Matthew Thomas

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We Now Know Why Great White Sharks Gather In a Mysterious Ocean Void

One of the ocean’s most tantalizing questions has been answered by an expedition to a remote zone in the middle of the Pacific.<p>Marine biologists have solved a fascinating ocean riddle—the purpose of the “white shark cafe,” a remote spot between Hawaii and Baja California, situated in the Pacific …

White Shark

BShark's hydrogen-powered Narwhal 2 flies for 2 hours, and transmits nearly 20 miles

BShark has moved mountains to bring down the price of its long-range Narwhal 2 drone. Powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, this 6.6-kg (14.5-lb) monster …

Carbon Fiber

Don't Waste Time On A Startup Business Plan -- Do These 5 Things Instead

Traditionally, startup businesses draft a business plan for three specific reasons: to articulate their vision for the business, to document how they plan to solve key challenges, and to pitch their business idea to potential investors.<p>But what if I told you that business plans for startup …

Entrepreneurship

Germany launches world's first hydrogen-powered train

Germany has rolled out the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.<p>Two bright blue Coradia iLint trains, built by French TGV-maker Alstom, on Monday began running a 62 mile …

Environment

Warren Buffett: Every bubble is built on two words

It starts with a “sound premise.” And then the price action takes over.<p>On May 26, 2010, Warren Buffett was interviewed by the Financial Crisis …

Stock Markets

Asteroid mining is almost reality. What to know about the gold rush in space

Mining resources from asteroids may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but — at least if you believe some very smart people — it’s well on its …

Asteroids

How to convince someone global warming is real? Play this game

U.S. news<p>Many people see climate change as too big and daunting a problem to even think about fixing. Others are unconvinced that it's a problem at all. Scientists issue urgent calls to action, but, often, people are unmoved.<p>Now, researchers say they have found one thing that increases motivation …

University of Pennsylvania

Meet The Four-Dimensional Numbers That Led to Modern Algebra

Imagine winding the hour hand of a clock back from 3 o’clock to noon. Mathematicians have long known how to describe this rotation as a simple …

Mathematics

The moon is looking better than ever as a second home for humans

Space rock showers, poison dust, killer radiation next to zero atmosphere—the moon seems inhospitable until you look into its past.<p>Mars is the …

Astronomy

The reality of quantum computing could be just three years away

Quantum computing has moved out of the realm of theoretical physics and into the real world, but its potential and promise are still years away.<p>Onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, a powerhouse in the world of quantum research and a young upstart in the field presented visions for the future of the …

Quantum Computing

‘Ring of Fire’ hit with 70 earthquakes in just 48 hours

Fears are mounting that the catastrophic “Big One” earthquake could rip through California, killing thousands, after 70 quakes rocked the deadly Ring …

Natural Disasters

We Have The Most Precise Reading Yet on How Fast Earth's Magnetic Poles Could Flip

Are we ready?<p>An analysis of a stalagmite from the depths of a cave in China has unveiled clues about an event in Earth's history when its magnetic …

Magnetism

A breakup in the Arctic's strongest sea ice is recorded for the first time ever

The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic zone north of Greenland is splitting in a never-before-seen event. The waters found there are so cold, …

Global Warming

STEVE the Purple Beam of Light Is Not An Aurora After All

STEVE—the name given to strange purple ribbons of light that seem to accompany auroras—is weirder than we thought, a new study suggests.<p>In 2016, …

Astronomy

DaVinci Resolve 15 is a free, Hollywood-grade video editor

Now, there’s not a lot you can’t do.<p>With the latest release of DaVinci Resolve 15, Blackmagic Design has radically made over its editing suite to create one of the best video-editing systems at any price -- even against mainstream options like Premiere Pro CC and Apple's Final Cut Pro X. It now …

China set for North Korea invasion

The Pentagon’s latest annual report on China’s military for the first time reveals contingency plans by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to …

National Security

Are we alone? Tiny spacecraft will head to Alpha Centauri to find out

If the dinosaurs had a giant laser, maybe they'd still be here.<p>S. Pete Worden<p>This is addressing one of humanity's fundamental questions: Are we alone?<p>S. Pete Worden

Space

Water Ice Confirmed on the Surface of the Moon for the 1st Time!

It's official: There's water ice on the surface of the moon.<p>Researchers have confirmed the presence of the frozen stuff on the ground around the …

Astronomy

Yellowstone’s greatest geological threat isn’t a supervolcano. It’s a magnitude-7 earthquake.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – While concerns about a potential eruption of the supervolcano beneath this iconic park may garner the most alarming headlines, a more likely hazard in the coming decades is a large earthquake.<p>“The biggest concern we have for Yellowstone is not with the volcano, …

Germany Has Proven the Modern Automobile Must Die

<i>This story originally appeared on The New Republic and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Germany was supposed to be a model for solving …

Fossil Fuels

How to Show That the Earth Orbits the Sun

One of my favorite classes to teach is Physics for Elementary Education. It's a physics class designed to address the needs of future elementary …

Astronomy

Indonesian police kill dozens in Asian Games 'clean-up'

Police in Jakarta have killed dozens of people as part of an escalating crackdown against petty criminals ahead of the Asian Games, in a campaign Amnesty International has described as “unnecessary and excessive”.<p>Based on monitoring from January to August this year, Amnesty International said 31 …

In Focus: The ancient roman temple which lay under London, undiscovered for over 17 centuries.

The temple of Mithras has been beautifully reinstated by Museum of London Archaeology under Bloomberg and now sits under the Bloomberg SPACE …

Archaeology

'Very Abnormal Behaviour' From Russian Satellite Sparks Fears It May Be a Space Weapon

We know almost nothing about it.<p>High above our heads, there's a mysterious Russian satellite. And the strange way it's acting – according to the US …

Either This Data is Incorrect or These Physicists Just Changed the World

A paper posted to arXiv last month claims to have achieved superconductivity at room temperature, but other physicists say the data may be incorrect.<p>When it comes to applied quantum mechanics, there are two “holy grails” in the field.<p>One is building a large scale quantum computer and the other is …

Quantum Physics

Growers Are Beaming Over The Success Of Lasers To Stave Off Thieving Birds

During every berry-picking season in the Pacific Northwest, blueberry and raspberry growers fight to prevent birds from gobbling up the crop before harvest. This year, some farmers are trying something new to scare away the thieving birds: lasers.<p>Justin Meduri manages a large blueberry farm and …

Business

One Simple Reason Why Touching The Sun Is So Hard

This past weekend, NASA successfully launched the Parker Solar Probe: the first spacecraft that will ever touch, with its own instruments, solar material directly in the vicinity of the Sun itself. It seems paradoxical: how could it be so difficult to collide with the source of 99.8% of the mass in …

Parker Solar Probe

Heavy rains in Kenya reveal a crack that shows Africa will split into two continents

Heavy rains caused havoc in Kenya in March, collapsing hospital walls, flooding entire neighborhoods, and closing off major highways. The downpour also exposed a fault line that geologists now say is evidence that the African continent will split into two over the next tens of millions of years.<p>The …

What Weed Does to Your Brain

Here's what it looks like before, during, and after.<p>In recent years, with the legal status of marijuana shifting, the scientific community has sought …

Screens are killing your eyeballs, and now we know how

The "blue screen of death" is taking on a whole new meaning.<p>Blue light’s rap sheet is growing ever longer. Researchers have connected the high-energy visible light, which emanates from both the sun and your cell phone (and just about every other digital device in our hands and on our bedside …

Blade Runner