Malcolm Marcus

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Why Russia, Assad, and Iran combined don't stand a chance against just 2,000 US troops in Syria

Since the US-led effort against the Islamic State has reclaimed almost all of the terrorist group's territory in Syria, 2,000 or so US forces remain in control of the country's rich oil fields.<p>And though Russia, Syria's government forces, and Iran's militias all oppose that remaining US presence, …

Middle East

How to Clone a Photo by Shredding It

Here’s a curious little 43-second video by Japanese artist Kensuke Koike that’s going viral. Titled “Top Breeder,” it shows how you can duplicate a …

Scientists have FINALLY worked out where mysterious alien asteroid Oumuamua came from

At the end of last year, an interstellar asteroid called Oumuamua flew through our solar system sparking fears that it was an alien spaceship.<p>Now, a …

Stephen Hawking's 'breathtaking' final multiverse theory completed two weeks before he died

A final theory explaining how mankind might detect parallel universes was completed by Stephen Hawking shortly before he died, it has emerged.<p>Colleagues have revealed the renowned theoretical physicist’s final academic work was to set out the groundbreaking mathematics needed for a spacecraft to …

Elon Musk’s ‘Big F**king Rocket’ Is a Big F**ing Deal

SpaceX’s new spaceship changes the whole game of deep space voyaging by making it much simpler. This could be just the beginning of the New Space Age.<p>…

Raspberry Pi Model B+ arrives just in time for Pi Day 2018

It’s March 14, which means it’s Pi Day for math appreciators everywhere (I appreciate math, I just don’t understand it). To mark the occasion, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has a brand new version of its diminutive, affordable computer for DIY computing enthusiasts, the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model …

Startup wants to upload your brain to the cloud, but has to kill you to do it

A US startup is promising to upload customers’ brains to the cloud using a pioneering technique it has trialled on rabbits.<p>The only catch, according to the company’s cofounder? The process is “100% fatal”.<p>Nectome, founded in 2016 by a pair of MIT AI researchers, hopes to offer a commercial …

InterAct

This pint-size $168 audio system packs a wallop

Dayton Audio’s surprisingly affordable system dishes out very decent sound quality.<p>Dayton Audio's $30 per pair B652 speaker has long been one of my favorite budget speakers, so now I'm pleased to report Dayton's new DTA-2.1BT integrated amplifier is also a honey. Firstly because it sounds nice, …

Audiophile

This asteroid will pass closer than the moon on Friday

And you can watch the passage of near-Earth asteroid 2018 DV1, live, on March 2.<p>Near-Earth asteroid 2018 DV1 will have an extremely close encounter …

17 Winning Photos From National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Missing Planet Earth 2 already? This will help.<p>Featuring three categories: Animal Portraits, Landscape, Action, and Environmental Issues, the <i>National Geographic</i> Nature Photographer of the Year covers some of the most incredible images from around the world.<p>Scroll through the gallery to see a …

Photography

36 Completely Stellar Gifts For Space Lovers

Houston, we want them all.

Marta Bevacqua Photography

Sensual images captured by Paris based photographer Marta Bevacqua.Marta Bevacqua is an Italian photographer who currently lives in Paris, France. …

Photography

The F-35 and the US's newest carrier are getting ready to dominate the seas

The F-35B proved it can perform its short takeoffs with a variety of weapons loadouts, some of which can be asymmetrical. These tests had been done on land before, but carrier takeoffs are a different beast.<p>"There is no way to recreate the conditions that come with being out to sea," than going out …

You can now add data overlays to your GoPro footage

But it won't be easy<p>GoPro revealed its new Hero 5 Black camera in September, but the camera has apparently been hiding a trick up its sleeve since then. The company announced this week that it will start letting users take the data from the sensors inside the Hero 5 Black and overlay it on top of …

A bigger splash: readers' photos on the theme of water

For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of water via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites<p>Share your photos on this week’s theme ‘crisp’ by clicking the button below

Framing

First to-scale Solar System model built in seven miles of desert

The universe, as Douglas Adams so memorably explained, is big. <i>Really</i> big.<p>But so are the things inside it -- even objects like the Solar System, which …

Are Those Really Alien Megastructures? How Astronomers Plan To Investigate

There's something weird happening around a faraway star.<p>Skywatchers have noticed something "bizarre" in the data from the planet-hunting Kepler telescope. Located 1,480 light-years away, a star named KIC 8462852 has something big circling around it, and it's not a planet.<p>Usually when a planet …

Universe

A helicopter caught this epic footage of SpaceX's rocket landing

On Monday, the aerospace company SpaceX made history by launching its most powerful rocket to date and then landing the first stage of that rocket back on the ground for reuse.<p>SpaceX has been working toward this moment for years, and they weren't about to miss the action. They filmed it with …

Sunday's Lunar Eclipse Has Got It All

Maybe you've become inured to all the superlatives that get attached to sky-watching events. But the one on Sunday really is worth a look — it's the first total eclipse that's also a supermoon and a blood moon in more than three decades.<p>As Space.com explains: "Supermoons occur when the moon reaches …

Astronomy

11 images that capture the incredible vastness of space

1) The sun is incomprehensibly huge<p>We all know the sun is big. But this image, part of a great series on the size of astronomical objects by John Brady, underscores that it's vast on a scale that's simply impossible for our puny human minds to understand. We think of the Earth as a big place: …

The Center Of The Milky Way Is Beyond Strange

The deeper astronomers look into the dark heart of the Milky Way, the more bizarre surprises we seem to find at the center of our galaxy. A new study using observations from space telescopes attempts to explain the odd behavior of a magnetar circling the supermassive black hole at the nucleus of …

Universe

If the universe is 13.8 billion years old, how can it be larger than 13.8 billion light years across? (Advanced)

Well, the answer is general relativity. I take it that you're starting out in SR. Special relativity is "special," because it is a special case of …

Bluetooth Smart Pen 2.0 Hits Kickstarter (video)

Building on the success of their first Bluetooth Smart Pen Mimoto Tech have once again taken to Kickstarter to raise the $30,000 they require to take …

Gear & Gadgets

SpaceX Plans Satellite Network For Global Internet Coverage

Of the few thousand satellites that have been launched into space by humankind since the first — Sputnik I by Russia — in October 1957, just over …

Space station caught eclipsing supermoon

The moon is as big and bright as the International Space Station is small and fast, but that didn't stop one ambitious photographer from capturing both.<p>Night-sky watchers this week have been gawking at an extra-supermoon that's the biggest and brightest seen in several decades. It's also the second …

Astronomy

SEC approves 'Hubble Telescope' for securities markets | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission voted on Tuesday to approve a massive stock and options trading database, prompted by the 2010 “flash crash,” aimed at helping regulators police the increasingly fast, fragmented and complex markets.<p>The U.S. Securities and Exchange …

Stock Markets

In Southwest China, A 'Very Large Eyeball' Peers Into Deep Space

In the year 1054, Chinese astronomers of the Song Dynasty recorded a star in the sky so bright that it was visible to the naked eye even during daytime for several weeks.<p>China was the world's leading scientific power at that time. But its people also saw astronomical events as omens of earthly …

Universe