Erick G. Balladares

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Physicist Brian Greene clearly, joyfully explains gravitational waves to Stephen Colbert, and us

If you have Brian Greene as your teacher, count yourself lucky. The Columbia professor of physics and mathematics was Stephen Colbert's guest on …

Stephen Colbert

There's an unsettling reason why we know about the gigantic fireball that no one ever saw

This fireball likely exploded with the energy equivalent to 13,000 tons of TNT, but it did so over the Atlantic Ocean more than 600 miles away from the nearest inhabited region.<p>So, if no one saw or heard this enormous explosion — which, to date, is the largest since the Chelyabinsk meteor rampaged …

The (Still) Mysterious Physics of Riding a Bike

A new study comes closer to cracking the code.<p>Science nearly has bicycles figured out. Researchers have a good grasp on why bikes can balance by themselves, and are getting better at keeping them standing up in bike share stations. What’s less understood, says Stephen Cain, a researcher at the …

Scientists Studied How Our Brains Would React to Teleportation

Neuroscientists offer some surprising results about how the brain finds its way around.<p>Teleportation turns out to be an easy thing to simulate, neurologically speaking. The rhythmic brain patterns that appear in real-world spatial navigation reappear as subjects navigate virtualized environments on …

Scientists have estimated that the universe won’t end for at least 2.8 billion years

But exactly how and when that will happen is a more of a gray area, and it's not something we've really had to worry about, with current predictions putting any such event tens of billions of years in the future — long after our Sun burns out.<p>But what if our current predictions are wrong?<p>A team of …

Universe

NASA just released an incredible photo of Pluto’s frozen canyons

This time around, we get to see in detail some canyons on the surface, further evidence of tectonic activity on the dwarf planet billions of years ago.<p>The image, taken from a distance of 33,900 kilometers (21,100 miles), shows the north polar region of Pluto, with the North Pole labeled in the …

2016 February 26 - The Tarantula Nebula

<b>The Tarantula Nebula</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Processing - Robert Gendler, Roberto Colombari<br>Data - Hubble Tarantula Treasury, European Southern …

Cosmology

All Eyes: Spectacular images of Earth from Scott Kelly's year in space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly was launched to the International Space Station on March 27, 2015. When he returns to Earth next week, he will have spent …

Google's latest AI doesn't need geotags to figure out a photo's location

The new deep-learning program churns through millions of photos to determine the best match.<p>Google's latest deep-learning program can figure out where a photo was taken just by looking at it. The program, called PlaNet, was trained to recognize locations based on details in a photo by looking at …

Is this the future of work? Scientists predict which jobs will still be open to humans in 2035

Australian science agency CSIRO says workplaces will be increasingly digitally focused and automated. Who wants to be an ‘online chaperone’?<p>Workers looking for jobs in 2035 might consider retraining as remote-controlled vehicle operators or online chaperones.<p>Those are two of the jobs of the future …

Artificial Intelligence