Michele McAlister

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Astronomers Have Accidentally Taken a Direct Photo of a Possible Baby Exoplanet

600 light-years away!<p>Sometimes the most amazing discoveries can happen just by chance. Case in point: an international team of astronomers …

Universe

Scotland-Sized "Dead Zone" in Arabian Sea Is a "Disaster Waiting to Happen"

Scientists say the situation is worse than they originally feared.<p>In the Gulf of Oman, the water is still. But tranquility isn’t always a positive …

Arabian Sea

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Earth Science

Neanderthals were capable of ‘turbo breathing’, according to new study of their facial features

Since Neanderthals were recognised as a separate human species a century and a half ago their distinctive facial features have been a point of puzzlement and fascination.<p>Their wide noses, prominent brow ridge and jutting-out faces have prompted a number of theories as to what caused their evolution.<p>…

Apple is moving on from Intel because Intel isn’t moving anywhere

Apple’s abandonment of Intel chips is inevitable<p>A report from <i>Bloomberg</i> this week has made public something that should already have been apparent to tech industry observers: Apple is planning to replace Intel processors in Mac computers with its own chips starting sometime around 2020. The two …

Supersonic Flight Prepares for Takeoff (Again)

It has been 15 years since the Concorde was grounded and commercial flight slowed to subsonic rates. But a new wave of aviation startups is gunning to break the sound barrier as soon as 2023<p>The first commercial supersonic era, from 1969 to 2003, had some well-documented issues. There was the tragic …

Aviation

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones [Updated]

Maybe check your data archive to see if Facebook’s algorithms know who you called.<p><b>[Update, March 25, 2018, 20:24 Eastern Time]: Facebook has</b> …

Privacy

‘A grand illusion’: seven days that shattered Facebook’s facade

Revelations about the depths of Facebook’s failure to protect our data have finally pulled back the curtain, observers say<p>Cambridge Analytica scandal: the biggest revelations so far<p>“Dumb fucks.” That’s how Mark Zuckerberg described users of Facebook for trusting him with their personal data back in …

Privacy

Facebook: is it time we all deleted our accounts?

The Cambridge Analytica revelations may be the final nudge we need to turn away from the social network. And it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to big tech harvesting private information<p>Sorry to break it to you, but you are probably a “dumb fuck”. This is according to statements by a …

Social Media

Ancient Humans Had Sex With More Than Just Neanderthals, Study Shows

There's another mysterious species in our ancestry.<p>We rarely portray Neanderthals, our close relatives, as telegenic. Museum exhibits give them wild …

Elon Musk explains why he launched a car toward Mars — and the reasons are much bigger than his ego

Over the weekend, the SpaceX founder Elon Musk expanded on his rationale for launching a car toward Mars last month.<p>After Musk said in December that he'd launch his cherry-red Tesla Roadster to the red planet, many people did not believe him. But the tech billionaire delivered.<p>On February 6, SpaceX …

Elon Musk

Stephen Hawking, Who Bridged Science and Popular Culture, Dies at Age 76

Brilliant physicist developed theories of black holes, faced physical challenges and provided inspiration<p>...

Stephen Hawking

20,000 Scientists Have Now Signed 'Warning to Humanity'

A chilling research paper warning about the fate of humanity has received 4,500 additional signatures and endorsements from scientists since it was …

NASA astronaut who spent a year in space now has different DNA from his twin

Space travel is dangerous for a lot of very obvious reasons — traveling off of Earth on a rocket has its risks, after all — but even when everything …

There's only one good name for the next iPhone

No more numbers, no more upgrade treadmills: When Apple launches its new lineup of iPhones, there's only one thing it should call them, and that …

North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists

The sun won’t rise at the North Pole until March 20, and it’s normally close to the coldest time of year, but an extraordinary and possibly historic thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this weekend. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an …

Global Warming

5 Worst Fattening Foods That You Should Never Eat

Unfortunately, some of the best-tasting foods are worst for your health. This is no secret.<p>But do you really know how bad these foods really are?<p>When …

BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram over messaging

The once-powerful phone pioneer says Facebook has infringed its intellectual property, without providing details.<p>BlackBerry's tired of waiting for Facebook's friend request. So it sued.<p>The Canadian business software provider and former phone giant sued the world's largest social network in a Los …

BlackBerry

Water on The Moon Has a Surprising Quality, According to This New Study

And there's so much of it!<p>Recently, scientists discovered that there is an enormous quantity of water on the Moon, hiding beneath the surface.<p>Since …

Samsung mocks the iPhone X notch & Face ID during Galaxy S9 unveil

As 9to5Google has been reporting all day, Samsung today officially unveiled its new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship. The devices tout dual aperture cameras, curved displays, and more. As you would expect, however, Samsung was sure to take some jabs at Apple during its (very unenthusiastic) …

Facebook has a giant, Europe-sized legal problem

Europe continues to be a giant pain in Facebook's app.<p>Germany and France this week both hammered Facebook for its data practices, though in different …

Privacy

Astronomers image 40-light-year-wide space donut

The supermassive black holes lurking at the centers of galaxies have been known to chow down on anything unlucky enough to pass too close, but the …

Elon Musk is launching a Tesla into space – here's how SpaceX will do it

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is scheduled for launch on February 6, and the entire space industry is watching with anticipation.<p>What is so …

Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando were lovers, Pryor's widow confirms

Jennifer Lee Pryor, who was twice married to the comedian, corroborates claims by music producer Quincy Jones, noting that ‘it was the 70s’ and ‘drugs were still good’<p>Quincy Jones said what? Star interviews that got us all talking<p>The widow of Richard Pryor has confirmed a claim by music producer …

Marlon Brando

Huge Water Reserves Found All Over Mars

New NASA images show layers of ice peeking out of eroded cliffs—a potential boon for future humans on the red planet.<p>At sites across the midsection of Mars, scientists have found layers of water ice buried mere feet beneath the red planet’s surface. The discovery adds crucial detail to Mars’s …

Lake Superior

World’s largest plastics plant rings alarm bells on Texas coast

Communities fear impact on environment, as fossil fuel companies target region in multi-billion dollar push to increase global plastic production<p>Donald Trump’s state visit to Saudi Arabia in May will perhaps be best remembered by his participation in an all-male sword dance where he awkwardly waved …

Gulf Coast

Apple confirms iPhones with older batteries will take hits in performance

It makes sense, but the company could have been a bit more transparent<p>Reddit users have noticed that Apple appears to be slowing down old iPhones that have low-capacity batteries. While many iPhone users have experienced perceived slowdowns due to iOS updates over the years, it appears that there’s …

Mobile Technology

Humans probably won't ever live forever — and new genetic discoveries might explain why

There's a limit to the human lifespan and physical abilities, and a multidisciplinary team of researchers say that we may have already reached this threshold. Sadly, it's one that we may not be able to exceed. Indeed, signs point to a plateau in maximum genetic and biological limits for a person's …

Genetics

Comcast changed its website and net neutrality fans may not like it

So it begins. The Federal Communications Commission voted on Dec. 14 to repeal the net neutrality rules that prevent US telecoms from blocking, slowing, or charging more for certain content. Those protections are gone. What’s left is an assurance that the Federal Trade Commission will enforce the …

Net Neutrality