Daniel McCauley

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Ask Ethan: How Large Is The Entire, Unobservable Universe?

13.8 billion years ago, the Big Bang occurred. The Universe was filled with matter, antimatter, radiation, and existed in an ultra-hot, ultra-dense, but expanding-and-cooling state. By today, the volume containing our observable Universe has expanded to be 46 billion light years in radius, with the …

Fuchsia, Google’s Experimental Mobile OS, Solves Glaring Problems That Apple Doesn’t Get

The “wall of apps” modality we’ve all reluctantly embraced isn’t scaling to the UX problems of today. Google has a solution.<p>Recently, I watched an eminent UX designer give a talk about the need for timelessness in digital design. He wanted to know: Why shouldn’t digital design be as long-lived and …

Science Says Happier People Are Raised by Parents Who Do This 1 Thing

Here's a hint: It's all about a lack of (a certain type of) control.<p>Want your kids to be happier kids? More important, want your children to grow up to be happier and more satisfied for the rest of their lives?<p>A study from University College London found that people who perceived their parents as …

Psychology

Google Test Of AI's Killer Instinct Shows We Should Be Very Careful

If climate change, nuclear weapons or Donald Trump don’t kill us first, there’s always artificial intelligence just waiting in the wings. It’s been a …

This Video Explains How GitHub Works As Simply As Possible

As ubiquitous as it is, GitHub is a little baffling for beginners because it’s not evident at the start how it actually works. So, GitHub made a …

Learn Python: A Free Online Course from Google

Google has created a free Python class designed for "people with a little bit of programming experience who want to learn Python." A fortunate thing …

Python Programming

How to Learn How to Code

So you want to be a programmer? Excellent. You’ve come to the right place. When I explored the realm of technology, particularly software, it was …

What Is EmDrive, NASA's New Space Engine?

NASA is going to Mars, perhaps as early as 2033. It won't be a short trip, however, at least not with current technology.<p>According to a recent <b>Boeing</b> (NYSE: BA) presentation on NASA's plan for a manned mission to Mars, the best time to launch a spaceship from Earth to Mars is during "Mars …

What You Should Know About The App Design Process

16 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …

UX Design

This Power Generator Runs on Saltwater

Estuaries could be a big source of electricity<p>Gaze at the end of a river, where saltwater and freshwater meet. It may not look like anything, but new research suggests this could be a massive source of electricity.<p>Imagine a tub divided in half by a semi-permeable membrane. On one side of the …

Rise of the hacking machines

I'm seated in a giant ballroom where vast rows of chairs face seven glowing supercomputers. Each liquid-cooled rack of servers is lit with a different color. The crowd of a couple hundred people cheers the computers on toward victory.<p>Though they stand on a dais at the Paris Las Vegas resort as …

Artificial Intelligence

New chemical-free desalination tech helps bring water surplus to Israel

Between 1998 and 2012, the Eastern Mediterranean region suffered through the worst drought in at least 900 years. This drought contributed to the …

Water

Google Cleared to Test Delivery Drones in the United States

The goal is to have them in the air by 2017.<p>Alphabet, Google's parent company, has received permission from the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to begin testing its delivery drones in the United States. The decision is a major victory for Alphabet, which first released its Project Wing drones …

Drones

Environmental records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us'

Temperatures, sea levels and carbon dioxide all hit milestones amid extreme weather in 2015, major international ‘state of the climate’ report finds<p>The world is careening towards an environment never experienced before by humans, with the temperature of the air and oceans breaking records, sea …

Global Warming

Microsoft Drones Are Searching For Zika-Infected Mosquitoes Around Houston

Fighting flyers with flyers<p>The Zika virus has finally reached the United States, so to fight back, the United States is enlisting one of the weapons it knows best: drones. Not big, high-altitude drones with weapons, but smaller quadcopters, flying low to the ground, to seek out where the mosquitos …

Elon Musk turns 47 today — here's the incredible story of how he went from getting bullied in school to the most interesting man in tech

On Thursday, Musk turns 47 years old, and he's already racked up a long string of victories.<p>As CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, founder of The Boring Company, and cofounder of OpenAI, Musk seems to be everywhere all at once, pushing all kinds of incredible new technologies. He's said he won't be happy …

What the Earth's frozen burps tell us about global warming

Analysis of bubbles trapped in ancient Antarctic ice suggests that as the planet heats up, plants and soils will add more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere<p>“When the earth burps, Law Dome records it,” says Australian climate scientist Dr David Etheridge.<p>Law Dome is a special spot in eastern …

Elon Musk Says Tesla Will Likely Sell Power Grid Services

A little over a year ago, Tesla officially launched its grid battery business with a plan to make batteries that can store energy for buildings and …

Discovering the 'final frontier' of our universe

<b>(CNN) —</b> Over the last week, new images have granted us exquisite views of the final frontier that is our old, vast and mysterious universe.<p>While we may be exploring strange new worlds, like exoplanets beyond our solar system, and seeking out the potential for life on them, these aren't the voyages …

If I Understand Why I'm an Addict, Maybe It Will Go Away...

Addicts new to recovery typically enter treatment motivated by their current crisis and a desire to escape their actual and potential consequences (rather than a desire to change their behaviors and live differently moving forward). And instead of being focused on the day-to-day solutions that …

Mental Health

Physicists have a new tool to study the universe in unprecedented detail

The new model factors in the rotation of space-time and the amplitude of gravitational waves — the existence of which was confirmed just last month.<p>It's more accurate than previous software simulations, its developers say, because it takes into account the high-speed movements of particles and the …

Physics

The Northern Hemisphere's temperature has reached a terrifying milestone

<b>Update</b>: since this post was originally published, the heat wave has continued. As of Thursday morning, it appears that average temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere have breached the 2 degrees Celsius above "normal" mark for the first time in recorded history, and likely the first time since …

Global Warming

The Next Great Display Technology? Water

An MIT prototype turns the water flowing from the faucet into a digital display.<p>For the past half century, displays have been made out of layers of glass, transistors, and circuitry. But as screen-based interaction consumes more and more of our daily lives, some designers are looking for ways to …

The US government is playing with fire in its fight with Apple

The fight between Apple and the FBI over iPhone security has turned nasty and dangerous. Especially for the US government’s credibility.<p>Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.<p>In an April 5th, 1887 letter to archbishop Mandell Creighton, Lord Acton coined words that were to be widely …

Privacy

NASA dives deeper into how it's really using HoloLens

A year ago we heard that NASA and Microsoft were teaming up to build Sidekick, a project that uses HoloLens to let astronauts and scientists collaborate remotely, as well as visualize 3D schematics. Now we've finally got a closer look at Sidekick in action thanks to NASA's Jeff Norris, who …

Augmented Reality

Astronomers finally have a way to track objects that don't emit light

Astronomy as we know it will never be same.<p>Today, February 11, scientists announced that we finally detected ripples in the fabric of spacetime known …

Microsoft is trying the fix the internet's dirtiest secret with a radical new plan — here's how it will work

All of the information you use, transfer, and share on the internet doesn't just materialize out of thin air.<p>Every link that you click, picture you post, video you play, and email you send has to be stored somewhere.<p>Data centers, where everything is saved and served, are the internet's magic …

Microsoft

German scientists to conduct nuclear fusion experiment

Angela Merkel to attend test in which team will heat hydrogen until it becomes plasma in bid for clean nuclear power<p>Scientists in Germany are poised to conduct a nuclear fusion experiment they hope will advance the quest for a clean and safe form of nuclear power.<p>In a test expected to be attended …

Angela Merkel

Can Google’s AlphaGo really feel it in its algorithms?

When the game-playing system AlphaGo defeated a master of the Chinese game go five games to nil, its creators could not explain why. Is this a sign of intuitive AI?<p>Last week, researchers at the artificial intelligence company DeepMind, which is now owned by Google, announced an extraordinary …

Driverless pods to hit the streets of Greenwich

As you stroll past the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and that place where Thor fought in <i>The Dark World</i>, you'll soon see driverless pods gliding next to you. That's the plan, anyway. The GATEway project, which has already been experimenting with a self-driving shuttle around the O2, will soon be …