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The 10 Best Places to Live in America (Some Will Surprise You)

U.S. News & World Report ranked the most livable cities in the U.S. across a wide range of variables.<p>What are the best places in the United States to live and work? Every year, <i>U.S. News & World Report</i> sets out to answer that question, ranking the 125 most populous metropolitan areas in the nation …

Earth - The strange fate of a person falling into a black hole

<i>This was the most-read story on BBC Earth in 2015. Here is another chance to read it.</i><p>It could happen to anyone. Maybe you're out trying to find a new habitable planet for the human race, or maybe you're just on a long walk and you slip. Whatever the circumstances, at some point we all find …

Black Holes

A Teen Finally Makes Relativity and Reference Frames Understandable

A student’s award-winning explanation of relativity and reference frames is the best one yet.<br>Read More

Physics

AI, cognitive realities and quantum futures – IBM’s Head of Cognitive Solutions explains

Doctor John Kelly, Head of Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research, on AI, cognitive potential and the responsibilities of data stewardship in the …

Cognitive Computing

Scientists Discover That Everything Is Energy and Information

What else can we do in the face of what scientists have discovered about reality? It’s unbelievable! Fantastic! And it is quite clearly showing that …

These are the 5 things you must do before Dreamforce, the 170,000-person tech conference taking over San Francisco next week

Dreamforce is Salesforce's massive tech conference that practically shuts down the city of San Francisco for the better part of a week and it will begin soon: November 6 to 9.<p>The streets of San Francisco will be packed with the 170,000 attendees eager to learn about tech and enjoy an onslaught of …

New satellite photos reveal the California wildfire's shocking damage from space

Flames have consumed more than 170,000 acres of land, killed at least 23 people, destroyed thousands of homes, and forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate. Napa and Sonoma counties — the heart of California wine country— are especially hard-hit.<p>Officials have yet to determine the origin of …

Northern California

North Korea’s hydrogen-bomb test statement, edited to be jargon free and easily understood

<i>The following statement was provided by North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Institute. We have edited it to be in plain English and added footnotes for more scientific details on the processes involved.</i><p><b>Nuclear</b> scientists<p>in the nuclear fieldof the <b>Democratic People’s Republic of Korea</b> (DPRK) successfully …

North Korea

How Can a Cat Survive a High-Rise Fall? Physics!

Sometimes a cat will fall out of a window or balcony—a byproduct, no doubt, of a cat doing cat things. If you have a house cat, your feline's …

The Strange Physics Google, IBM, And Others Are Banking On To Change Computing

Quantum computing has long lingered somewhere between reality and fantasy. Whatever the facts, the underlying science is very real and very weird.<p>In early July, Google announced that it will expand its commercially available cloud computing services to include quantum computing. A similar service …

Which Bluetooth Wireless Headphones Should I Buy?

We round up the best wireless headphones, earphones and earbuds, to suit a wide range of budgets. From our favourite Bluetooth sports buds for …

Consumer Tech

Airpod Alternatives: What Are The Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds?

Apple’s AirPods and Google’s Pixel Buds offer true wireless audio, with two disconnected earbuds that slip into your ears and stream music from your …

Google's quantum computing push opens new front in cloud battle

For years, Google has poured time and money into one of the most ambitious dreams of modern technology: building a working quantum computer. Now the …

Quantum Cryptography System Breaks Daylight Distance Record

New 53-kilometer record for quantum cryptography through the air could enable a 24/7 space-based quantum Internet Illustration: Nature …

China's 'future-proof' crypto: We talk to firm behind crazy quantum key distribution network

Should we believe the hype? And why drop so much $$?Two hundred local government employees across the capital of China's eastern Shandong province …

Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing Is Coming for Your Data

<b>The news that disturbed my digital life</b> came two years ago in a snail mail letter strewn with phrases like “malicious cyber intrusion” and “identity …

A Tour Inside IBM's New Bluemix Garage

We got a look at IBM's newly opened Bluemix Garage in SoHo, with tech demos on blockchain, Watson, machine learning, IBM's new Z Server, and …

Quantum Computing Would Make Today’s Encryption Obsolete

Quantum computing offers processing power so vast it may soon make today’s supercomputers look as crude as 1980s PCs. There’s a downside—the …

Quantum Computing

What Is Artificial Intelligence, Really?

In popular media, "Artificial Intelligence" is by turns godlike, monstrous, uncannily human and a hoax; it inspires both awe and deep suspicion - …

Duke Neuroscientist: Brain Augmentation Will Allow Us to Make a New Kind of Human

Believe The Hype?<p>Brain augmentation is a hot topic; from nootropics, to brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), and even implants designed to restore …

The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain–And Why You Should Have One Today

Studies of napping have shown improvement in cognitive function, creative thinking, and memory performance. Ready, set . . . snooze.<p>I’m a big fan of afternoon naps.<p>In fact, I was super excited when I joined Buffer to hear that the team is pro-napping. It’s not every day you come across a company …

Machine learning is already a part of your life, you just don’t know it yet

If you were born in the 80s or 90s, then there’s a good chance the idea of machine learning conjures images of Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator. It sounds like a far future concept that may be synonymous with AI and ‘the rise of the machines’.<p>But as it happens, the rise has actually <i>already</i> …

Machine Learning

Beware the Hype of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has made great strides in the past few years, but it’s also generated much hype over its current capabilities.<p>That’s one …

How Far Will Blockchain Technology Go?

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari said recently that blockchain technology has more potential for being adopted in the future …

Blockchain

We Can Use Existing Telecom Infrastructure for Quantum Communications

Using common protocols and materials, new research demonstrates the feasibility of using existing telecom infrastructure to create a secure quantum communications network.<p>On Friday, an international team of researchers led by David Christle at the University of Chicago published research that …

What Is Space? - Issue 49: The Absurd

Ask a group of physicists and philosophers to define “space” and you will likely be stuck in a long discussion that involves deep-sounding but …

Physics

Comparing Blockchain to Quantum Entanglement (Zohar Hod)

Quantum Entanglement is a physical phenomenon which occurs when pairs or groups of particles (photon...

Blockchain

How Does Earth Move Through Space? Now We Know, On Every Scale

Ask a scientist for our cosmic address, and you’ll get quite a mouthful. Here we are, on planet Earth, which spins on its axis and revolves around the Sun, which orbits in an ellipse around the center of the Milky Way, which is being pulled towards Andromeda within our local group, which is being …

Universe

If Time Freezes At The Edge Of A Black Hole, Could Someone Theoretically Live Forever?

<i>If time freezes at the edge of a black hole, does that mean that you could live forever if you could overcome the gravity? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Viktor T. Toth, IT pro,</b> …

Black Holes

The World Is Too Complicated for Donald Trump to Be President, Theoretical Physics Suggests

An emerging branch of complex systems mathematics suggests in cold, analytical terms that Donald Trump is not smart enough to be president.<p>Many political observers have coalesced around a prevailing theory that they say explains Donald Trump's early struggles. Put simply, they say he's too dumb to …

Donald Trump