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Scientists Found A Supermassive Black Hole The Size Of 17 Billion Suns

In April of 2016, scientists uncovered a supermassive black hole that is the size of 17 billion suns. And they found it residing in an unlikely place.<p>…

Black Holes

6 Science-Backed Tips to Impress Everyone You Meet

We've all been there. Sitting across from someone we admire, crippled with anxiety because we don't want to do or say the wrong thing, and knowing …

DARPA funds 30 KW X4 liquid piston engine that is 90 times lighter...

DARPA has awarded LiquidPiston Inc. $2.5 million to continue development of a new, patented, high-efficiency, lighter-weight rotary engine. …

Ask Ethan: What’s the deal with the speed of light? (Synopsis)

“Each ray of light moves in the coordinate system ‘at rest’ with the definite, constant velocity V independent of whether this ray of light is …

Anti-ageing breakthrough: Reprogramming the body could extend lifespan, say scientists

Scientists say they have successfully increased the lifespan of mice by reprogramming their body’s cells using a technique that suggests the ageing …

LIGO Black Hole Echoes Hint at General Relativity Breakdown

It was hailed as an elegant confirmation of Einstein’s general theory of relativity — but ironically the discovery of gravitational waves earlier …

Gravitational waves discovery wins Breakthrough of the Year award

The <i>Physics World</i> Breakthrough of the Year has been awarded to the Ligo team for its discovery of gravitational waves.<p>Gravitational waves are ripples …

LIGO black hole echoes hint at general-relativity breakdown

It was hailed as an elegant confirmation of Einstein’s general theory of relativity — but ironically the discovery of gravitational waves earlier …

Physics

Early-Season Pipe Goes Off w. Mason Ho and Fam

<b>It took quite a while, but we finally have an edit from Pipe’s early-season dream session.</b><p>Friday night was like something out of a fairytale on …

Lost and Found with “the Most Wondrous Map Ever Produced”

The year Melinda and I started our foundation, President Bill Clinton convened in the White House some of the world’s great scientists to announce a …

Genetics

Why dolphins are losing sleep off the coast of Hawaii

Pods of playful Hawaiian spinner dolphins are popular with tourists along the western shore of Hawaii’s Big Island. But noise from sightseeing boats …

Quantum Gravity’s Time Problem

The effort to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity means reconciling totally different notions of time.<p>Theoretical physicists striving to …

Quantum Mechanics

Inside Darpa's Plan to Make Old Aircraft Autonomous With Robot Arms

There's a reason Tesla and its competitors use the term “autopilot” for their semi-autonomous cars: Aviation is way ahead of the auto industry when …

S. Korea succeeds in mass production of nuclear fusion breeder material

DAEJEON, Aug 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's state-run laboratory said Wednesday that it has successfully developed a technology for the mass production …

Nuclear Energy

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Nvidia Releases Xavier Chip with 20 Trillion Operations per Second

Nvidia launches the world’s first AI supercomputer chip.<p>Moore’s law has been on the decline lately. As components get smaller, quantum mechanical …

China’s Already Tested CRISPR on A Human, and the U.S. Is Next

You probably know about CRISPR-Cas9. It’s the recently developed method for genetic engineering that’s brought costs down by 99%, and the time it …

Ask Ethan: When A Photon Gets Redshifted, Where Does The Energy Go?

If energy is always conserved, then what “gains” the energy that photons lose as the Universe expands?<p><i>“…in every kind of chemical change no loss of</i> …

University of California

In its year-end issue, the journal Science chose the CRISPR genome-editing technology invented at UC Berkeley 2015’s Breakthrough of the Year.<p>A runner-up in 2012 and 2013, the technology now revolutionizing genetic research and gene therapy “broke away from the pack, revealing its true power in a …

The best artificial surfing wave ever created is hidden in Central California

By Matt McFarland<p>Kelly Slater dropped a bomb on the surfing world Friday. In a four-minute video the pro surfer revealed the prototype of an artificial wave pool, boasting a near perfect wave over 100 miles from the coast.<p>“This is head and shoulders over what people have seen before,” said Dave …

Aquatic Sports

Scientists genetically modified a mosquito that causes 90% of malaria deaths, and it could be a game changer

In the new study, scientists in London modified the insects' genome to make females sterile, which should cause a malaria-carrying population of mosquitoes to crash. Last month, a group at the University of California announced that inserted DNA gave mosquitoes the ability to block the malaria …

Public Health

The HondaJet's Brand-New Engine Is Finally Approved For Flight

Honda Aircraft recently debuted their first production HondaJet, and the over-the-wing aircraft design is anticipated to revolutionize the light jet …

Test racetrack dipole magnet produces record 16 tesla field

A new world record has been broken by the CERN magnet group when their racetrack test magnet produced a 16.2 tesla (16.2T) peak field – nearly twice …

The Shrinking Proton: Particle Is Smaller Than Thought

How many protons can dance on the head of a pin? The answer is nowhere near as straightforward as one may think — and it might offer new insights …

Physics

How to draw a map

This tutorial covers my entire process for how to draw a map – from start to finish. In this case I’m illustrating a simple town map, but the steps …

Seeing Photons in a New Light

If I asked you to picture a photon, an electromagnetic wave, I’d expect the image that popped into your head to look something like the one below, …

Bombarding San Francisco With Lasers to Create a Perfect 3-D Map

On an early weekend morning in December, a single truck will trek down San Francisco's storied Market Street in the dark. From the Ferry …