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Want blinding fast internet? Let Google dig a tiny trench outside your house

Speedy internet has yet to arrive for many Americans. Internet speeds in the US, while improving, have languished behind peers in Europe and Asia (the country ranked 16th internationally in 2016). Even today, more than 30 million Americans, mostly poor and rural, lack broadband, reports the Center …

Siberia's 'doorway to the underworld' is getting so big it's uncovering ancient forests

It's no secret that Siberia's permafrost has been on thin ice lately. Conditions are varying so much that huge holes are appearing out of nowhere, and, in some places, tundra is quite literally bubbling underneath people's feet.<p>But new research has revealed that one of the biggest craters in the …

Ice Age

Astronomers Just Found More Evidence of a New Type of Black Hole

Black holes keep getting stranger.<p>Black holes are among the most mysterious objects in the Universe. But they have one thing in common - most of the …

Judges temporarily block part of Trump's immigration order, WH stands by it

<b>(CNN) —</b> A federal judge in New York blocked part of President Donald Trump's controversial executive order on immigration Saturday, ruling that authorities could not remove individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries who had arrived in US airports after the order had been issued. The White …

Are Earth's Magnetic Poles About to Flip?

<i>This article was originally published at</i> <i>The Conversation.</i> <i>The publication contributed the article to Live Science's</i> <i>Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights</i>.<p>The …

Put People on Mars by 2033—for the Good of the Nation

Could America be the first country to put humans on Mars? Should it be? And is it a race we can win?<p>WIRED OPINION<p>About<p>Norm Augustine is the former …

Why Space Fanatics Are Freaking Out About SpaceX's Next Launch

Following a successful Falcon 9 launch-and-barge-landing in California this month, SpaceX is now looking to get back in the swing of regular flight. …

Space Travel

This Xiaomi fitness tracker doesn't seem to work on black people

If you’re one of the millions of people that declared 2017 as the year they’ll finally get off the couch — and haven’t abandoned that goal for some tasty ice cream and a Netflix binge — chances are you’re already familiar with fitness trackers. Most are terrible, of course, but with the vast …

The US Navy's new wonder material is synthetic hagfish slime

Hagfish are a bit like underwater Spidermen. When they're attacked by a predator, they shoot out a slimy substance that can seal the mouth and clog …

What we actually lose when the USDA and EPA can’t talk to the public

Facts aren't political<p><i>Update, January 25: Reports on the gag order have received a great deal of attention. This piece been updated to reflect additional information released since its original publication.</i><p>In the summer of 2015 a tropical storm slammed into the mountains of Myanmar and triggered …

EPA

What's the Speed of Dark?

<i>Welcome back to Giz Asks, a series where we ask experts hard questions about science, technology, and humanity’s future. Today, we’re wondering about</i> …

Can a Powerful New Quantum Computer Convince the Skeptics?

D-Wave’s new device is its most advanced yet, but some researchers still question its value.<p>The quantum computing company D-Wave Systems has …

Quantum Computing

Science Insists This Is How We Become Better Lovers

As men, we pride ourselves on our lovemaking abilities, and our sense of masculinity sort of depends on it. But the collective belief in our gender’s …

Astronomer Predicts Two Stars Will Collide, Changing the Night Sky

The explosion would create a super-bright nova.<p>A few years ago, Larry Molnar, a professor at Calvin College, made a bold prediction: what appeared to be a pulsing star, KIC 9832227, was in fact two stars, rapidly orbiting each other on a collision course. It was a far fetched explanation, but after …

Student Lets Thief Steal His Phone, Spies On Him For Weeks To Make This Documentary

Film student Anthony van der Meer had his iPhone stolen and the thought that a stranger had access to all of his personal data really concerned him. …

Personal Data

Don't Panic, but Physicists in Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn't Exist

Quantum physics is weird.<p>Get ready to have your mind blown. According to an experiment led by two physicists in Australia, reality doesn’t exist. …

The first photo from a new Earth-gazing satellite is insanely detailed

A brand new satellite orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth's surface has just opened its eyes.<p>DigitalGlobe released the first public photo taken by …

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 …

This Video About The Scale of Black Holes Will Crush Your Poor, Tiny Brain

We were not prepared for this.<p>Black holes are vast, matter-annihilating objects that seem to defy physics by their very existence. They're so weird, …

We're Probably Imagining Aliens Wrong

Humans have always had the impulse to cast alien life in our image, says British science writer Philip Ball. It’s a tendency that goes back centuries, and has only been propagated by modern science fiction. In this video by Adam D'Arpino for Aeon, Bell argues that this tendency could actually be …

Paranormal

Science: Powerful People Really Do Think Differently From the Rest of Us

Power does change you, but not in the simple ways you see in cartoons and movies.<p>The rich and powerful, we've all heard, are different from the rest of us. And that's not simply because they spend more time swilling champagne on yachts (very few of them do, actually). It's because power changes …

Dirt Cheap Muon Detector Puts Particle Physics Within DIY Reach

Subatomic physics is pretty neat stuff, but not generally considered within the reach of the home-gamer. With cavernous labs filled with racks of …

Here's A Robot That Will Mow Your Lawn, Rake Your Leaves, And Shovel Your Snow

Do you enjoy doing yard work? If so, this article is not for you. However, if mowing the grass, raking the leaves and especially shoveling snow aren’t leisure-time activities you look forward to, relief is on the horizon. A robot named Kobi will do all of these things for you because yard work is …

Elon Musk’s proposed spaceship could send 100 people to Mars in 80 days

The ship will refuel in orbit and include ‘zero-G games’<p>Today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Mars vehicle — the spaceship his company plans to build to transport the first colonists to Mars. The spaceship is meant to launch from Earth on top of the booster and then travel the rest of the way on …

The first photos of Jupiter's poles are 'like nothing we have seen or imagined before'

When NASA's Juno spacecraft first flew by Jupiter on August 27, all we got was a fuzzy image of the gas giant from a glancing angle. But now scientists behind the mission are starting to trickle out high-resolution photos and videos taken during the 130,000-mph maneuver, briefly making Juno the …