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Einstein and Beyond

On January 29, 1931, the world's premier physicist, Albert Einstein, and its foremost astronomer, Edwin Hubble, settled into the plush leather seats of a sleek Pierce-Arrow touring car for a visit to Mount Wilson in southern California. They were chauffeured up the long, zigzagging dirt road to the …

Supermassive Black Hole Found Farting A Trillion Suns' Worth Of Energy

Scientists zero in on the size, shape, and speed of the gas that reconfigures galaxies<p>At the center of any massive galaxy, you’ll most likely find one daunting portion of space-time: a supermassive black hole. These gigantic gravity wells are so enormous, they have a mass that’s equal to millions …

Universe

IndieBio Will Accelerate Synthetic Biology To Tech Startup Speed

Can biology move at “internet speed”? Is there a Moore’s Law for cells? What about the problems that cannot be solved by information technology alone? IndieBio, a new biotech accelerator based in both San Francisco and Cork, Ireland, is proposing to answer these questions and more.<p>“What a lot of …

Immune System

How Can Space Travel Faster Than The Speed Of Light?

Light speed is often spoken of as a cosmic speed limit… but not everything plays by these rules. In fact, space itself can expand faster than a …

Universe

How Scientists Plan to Spark Future Battery Breakthroughs

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Inventor Yi Cui doesn't just talk about how next-generation batteries will transform the way we live. He talks on a phone that actually uses one of those next-generation batteries.<p>Cui, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford University, developed …

Clean Energy

CoeLux, An Artificial LED Skylight That Uses Nanotechnology to Convincingly Emulate Natural Sunlight

CoeLux is a lighting system that uses nanotechnology to emulate natural sunlight with astonishing realism. In essence, the system uses nanoparticles …

Nanotech

The Evolution of Altruism

It’s one of my favorite Darwin quotes—"He who understands baboon would do more toward metaphysics than Locke"—scribbled furtively in a notebook …

American Philosophy

Link Feast

<b>Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:</b><br>Meet Your Brain (video)<br>Watch these young children introduce you to …

Inventions

For Years, The Washington Post Tried to Interview a Cow

In 1912, an un­named <i>Wash­ing­ton Post</i> re­port­er asked Pau­line Wayne, Pres­id­ent Taft’s cow, if she was milked by a stranger without her con­sent, …

New York Times

Planck telescope puts new datestamp on first stars

<b>Scientists working on Europe's Planck satellite say the first stars lit up the Universe later than previously thought.</b><p>The team has made the most precise map of the "oldest light" in the cosmos.<p>Earlier observations of this radiation had suggested the first generation of stars were bursting into life …

Universe

The Brogrammers Who Made That Sexist Job Ad Prove They Are Still the Worst

Remember Sportacam? They’re the tech start-up who posted this ridiculously sexist job ad and then refused to apologize for it because it was …

Feminism

Scientists Discover 'Reset' Button For Brain's Biological Clock

There's a master "circadian clock" in your brain that maintains your rhythms of sleeping and waking -- and for the first time, scientists may have found a way to control it.<p>Researchers at Vanderbilt University have discovered a "reset" button for this biological clock, which could pave the way for …

Neuroscience

Researchers Discover An Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System

The finding is good news for the search for intelligent alien life<p>Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older — by about 7 billion years.<p>Using images and data collected by …

Universe

Astrophysicists’ update on enormous and unexpected Fermi bubbles

Discovered in 2010, two vast and mysterious Fermi bubbles radiate out from our Milky Way galaxy’s core. An update from the three astrophysicists who …

7 retro-inspired iOS games you should’ve been playing yesterday

Every gamer over a certain age has a fondness for the 8- and 16-bit titles they grew up with, so it’s no surprise developers born in the 1980s are now creating nostalgia-infused iOS games harking back to the glory days of the Genesis and S.N.E.S. But which of these should you be playing? …

Did An Armed Chinese-Made Drone Just Crash in Nigeria?

CH-3 UCAVs Join War Against Boko Haram<p>As the brutal Boko Haram insurgency has entered its 7th year in Nigeria, the relationship between the government and China has deepened. In many ways it is a match of needs. The Nigerian military has a pressing need for counter-insurgency (COIN) equipment, such …

Boko Haram

'Super Saturn' Exoplanet Has Massive Rings

Houston, we have a ringer<p>The rings of Saturn are one of our most instantly recognizable images of outer space, but those beautiful rings of rock and dust now have some competition. In a paper that was recently accepted for publication in <i>Astrophysical Journal</i>, scientists from Leiden Observatory in …

Astronomy

People Will Spend the Majority of Waking Time in Virtual Reality by 2020 (and, how to predict the future)

I find it interesting that predictions about the near-term future tend to be very conservative – most people envision the future looking like a …

Virtual Reality

A New Way to Explode a Star?

Among the most contentious unsolved mysteries in astronomy is the question of how, exactly, a white dwarf star explodes. Now, as described at the American Astronomical Society’s winter meeting, a team of scientists has come up with an idea that just might solve part of the problem.<p>Nearly two …

How Doctors (or Anyone) Can Craft a More Persuasive Message

The recent measles outbreak starting in Disneyland, California, provides a sobering reminder to doctors that even when the message they’re delivering is a compelling one — backed by strong evidence — attempts to influence and persuade others can sometimes still come up short.<p>Over the past few years …

Management