Steven Brunwasser

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A Naked Black Hole Is Streaking Across the Universe

Black holes are mysterious cosmic monsters, shrouded in a thick veil of gas and dust. They lurk in the heart of galaxies, waiting to gobble up stars …

Universe

Dwarf Planets Aren’t Big News, Because Astronomy Is Doing a Great Job

Last week, astronomers announced the discovery of DeeDee, a possible dwarf planet. That name—dwarf planet—means it is like Pluto: Massive enough to …

‘Prey’ Lays Out Its Insane Alternate History In A New Trailer

<i>Prey</i> looks to be a fun, creepy survival horror shooter, coming next year, but aside from an unnerving trailer it’s not really clear why precisely you’re trapped on a luxury space station with a bunch of gross shape-shifting aliens. Fortunately, a new trailer has arrived to explain why the …

FACT CHECK: 1912 Newspaper Article Anticipates Anthropogenic Global Warming

CLAIM<p>A 14 August 1912 article from a New Zealand newspaper contains a brief story about how burning coal might produce future warming by adding …

Theranos and the Dark Side of Storytelling

Humanity’s strange, ardent love affair with story has always fascinated me. To explore our enthrallment and explain the science behind it, I wrote a book – <i>The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human</i>. The book appealed to a predictable audience of English literature types as well as avid …

Theranos

5 Ways to Deal With a Psychopath

I know what some people are thinking: <i>I’m never going to deal with psychopaths. This is just more sensational clickbait junk.</i><p>Wrong. The experts are …

Psychology

New Horizons Spacecraft Is Approaching a Mysterious Red Object

NASA’s New Horizons space probe is currently speeding towards a mysterious Kuiper Belt Object known as MU69. Recent observations of the distant …

Solar System

Here Are 10 Movies To Catch At The 2016 NewFest LGBT Film Festival

You really don't want to miss these.<p>Starting Thursday, film fans will get an opportunity to experience many aspects of queer life around the world from the comfort of a Manhattan movie theater.<p>2016’s NewFest, New York’s annual LGBT film festival, begins Oct. 20 with what organizers are calling “the …

These AI Traffic Lights Could Shorten Your Commute

Pittsburgh is installing traffic lights controlled by artificial intelligence, and they could be coming to your city soon.<p>Your commute could get a lot shorter without you even knowing thanks to traffic lights with artificial intelligence brains inside.<p>Over the past couple years, a startup named …

Microsoft’s speech recognition is now just as accurate as humans

Robots are now just as good at transcribing speech as humans.<p>According to a paper published yesterday, a team of Microsoft engineers in the Artificial Intelligence and Research division reported their system reached a word error rate (WER) of 5.9 percent, a figure that is roughly equal to that of …

Inside 'Pegasus,' the impossible-to-detect software that hacks your iPhone

Built by a shadowy company called NSO Group, the software called "Pegasus" — discovered after being used against a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates — forced Apple to issue a critical software update on Thursday to protect its users worldwide.<p>Updating iOS to the current 9.3.5 …

Black Hole Collision Will Unleash Energy Equaling 20,000 Supernovae

10,000 years into the future, mankind will witness what may be the most spectacular devastation in our entire existence. Proven to be inevitable, two …

Black Holes

3 Ways Grindr Has Ruined Everything About Dating In The Gay Community

I am a queer single male in NYC. You would think dating would be easy because there are thousands of queer guys all around me.<p>Well, if you think …

Relationships

Newly discovered multicomponent virus is the first of its kind to infect animals

For the first time, a multicomponent virus—which contains different segments of genetic material in separate particles, rather than a single strand …

Biology

Orlando Hospitals Announce They Won't Charge Pulse Nightclub Massacre Victims

Wow.<p>Two hospitals in the Orlando, Florida, area who treated victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre announced Wednesday that they would not bill victims of the mass shooting for the medical expenses incurred following the attack.<p>A total of 49 people, most of them queer people of color, died and an …

Apple's iOS 'Failure Rate' Is Higher Than Android's For First Time

Apple’s iOS devices like iPhones and iPads crashed twice as often in the second quarter compared to the previous one, new data shows.<p>Fifty-eight …

Arguments against JSON-driven development

I don't have to explain how popular JSON is. There are very few projects that don't need to work with JSON, even when they are not related to network …

There's an Earth-Like Planet Orbiting Our Nearest Star

It might be the closest home for life outside our solar system.<p>Astronomers just discovered the closest possible Earth-like planet outside our solar system. It orbits our closest neighboring star, Proxima Centauri. The planet is warm enough for liquid water, is almost certainly rocky and terrestrial …

This galaxy is made of 99.99% dark matter

About 85 percent of the mass of the universe consists of mysterious stuff known as dark matter, but a galaxy called Dragonfly 44 appears to be even …

Dark Matter

Biden's remark on Japan Constitution raises eyebrows

TOKYO (AP) — A recent remark by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that America wrote Japan's Constitution is raising some eyebrows in Japan.<p>A popular front-page column in the national Asahi newspaper said this week that the comment "was unprecedented in its insensitivity" and "could even be considered …

Japan

Why You Really Need to Download Apple's Latest Security Fix

Apple patched a software flaw that, until Thursday afternoon, offered a way for hackers to install powerful spyware on iPhones, and turn them into …

Lost Nasa spacecraft breaks silence after 22 months

Persistence pays off after messages finally get through to drifting solar observatory<p>A lost Nasa spacecraft “phoned home” after 22 months of silence this week. Stereo-B (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) is a twin to Stereo-A, and together they have been studying the Sun since 2006.<p>Although …

Marvel’s new black, female Iron Man will be known as Ironheart

Iron Maiden was just too problematic<p>Last month, Marvel revealed that it was introducing a new Iron Man to take over for Tony Stark — a 15-year-old, black woman named Riri Williams. Now, Marvel has confirmed that Williams will take on a new identity while donning the iconic suit, going by the name …

Iron Man

Light and matter merge in quantum coupling

Phase transitions are transitions between states of matter, like ice to water to vapor. The specific transition Kono's team is looking for is the …

Nanotech

Hate your job in your 20s? You’ll feel the health effects by the time you’re 40, study warns

Do what you love and you won’t work a day in your life, the old adage goes. But what if you hate your job?<p>New research suggests that a lousy job in …

An Algorithm Made For Instagram Can Tell If Users Are Depressed

Depressed people's photos are bluer, grayer, and receive less likes<p>Researchers from Harvard and the University of Vermont have built an algorithm that can determine whether a person is depressed based on their Instagram posts.<p>As you might expect, depressed people tend to post gloomier images than …

Why Gay German Men Are Seeking Reparations for a Homophobic Nazi Law

Remembering Paragraph 175, the outrageous law which persecuted German gay men long after the fall of Nazi rule.<p>Understanding West Germany's extraordinary persecution of gay men first requires revisiting exactly how homosexuals were treated under Nazi rule. When the party came to power in 1933, gay …

Physicists Prove It’s Possible To Survive Falling Into A Black Hole

Black holes are the great unknown of physics, and deeply scary things. But the theoretical physics around them has increasingly trended towards black holes not being so bad. In fact, some think we might be on one now and not even have noticed, and sentient life might be circling one now. And now …

Black Holes

Mystery Solved: Black Holes Twist Space-Time Like Taffy

A 30-year-old mystery about black holes has just been solved.<p>The story starts in the 1980s, when astronomers found that small (stellar-mass) black …

The Scientific Argument For Mastering One Thing At A Time

Many people, myself included, have multiple areas of life they would like to improve. For example, I would like to reach more people with my writing, to lift heavier weights at the gym, and to start practicing mindfulness more consistently. Those are just a few of the goals I find desirable and you …