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I’d never heard of it before this week, but it’s real. And there are plans to use it to look for antigravity<p>As I scrolled through the physics papers posted on the arXiv this week, one in particular caught my eye – “Measuring Antimatter Gravity with Muonium”. Possibly, this was because I wrote a bit …

Physics

How to Take Stunning Portraits

Taking stunning portraits is one skill that can be easily mastered if you understand the concepts and have had lots of practice.<p>Photo by Dijon …

Google's quantum computer is 100 million times faster than your PC

Initial tests found that Google and Nasa's quantum computing system was unable to outperform regular computers. But now Google has announced that its …

NASA’s New Spacecraft Will Touch The Sun

Scientists at NASA and Johns Hopkins University are working on a space probe that will literally touch the surface of the sun. NASA’s Solar Probe Plus, which is currently being built, will cost $1.5 billion and will carry an array of sensors into the sun’s corona, where they will (hopefully) …

European satellite to test method to find ripples in space, time

An experimental satellite slated for launch on Wednesday will test a technique to detect ripples in space and across time, adding a new perspective for viewing and understanding the universe.<p>From a vantage point 93 million miles (1.5 million km) from Earth, the European-built spacecraft, known as …

No Warp Drive Here: NASA Downplays 'Impossible' EM Drive Space Engine

Despite the fevered reports rocketing around the Internet recently, NASA is not on the verge of developing a fuel-free, faster-than-light propulsion …

Using Light To Simulate Time Travel

While the idea of time travel gives rise to discussions of topics ranging from science fiction to ethics, understanding the possible effects of time travel gives us a better grasp of the foundations of general relativity and quantum theory. Most work in the area has focused on the theoretical …

Quantum Physics

Why the New Gene Editing Technology Matters

The biologists have done it again. Not so long ago it was cloning and embryonic stem cells that challenged moral imagination. These days all eyes are on a powerful new technique for engineering or "editing" DNA. Relatively easy to learn and to use, CRISPR has forced scientists, ethicists and …

2016 Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 officially announced, equipped with fast-charging, Samsung Pay support, OIS cameras, more

It’s not quite the end of the year yet, meaning we still have a few more weeks for companies to squeeze in some product announcements before 2016 rolls in. Samsung has just officially announced its Galaxy A-series of phones for next year and — from the spec sheets alone — they look like decent …

Apple may give Samsung the boot for iPhone 7 chip orders

After the “chipgate” event of the iPhone 6s — in which Samsung-manufactured A9 processors were rumored to perform worse than those built by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) — a new report suggests that Apple may give its South Korean frenemy the boot, and award 100 percent of its …

Dead or Alive and otaku culture: why sensitivity is not the same as censorship

Ten years ago, Japanese video game publisher Tecmo had a brilliant money-spinning idea. It decided to take the female characters from its successful fighting game series Dead or Alive and put them into a beach volleyball simulation set on a tropical island. There would be a lot of bikinis and …

Anime

Verizon creates a working iPhone in Minecraft

We’ve seen so-called “working” iPhones created in <i>Minecraft</i> before, but they pale in comparison to this one, created by Verizon: It’s a towering, skyscraper-size smartphone that allows you to make video calls and even browse the web!<p><i>Minecraft</i> allows you to create a lot of computer-like things, …

Coffee Drinkers Have Cleaner Arteries

Why Is This Important?<p>Because in our push me, pull me discussion over the health impacts of coffee this is a great excuse to go make yourself another cup of joe.<p>Long Story Short<p>Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help you avoid clogged arteries and heart disease.<p>Long Story<p>Korean researchers …

Coffee

Galaxy in Front of Supernova Creates Cosmic Mirage: Einstein Cross

A galaxy's alignment lets astronomers watch a strange, distant supernova explode. And then watch it again. And again. And again and again.<p>Far, far away, a galaxy is acting as a cosmic split-screen. Parked in front of an exploding star, the galaxy's gravity is projecting magnified images of the …

Universe

This is Nvidia Shield: a closer look at the 4K Android TV game console

Nvidia touted three big announces at its GDC 2015 press conference, but all of them center around its latest Shield device: a home console powered by Tegra X1, running Android TV, and capable of playing games like <i>Crysis 3</i> locally and streaming premium titles through its also-just-announced Grid …

I may have received the crappiest gadget ever for Christmas

One of my relatives got me a gift for Christmas that might be the single crappiest gadget I have ever used. I am not exaggerating: The device in …

Jupiter Moon Europa's Giant Geysers are Missing

SAN FRANCISCO — The huge geysers on Jupiter's icy moon Europa have gone underground.<p>Late last year, scientists announced that NASA's Hubble Space …

Astronomy

This may be the best evidence yet that the Sony hack was an inside job

Was the North Korean government really the mastermind behind the massive hack on Sony? Many researchers have continued to express skepticism about …

18 new shows we can't wait to see in 2015

It looks like 2015 might be the year to invest in that additional DVR.<p>As 2014 comes to a close, it's time to look forward to a new year and new …

Lizard Squad says it won’t take down Xbox Live and PlayStation Network anymore, claims it never attacked Tor

The “hacker” group Lizard Squad has declared it will no longer attack Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network, as well as denied claims it had planned to attack Tor, an anonymity network often used to resist censorship. While the former appears to be true, the latter information is …

Internet vandals didn’t ruin Christmas for gamers, Microsoft and Sony did

I never got any video game gifts during the December holidays when I was a kid. My mother frowned on such things, you see. That didn’t stop me from …

Social Media

DeGrasse Tyson offends some with Isaac Newton Christmas Day tweet

While you were cheerily celebrating Christmas Day, Neil DeGrasse Tyson was inserting a little scientific stuffing into your turkey of tradition.<p>The astrophysicist and "Cosmos" presenter chose Christmas Day to offer this tweet: "On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform …

Social Media

Anonymous Leaked A Massive List Of Passwords And Credit Card Numbers

Following through on threats of a Christmas hack, a Twitter account claiming affiliation with Anonymous released a list of what it says are usernames and passwords for 13,000 accounts on Amazon, PlayStation, XBox Live, Hulu Plus, Walmart and other retail and entertainment services.<p>The hack …

Once Written Off, Kepler Telescope Finds New Planet

More than a year after NASA said its Kepler space telescope was beyond repair, the planet-hunting probe has delivered an unlikely find: a planet that's outside our solar system. The find comes after a team worked to find a way to make Kepler productive again, says NASA, calling the find "a …

Minecraft creator Notch buys Beverly Hills mansion for record-setting $70M

Markus "Notch" Persson recently set a new record, this one outside of the gaming community: The <i>Minecraft</i> creator just bought a sprawling mansion in Beverly Hills, California, for $70 million.<p>It is the "highest price ever paid for a home in Beverly Hills," according to a press release from John …

The creator of Minecraft just outbid Beyoncé and Jay Z on this $70 million megamansion

New kid on the block<p>Back in September, <i>Minecraft</i> creator Markus "Notch" Persson became ludicrously wealthy after Microsoft bought the game for $2.5 billion. And as of this week, he's now the owner of a $70 million megamansion in Beverly Hills, California. According to <i>Curbed</i>, it was all but expected …

The tiny space satellite that you can build and launch yourself

Most of the thousand or so operational satellites in orbit are multi-million-dollar machines that provide major industries with scientific research, global positioning or military espionage. Twenty-five-year-old Tom Walkinshaw, however, hopes to prove that satellites are not the preserve of …

Experimental building technique makes concrete look like skeletons

Casting concrete is as old as the Roman Empire -- the Romans poured concrete to create their aqueducts -- and even now it remains among the …