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Reaching Mars in a few days? It's possible, NASA video says

A new video released by the space agency discusses the possibility of speeding up our missions to other worlds by harnessing the power of lasers.<p>Ever since NASA announced plans to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s and Hollywood got in on the action with "The Martian," the Red Planet has …

Space Travel

Simulated black hole could 'break' general relativity

A strangely-shaped black hole could cause Einstein's theory of relatively to completely "break down", according to new computer simulations.<p>The …

Black Holes

Gravitiational Waves Give Us A New Way To Look At The Universe

Imagine that instead of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars in the sky, all you had ever seen was clouds. Not the puffy white ones silhouetted against a blue sky, but the thick gray, expansive stratus clouds that are the hallmarks of a dreary winter. But unlike the winter clouds that last for weeks or …

CG Art Master Makes Algorithms Look Like Oriental Rugs

The black and white mosaics of John Green, a.k.a., Fleen, are mesmerizing.<p>Polygons on a grid bloom into intricate patterns that resemble hand-woven rugs and Moorish tile patterns in the generative works of John Green, a.k.a., Fleen. Black and white patterns repeat into seeming infinity through an …

Art

This technology is quietly changing everything from smartphones to cars to virtual reality

Project Tango, like similar efforts from Microsoft, Apple, and Intel, is trying to give smartphones and other devices the ability to perceive depth and space the way humans do.<p>That sounds nerdy, but the potential effects of the shift towards depth perception are profound: Get ready for apps that …

Augmented Reality

Geometric GIFs By Erik Söderberg

Swedish cross-media artist Erik Söderberg created a series of geometric GIFs titled ‘Fractal Experience – Part 2‘. The animated looping artworks …

Swiss Researchers solve side-scrolling immersion

Researchers at the ETH Game Technology Center of the Swiss national technical institute in Zürich, have applied their considerable talents to the …

Panoramic Photography

SpaceX landing hailed as giant leap for space travel

When<p>Elon Musk'sSpaceXrocket nailed its historic landing at Florida's Cape Canaveral on Monday night and the enormous dust cloud settled, it was more than an engineering feat hailed around the world.<p>The Falcon 9's landing made deep space travel seem attainable again — not just to aerospace engineers …

Computer scientists suggest new spin on origins of evolvability

Scientists have long observed that species seem to have become increasingly capable of evolving in response to changes in the environment. But …

This trick from a famous physicist can help you learn anything faster

Feynman was not yet the famous physicist he would soon become (as his biographer James Gleick put it, "His Feynman aura...was still strictly local"), so he took his preparation seriously.<p>Feynman drove up to MIT, a campus familiar from his undergraduate years, and a place "where he could be alone." …

Richard Feynman

Nasa's 2016 budget would make it illegal not to land on Europa

Nasa's plans to send humans back to the Moon and possibly even further have received a huge boost after the US Congress decided to fund the space …

Space Exploration

How to use a Raspberry Pi to browse anonymously

Do you use <i>Tor</i> to prevent Big Brother from tracking you online? Although it is pretty straightforward to use, it can be quite a hassle to configure <i>Tor</i> …

Linux

New knowledge about the remarkable properties of black holes

Black holes are surrounded by many mysteries, but now researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, have come up with new groundbreaking …

Computer learns like a human and (sort of) beat the Turing Test

There is a fundamental difference between the way computers learn and the way humans learn. Humans can see one example and intuit what that object or …

Google's Quantum Computer Appears To Be 100 Million Times Faster Than A Conventional One

A recent study revealed that the basic underlying mechanisms of quantum computing – a potentially ultrafast method of computer processing – are …

NASA releases the first batch of its sharpest images of Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons has sent back the first in a series of the sharpest views of Pluto it obtained during its July flyby – and the best close-ups of Pluto that humans may see for decades.<p>NASA’s New Horizons has sent back the first in a series of the sharpest views of Pluto it obtained during its …

Planets

This is what happens when an AI system learns to talk

Linguists and scientists have debated for decades whether humans are born with an innate ability for language, or whether we simply learn it from the examples of parents and peers. A new paper published Nov. 11 in PLOS ONE may hold a clue to the answer.<p>Researchers from the University of Sassari, …

Language Learning

New Telescope to Take First-Ever Black Hole Photo

A group of astronomers are meeting this week to plan out an ambitious and unprecedented project — capturing the first-ever image of a black hole.<p>The …

Black Holes

These Bouncing Droplets Could Help Resolve a 90-Year Mystery of Quantum Mechanics

The drops of silicone oil bobbing in this mesmerizing video do more than create aesthetically satisfying ripples across a slick surface. They could …

Gamer Uses Raspberry Pi Zero to Cram Entire Game Console into Old Xbox Controller

Not many things can be had for five bucks nowadays, much less a full-on single board computer. That notion was recently destroyed last month when Raspberry Pi released their ultra-small model Zero, which sports a single-core 1GHz ARM-11 CPU, Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU, and 512Mb of RAM.<p>While the …

Google is ramping up hiring for its ambitious plan to make 'energy kites'

In the past few months, Google has posted more than 30 Makani job openings ,and a recent posting on the company's LinkedIn page boasts that the team is "growing rapidly."<p>The division has said that its experimental technology can produce 50% more energy with 90% less materials than traditional wind …

Renewable Energy

Why Debbie Harry is music’s ultimate cult style icon

Sometimes, looking at images of Debbie Harry is actually <i>painful</i> she looks that good. With her iconic pout, shock of bleached white hair and revolving, ever-imitated outfit choices, the 70s style queen has always been (and still is) much more than Blondie’s lead singer. First emerging onto the scene …

meet grimes' dark and dreamy protégé, nicole dollanganger

The 23-year-old opening act of Grimes’ Rhinestone Cowgirl tour sounds off on her sickly sweet sounds and why it's important to be open about female sexuality.<p>Between the images of Dolly Parton and decrepit houses that fill Nicole Dollanganger's Tumblr page, there's an <i>Edward Scissorhands</i> screenshot. …

Music Videos

Li-Fi: 100 times faster than Wi-Fi, tests prove

Li-Fi, a super-fast alternative to Wi-Fi, has been proven capable of sending data at up to 1GBps in real-world tests.<p>At that speed, 100-times faster than current Wi-Fi technologies, a high-definition film could be downloaded in a matter of seconds.<p>In a pilot scheme carried of by Estonian start-up …

14 Rare Photos Of Albert Einstein That You've Probably Never Seen Before

It's the 100th anniversary of Einstein's general theory of relativity, and a new book reveals little-known pictures of the great physicist.<p>It's one of a set of rare photos that have been released to BuzzFeed by the Albert Einstein Archive and Princeton University Press, to coincide with the 100th …

Einstein’s First Proof

On November 26, 1949, Albert Einstein published an essay in the <b>Saturday Review of Literature</b> in which he described two pivotal moments in his childhood. The first involved a compass that his father showed him when he was four or five. Einstein recalled his sense of wonderment that the needle always …

Quantum computing breakthrough: Engineers manage to write quantum code to silicon chip

Engineers have been able to successfully write the quantum version of a computer code to a silicon chip for the very first time – a breakthrough that …

Attackers can hijack an Android phone just by convincing you to click on a link to an infected website

Another day, another hole in smartphone security.<p>Security researcher Guang Gong recently discovered an exploit in Android phones that allows for an attacker to gain control of a person's phone if they click on a link to a website containing malicious code, The Register reports. The attacker then …

Android Phones