Erik Gozdieski

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The Puzzle Of Quantum Reality

There's a hole at the heart of quantum physics.<p>It's a deep hole. Yet it's not a hole that prevents the theory from working. Quantum physics is, by any measure, astonishingly successful. It's the theory that underpins nearly all of modern technology, from the silicon chips buried in your phone to …

Quantum Mechanics

FBI arrests CEO of company selling custom BlackBerrys to gangs

Custom, extra-secure BlackBerry phones remain a staple of the criminal underworld, and a recent bust just illustrated this point. <i>Motherboard</i> has learned that the FBI arrested Vincent Ramos, the founder of the well-established phone mod seller Phantom Secure, for allegedly aiding criminal …

New Species of Shark Discovered in Deep Sea

The discovery of the Atlantic sixgill shark teaches us more about sharks as a whole, and could help with future conservation efforts.<p>Sharks are a mysterious, understudied group of animals. Sometimes, our fear of them prevents us from getting too close. Other times, the ocean dwellers are simply out …

Microbes found in one of Earth’s most hostile places, giving hope for life on Mars

A hardy community of bacteria lives in Chile’s Atacama Desert—one of the driest and most inhospitable places on Earth—where it can survive a decade …

Nokia and Vodafone will bring 4G to the Moon

German new-space firm PTScientists has been planning a mission to the Moon for many years now. It has partnered with Audi to produce and deliver two XPrize-winning quattro rovers to the Moon that will explore both the lunar surface and carefully return to the Apollo 17 landing site in 2019. Now the …

World's biggest plane, Stratolaunch, marks another key milestone

The 500,000-pound monster is designed to offer another way into space.<p>Rockets have been the way to get satellites into orbit since the dawn of the space age. But Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen hopes to shake that up with help from the world’s biggest airplane.<p>“Stratolaunch” is a 500,000-pound …

Space Travel

Scientists detect signal from ‘cosmic dawn,’ when stars first lit up the universe

For the first time, scientists have detected a signal from “cosmic dawn” — the moment when the universe's earliest stars emerged.<p>The signal, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, is little more than a blip in the radio echo of that ancient era, as difficult to detect as the wingbeat of a …

Black Holes

The Swiss own millions of guns, but have barely any gun deaths — here's what they do differently from the US

Switzerland is a country of chocolate, cheese, cuckoo clocks, and lots of guns. Right? Not quite.<p>The Swiss have often been touted by the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a standout example of a country with little gun control and a homicide rate near zero.<p>Citizens of the country have even …

Guns

Instagram tests resharing of others’ posts to your Story

Instagram purposefully lacks a “Regram” button to promote original sharing, but it’s easing up on that philosophy when it comes to Stories. Instagram now confirms to TechCrunch that it’s testing an option that lets you share public feed posts from other users to your Story. This could let you add …

Instagram

Netflix Japan has overtaken Netflix US with the biggest content library

Due to a myriad of thorny licensing issues, the selection of Netflix content available to viewers can sometimes vary wildly from country to country. …

Hate your boss? B12 is designing work without (human) managers

Online labor marketplaces have been around since the dawn of the internet. Post a task, select a worker, verify the work, and submit a payment. There are dozens of companies that broker labor services, and the rise of these marketplaces has been a large factor in encouraging as many as a third of …

Computer Science

Turkey’s Worst Day Yet in Syria Offensive: At Least 7 Soldiers Killed

KOBANI, Syria — Turkey’s military suffered its worst day yet in the two-week offensive in Afrin, Syria, when at least seven soldiers were killed and a tank was destroyed in the fighting, official Turkish news outlets reported on Sunday.<p>But the losses may be higher, according to other …

Middle East

Major Banks Ban Buying Bitcoin With Your Credit Card

Most major U.S. credit card issuers have now banned the use of their cards to buy Bitcoin or other digital currencies, in a move intended to decrease …

Cryptocurrency

Russia strikes back after warplane is downed in Syria

A Russian warplane was shot down on Saturday in a rebel-held zone of northern Syria.<p>The pilot reported that he had ejected by parachute, the Russian Defence Ministry said, adding that he was then killed in a fight on the ground with "terrorists".<p>Tharir al-Sham, a jihadist group spearheaded by the …

You Can Store Cryptocurrency in This Wallet

An essential for anyone invested in Bitcoin.<p>Cryptocurrencies embody the future of finance. But traditional banks have yet to catch up to this emerging trend, so storing your hard-earned cryptocurrencies in traditional bank accounts is still a no-go.<p>The slimTECH Cryptolite Cold Storage Wallet solves …

‘Sea Hunter,’ a drone ship with no crew, just joined the U.S. Navy fleet

A prototype autonomous ship known as the Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV) has officially been transferred to the U.S. Navy from …

Military

How Much for That Pepe? Scenes from the First Rare Digital Art Auction

Blockchain technology could reshape the digital-art market for years to come.<p>The first Rare Digital Art Festival, aka Rare AF, aka Rare as Fuck, was held on a cold January Saturday in the offices of Rise New York. The organizers, Kevin Trinh and Tommy Nicholas of the Rare Art Registry Exchange, had …

12 everyday stretches that will help you stay flexible and fit at any age

When it comes to stretching, there are a lot of options to choose from.<p>But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect his or her muscles from injuries?<p>We turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York …

Pain

4 reasons you need a VPN app on your phone

We’re not trying to alarm you here, but PSI: your privacy is under attack. Keep peeping eyes from your browsing history with this handy VPN app.<p>The …

The best movie of every year since 2000, according to critics

Since the turn of the century, the reviews aggregator Metacritic has compiled an annual list of the year's most well-received movies by assigning scores based on their composite critical reception.<p>We selected the top film from each year's list, starting with 2000 and including the best film of 2017.<p>…

Northern Italy

Microsoft and Facebook just laid a 160-terabits-per-second cable 4,100 miles across the Atlantic

Enough bandwidth to stream 71 million HD videos at the same time<p>Microsoft, Facebook, and the telecoms infrastructure company Telxius have announced the completion of the highest capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. The cable is capable of transmitting 160 terabits of data per …

Seafloor

Here's Why Apple's HomePod Will Crush the Amazon Echo and Google Home Over Time

Apple (AAPL) is late to the smart speaker market -- but it can still win.<p>Apple's $400 Siri-powred HomePod smart speaker is set to ship in December, …

Automation

The quantum internet is just a decade away — here's what you need to know

The word "quantum" sounds so advanced and complex that people tend to get hyped up about anything attached to it. While not every quantum breakthrough elicits a positive response, in the case of a so-called quantum internet, people have a reason to be excited.<p>In the simplest of terms, a quantum …

Quantum Computing

The Basis of the Universe May Not Be Energy or Matter but Information

There are lots of theories on what are the basis of the universe is. Some physicists say its subatomic particles. Others believe its energy or even …

Elon Musk Had a Hilarious Response to More Than 60,000 People Canceling Their Tesla Model 3 Orders | Inc.com

The Tesla Model 3, the mass-market electrical vehicle that may completely change the automotive industry, is here--and people are excited.<p>Well, most people, anyway. There are more than a few customers who are also disappointed.<p>About 63,000 people have canceled preorders for the electric car over …

Tesla

Dark energy tests prove science is right about the universe

The results are in: As best we can tell, the universe clumps and expands just how we thought it did. That confirmation comes from the first results of a five-year survey wherein researchers took dark energy into account, observing much more recent cosmic activity than previous methods allowed. The …

Dark Matter

NASA has a job opening for someone to defend Earth from aliens — and it pays a 6-figure salary

US government scientists work hard to protect the public.<p>Some study infectious diseases and effective treatments. Others ensure that drugs, food, vehicles, or consumer products live up to their claims and don't harm anyone.<p>But the concerns at NASA's headquarters are, quite literally, …

Security

SpaceX Just Laid out a Plan to Give Everyone Internet Access

A Worldwide Network<p>The fact that you’re able to read this article means you are one of the more than 3.77 billion people in the world that has access …

Elon Musk

There's new evidence that a 'party drug' is a rapid-fire treatment for depression

Yet for decades, physicians and psychiatrists have been doling out the same treatments to people with depression, even though research suggests they don't work that well for everyone. These treatments typically include a combination of talk therapy and antidepressant medication — two approaches …

Depression

The best alternatives to Adobe Illustrator

Raster vs. vector images<p>A little bit of tech speak is required to establish the fundamental differences between the two main types of graphics …