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Small-scale solar power is changing lives and disrupting traditional models

Solar power is becoming an increasingly important part of the planet's energy mix. In 2016, solar photovoltaic grew faster than any other fuel, with …

Renewable Energy

America's dark underbelly: I watched the rise of white nationalism

Journalist Vegas Tenold spent six years among some of America’s most extreme white supremacists, and discovered a people who believe the white race is under threat and the enemy is everywhere<p>Q&A with the author: My six years covering white supremacy<p>It was almost 3am, and Matthew Heimbach and I were …

Rights & Freedoms

Anarchist hacker Amir Taaki says bitcoin’s boom means it’s on the verge of a collapse

Amir Taaki is notorious in the bitcoin world for his radical political beliefs and technical skills—which is saying something in a culture that has spawned a cast of infamous characters, like the cryptocurrency magnate “Bitcoin Jesus” or the rapper CoinDaddy.<p>Taaki, 29, an influential bitcoin voice …

Bitcoin

You thought quantum mechanics was confusing? Check out entangled time

Entanglement is the inability to describe two quantum systems or particles independently, after they have interacted.<p>In the summer of 1935, the …

Quantum Mechanics

Ozone hole’s repair belies thinning of planet’s ultraviolet shield closer to equator

Thirty years after nations banded together to phase out chemicals that destroy stratospheric ozone, the gaping hole in the earth’s ultraviolet (UV) …

Climate Change

Phishing attacks: How hunting down fake websites is making life harder for hackers

A new approach to phishing URLs and scam emails is helping to reduce the window of opportunity for cyber-attackers -- but the fight isn't over</i> …

Cybersecurity

X.509 metadata can carry information through the firewall

<b>Video</b> Certificate exchange used as a side-channel before the certs get to workA security researcher, who last year demonstrated that X.509 …

Information Security

Pentagon Readies ‘Father of All Bombs’ for Use Against North Korea

Last April, the US military detonated the “mother of all bombs”—a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), with 18,000 pounds of explosives—over …

North Korea

How to Watch SpaceX's Momentous Falcon Heavy Launch

SpaceX’s big day is almost here. On Tuesday, the firm will launch its Falcon Heavy rocket — billed as the “world’s most powerful rocket” — for the …

Space Exploration

99+ Photos That Will Show You The Cultures of the World

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their people from different cultures photos in the Cultures Of The World Photo contest with chances to …

Wildlife

Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Silicon Valley technologists who were early employees at Facebook and Google, alarmed over the ill effects of social networks and smartphones, are banding together to challenge the companies they helped build.<p>The cohort is creating a union of concerned experts called the …

Chamath Palihapitiya

The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy

After decades of heavy slog with no promise of success, quantum computing is suddenly buzzing with almost feverish excitement and activity. Nearly …

Quantum Computing

Here's your first look at the most detailed simulation of the cosmos ever made

Illustris: The Next Generation<p>The largest simulation of the cosmos ever run has boldly taken us where we have never gone before: the formation of the …

Dark Matter

Uniview's Virtual Tour to the Edge of the Known Universe Is Terrifying

Travel safely, space nerds.<p>As the universe is unimaginably expansive and constantly growing, there’s pretty much no chance we everyday Earthlings …

Astronomy

Astrophysicists Have Built The Most Detailed Simulation of The Universe Ever Created

1 billion light years in a supercomputer.<p>Saying our Universe is a big place is a bit of an understatement. And with recent advances in our …

Astrophysics

Researchers observe electrons zipping around in crystals

The end of the silicon age has begun. As computer chips approach the physical limits of miniaturization and power-hungry processors drive up energy …

Nanotech

New laser emits a more stable, energy-efficient light beam

A new type of laser could emit more stable, energy-efficient light beams than its conventional counterparts.

Quantum Mechanics

Whales can mimic human speech, and you have to hear it to believe it

We’ve known for some time that orca whales are incredibly intelligent creatures, capable of advanced social behaviors and coordinated hunting …

Air Pollution

Synchronized Galactic Orbit Challenges Our Best Theory of How the Universe Works

Scientists thought the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies were unique: They’ve got rings of smaller dwarf galaxies orbiting in what seems to be a …

Astrophysics

18 giant infrastructure projects that could reshape the world

The world is full of unfathomably huge projects happening right under our noses.<p>Take the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, which will link three major …

China

Scientists Have Figured Out Why Human Skin Doesn't Leak

Despite us losing 500 million skin cells per day.<p>Our skin might give us grief sometimes, but one thing we can always depend on it to do is not start …

Skin Care

Jeff Bezos' First Big Charitable Gift Is Diabolically Clever

Amazon founder's donation to TheDream.us carries a big message.<p>As the richest man in the world, and the world's only $100 billionaire, Jeff Bezos' philanthropy (or lack thereof) has come under a lot of scrutiny. This past summer, after <i>The New York Times</i> asked him if he had any philanthropic plans, …

Jeff Bezos

China’s breathtaking transformation into a scientific superpower

The National Science Foundation and the National Science Board have just released their biennial “Science & Engineering Indicators,” a voluminous document describing the state of American technology. There are facts and figures on research and development, innovation and engineers. But the report’s …

China

Outrageously quick Milidelta robot moves too fast for your brain to comprehend

There is a new machine on the block that is so small you might just look over it. Developed by engineers at Harvard University, the Millidelta looks …

Robotics

This tiny robot moves so fast on camera it’s just a blur

It makes up to 75 motions a second and could be used to correct surgeons’ hand tremors during operations<p>Researchers at Harvard have created a new robot that’s the smallest, fastest, and most precise of its kind. It’s called the milliDelta, and can move so quickly — up to 75 motions a second — that …

A Secret Hacking Group Is Using Android Malware to Spy on Thousands of People in 21 Countries, Research Finds

A shadowy hacking campaign has been operating out of a Beirut building owned by the Lebanese General Directorate of General Security for the last six …

Nanorobots just got a lot faster

Scientists can now precisely control a nanobot 100,000 times faster than ever before. Their new technique could be used to make 3D-printed custom …

We've Entered a New Era of Quantum Computing

Quantum computing might be nascent, but recent advancements have brought us into a new age. And every new era needs a name. So when future computing …

A former Facebook VP says social media is destroying society. And he's right.

Feedback Loop<p>Speaking at a recent event at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Chamath Palihapitiya – a former vice president for user growth …

Some apps were listening to you through the smartphone’s mic, says report

There may be a reason why that ol’ “Facebook is listening to you talk” conspiracy theory refuses to die – and not just because Facebook’s ad technology has gotten so good, it’s downright creepy. As it turns out, some apps are <i>actually</i> listening. Well, kind of! According to a recent report from The …