Evan Lacy

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There's a Tiny Strange Galaxy Orbiting The Milky Way And No One Knows How It Got There

A weird and ancient neighbour.<p>A galaxy in nearby space called Segue 1 is quite the oddity. It's very small, and very faint, it hangs out very close …

Universe

Hubble snaps enchanting new portraits of Mars and Saturn

Marvelous Mars and sublime Saturn have struck poses for the Hubble Space Telescope, and they look gorgeous.<p>Both Mars and Saturn have come close-ish to Earth this summer for events known as an opposition, which happens when the sun and a planet are lined up on opposite sides of Earth, like a …

Astronomy

Three Recent Books On Physics And Philosophy

One of the evergreen topics in my social-media circles has to do with the relationship between physics and philosophy, which generally comes up in the form of accusations that physicists are too dismissive of philosophy. This may be an indication that I need to get out more.<p>The interaction of …

The 4th State of Matter Is The Most Amazing And Full of Potential. Here's Why.

It's also the prettiest.<p>When I was at elementary school, my teacher told me that matter exists in three possible states: solid, liquid and gas. She …

Mission Accomplished

In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger stunned the nation when it broke apart 73 seconds into flight. This is the story of the soccer ball that …

Space Exploration

This is how many people we’d have to send to Proxima Centauri to make sure someone actually arrives

If humans are ever to colonize the galaxy, we will need to make the trip to a nearby star with a habitable planet. Last year, astronomers raised the …

An Astronomer Took a Stunning Photo of Our Galaxy in a Crystal Ball, And We Can't Deal

It's so magical!<p>A stunning new photo of the Milky Way came about because of a flea-market purchase, a late night on a Chilean mountain range, and a …

Did Scientists Just Find a Missing Piece of the Universe?

It would be silly to think we completely understand our universe, given how small the Earth is compared to the vastness of the cosmos. But from here …

Asteroid with a 13-mile-high mountain is now visible to the naked eye

Look up in nighttime sky anytime between now and July 16, and you just might spy our solar system's brightest asteroid.<p>Vesta, a 326-mile-wide object …

Stephen Hawking's voice beamed into space at final send-off

LONDON (Reuters) - The voice of Stephen Hawking was beamed into space with a message of peace and hope on Friday as the British physicist, who gained international acclaim for his work on black holes, was laid to rest during a service at London's Westminster Abbey.<p>The wheelchair-bound scientist who …

Physics Explains How a Long Jumper Leaped So Far He Almost Cleared the Pit

It isn't just about speed.<p>What were you doing when you were 19? Chances are, you weren’t breaking a 23-year-old world long jump record like Juan …

Kilauea Volcano Aerial Footage Gives Stunning View of Snaking River of Lava

Such beautiful destruction.<p>Lava from the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii continues to flow and cause destruction, but it’s still an …

Building Blocks of Life Found on Mars

Exploring Mars<p>Two landmark discoveries reveal organic carbon on the red planet, shaping the future hunt for life on Mars.<p>Day to day, it’s easy to lose sight of an astonishing fact: Since 2012, humankind has been driving a nuclear-powered sciencemobile the size of an SUV on another planet.<p>This …

Microsoft to buy GitHub, a platform for software developers, for $7.5 billion in stock

Microsoft on Monday announced plans to acquire software developer platform GitHub in a deal valued at $7.5 billion.<p>GitHub was valued at $2 billion in …

SpaceX launches NASA, Iridium satellites with used Falcon 9

SpaceX is getting a lot of mileage out of its used rockets. The company successfully launched a used Falcon 9 on Tuesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex in California.<p>The Iridium-6/GRACE-FO mission is all about satellites. Lots of them. The payload included two NASA GRACE-FO …

NASA is about to create the coldest spot in the known universe

The Cold Atom Laboratory launched this morning<p>Beyond the bounds of our planet, the record for the coldest temperature is currently held by the Boomerang Nebula, a swiftly moving chill cloud of dust and gas that stays at a cool one degree Kelvin, or –458°F. Down here on the ground, physicists manage …

For First Time, W.H.O. Names Some Lab Tests ‘Essential’

For the first time, the World Health Organization has published a list of diagnostic tests that it considers essential to every health care system in the world.<p>The list, published Wednesday, is similar to the agency’s essential medicines list, which the W.H.O. launched in 1977.<p>In its day, the …

Health Care

Meet the top 10 new species of 2018

<b>(CNN) —</b> From the tops of a massive tree all the way to the bottom of the ocean, new species from around the world make the list for this year.<p>The new species include microbes, plants, animals and even the confirmation of an extinct marsupial, based on its fossil.<p>This is the 11th annual list …

Top 10

Microsoft buys AI startup to make Cortana sound less like a robot

Microsoft has acquired AI startup Semantic Machines in a move that could eventually bring more human-sounding responses to its digital assistant, Cortana, and chatbots.<p>The Berkeley-based startup boasts a number of AI luminaries, including Apple’s former chief speech scientist Larry Gillick, and …

Artificial Intelligence

In new financial disclosure, Trump reports apparent payment through his personal attorney to adult-film star

By David A. Fahrenthold<p>, Reporter<p>Jonathan O'Connell<p>, Reporter<p>In new financial-disclosure documents, President Trump reported reimbursing his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, more than $100,000 last year — an apparent reference to the $130,000 that Cohen paid just before the 2016 election, to ensure …

Donald Trump

Senate approves bill in bid to retain U.S. net neutrality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday in favor of keeping open-internet rules in a bid to overturn the Federal Communications Commission decision to repeal net neutrality rules, but the measure is unlikely to be approved by the House of Representatives or the White House.<p>The 52 …

Net Neutrality

Xerox aborts $6.1bn sale to Japan's Fujifilm

<b>Technology firm Xerox has ended its controversial sale to Japan's Fujifilm after reaching a deal with activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason.</b><p>Together, they own 15% of Xerox and had opposed the $6.1bn (£4.5bn) deal as they said it undervalued the firm.<p>The decision ends months of infighting, …

Snapchat is rolling back some of its radical redesign changes

Snapchat has caved in to demands to reinstate the old Snapchat look. Well, kind of.<p>The self-destructing messages service is currently rolling out a new design to iOS users, undoing at least a few of the contentious changes it introduced with its previous redesign.<p>These changes include a revised …

First launch of SpaceX’s revamped Falcon 9 carries Bangladesh’s space ambitions

Today brings historic firsts for both SpaceX and Bangladesh: the former is sending up the final, highly updated revision of its Falcon 9 rocket for the first time, and the latter is launching its first satellite. It’s a preview of the democratized space economy to come this century.<p><b>Update</b>: Success! …

New galactic map shows the positions and brightness of 1.7 billion stars

Get all the details on the Milky Way’s celestial objects<p>This morning, the European Space Agency unveiled a new, highly detailed sky map of the Milky Way Galaxy that showcases the brightness and positions of nearly 1.7 billion stars. It’s the most comprehensive catalog of stars to date, and it …

Mystery of sea nomads' amazing ability to freedive is solved

The secret behind the ability of a group of “sea nomads” in Southeast Asia to hold their breath for extraordinary periods of time while freediving to hunt fish has finally been revealed – and it’s down to evolution.<p>The Bajau people are able to dive tens of metres underwater with no conventional …

Biology

Snapchat introduces group video chat and friend tagging in Stories

You can video chat with up to 16 friends or 32 with just voice<p>Snapchat is introducing several new features this week, including the ability to make group video calls and a “Mentions” feature that allows users to tag friends in snaps uploaded onto Stories. Mentions were first rumored last month.<p>To …

Social Media

Pope, after Gaza violence, says 'defenseless' being killed in Holy Land

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his Easter address on Sunday, called for peace in the Holy Land two days after 15 Palestinians were killed on the Israeli-Gaza border, saying the conflict there “does not spare the defenseless”.<p>The pope made his appeal in his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and …

Pope Francis

Foxconn buys Belkin, Linksys, and Wemo

The Taiwanese company known best for manufacturing iPhones, Foxconn, will soon be the company behind some of the best known routers and other computer accessories. A subsidiary of Foxconn, Foxconn Interconnect Technology, announced today that it would acquire Belkin, which also owns the brands …

Foxconn

Stormy Daniels says she was threatened to keep quiet about Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In her first extended television news interview since the news of her alleged 2006 affair with Donald Trump emerged, adult film actress Stormy Daniels declined to discuss whether she had evidence of the affair and said that she was threatened to stay silent about it.<p>Risking hefty …

Donald Trump