may hold liquid water raising hopes of alien life

Scientists have found the chemical calcium percholate which would suck moisture out of the air and keep water liquid on the surface<p>Mars may hold liquid water raising the chances of finding life on the Red Planet.<p>Although scientists have long known that there is frozen water at the poles of Mars, …

Magnetism

SpaceX will try once again to land a rocket on a drone ship

SpaceX plans to try again to land its Dragon rocket on a drone ship this afternoon, after its last attempt in January ended in a catastrophic …

‘Convergence’ Is DC Comics For Beginners, And That’s A Good Thing

One thing comics fans don’t often think about is that to somebody who didn’t grow up with this, comics can be absurdly intimidating. How are you supposed to read <i>Detective Comics</i> when there’s more than 900 issues? How are you supposed to track all the versions of heroes and alternate realities and …

75 Years of Marvel Comics: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen

There is a certain novelty in trying to leaf through a book that is bigger and heavier than the coffee table it rests on. Thankfully, the hernia is …