Cameron Bernhardt

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Apple buys machine learning startup Turi

Apple has acquired the machine learning startup Turi, according to <i>GeekWire</i>. As usual with an Apple acquisition, it's picking up a small company whose products will likely make their way into the fabric of other Apple services. In this case, Turi offers tools that are meant to let developers easily …

Physicists Prove It’s Possible To Survive Falling Into A Black Hole

Black holes are the great unknown of physics, and deeply scary things. But the theoretical physics around them has increasingly trended towards black holes not being so bad. In fact, some think we might be on one now and not even have noticed, and sentient life might be circling one now. And now …

Black Holes

SpaceX Will Try To Land Three Rocket Boosters At Once

Following the Falcon Heavy liftoff, a triple whammy<p>Since April, SpaceX has been landing rocket boosters like it's no big deal. Droneship landings, land landings, whatevs. But the <i>Orlando Sentinel</i> reports that later this year, SpaceX is going to step up its game by trying to land three first stage …

Space Travel

The president called startups ‘the upside of an interconnected world’ when he joined founders at Stanford University for an entrepreneurship conference Friday<p>To hear Barack Obama tell it, if the UK’s vote to leave the European Union represents the fears and disruption that come with globalization, …

Silicon Valley

Apple's differential privacy algorithm will require you to opt-in

The brief mention of differential privacy at WWDC earlier this month seemed to be in line with Apple's image. When senior VP of software engineering Craig Federighi talked about the ways in which the company would continue to prioritize user privacy, he indicated that the use of the privacy …

Privacy

These Astronauts Are Getting Sealed in a Cave to Practice Life in Space

An underground cave is precisely the wrong direction if you’re hoping to go into space—so why is the European Space Agency sending the latest batch …

Space Science

Astronaut Snaps The Best Shot Of The Rare Strawberry Moon

"A spectacular rise of the full moon just before sunset while flying over western China."<p>While the rest of us struggled to snap one of the rarest full moons this century on our phones, one man got a shot that's truly out of this world.<p>NASA astronaut Jeff Williams was in the International Space …

NASA Launches Official Apple TV App Featuring Real-Time View of Earth

NASA has launched its official app for the fourth-generation Apple TV, joining the app's popular iOS versions on iPhone and iPad, which have been downloaded over 17 million times.<p>The Apple TV app lets users watch high-definition live streams from NASA TV, and allows them to enjoy a real-time view …

Earth - It took centuries, but we now know the size of the Universe

"Let us go rambling about the Universe." This is the invitation that American astronomer Harlow Shapley gave to an audience in Washington DC in 1920. He was taking part in the so-called Great Debate with fellow scientist Heber Curtis on the scale of the Universe.<p>Shapley believed that our Milky Way …

Physicists Send 'Twisted Light' 143 Kilometers, a New Record

A recent experiment could open new doors in space-based quantum communication.<p>In considering a beam of light traveling through space, whether in the form of a flashlight or high-powered laser or dusty sunlight creeping around a curtain's edge, it's easiest and most intuitive to imagine the …

New MacBook Pro might have an OLED touch bar instead of function keys

Ever since the big Retina change of 2012, Apple's MacBook Pro line has been roughly the same. Yes, there have been improvements: The laptops got a …

MacBook Pro

Apple is about to build the perfect laptop

While I still think the Air is the best overall laptop you can buy, it could be so much better. Its design hasn't changed significantly since 2010, and it still lacks the sharp Retina display found on every other Apple gadget.<p>But after all these years, it doesn't seem likely MacBook Air fans like …

New Evidence Could Break The Standard View of Quantum Mechanics

Just as we were beginning to understand it...<p>Quantum mechanics is difficult to understand at the best of times, but new evidence suggests that the …

Astronomers Might Have Just Solved a Key Mystery About the Origin of Life

If a massive solar storm struck the Earth today, it could wipe out our technology and hurl us back to the dark ages. Lucky for us, events like this …

Universe

Simple brain hack from Harvard can stop you forgetting important tasks

Remembering to turn the gas off, or water the plants before a weekend away, can prove an impossible feat when the mind is churning with other tasks.<p>But Harvard University has uncovered a simple ‘brain hack’ to bring back those forgotten to-do lists - the mental equivalent of tying a piece of string …

Astronauts 'step' inside Nasa's Beam habitat for the first time

Nasa's Jeff Williams has become the first astronaut to 'step' inside the agency's recently inflated Bigelow Expandable Activity Module …

Space Exploration

Harvard Research Shows How the Cerebellum Regulates Thoughts

In 1504, Leonardo da Vinci made wax castings of the human brain and coined the term <i>cerebellum</i> (Latin for “little brain”) to describe two small brain …

The American flags on the moon have all turned white

NASA<p>While lunar images have proven that the American flags planted during the Apollo missions are still standing on the moon, lunar scientists have …

Insane Startup Wants to Create a Man-Made Meteor Shower For the 2020 Olympics

In today’s ‘I can’t believe they’ve been funded’ news, a startup called Star-ALE wants to create a man-made meteor shower over the city of Tokyo for …

Meteor Showers

Portugal Just Ran For 4 Straight Days Entirely on Renewable Energy

Awesome!<p>As renewable energy matures into an ever more popular and cost-effective source of electricity, we're getting used to seeing some historic …

Physicists have discovered a new form of light

Light is one of the most well-studied things in physics, but it's clear that it still holds some surprises.<p>One of the measurable properties of light is called angular momentum, which measures how quickly a beam of light rotates.<p>Previously, physicists thought the angular momentum could only be a …

Everything we know about the iPhone 7

Rumors about the iPhone 7 started emerging even before the iPhone 6s was released last September.<p>Since then, new rumors have been flowing thick and fast — like a lava flow, constantly moving forward and plowing through everything in its path.<p>Some of these rumors are more credible than others. But …

Watch The Entire Evolution of The Universe in Less Than 3 Minutes

Incredible.<p>More than 13 billion years ago, everything in the Universe was contained inside a singularity tinier than a proton. There were no planets, …

Earth - The real reasons nothing can ever go faster than light

It was September 2011 and physicist Antonio Ereditato had just shocked the world.<p>The announcement he had made promised to overturn our understanding of the Universe. If the data gathered by 160 scientists working on the OPERA project were correct, the unthinkable had been observed.<p>Particles – in …

GoPro hitched a ride on a rocket and the video is incredible

Today, GoPro released some pretty incredible footage of a suborbital rocket launch that climbed to 396,405 feet at speeds as high as Mach 5.5. Check out the <i>very real</i> footage below.<p>The launch in the video took place from Spaceport America in New Mexico on November 6, 2015, with a 20-foot tall …

SpaceX Announces Plans to Send Spacecraft to Mars in 2018

SpaceX on Wednesday announced plans to send several free-flying spacecraft to Mars as early as 2018.<p>The company said it will attempt to launch its …

NASA Says It Will Help SpaceX With Mars 2018 Mission

While cutting funding for its own Mars programs<p>SpaceX just announced it's hoping to land an uncrewed Dragon capsule on Mars in 2018, which would make it the first private company to land on another planet. But it's not going alone.<p>According to a blog post today from NASA Deputy Administrator Dava …

10 Exceptional Images Of Earth From Space

Life on a pale blue dot<p>It's nice to set aside a day out of the year to remember that, despite all of the imaginary borders we set up to define ourselves—our offices, neighborhoods, cities and, most importantly to many, countries—we're all spinning through space on the same blue sphere. After all, …

Apple Shells Out $25 Million to Settle Siri Lawsuit

Apple today settled a long-running lawsuit with Dynamic Advances and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute over accusations Apple's Siri voice-based personal assistant violated a 2007 patent owned by Rensselaer and licensed exclusively to Dallas company Dynamic Advances, reports the <i>Albany Business …

Apple MacBook (2016) vs MacBook (2015): What's the difference? - Pocket-lint

Considering the 12-inch Retina display MacBook was released last April it was due for a refresh and Apple hasn't disappointed.<p>A new model has been …