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Watch the formation of the universe and Earth in this cool time-lapse video

Each second represents 22 million years<p>In the grand cosmic scale, humanity and our tiny home in the universe are absolutely inconsequential. In a neat time-lapse video from John Boswell, you can watch the formation and growth of the universe from the big bang to now.<p>Boswell, aka melodysheep, has …

19 Students Who Made Teachers Say, "I Don't Know Whether To Laugh Or Cry!"

"Ms. King is single. That means she does NOT have a man."

Chernobyl's Animal Mutations Shed Light on the Impact of Nuclear Releases

The Effect of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident on Wildlife<p>The 1986 Chernobyl accident resulted in one of the highest unintentional releases of …

Mutations

Literal death machine offers a way to peacefully slip out of existence

When we talk about death machines, we’re usually speaking hyperbolically about contraptions like this one, or the rise of AI overlords that get bored with their menial tasks before rising up against their oppressors. This might start with buying up Papa Johns franchises and taking up Soul Cycle but …

We Are All Implicated in the Post-Weinstein Reckoning

The anger window is open. For decades, centuries, it was closed: Something bad happened to you, you shoved it down, you maybe told someone but …

Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies

The film executive hired private investigators, including ex-Mossad agents, to track actresses and journalists.<p>In the fall of 2016, Harvey Weinstein set out to suppress allegations that he had sexually harassed or assaulted numerous women. He began to hire private security agencies to collect …

How ‘Organs on a Chip’ Will Revolutionize Medicine

Magazine<p>Scientists can now do research on live human organs without petri dishes or animal testing.<p>Before, it was inconceivable: risk-free biomedical testing on living human organs. But new “organs-on-chips” technology is emulating the liver, brain, lungs, intestines, and more on a chip the size of …

Ted Cruz accidentally explained America’s gun problem in one sentence

He made the case for gun control while trying to argue against it.<p>Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday threw out the typical conservative talking points following the mass shooting at a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church, arguing not to politicize the shooting and making some claims about “a good guy with …

Elon Musk Thinks We're Living In The Matrix. If He's Right, It's a Good Thing

The man who famously warned about the dangers of artificial intelligence believes we all may actually be artificially intelligent beings.<p>Elon Musk thinks it's almost certain that we're living in some version of <i>The Matrix.</i> In fact, he believes that there's a "one in billions chance" that reality as …

The 20 best movie plot twists of the 21st century, ranked

When movies pull the rug from under us, it's one of the greatest thrills that cinema can provide.<p>As Hollywood continues to reboot countless old properties, it's easy to think that the days of original and surprising storytelling are long behind us. But these films prove that Hollywood still has a …

Universal Pictures

A closer look at the capabilities and risks of iPhone X face mapping

On Friday Apple fans were queuing to get their hands on the newly released iPhone X: The flagship smartphone that Apple deemed a big enough update to skip a numeral. RIP iPhone 9.<p>The shiny new hardware includes a front-facing sensor module housed in the now infamous ‘notch’ which takes an unsightly …

SpaceX has published Elon Musk's presentation about colonizing Mars — here's the full transcript and slides

In late September, billionaire and SpaceX founder Elon Musk debuted a fresh plan for colonizing Mars with 1 million people.<p>The focus of Musk's new presentation, which updates a 2016 talk he gave at the International Astronautical Congress, was the "Big F---ing Rocket," or BFR.<p>Musk told a crowd at …

Space Travel

Scientists want to create a universe in a lab, and they actually could

Physicists aren’t often reprimanded for using risqué humour in their academic writings, but in 1991 that is exactly what happened to the cosmologist …

U.S. Army kills contracts for hundreds of immigrant recruits. Some face deportation.

U.S. Army recruiters have abruptly canceled enlistment contracts for hundreds of foreign-born military recruits since last week, upending their lives and potentially exposing many to deportation, according to several affected recruits and former military officials familiar with their situation.<p>Many …

Immigration

Don’t bother, India. That noise was just someone getting lynched in the neighbourhood

Take a close look at the photograph. I know it is disturbing, but you should be disturbed. It is not a photograph you will see on the front pages of newspapers and on your television screens, not because it is disturbing but because it does not matter very much in modern India if two young Muslim …

India

Indie Dev Calls For Copyright Strikes Against Pewdiepie After He Says N-Word On Stream

Game developer Sean Vanaman announced on social media today that Campo Santo, the studio behind the indie game <i>Firewatch,</i> will be filing a takedown …

I Used To Be a Neo-Nazi. Charlottesville Terrifies Me.

When I was a skinhead, living in the Los Angeles area in the 1980s, I remember watching a favorite video with my fellow extremists. It was footage of the 1979 Greensboro massacre, when Ku Klux Klan members shot and killed five people at a workers’ demonstration in North Carolina. A group of cars …

Rights & Freedoms

Voyager: Inside the world's greatest space mission

In 1977, two spacecraft started a mission that has redefined our knowledge of the Solar System – and will soon become our ambassadors on a journey into the unknown. BBC Future looks at their legacy, 40 years after launch.<p>In a beige-coloured cubicle, on the ground floor of a nondescript suburban …

Space

Pictures of Death

When photography was new, it was often used to preserve corpses via their images. An Object Lesson.<p>Photography owes much of its early flourishing to death. Not in images depicting the aftermath of violent crimes or industrial accidents. Instead, through quiet pictures used to comfort grieving …

Historical Photography

Designing Artificial Intelligence for Games (Part 1)

Over the course of the last few decades, the gaming industry has seen great strides. Beginning with simple games like Pong* and Pac-Man* which offered players a short escape from reality and growing into such involved games like World of Warcraft* and Call of Duty 4* which are serious hobbies to …

Artificial Intelligence

Aliens from another dimension might have created our universe, according to a speculative new study

Does humanity exist to serve some ultimate, transcendent purpose?<p>Conventional scientific wisdom says no. As physicist Lawrence Krauss puts it in his latest book, our evolution on this planet is just a "cosmic accident". If you believe otherwise, many would accuse you of suffering from some kind of …

Dark Matter

A new quantum theory predicts that the future could be influencing the past

Quantum physics has spawned its share of strange ideas and hard-to-grasp concepts - from Einstein’s “spooky action at a distance” to the adventures …

Quantum Physics

Are Mass Extinctions Periodic? If So, Are We Due For One?

65 million years ago, a massive asteroid, perhaps five to ten kilometers across, struck the Earth at speeds in excess of 20,000 miles per hour. In the aftermath of this catastrophic collision, the giant behemoths known as the dinosaurs, which had dominated the Earth’s surface for over 100 million …

Can Moons Have Their Own Moons?

In the Solar System, we have the central Sun, a great many planets, asteroids, Kuiper belt objects, and moons. While most of the planets have moons, and some of the Kuiper belt objects and even asteroids have natural satellites that orbit them, there are no known “moons of moons” out there. It may …

Comments of the Week #160: From the edge of the Universe to the first-ever nebula

“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the …

Universe