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Scientists calculate how big a black hole can get.

Black holes are everywhere in the Universe. A typical galaxy might have <i>millions</i> of stellar-mass black holes, ones created when a massive star …

This doomsday clock tells you when Japan's sex problem will cause the country to go extinct

Mark 16 August, 3766 on your calendar.<p>According to a countdown clock put together by researchers at Tohoku University, that's the date Japan's …

Did a UFO Sabotage the SpaceX Falcon 9 Test?

OK, not <i>that</i> sort of UFO, but Elon Musk, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Air Force Public Affairs Agency, and NASA have together “not ruled …

Do Aliens Exist? Yes, The Universe Is Full Of Life, NASA Astronaut Says

A former NASA astronaut and commander aboard the International Space Station who has logged nearly 230 days in space says it's arrogant for humans to …

Imam and his assistant shot dead in New York as local Muslims accuse Donald Trump of stoking Islamophobia

An Imam and his assistant have been killed by a gunman in New York as they walked home from Saturday afternoon prayers.<p>The killing of the two men in the borough of Queens was denounced as a hate crime, with local members of the Islamic community blaming Donald Trump, accusing him of stoking …

Meet Niku, the Weird Object Beyond Neptune That Nobody Can Figure Out

Something strange is happening at the outer reaches of the solar system.<p>An object beyond the orbit of Neptune is acting oddly, violating the traditional rules of orbit, and scientists can't quite explain it yet. The trans-Neptunian object, or TNO, has been nicknamed Niku, a Chinese word for …

Astronomy

Easy questions that computers are terrible at answering

The way artificial intelligence is progressing, you might think that a robot takeover of the human race is right around the corner. Artificial brains can now drive cars, do legal research, recognize faces, and beat the best human players at games like Go. Prominent technologists keep warning that …

Culture Clash: When Violence Against Women Is Accepted, Lawful And Expected

Last New Year's Eve it was reported that 2000 men sexually assaulted 1200 women in Cologne, Germany. Immediately, politicians and pundits jumped to make the connection between the rash of violence against women and the influx of refugees. And each time another incident takes place, the battle …

Feminism

Forget the squalling baby; Trump's comments about China on Tuesday were the worse tantrum

The big news takeaway from Donald Trump's rally Tuesday in Ashburn, Va., was that he got irritated by a crying baby and ordered the tot and its mother out of the hall.<p>This was sadly typical of the tendency of the Trump campaign press — and let's face it, the rest of us — to be distracted by the …

Scientists are peering millions of years back in time to get an inside look at one of the most violent processes in the universe

The supernova, known as SN 1987A, occurred in a neighboring galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud.<p>It was the result of the core of a massive star collapsing under its own gravity, resulting in a stellar explosion that could be seen from Earth.<p>Since the supernova was first spotted in the sky, …

Universe

A New Implementation of Shor's Algorithm Brings Quantum Hacking Closer

Using less qubits for the same computation means larger, faster quantum computing.<p>Much of the disruptive force of quantum computing can be reduced to a single and relatively old idea: Shor's algorithm. Devised in 1994 by MIT mathematician Peter Shor, the algorithm is designed to find the prime …

Hafiz Patel, influential British Muslim leader, dies at 92

<b>Hafiz Patel, one of the most influential Muslim leaders in Britain, has died. He was reported to be 92.</b><p>Mr Patel was the leader in Britain and Europe of Tablighi Jamaat, a global Islamic missionary movement that encourages Muslims to be more religiously observant.<p>Huge crowds of mourners attended his …