Matthew Brunner

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Could We Use Magnets To Clear Up Our Space Junk?

<i>Hello! I have no formal knowledge with the technological space industry nor physics for that matter. However, lately I have been researching space debris, and I love how it is a problem the whole world is trying to solve. My question is this; why can’t we consolidate the debris before moving onto a</i> …

Space Exploration

Quantum Gravity Research Could Unearth the True Nature of Time

Theoretical physicists striving to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity into an all-encompassing theory of quantum gravity face what’s …

The Secret Magic of Dividing by Zero

It can be done! With calculus, anything is possible.<p>Never divide by zero. We were all taught this in school, and in most everyday situations, it's good advice. It rarely makes sense to divide anything by zero, and if you try to ask Siri to do it, she will say you have no friends.<p>But why exactly is …

Virtual Reality Exposes A Dangerous Tract Of Booze, Bombs And Tombs In Laos

No one quite knows how this unique Asian landscape originated, but it’s common knowledge you couldn’t go there — the Plain of Jars in Laos. It was first known for deposits of massive stone jars left about 2,000 years ago by people historians haven’t conclusively identified. During the Vietnam War …

MIT Breaks a World Record For Nuclear Fusion

The record was broken on the day the reactor was scheduled to be shut down.<p>Scientists working at MIT's Alcator C-Mod experimental fusion reactor have broken the world record for fusion pressure. This achievement came on the day the reactor was scheduled to be shut down.<p>Nuclear fusion power has long …

Europe's ExoMars 2016 Mars Landing: Complete Coverage

On Oct. 19, 2016, the European Space Agency's ExoMars 2016 mission attempted to land the Schiaparelli module on Mars while its mothership, the Trace …

Here's How Quantum Computing Will Change The World

When the world’s first digital computer was completed in 1946 it opened up new vast new worlds of possibility. Still, early computers were only used for limited applications because they could only be programmed in machine code. It took so long to set up problems that they were only practical for …

Quantum Computing

This theory explains how there could be different dimensions of time

String theory, one of the most complex theories in the scientific community, may also be the "Theory of Everything" — a framework that explains everything in the universe. While still theoretical and highly debated, the mathematics of string theory suggests that there could be multiple dimensions …

Does Quantum Entanglement Mean the Universe Exists in Infinite States?

The behavior of atomic particles has us questioning the very nature of reality.<p>Does the universe exist as a concrete structure if there is no one to observe it? Or, is the cosmos a fluid, infinite amount of possible realities until the moment it is measured? This is one of the subjects of a series …

Tardigrades can live 30 years in a freezer and survive in space, and now we know why

Scientists discover adaptations to life in extreme environments in the tardigrade genome<p>Tardigrades — also known as "water bears" — are microscopic animals that can live through almost anything: 30 years in a freezer, rapid dehydration, boiling and freezing temperatures, massive doses of radiation, …

Everything you need to know about the Large Hadron Collider

Deep under the border of Switzerland and France, a massive ring-shaped installation blasts particles into one another at incredible speeds. …

The Root of Gravity

<b>Q:</b> <i>Are we any closer to understanding the root cause of gravity between objects with mass? Can we use our newly discovered knowledge of the Higgs</i> …

Physics

There won't be anything like Friday's eclipse for another 8 years — here's how to watch

On Friday, Earth's outer shadow will pass over September's full moon, causing it to dim in the night sky. This will be the last eclipse of any kind for 2016.<p>But the star of this eclipse, the full moon, isn't your ordinary full moon. It's a harvest moon: the full moon that falls the closest to the …

A Mysterious Fifth Force Could Be At Work In The Cosmos

Revolutionary, if true<p>Four fundamental forces rule our current knowledge of the physical universe: Gravitation, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. Now, a wild subatomic particle appears, bringing with it the possibility of a fifth force of nature.<p>...Or at least, signs point …

Scientists Discovered a New Type of Fire

When they appear in the wild they can be devastating, but in a controlled environment fire tornadoes are not only mesmerizing to watch, it turns out …

10 of Nikola Tesla's most amazing predictions

As a technology-obsessed culture, we love our tech heroes. The champions of the tech industry are treated like rock stars, and their announcements of …

Engineering

Tesla Gigafactory: a look at Panasonic’s impressive machines for battery cell manufacturing

Tesla has been giving tours of its Gigafactory all week starting with WSJ and NYT exclusives on Monday and followed by an important press tour on Tuesday, but during those events, Tesla and Panasonic blocked access or stopped the media from taking pictures of parts of the plant.<p>Now a group of VIPs …

Tesla

Watch SpaceX Test A Million Pounds Of Reusable Rocket Thrust

This booster's rigorous testing will determine if and how other rockets are reusable<p>There's something really satisfying about watching a 14-story-tall rocket burn a million pounds of thrust standing still.<p>At its Central Texas facility, SpaceX tested the Falcon 9 first-stage rocket booster for …

Everything Is Made Of Waves; Also, Particles

Everything in the universe has both particle and wave nature, at the same time.They’re really just different language describing the same mathematical object.

8 of the world's coolest telescopes that are changing the way that we look at the universe

We went from believing that Earth was the center of a star speckled universe, to being able to observe a seemingly endless number of galaxies full of trillions of stars and planets that stretch back in time billions of years.<p>And as astronomy evolves, so do the instruments we use to peer deeper and …

Meanwhile, in Outer Space

NASA releases more than 1,300 unprocessed images of Juno’s Jupiter approach.<p>If humans paused to marvel at each of the technological miracles that shape our understanding of the universe in 2016, we would be in a constant state of stupefied wonder.<p>Instead, most of us are able to go about our lives …

The Eagle has landed: 11 amazing facts about Apollo 11

Physicists Achieve Atomic Data Storage

A new memory technology could pack the entire Library of Congress into a .1 mm-wide cube.<p>Researchers from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have created a rewritable data-storage device capable of storing information at the level of single atoms representing single bits of …

Entropy Explains How Life Can Come From Randomness

Scientists are scouring the universe for evidence of extraterrestrial life, but have you ever wondered how life began on Earth? Let physicist David …

Five Amazing Facts About NASA's Mission to Jupiter

After five years and 445 million miles, NASA’s Juno mission arrives in orbit around Jupiter on Monday to begin an unprecedented scientific study of …

This 'Hourglass' Liquid Battery Runs on Gravity

Scientists at MIT have designed an ingenious new concept for a battery that operates on the same fundamental principal as an hourglass—it relies on …

Clean Energy

Technology will change where we live

Dan Laufer Contributor<p>Dan Laufer is a co-founder of RentLingo.com.<p>Governor Jerry Brown recently proposed legislation that would streamline the path for large-scale development across California. It could have a huge impact on growing housing supply in San Francisco, specifically, which suffers from …

San Francisco

Google's underwater internet cable connecting US and Japan is about to go live

Back in 2014, Google became one of several companies investing in a $300 million underwater internet cable linking the West Coast of the US to Japan. On Thursday, that cable is going live.<p>Nicknamed "Faster," the 9,000-kilometer (5,600-mile) cable will connect Oregon to the coastal Japanese cities …

San Francisco

This cartoon explains why Elon Musk thinks we’re characters in a computer simulation. He might be right.

Elon Musk thinks it's almost certain that we are living in a computer simulation.<p>In short, we are characters in an advanced version of <i>The Sims</i> — so advanced that it creates, well, us.<p>I understand the instinct to treat the idea as absurd, and to ignore people who suggest these things. It’s what …

Singularity

Is there life after death? Some genes turn on after the body's demise, study finds

‘Is there life after death?’ is a question that has dominated human thinking since time immemorial.<p>But now researchers have discovered that an …