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Here's How We Know the Big Bang Happened

At 13.8 billion years ago, our entire observable universe was the size of a peach and had a temperature of over a trillion degrees.<p>That's a pretty …

Universe

Researchers Develop a 3D Printer That Can Make Complete Electronic Devices

The ultimate 3D printer would be something like the replicators in Star Trek that were capable of creating <i>anything</i>. That, of course, may never be …

Synthetic Sensors

Gierad Laput, Yang Zhang, and Chris Harrison. 2017. Synthetic Sensors: Towards General-Purpose Sensing. In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on …

Amazon: How Deep Is The Bottom?

Let’s suppose that in the next 10 years Amazon’s revenue will be growing at a CAGR of 14.6%, which is not an optimistic scenario.<p>Let’s also suppose …

Cloudflare makes it harder for ISPs to track your web history

If you're privacy-minded, you probably aren't thrilled that governments seem hell-bent on giving internet providers free rein over your browsing data. Cloudflare just gave you a tool to fight back, however. It launched 1.1.1.1, a free Domain Name System service (the technology that translates IP …

Cisco separates switching and routing software from hardware

Open networking finally comes to Switchzilla as IOS XR, IOS XE, Nexus OS added to disaggregation strategyCisco has taken a long, hard look at the …

Customers

Your WhatsApp buddies might be spying on you with this invasive new app (Update)

If you rely on WhatsApp to message friends and family, it’s important to know that the service lets your contacts know about when you’re available to chat, and whether you’ve read their texts.<p>That’s not all: Lifehacker has spotted Chatwatch, a new iOS app that uses WhatsApp’s public online/offline …

Apps

Netflix and YouTube streaming video is about to get a lot faster

AV1 compression technology from companies like Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Netflix is here. And it's blowing up the video industry's patent rules, too.<p>Tech's biggest companies -- including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Cisco and Netflix -- have finished the first version of video …

Streaming Media

Mexico switches on its government-run wholesale mobile network

JAWS dropped when earlier this year a White House memo argued that the American government should build and run its own 5G mobile network. The reason …

Xiaomi goes after Alienware’s throne with a gaming laptop at 'half the price'

While Xiaomi is best known for its Android phones and home appliances, the Chinese brand is now branching out into gaming gear, with a new laptop that promises high-end graphics capabilities – and it costs only half as much in China as an Alienware with similar specs there.<p>The 15.6-inch Mi Gaming …

Mobile Technology

Ford vending machine begins dispensing cars in China

It is no longer enough simply to test-drive a vehicle by riding around the block while a salesperson gives you their well-rehearsed patter. Now, there needs to be some sort of theater around the purchase, or else how will you trick yourself into thinking that buying a car is fun? It's why Ford and …

Almost 'fully-formed' human brain grown in lab

A nearly fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time ever, according to scientists from Ohio State University -- though …

Historian Who Predicted the 2008 Financial Crisis Warns the Next Recession Is Near

Niall Ferguson, a famed historian and a frequent guest of the world’s most elite events, is one of the prophets credited with accurately predicting …

Bitmain's $12K cryptocurrency miner might be useless by the time it ships

Bitcoin mining titan Bitmain has launched a new ultra-powerful cryptocurrency miner specifically designed for the CryptoNight hashing algorithm which powers privacy-oriented coins like Monero (XMR) and Bytecoin (BCN). But there is one massive problem: the device might be virtually obsolete by the …

It's official: Russia is targeting critical American infrastructure with 'malicious cyberattacks'

Russian cyber operatives are attacking critical American infrastructure such as energy grids, nuclear facilities, aviation systems, and water processing plants, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The report details numerous attempts, …

Introducing pydbgen: A random dataframe/database table generator

Often, beginners in SQL or data science struggle with the matter of easy access to a large sample database file ( <b>.DB</b> or <b>.sqlite</b> ) for practicing SQL …

Electric clocks in Europe have been running slow for over a month

Have you noticed your clocks are lagging? It’s not an anomaly in the spacetime continuum, fortunately.<p>The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSOE), the body that sets up the internal energy market and ensures its optimal functioning, put out a statement explaining …

Waymo wants to prevent puking in self-driving cars

Waymo wants to make sure you never get sick in self-driving cars.<p>A patent application published Thursday from the self-driving arm of Google's parent company detailed an elaborate system to prevent motion sickness in its vehicles.<p>The method involves determining routes that could minimize motion …

Autonomous Cars

NASA's TESS Telescope May Spot Alien Geo-Satellites, Say Astronomers

In the last half-century of space flight, our planet’s own orbits have become so littered with space junk, it gives pause to wonder if our orbital presence could be remotely observed by a nearby extraterrestrial civilization?<p>In a paper just submitted to <i>The Astrophysical Journal</i>, Hector …

Planetary Habitability

Physicists Have Confirmed a Pear-Shaped Nucleus, And It Could Ruin Time Travel Forever

Noooooo.<p>Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new form of atomic nuclei, and the fact that it's not symmetrical challenges the fundamental …

Inside Uncle Sam's Secret Bitcoin Hoard

When Alexandre Cazes hanged himself in a Thai jail cell in July, the 25-year-old left behind the trappings of a big-league drug dealer: villas, …

Bitcoin

A $42 million '10,000 year clock' is being installed on Jeff Bezos' property

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos took to Twitter to announce that construction of the 10,000 year clock has begun on his property in Texas, with a view to encourage thinking about humanity in the long term.<p>Conceived back in 1986 by American computer scientist Daniel Hills, the clock’s mechanism is …

Chronometry

Anonymous trader buys $400 million in bitcoin

Go big or go home. That’s the motto of one mysterious investor who put his chips on the table, buying close to $400 million of the No.1 digital …

Where Do You Go When You Die? The Increasing Signs That Human Consciousness Remains After Death

Philosophically, though, our definition of death hinges on something else: the point past which we’re no longer able to return. Those two were more …

Watch Elon Musk Freak Out Over the Falcon Heavy Launch

Unique footage shows the SpaceX CEO and his team in mission control in the moments leading up to the historic launch.<p>On February 6, SpaceX made history with the largely successful first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket—and National Geographic was there, right alongside SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.<p>In …

A Chinese satellite just used quantum cryptography to make an unhackable video call between Beijing and Vienna

The feat marks another milestone for the satellite, officially called Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QESS)<p>The Chinese “Micius” satellite has …

Quantum Computing

Inside Joymode, a subscription service saving you from buying all of the things

Surveying the retail world right now, it’s hard to see anything but Amazon.<p>The company offers a degree of convenience for buyers of stuff that’s never been equalled (which, while being hyperbolic may also be true), and it has made consuming new crap nearly effortless. In the process it’s become the …