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Astronomers say they’ve found the biggest structure in the universe and they named it the BOSS

By Sarah Kaplan<p>, Reporter<p>The BOSS is big. Really big. <i>Yuuuuuge</i>.<p>So big that when a star is born on one side of the BOSS, it takes a billion years for the light to reach the other side.<p>So big that comparing the BOSS to the next biggest thing like it is like comparing Andre the Giant to your 3-year-old …

Universe

On the Red Couch with Chess Grandmaster Vinay Bhat

<i>For Vinay Bhat, chess was child’s play. Introduced to the game by his mother at the age of six, Bhat would become the youngest chessmaster in chess history within four short years. By 15, he was the youngest International Master in U.S. history, a title that stays with Bhat for life.</i><p><i>Today the</i> …

Board Games

Pakistan’s army is building an arsenal of ”tiny” nuclear weapons—and it’s going to backfire

Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear arsenal and, within the next five to ten years, it is likely to double that of India, and exceed those of France, the United Kingdom, and China. Only the arsenals of the United States and Russia will be larger.<p>In recent years, Pakistan has boasted of …

Pakistan

Neil DeGrasse Tyson's best quotes may make you fall in love with science all over again

But deGrasse Tyson also has a serious side, which he reveals time and again in his books, shows, Twitter page, and popular science articles.<p>Often, deGrasse Tyson's humor strikes a serious chord that not only makes us laugh but also think. As a popular science educator, deGrasse Tyson is out to …

Physics

Students In India Held A Massive Celebration to Honor Bill Gates On His Birthday

Philip Amidal<p>Lakeside School/Microsoft<p>Lakeside School<p>The Microsoft Archives<p>Barry Wong—Seattle Times<p>Microsoft/AP<p>Doug Wilson—Time & Life Pictures/AP

What ‘Back to the Future II’ got right about tech in 2015

On Oct. 21, a teenager from Hill Valley, CA, will arrive in our time in a flying car, to save his family. He will use our hoverboards and our portable garbage-powered nuclear reactors, and will be there to witness the Cubs wining the World Series over Miami. OK—maybe <i>Back to the Future Part II</i> is …

Robots

New Horizons scientists publish the first scientific study of Pluto

Three months after finally meeting the dwarf planet, what have they learned?<p>The New Horizons team has released the first research paper based on early findings from the spacecraft's flyby of Pluto. The results, authored by the team and led by principal investigator Alan Stern, were published today …

Microsoft lab predicts a working quantum computer within 10 years

The quantum speedup may be closer than we think. According to a new paper lead-authored by researchers at Microsoft's quantum lab, a working quantum device could arrive within the next 10 years. "Recent improvements in control of quantum systems make it seem feasible to finally build a quantum …

The Curiosity Mars rover could tap into the greatest mystery behind liquid water on Mars, but there's a big problem

These water flows are related to unique features on Mars called recurring slope linae (RSL) — identified in the photo to the right — that pop up in a handful of locations near and along the Martian equator.<p>As it turns out, the Curiosity rover is within driving distance of a mountain called Mount …

Science

Stephen Hawking talks technology, AI and more in his first Reddit AMA

Stephen Hawking, genius that he is, is just like us. He finds <i>The Big Bang Theory</i> hilarious, and his favorite song ever written is Rod Stewart's "Have …

How to find life on Mars

Photograph: Nasa<p>A view of Echus Chasma, one of the largest regions on Mars with evidence of water.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/16506b5854abdcc4de87449aa11d8adfd6a37219/176_171_613_368/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Nasa/EPA<p>This picture (detail shown), released by Nasa in 2000, was the first image …

Black hole rethink after 11-year cosmic search fails to detect gravitational waves

Pluto at Dusk: Spectacular, and Spookily Earthlike

There’s a world near the solar system’s fringe that, in many ways, is more Earthlike than anyone could have imagined. Here, frosted glaciers slowly drain moisture from icy mountains that tower over smooth, lowland basins. Overhead, the sky is filled with haze – lots and lots of it, carved into …

Real Martians Moment: Toronto International Film Festival

Microsoft offers way to opt out of automatic Windows 10 updates

Last week, Microsoft announced that Windows 10, once installed, will automatically update by default, with users having no option to stop buggy …

Microsoft’s flagship Windows phones: The details are falling into place

Leaked information about Microsoft’s upcoming flagship Windows phones has been showing up this summer, but some new information today fills in some important gaps.<p>Microsoft is working on a pair of phones — right now codenamed Cityman and Talkman — that will showcase Windows 10 and set expectations …

Mobile Technology

Windows doesn't matter to the new Microsoft

The history of the company is dotted with stories about innovative, game-changing technologies (an early ebook reader, a pre-iPad tablet) that were killed from up above because Microsoft was concerned that it would eat into the Windows-on-computers business.<p>Now, as we look forward to the launch of …

Windows 10

Here's a one stop shop for creating animated text GIFs

Want to get your meme on with a slab of text? (I cannot believe I wrote that, may the gods of my ancestors forgive me.) Here’s a cool new option:<p>Slate, which is racing up Product Hunt’s rankings today and got the seal of approval from Product Hunt godfather Ryan Hoover, is a single page that lets …

GIF Animations

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Why Windows Phone has a future

Microsoft may have just shut down most of its handset manufacturing business — but Windows Phone is far from dead, according to CEO Satya Nadella.<p>In …