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What Would You See As You Fell Into A Black Hole?

Black holes are some of the most perplexing objects in the entire Universe. Objects so dense, where gravitation is so strong, that nothing, not even light, can ever escape from it. Many physical black holes have been identified, from stellar-mass scale ones in our own galaxy to supermassive ones at …

Black Holes

Google's Image-Captioning AI Is Getting Scary Good

The machine knows more than just what's in a picture. It's learning to understand what those people and objects are doing.<p>Google has released the latest iteration of its machine learning system that figures out what's in an image and captions it, and it's better than ever. The company also made it …

DNA Just Tied A Mystery Death In Australia To Thomas Jefferson

An unidentified man found dead on an Australian beach has baffled investigators for decades. A new DNA analysis links the “Somerton Man” to Thomas Jefferson and Native Americans.<p>The dead man reclined against a beach wall that morning in a suit and tie, with an unlit cigarette resting on his collar, …

Facebook has built a world-class, murderous, Doom-playing AI

Luckily, it can only play "Doom".<p>A team from the social network blasted its way to glory this week in a contest to build programs capable of autonomously playing the classic first-person shooter game.<p>Called VizDoom, it's an irreverent test of skill for AI researchers, focused on eight-player …

“Metamaterials” Allow You to 3D Print Simple Machines

From <i>3Der.org</i> comes this story of some amazing materials research being done at Hasso-Plattner-Institute. The team has developed a way of designing and 3D printing non-powered objects that they consider machines.<p>The above video explains the process in detail, but basically, these “metamaterials” …

Nanotech

Amelia Earhart didn't die in a plane crash, investigator says

As America endured the drab years of the Great Depression, Amelia Earhart's exploits were a bright spot.<p>She broke gender barriers by completing solo flights most male pilots hadn't accomplished and traveled the country speaking of women's empowerment and the glorious promise of air travel.<p>Then, she …

Only 10% of People Can Pronounce All the Words in This Poem About the English Language

How will you fare?<p>The truth is, when you take the time to really think about English pronunciation, a lot of it doesn't make any sense. For example, "lettuce" has never looked right to me. Don't even get me started on "colonel." And what's that "I before E except after C" gibberish all about, again?<p>…

Literature

Home of the Day: Indoor-outdoor flow in Venice

Designed by Venice-based design studio Electric Bowery, this newly constructed contemporary home takes cues from the masters of midcentury modern. A voluminous and open floor plan features sliding walls of glass that open to an outdoor loggia, a built-in grilling station and a swimming pool and spa.<p>…

Lucasfilm Almost Built a Giant Robot AT-AT for ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

<i>Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back</i> was released on this day in 1980. Considered by many to be the best entry in the saga, the film upped …

Has the age of quantum computing arrived?

It’s a mind-bending concept with the potential to change the world, and Canadian tech company D-Wave claims to have cracked the code<p>Ever since Charles Babbage’s conceptual, unrealised Analytical Engine in the 1830s, computer science has been trying very hard to race ahead of its time. Particularly …

Quantum Computing

Are the Constants of Physics Constant?

When Max Born addressed the South Indian Science Association in November 1935, it was a time of great uncertainty in his life. The Nazi Party had …

Physics

United Airlines just delivered some terrible news to Canada's largest airplane maker

The aviation giant had been in talks with United Airlines about a 40-aircraft order for its widely praised, but slow selling, C-Series airliner.<p>Unfortunately for Bombardier, United announced with its latest earnings report that the airline has decided to go with Boeing's 737-700.<p>Industry sources …

McDonald's 'Latest Fry Innovation' Is Either Genius or Insane

Brace yourselves, french fry fans. McDonald’s has something new up its sleeve.<p>The company on Tuesday introduced the “McChoco Potato,” which are just …

McDonald's

Watch the Tesla Autopilot v7.1 handle a road without any lane markings [video]

Tesla’s ‘Summon’ feature got most of the attention after the release of the version 7.1 of its software pushed via an over-the-air update this weekend, but the Autopilot’s ‘Autosteer’ feature also got a significant upgrade, which the following video beautifully highlights.<p>Tesla added new …

Tesla

Watch us play Tharsis, a trip to Mars you're not likely to survive

From minds that brought you the Bit.Trip series comes something distinctly different<p><b>Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube</b><p>Choice Provisions has unveiled <i>Tharsis</i>, its latest effort after many years spent on the Bit.Trip series. The game is a harrowing trip to Mars heavily inspired by …

Mars

This gorgeous video game is one father's tribute to his 5-year-old son who died of cancer

Everyone deals with tragedies in different ways.<p>Ryan Green, a programmer and game developer who lost his 5-year-old son Joel to an aggressive brain tumor in March 2014, has dealt with his loss by inviting others to share in his experience.<p>You might be thinking: "Wow, that's terribly sad. I don't …

Cancer

11 mind-melting photos will make you realize how shockingly small Earth is

But we rarely, if ever, stop to think about the vast beyond. And we should!<p>Former astronomer Carl Sagan wrote in his book "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space":<p>There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, …

The most expensive material in the world costs $145 million per gram

Scientists at Oxford University in the UK announced that a spin-off lab called Designer Carbon Materials is now producing endohedral fullerenes, and they recently sold off their first sample of the material to the tune of $US 32,000 for 200 micrograms (1 microgram = one-millionth of a gram), which …

Now the Model S can REALLY drive itself, Tesla pushes update v7.1 with “summoning” feature [Video]

Tesla released today the version 7.1 of its software for the Model S and X. The new update includes everything we told you about when Tesla started testing the build with beta testers last month: UI improvements, a new self-parking feature, ‘Driver Mode’ and Autopilot restrictions, but the …

Tesla

SpaceX Will Try To Land on a Moving Platform on the sea.

SpaceX’s rocket Falcon 9 did a successful launch and landing in December. The landing was very critical for the future of space travel. Blue Origin; …

5 hard truths about quitting your job to travel the world

Traveling long term, and embracing the career uncertainty that accompanies it, is no picnic.<p>I would know. In the fall of 2014, I gave up my cushy job as a magazine editor in New York to embark on a year-long excursion with my begrudging boyfriend.<p>Fast-forward 365 days, and we've explored 15 …

This week in patents: Google cleans seawater with wind, NASA upgrades the Mars Rover and more

NASA has patented a rover that looks and moves like the jelly monster Blobby from Hotel Transylvania.<p>The rover is essentially a bladder filled with a fluid containing shape memory polymers. The bladder is covered with an outer layer that bladder from dirt or debris of the surface or surrounding …

Outdoor Essentials From Fjallraven

(Photo courtesy of Joel Bear)<p>Anyone who has spent any amount of time in the mountains during the fall has memories of those quintessential autumn …

Ultimate Space Game Imagined 30 Years Ago by Carl Sagan

Astronomer Carl Sagan is possibly best known for encouraging everyone he could to think like a scientist. From his television program <i>Cosmos</i> to his renowned writing, he wanted to make the world a smarter place. But you might not have known he also wanted to make a video game.<p>The Library of Congress …

Joel From The Last Of Us Has A Really Weak Stomach

Look Joel, if you're gonna be the protagonist in a video game about flesh eating viruses and people who essentially becomes human mushrooms, you're …

J.J. Abrams helped a dying Star Wars fan see The Force Awakens early

The movie's cast members supported #ForceforDaniel in recent weeks<p>A terminally ill <i>Star Wars</i> fan had his wish realized this week when he was shown an unedited version of <i>Star Wars</i>: <i>The Force Awakens</i> over a month before its official release. Daniel Fleetwood is the man at the heart of #ForceforDaniel<i>,</i> …

Star Wars

NASA Makes Major Discovery About Atmosphere On Mars

Solar wind stripped the red planet of its atmosphere, scientists say.<p>An Earth-like atmosphere on Mars was once violently stripped away by solar wind, according to new findings from NASA's ongoing exploration of the red planet.<p>In a press conference on Thursday, the space agency confirmed that solar …

This charging cable claims it will solve a major problem with your smartphone

Not only do their batteries barely last a day, the batteries themselves get worse and worse over time.<p>Unfortunately, our regular charging habits are largely to blame for the degrading battery performance in our smartphones.<p>Things like charging overnight or letting your battery fall below 20% too …