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Clocks to read 11:59:60 tonight as time lords add leap second

Software could crash and markets suffer as a leap second is added to world time at midnight tonight<p>Airlines, trading floors and technology companies are braced for chaos today as world timekeepers prepare to add a leap second to global clocks.<p>Immediately before midnight dials will read 11:59:60 as …

Pepper humanoid robots sell out in Japan in just one minute

SoftBank publicly launched its <b>Pepper humanoid robot on Saturday</b>, and 1,000 units sold in just one minute. Each robot costs around $1,600 and a …

A crazy new theory solves 40-year-old mystery about what happens inside of a black hole

What happens once you cross this threshold is a long-standing mystery that the world's leading scientists have been pondering for decades with little headway.<p>Now, a recent paper presented at a conference in Paris this week has proposed a solution by looking at black holes in a completely different …

Physics

New Paper Explains What REALLY Happens if You Touch a Black Hole

They may not be as deadly as we've been led to believe.<p>There’s a common notion that at the edge of every black hole lies a back door to the Universe …

Physics

Pluto at Last

Small, cold, and absurdly far away, Pluto has always been selfish with its secrets. Since its discovery in 1930, the dwarf planet has revolved beyond reach, its frosty surface a blurred mystery that even the most powerful telescopes can’t bring into focus. We know about Pluto. But we don’t really …

There’s Glass on Mars — Here’s Why It’s Important

An impact crater containing deposits of glass could hold clues for understanding life on Mars. Discovered by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the …

Media Industry

Dark Energy Renders 97% Of The Galaxies In Our Observable Universe Permanently Unreachable

When you look out at a star whose light arrives after traveling towards you for 100 years, you’re seeing a star that’s 100 light years away, due to the fact that the speed of light is finite. But when you look out at a galaxy whose light arrives after traveling towards you for a journey of <i>100</i> …

Neutrons

One-Armed Robot Beats Samurai In Sword Competition

Computerized precision for deadly melee arts<p>For thousands of years, nothing on Earth was deadlier with a sword than a human. People have since largely moved on from slicing weapons to firearms and explosives, but the art of swordsmanship remains a squarely human domain. Or at least it did, until …

Robotics

Giant New Galaxy Revealed on the Edge of the Universe

© Flickr/ Hubble Heritage<p>Supernovas Sweep Gas out of Galaxies, Quench Star Formation - Astronomers<p>Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory …

Creating Recordings With More Space And Depth

Recording<p>Sponsored by<br>PreSonus<p>Improve your audio recordings by using several common recording techniques.<p>By Ken Theriot • June 3, 2015<p>One major goal …

The machines that rose to DARPA's robotics challenge

The robot apocalypse has been postponed. At DARPA Robotics Challenge in California, where the world's best and brightest robots came to compete, the machines were far from invincible. They moved at a glacial pace, stumbled and slammed to the ground and lay there motionless until their teams of …

Robotics

Build your own arcade machine this weekend! We’ll show you how

Despite the gaming consoles scattered about the Digital Trends office, a few of us felt like it would be a great idea to introduce our coworkers to …

Raspberry Pi

15 space-themed housewares that bring the universe into your home

The dreamy night sky offers more than just a gorgeous view on a clear night. It's also a source of design inspiration, from its sparkling star …

Big Bang Beam: Large Hadron Collider Restarts After Two-Year Break

Physics

Mixing Bass and Drums with Sound Radix Auto-Align

Read the letter Bill Gates sent to Microsoft employees for the company's 40th anniversary

On April 4th, 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen started a little company named Microsoft. You probably know the story from there: Gates went on to become the wealthiest man in the world, and then gradually pulled back from his company to focus on broad philanthropic efforts through the Bill & Melinda …

Bill Gates

Apple spending $2 billion on two European data centers running on 100 percent renewable energy

Apple has announced plans worth €1.7 billion ($1.93 billion) to construct two new data centers in Europe. Each facility will be run using 100 percent renewable energy and will provide online services such as iTunes, iMessages, and Siri for Apple customers in Europe. The data centers are being built …

Renewable Energy

Stephen Hawking is now an astrophotographer, too

Beautiful deep space images from a brilliant mind<p>Stephen Hawking is widely thought to be the smartest person alive, and he has one hell of a resume to back that up: he's an author, a professor, an expert on black holes. He's even had a feature film made about his life, and hasn't been shy about …

Andromeda Galaxy

The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought

Recent studies show that a little boredom in your day opens up the potential for more creative thinking.<p>Boredom gets a bad rap. Truly amazing ideas and offbeat solutions have often come from endless hours of daydreaming.<p>If space and time is what you need to make unusual connections, then why does …

Creativity

This Is What a Gravitational Lens Looks Like

NASA's just taken the best accidental smiley photo ever. It's galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849, and it's got one hell of a creepy grin.<p>The photo comes …

Will Microsoft's Windows 10 Win With PC Gamers?

After attending Microsoft’s Windows 10 event in Redmond last month, I’ve written a bit about Microsoft’s Windows 10; for consumers, enterprises and on the Surface Hub and HoloLens. Now it’s time to talk about gamers. To this day, Microsoft still internally struggles at the corporate level in what …

Xbox

There's a functional $1 million mech robot for sale on Amazon

<i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i> journalist Brad Stone billed Amazon as "The Everything Store" in his 2013 book about the company. Now, here's irrefutable proof: if you have ¥120,000,000 (about $1,020,000) handy, you can currently buy a rideable mech robot through Amazon Japan.<p>The robot is Kuratas, a passion …

Robotics

How Many Megapixels Does Your Camera Really Need?

<i>Jo Plumridge is a British writer and photographer who specializes in design, travel and comedy pieces. As a photographer, she focuses on portraiture, and, if you’re asking, she will have a cup of tea — black, no sugar.</i> <i>This post was originally published on the</i> <i>Shutterstock blog</i> <i>and has been reprinted</i> …

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The Forest & Seen and Not Seen - Photographs byKen Rosenthal | LensCulture

Ken Rosenthal turns his lens toward the world in a bid to illuminate the ineffable. His work is an ongoing meditation on the principle of “as within, so without,” harnessing the potential of imagery to convey what he terms “internal physical and psychological states.” The ethereal, veil-like …

Forests

By the Silent Line: Photographer Pierre Folk Spent Years Documenting a Vanishing 160-Year-Old Parisian Railway | Colossal

<p>The <i>Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture</i> (French for “little belt railway”) was a 32 km railway that encircled Paris, connecting all the major railway …

Light-Painted Shapes and Long Exposure Landscapes

Photographer Martin Kimbell is quite adept in the handling of light and image-capture technology to generate astonishing pictures. His skill is on …

Geometrica Prints by Marius Roosendaal

Geometrica prints from a series of graphic artworks by Marius Roosendaal.<p>Check out these two new graphic artworks from Marius Roosendaal’s new series …