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What Is The Singularity And Will You Live To See It?

Ever since scientists first discovered the existence of black holes in our universe, we have all wondered: what could possibly exist beyond the veil …

Brain training apps don't seem to do much of anything

But figuring out whether or not they work is almost as tough as creating them.<p>Video games are pretty fun, but most of us don't expect much more than that from entertainment media. But what if a fun video game <i>also</i>, conveniently, helped you succeed more in school and in life? That’s the idea behind …

A new view of twisted proteins could help scientists understand Alzheimer's

A critical molecule in the neurodegenerative disease has finally been mapped.<p>A new study published this month in <i>Nature</i> marks a key milestone in Alzheimer's research. It demonstrates the first complete model of a tau filament, a protein structure found in the brain cells of Alzheimer's patients and …

Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists Foresee the Milky Way’s Death in Orbiting Black Holes

Galactic collision is imminent.<p>The Milky Way is on a collision course with the Andromeda galaxy, and when the two colossal entities meet, they’ll …

You're Genetically More Like Your Dad Than Your Mom

Happy Father's Day!<p>When a baby is born, three cliché things are done immediately: announcing its gender to the world; counting the kiddo’s fingers …

Elon Musk promises an update on his plan to settle Mars – including how he’ll fund it

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s vision to send a million people to Mars is now in print, but the billionaire visionary says he’s already working on an …

Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button

The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time. It’s weird, and sometimes you feel like you want to leave. Sadly, there’s no easy way out — or there wasn’t, until now.<p>Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, a web app that offers a way to wipe your …

Naked singularity might evade cosmic censor

Certain stealthy spacetime curiosities might be less hidden than thought, potentially exposing themselves to observers in some curved universes.<p>These …

Physics

The mysterious 'Cold Spot' in the universe

<b>(CNN) —</b> A recent astronomical observation of a "cold spot" in the universe is stirring the interest of scientists who are intrigued with an exciting and highly speculative theory that there may be more than one universe.<p>Now before you get incredibly excited about that prospect, I should caution …

Is Cryogenic Sleep the Best Option When Implementing Interstellar Traveling?

As we get closer and closer to the possibility of us colonizing on Mars and implementing interstellar traveling across the board, it’s time to start …

Space Travel

Physicists outline 10 different dimensions and how you’d experience them

Does string theory excite you? Mathematically, it holds up. Aspects about it suggest not one but several different dimensions, ones we’re not …

Harry Styles Is the Ultimate English Dandy

This week, Harry Styles conquered New York, appearing on the <i>Today</i> show like a modern-day Beatle in a millennial pink suit from Edward Sexton. But earlier today in his home city of London, the singer embraced his inner English dandy with a gingham check suit that conjured the glam-rocker style of …

12-year-old girl beats Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking in IQ test

A 12-year-old girl has scored higher in an IQ test than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.<p>The so-called genius benchmark is set at 140 and Rajgauri …

We Bet You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could do This

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone this year. Launched in 2007, the iPhone is an amazing smartphone that …

Trump signed an executive order to review high-skilled H-1B immigration visas

It’s the latest attempt to bring new scrutiny to the H-1B program.<p>(<b>Update</b>: Trump signed his executive order targeting the H-1B program on Tuesday afternoon.)<p>U.S. President Donald Trump will order a full review of the country’s high-skilled immigration visa program tomorrow, part of a continued push …

How to Build an Astrolabe Like John B. McLemore From 'S- Town'

It's the universe in the palm of your hand.<p>John B. McLemore restored antique clocks in Woodstock, Alabama — or Shit Town, as he liked to call it. …

Cure For Cancer? Stem Cell Research Discovery Kills 'Disease-Causing Intruders,' Scientists Discover

Researchers at UCLA successfully created an artificial thymus capable of killing "disease-causing intruders" responsible for the growth of cancerous …

Black Hole vs. Supernova: How These Things Could Kill You In Space, According To Neil deGrasse Tyson

Space exploration is a risky business. There are many ways to die in outer space, like being exposed to the vacuum of the universe, getting hit by an …

Bad News, Humans: TRAPPIST-1 Is Not The Alien Paradise We Were Hoping For

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻<p>Our newly discovered 'sister solar system' - a seven-planet conga line orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1 - has been …

Trump’s visa crackdown will likely upset Silicon Valley

As if Silicon Valley needed another reason to not approve of President Donald Trump, the White House has started to deliver on its promise of cracking down on work visas given to overseas workers — many of whom toil in the tech industry.<p>This week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services …

Visitors to the U.S. may have to hand over their phones and Facebook passwords before they get a visa

The Trump administration mulls “extreme vetting.”<p>Coming to America? You may have to hand over your phone — and your Facebook password — before you do.<p>The Trump administration may ask visa applicants to hand over their phones, along with social media logins and passwords, the Wall Street Journal …

Trump’s Moves on Airline Fees Prompt Transparency Questions

President Trump’s executive actions restricting travel from predominantly Muslim countries caused confusion and erroneous detentions at airports and are potentially having a negative impact on the United States tourism industry.<p>Further actions by the administration could have a wider effect on …

Transportation

What to do if you lose your passport

Travelers, here is a cautionary tale for international fliers, anyone who steps foot in any airplane, in the U.S. or abroad, or anyone who believes that details are boring (they are) and best left to somebody else (they aren’t). This is the story of Barrett Crake, who lost his passport on a flight …

NASA just captured a photo of Jupiter that you won’t believe is real

NASA has managed to capture some pretty stunning photos of all the cool stuff they’ve spotted over the years, and rarely does it fail to amaze. …

Gravity may have saved the universe after the Big Bang

Physicists may now be able to explain why the universe did not collapse immediately after the Big Bang. Studies of the Higgs particle — discovered at …

Photon Rockets Might Make Mars A Three Minute Trip

Planck photon rocket drives — which in theory could hit velocities equal to 99.999 percent the speed of light — might eventually offer propulsion engineers a way to drastically reduce interstellar travel times without trashing the laws of physics as we currently understand them. A hypothetical …

Planets Mercury and Uranus at dusk

Innermost Mercury – and distant Uranus – are low in the western sky after sunset. Start looking for them as soon as your sky begins to darken.<p>Tonight …

Bay Area tech executives indicted for H-1B visa fraud

FREMONT – Two Bay Area tech executives are accused of filing false visa documents through a staffing agency in a scheme to illegally bring a pool of …

The fictional NASA in Life is run by a bunch of psychopaths and idiots

In space, no one can hear your calculus<p><i>Life</i>, or as stylized during the opening credits, <b>L I F E</b>, is about six astronauts aboard the International Space Station for a fictional “Mars Pilgrim Mission” sometime in the very near future. As you can tell from the title, the film is partly about the …