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Scientists defy Einstein's prediction and use relativity to measure a star's mass

Astronomers scanning the skies with<p>NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have pulled off a feat that even Albert Einstein had declared all but impossible: they’ve witnessed the subtle bending of one star’s light by another star’s gravity and used that distortion to measure a star’s mass.<p>The findings, …

Universe

Supreme Court strikes a crucial blow against racial gerrymandering — but bigger battles lie ahead

Supreme Court’s decision on North Carolina redistricting was big, and opens the way for wider progress<p>In the 2012 House elections, Democratic candidates got 1.4 million more votes than Republicans (roughly 59.6 million to 58.2 million), but won 33 fewer congressional seats, the result of a highly …

Is Space Curved? Can We See The Milky Way In The Past?

Is it possible that space-time is curved in such a way that one (or many) of the galaxies we see in telescopes is actually our own Milky Way a few billion years earlier?<p>It is mathematically <i>possible</i> for a universe to be shaped this way, but not our Universe. Our Universe is as close to flat as we …

Universe

How I Came Up With a Million-Dollar Ecommerce Idea in 20 Minutes

If people are lining up for a product, figure out how to make the line shorter and they'll buy from you.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Several years ago I started a hip-hop jewelry ecommerce store. My most popular products were “grillz.” For the unfamiliar, those are …

Astronomers just turned on a planet-size telescope to take a picture of a black hole

Every image you’ve seen of a black hole is an illustration. A giant “virtual” telescope may change that.<p>The closest astronomers have come to directly “seeing” a black hole happened last year, when the LIGO observatory detected the spacetime-warping gravitational waves radiating from a pair of black …

Simulation suggests 68 percent of the universe may not actually exist

According to the Lambda Cold Dark Matter (Lambda-CDM) model, which is the current accepted standard for how the universe began and evolved, the …

Fearing White House Purge Of Climate Science, Scientists Frantically Copying Data

The moment Donald Trump took office on Friday, the official White House website was purged of all references to global warming and climate change science.<p>In its place is an energy plan to increase development of fossil fuels, get rid of regulations, open up public lands and parks to drilling and …

Climate

3 Clever Ways for Every Entrepreneur to Think Like Elon Musk | Inc.com

Entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk is a lionhearted leader with a strong stomach for risk. He revels in thinking big, from inventing an environmentally friendly car to making space travel a reality. Even among fellow entrepreneurs, the scale of Musk's ambition sets him apart from most leaders who …

Inventions

5 mistakes Americans are making with their money

Americans have a long way to go when it comes to understanding and managing money.<p>A recent report from the financial literacy center at Champlain College compiled state and national data to assess the big picture when it comes to Americans’ financial behaviors. The results were pretty …

Personal Finance

A Controversial New Gravity Hypothesis Has Passed Its First Test

Einstein might have been wrong.<p>A controversial new hypothesis that suggests our understanding of gravity is wrong has just passed an important first …

Space travelling passenger jet could make London to New York in two hours

A newly designed hypersonic jet could take passengers from London to New York in as little as two hours.<p>The Paradoxal would make the trip in record …

NATO is Hunting Russia's "Carrier Killer" Submarines

The subs are thought to be stalking two NATO carrier battle groups operating nearby.<p>NATO's anti-submarine forces are currently hunting one, and possibly two, Russian submarines in the eastern Mediterranean. The submarines, Oscar-II class guided missile boats, was designed to take out aircraft …

Gravitational waves discovery wins Breakthrough of the Year award

The <i>Physics World</i> Breakthrough of the Year has been awarded to the Ligo team for its discovery of gravitational waves.<p>Gravitational waves are ripples …

Trump’s Cabinet will serve corporate interests, not the chumps who voted for him

To understand what kind of president<p>Donald Trumpwill be, do not listen to what he says, watch what he does.<p>In a series of campaign-style events, he has repeated all the favorite lines that convinced millions of voters that he was on the side of Americans who feel abused by the establishments on …

Donald Trump

Scientists and environmentalists are bracing for a clash with Trump

Since the election of Donald Trump, few groups have mobilized more quickly to try to influence his future decisions and appointments than scientists and environmentalists, constituencies that fear they could be marginalized once he takes the helm of the federal government in January.<p>Petitions and …

Environmentalism

Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it

Many of his staffers are from an opaque corporate misinformation network. We must understand this if we are to have any hope of fighting back against them<p>Yes, Donald Trump’s politics are incoherent. But those who surround him know just what they want, and his lack of clarity enhances their power. …

Donald Trump

EU set to unveil common defense fund

The European Commission will propose a defense fund to member states to invest in new military projects, according to news reports. Europe's NATO …

Spanish Civil War ruins offer lesson on cost of conflict | Reuters

BELCHITE, Spain (Reuters) - Almost 80 years ago Tomas Ortin fled under the cover of night from his home in the small town of Belchite on Spain’s northern plains to escape with hundreds of others from one of the bloodiest battles of the country’s civil war.<p>The entrance to the ruins of the old …

War

Astronomers Have Discovered One of The Most Massive Objects in The Universe

It was hiding behind the Milky Way.<p>Through the thick fog of our own galaxy, astronomers have spotted an ultimate prize: one of the largest-known …

The War on the Poor: Donald Trump's win opens the door to Paul Ryan's vision for America

Donald Trump has won the White House. But it’s Republicans who have won Congress, and it’s House Speaker Paul Ryan who, in practice, leads those Republicans. And so for all the effort being made to divine what Trump really, truly thinks, the reality is it may matter less than what Ryan thinks — and …

Worried about the NSA under Trump? Here's how to protect yourself

We don’t yet know Trump’s surveillance plans, but follow these guidelines if you think it’s better to be safe than sorry<p>In January 2017, Donald Trump will become President of the United States of America, and the most technologically advanced surveillance infrastructure in the world will start …

Privacy

Elon Musk Thinks Automation Will Lead to a Universal Basic Income

In addition to addressing issues at SpaceX, Elon Musk spent some time during a Friday CNBC interview addressing how automation will impact the job …

Universal Basic Income

Marshawn Lynch re-enacts injury-cart joyride at Cal 10 years later

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Ten years after his famous on-field injury-cart joyride, former California running back Marshawn Lynch recreated the feat …

Seattle Seahawks

What lies beneath: As earth warms, diseases within permafrost become a bigger worry

Scientists are witnessing the theoretical turning into reality: infectious microbes emerging from a deep freeze<p><i>This article was originally published by Scientific American.</i><p>This past summer anthrax killed a 12-year-old boy in a remote part of Siberia. At least 20 other people, also from the Yamal …

Elon Musk: Trump doesn't reflect well on the US

Technically Incorrect: The Tesla founder isn't impressed by the Republican nominee and prefers Hillary Clinton's policies.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Silicon Valley seems divided on the election.<p>In one corner is Peter Thiel and a few …

Tesla

This man built a cutting-edge stealth boat for the US Navy. Then the government tried to put him out of business.

In the summer of 2007, a US Navy carrier strike group of approximately 20 ships was decimated while on patrol in the Middle East. Some 20,000 sailors were killed.<p>The group, comprised of an aircraft carrier, five amphibious ships, and several cruisers, was overwhelmed by a swarm of fast attack boats …

Military

To deal with climate change we need a new financial system

Abolishing debt-based currency isn’t a new idea, but it could hold the secret to ending our economies’ environmentally damaging addiction to growth<p>When it comes to global warming, we know that the real problem is not just fossil fuels – it is the logic of endless growth that is built into our …

Economics

When Trump goes low, Obama goes lower

Barack Obama got some things off his chest on Wednesday afternoon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In a beautiful, rich university – on a field of AstroTurf – he called Donald Trump a risk to the survival of the republic. It’s clear that President Obama is fighting not only for Hillary Clinton but …

Tesla Is Betting On Scarcity, Not Luxury

With products like Solar Roof and Powerwall, Tesla envisions balancing a world with fewer resources.<p>Tesla may have brought the world’s attention to electric cars. But that doesn’t mean its pitch is about the environment the way Toyota’s pitch is with the Prius. Tesla is about the future, barreling …