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Ask Ethan: How Large Is The Entire, Unobservable Universe?

13.8 billion years ago, the Big Bang occurred. The Universe was filled with matter, antimatter, radiation, and existed in an ultra-hot, ultra-dense, but expanding-and-cooling state. By today, the volume containing our observable Universe has expanded to be 46 billion light years in radius, with the …

Dark Matter

Preparing Learners for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Do you like change? If you do, then living in the present is an exhilarating experience. For those who don’t, buckle up as we are only going to see …

The universe could end the same way it started — with a big bang

The world could end as abruptly as it began, warn experts.<p>All it would theoretically take is for a fundamental particle — the Higgs boson — to become …

'2001: A Space Odyssey' Turns 50: Why Haven't Humans Been to Jupiter Yet?

It was 50 years ago yesterday (April 2) that a sentient computer called HAL wreaked havoc on a crewed spaceship on its way to Jupiter. The fictional …

We'll Never Know For Sure How Everything Began

Roughly 13.8 billion years ago, the Universe as we know it expanded from an infinitely hot and dense singularity in space and time, first in a …

Here's a Simple Explanation of Stephen Hawking's Greatest Contribution to Science

He really was a genius.<p>Mathematical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking was best known for his work exploring the relationship between black …

Black Holes

Amazon is buying up old shopping malls

But the latest company news regarding a fulfillment center caught my attention as the project will be built on land where a former shopping mall once stood. Let's find out why this former mall site is so complementary to the company's expansion plans.<p>Amazon posted 25% year-over-year revenue growth …

Send Your Name to Mars Aboard NASA's InSight Lander!

Want to send your name to Mars? NASA is offering another chance to do so.<p>When the InSight lander launches to the Red Planet next year, it will …

Automation, Artificial Intelligence to make many IT jobs obsolete over next 5 years, says survey

The Information Technology has never had it so bad as it has since a year ago when job cuts and summary dismissals have been the order of the day. No …

No, Facebook Did Not Panic and Shut Down an AI Program That Was Getting Dangerously Smart

In recent weeks, a story about experimental Facebook machine learning research has been circulating with increasingly panicky, Skynet-esque headlines.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

World’s tiniest spacecraft is headed for the stars

The smallest ever spacecraft has been put into orbit in what may be the first step towards the stars.<p>Breakthrough Starshot is a plan to send man-made …

Stephen Hawking

Facebook kills AI that invented its own language because English was slow

Some wonderful things are in development because of advances made in artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. At the same time, …

Elon Musk just told a group of America’s governors that we need to regulate AI before it’s too late

Musk is terrified of an AI takeover.<p>Elon Musk doesn’t scare easily — he wants to send people to Mars and believes that all cars will be driving themselves in the next 10 years. He’s excited about it!<p>But there <i>is</i> something that really scares Musk: Artificial Intelligence, and the idea of software and …

Quantum entanglement, science’s ‘spookiest’ phenomenon, achieved in space

By Sarah Kaplan<p>Sarah Kaplan<p>Reporter for Speaking of Science<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Imagine you are a photon, a packet of light. You are a tiny blip of energy, hurtling through the universe on your own. But you have a twin, another photon to whom you have been intimately connected since the day you were …

Quantum Physics

Is American Retail at a Historic Tipping Point?

Along the cobblestone streets of SoHo, Chanel handbags and Arc’teryx jackets are displayed in shops like museum pieces, harking back to the height of the neighborhood’s trendiness. But rents there are softening, and the number of vacant storefronts is rising.<p>Today, some of the most sought-after …

eCommerce

Astronomers may have taken the first photo of a black hole

Wait, is that even possible?<p>The Event Horizon Telescope project's astronomers can now breathe a sigh of relief. They finally managed to observe Sagittarius A* for five sleepless nights after switching on the array on April 4th. In other words, the team might have taken the first picture of a black …

Black Holes

SpaceX Rocket Could Be 100-Percent Reusable by 2018, Elon Musk Says

SpaceX could begin launching completely reusable Falcon 9 rockets by the end of next year, company founder and CEO Elon Musk said.<p>On March 30, a …

Postepic is an app for elegantly sharing book quotes

It’s fair to say the smartphone camera has become the digital tool of most use, rendering the average person’s camera roll essentially a memory buffer where carefully composed photographs rub up against snaps of receipts, funny stuff you saw on the street and fancied sharing with friends, and, …

Google DeepMind open sources Sonnet so you can build neural networks in TensorFlow even quicker

Google’s DeepMind announced today that it was open sourcing Sonnet, its object-oriented neural network library. Sonnet doesn’t replace TensorFlow, it’s simply a higher-level library that meshes well with DeepMind’s internal best-practices for research.<p>Specifically, DeepMind says in its blog post …

An MIT professor explains why we are still a long ways off from solving one of the biggest problems with self-driving cars

The Trolley problem goes like this: a runaway trolley is barreling toward five people on a track who cannot move. But you have the option to pull a lever and send it to a side track where you see one person standing. What would you do?<p>But as Rahwan puts it, the Trolley problem gets thornier when …

If You Want To Know How Technology Will Affect Your Work, Look at These 3 Long-Term Trends

We now need to hire, manage and train for new skills, such as empathy and social sensitivity<p>Work used to be pretty simple. You got up in the morning, did your job and came home at the end of the day. Most people spent their whole career doing pretty much the same thing for the same employer. They …

The rise of Snapchat from a sexting app by Stanford frat bros to a $31 billion public company

In Snapchat's case, it wasn't two ousted cofounders (the Winklevoss twins) against Mark Zuckerberg. But still, it featured the backdrop of an elite university — Stanford versus Harvard — and ended up in litigation, with Snapchat cofounders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy against Reggie Brown.<p>At stake …

New Theory About Dark Energy Breaks Law of Conservation of Energy

Dark energy (not to be confused with dark matter) is the stuff that let’s scientists know the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate. Although …

A star will graze our solar system in a million years

Gliese 710 could cause cometary havoc when it comes within 0.2 light years of Earth.<p>In just over a million years, Earth inhabitants will get a closer look at a star than they might want. Gliese 710 is currently a safe 64 light years away, but scientists discovered in 1999 that the sun-like star was …

Space

5 Scientific Myths You Probably Believe About The Universe

The Universe is a vast, mysterious place, encompassing everything we’ve ever known, observed or could ever hope to come into contact with. For millennia, a look up at the sky — our window into the cosmos beyond our world — was met with wonder, awe, and a fascination with the unknown. Thanks to all …

NASA is helping Stephen Hawking get a tiny ship to Alpha Centauri

Researchers need to keep radiation from frying the 134 million mph "StarChip."<p>NASA is helping Stephen Hawking and Russian venture capitalist Yuri Milner with the monumental task of getting a tiny probe to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to Earth. Project Starshot aims to propel a …

Stephen Hawking

Photonic Propulsion Could Be Our Ticket To The Stars

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

This Genius Map Explains How Everything in Physics Fits Together

From space-time to chaos theory.<p>Physics is a huge, complex field. It also happens to be one of the most fascinating, dealing with everything from …

Physics

New elements complete seventh row of the periodic table

Officials have approved the names of four new elements. The new additions are named after a country, three cities and a scientist.<p>Top scientists …

Hopscotch, An iPad App That Helps Kids Learn To Code, Raises $1.2M

There are lots of systems clamouring to help educate the next generation of coders. One of them, New York-based startup Hopscotch, closed a $1.2 million seed funding round last August which it’s just announcing today, in conjunction with the release of v2.0 of its app.<p>The seed funding came from …