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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 …

Physics

'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 …

Astronomy

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 …

Dark Matter

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 …

Physics

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 …

eCommerce

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 - Firstpost

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 …

Artificial Intelligence

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>…

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 …

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

Stopping a Skynet scenario before it begins.<p>Some wonderful things are in development because of advances made in artificial intelligence and machine …

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 …

Artificial Intelligence

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

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 born. No matter what distance separates you, be it the width of a lab bench or …

Quantum Mechanics

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 …

Real Estate

Astronomers may have taken the first photo of a black hole

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 hole ever. There were nights …

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 …

Space Travel

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, …

Apps

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 …

Deep Learning

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 …

Autonomous Cars

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

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 were judged by their skill, diligence and seniority and, at the end of it all, they looked …

Innovation

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 …

Social Media

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 …

Physics

A star will graze our solar system in a million years

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 barreling directly toward us at around 32,000 mph. We've known for awhile that it …

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 …

Physics

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

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 lightweight silicon "StarChip" to one-fifth the speed of light by hitting it with lasers …

Photonic Propulsion Could Be Our Ticket To The Stars

Right now, the Voyager I spacecraft is hurtling through space at 35,000 miles per hour. That sounds fast, until you consider that it only recently …

Space Travel

This Genius Map Explains How Everything in Physics Is Connected

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 …

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 …

Periodic Table

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 …

AI is Disrupting These 4 Industries

Westworld's AI world might not be science fiction.<p>If you needed any clarification that Artificial Intelligence is on everyone's mind, you need only tune into HBO's new buzzed-about series Westworld.<p>But AI is quickly making its move from the futuristic and fictional to the realm of reality with many …

Artificial Intelligence