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Elon Musk shared the first images of SpaceX satellites that could change the internet

The first pieces of a radical plan to bathe Earth with high-speed internet access just launched into space.<p>SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, piggybacked two experimental spacecraft onto a rocket that deployed a Spanish radar satellite into orbit.<p>Officially known as Microsat-2a and …

Space Travel

You can teach yourself to read an entire book in a single day

There’s no better superfood for your brain than a book.<p>Reading is the best way to rapidly gain a deep, and broad understanding of a topic or discipline.<p>You can read an entire book every day, but it will cost you. It’s a massive goal and can be unreasonable, but it works for me.<p>I am selective about …

Books

TS Eliot's The Waste Land remains one of the finest reflections on mental illness ever written

The poet’s modernist masterpiece gathered fragments of an arduous life, some of which can be traced to a seafront shelter in Margate<p>In 1921, having taken time off from his job at Lloyds Bank for what would now be called depression, TS Eliot spent three weeks convalescing in Margate. It was the …

Literature

Why Conspiracy Theorists Are Obsessed With CERN

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, was established in 1954 in Switzerland by 12 member states. Since then, it's swelled to 22 …

This project aims to “de-flatten” digital publishing by matching the best content with premium ads

Can an algorithm sift through piles of content to deliver top advertising dollars to top quality journalism?<p>The News Quality Scoring Project is relying on some humans and, well, an algorithm to separate “commodity news” from “value-added news” in an attempt to connect high quality content with …

Planet Nine Could Be Our Solar System's Missing 'Super Earth'

Planet Nine is out there, and astronomers are determined to find it, according to a new statement from NASA. In fact, mounting evidence suggests it's …

Newly discovered black hole may be the first of its kind ever detected

A Monstrous Marauder<p>Japanese astronomers have found evidence that an intermediate-mass black hole (IMBH) with 100,000 times the mass of our Sun is …

Vladimir Putin warns world faces 'global catastrophe' over North Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the escalating crisis over North Korea's weapons program risks developing into a "global catastrophe" with mass casualties.<p>But Putin, speaking in China on Tuesday, cautioned against "military hysteria" and said that the only way to resolve the …

North Korea

Experiment reveals evidence for a previously unseen behaviour of light

Beams of light do not, generally speaking, bounce off each other like snooker balls. But at the high energies in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN they have just been observed doing exactly that<p>Light is useful, versatile and perplexing. We see with it - that is, we make sense of our surroundings …

Physics

Massive black hole discovered near heart of the Milky Way

Astronomers find evidence of enormous black hole one hundred thousand times more massive than the sun in a gas cloud near the galaxy’s centre<p>An enormous black hole one hundred thousand times more massive than the sun has been found hiding in a toxic gas cloud wafting around near the heart of the …

Universe

Astronomers discover an ancient exploding star after a 30-year search

What seemed to be a new star blazed into existence on March 11, 1437. The galactic newcomer was witnessed by Korean royal astronomers, among the few people taking notes about the stars in the early 15th century. They recorded the spot in the night sky and reported that 14 days later, the flare …

Universe

World's Leading Physicist Says Quantum Computers Are "Tools of Destruction, Not Creation"

Weapon of Mass Disruption<p>Quantum Computers are heralded as the next step in the evolution of data processing. The future of this technology promises …

A Quantum Theory of Consciousness

Some of you may have already heard of the so-called “quantum theory of consciousness.” I’ve encountered different versions of it over the years. It presents a method of integrating traditional religious views of the “soul,” the “afterlife,” and the possibility of “other realms of existence” with …

Is Time Travel Possible, According To Science?

Forwards? Absolutely. Backwards? Perhaps. Becoming your own grandpa? Only if you’re Philip J. Fry…<p>Have you ever dreamed of traveling through time? …

Fuji X-Pro2: why it became our street and wedding game-changer

Wedding and Street photographers Dominique and Liam Shaw of York Place Studios have become well known for shooting mould-breaking street-inspired, …

How to Remove People from Your Photos Using Photoshop

The worst part about taking photos of monuments and city streets is that you always get cars and people blocking the architecture behind them. It can …

Tutorials

Metz M400 vs Nissin i60A vs i40 – Flash comparison for mirrorless cameras

As the popularity of compact interchangeable lens camera systems has grown over the years, many people have started looking for smaller accessories …

Today's photo lesson: electronic vs. mechanical shutters

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>A couple of days ago I wrote about the mystery of why my camera refuses to let me …

Elon Musk: The world's population is accelerating toward collapse and nobody cares

Elon Musk usually tweets about mundane topics, from LA traffic to Tesla projects. On Thursday he was more dire.<p>"The world's population is …

Tesla

The beautiful way stars form out of clumps of gas is visualised for the first time

It may look like an abstract shape from a fuzzy space photograph, but a graph published today reveals a fresh insight into a process necessary for …

Cosmology

Dark matter theory triumphs in sweeping new study

When a phenomenon moves from “empirical correlation” to “theoretically explained,” that’s one of the biggest deals in science!<p><i>“Space and time may</i> …

New Particle Discovery Reignites Decade-Old Physics Controversy

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland have discovered an exciting new particle—or rather, an exciting combination of particles. It …

It's not the science of tax, and five other things you should know about taxonomy

Earlier this year, a Canadian scientist named a new moth species <i>Neopalpa donaldtrumpi</i> (read that name out loud for full effect). It’s an insect with …

100 Billion Failed Stars May Be Hiding in the Milky Way

Brown dwarfs, or failed stars that resemble rogue planets, are far more abundant than astronomers previously thought. A whopping 100 billion of the …

Physicists find new particle with a double dose of charm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have found an extra charming new subatomic particle that they hope will help further explain a key force that binds …

Physics

Kilogram to be redefined as scientists 'revolutionise' measurement of mass

If John Pratt were an international criminal mastermind, he would fly to Paris, don an all-black suit and ski mask and sneak into the elegant French …

Physics

Gravitational Lensing Of A White Dwarf Ends A Decades-Old Debate

In 1919 Arthur Eddington traveled to the island of Principe off the coast of West Africa to photograph a total eclipse. Mission was to observe the apparent shift of nearby stars by the Sun’s gravity. His experiment was a success, and it verified Einstein’s gravitational theory of general …

Universe

Observing electrons surfing waves of light on graphene

Researchers have studied how light can be used to observe the quantum nature of an electronic material. They captured light in graphene and slowed it …

Nanotech

A Star That Vanished Before Astronomers’ Eyes Could Mark The First Time The Birth Of A Black Hole Has Been Directly Witnessed

Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole. It took the combined power of the Large Binocular Telescope …