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Our Eye Movements Also Move Eardrums, And Nobody Knows Why

Well that's just weird.<p>If you stick a tiny microphone inside the ear canal, you can discover that our eardrums actually move in conjunction with eye …

Dive Into a Galaxy of Footage From NASA's Legendary X-Plane Program

In a feat of swagger only NASA could muster, three sunglassed men haul their payload across a lakebed in a 1963 Pontiac convertible. They’re towing …

Research Center

What Things Should Every Physics Major Know?

Over the weekend, cosmologist and author Sean Carroll tweeted about what physics majors should know, namely that “the Standard Model is an SU(3)xSU(2)xU(1) gauge theory, and know informally what that means.” My immediate reaction to this was pretty much in line with Brian Skinner’s, namely that …

Physics

Why Does The Proton Spin? Physics Holds A Surprising Answer

You can take any particle in the Universe and isolate it from everything else, yet there are some properties that can never be taken away. These are intrinsic, physical properties of the particle itself — properties like mass, charge, or angular momentum — and will always be the same for any single …

Physics

Study researches 'gorilla arm' fatigue in mid-air computer usage

Researchers at Purdue University's C Design Lab are studying arm and muscle fatigue connected to advancements in the use of hand gestures for mid-air …

We May Have Uncovered the First Ever Evidence of the Multiverse

Too Cold<p>For years, scientists have been baffled by a weird anomaly far away in space: a mysterious “Cold Spot” about 1.8 billion light-years across. …

Gravity-lensed supernova magnifies understanding of universe

Using an automated supernova-hunting "pipeline," scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have identified a Type Ia …

NASA Is Developing 3D-Printed Chain Mail to Protect Ships and Astronauts

Chain mail was an essential tool for medieval warriors hoping to avoid a quick (or slow) death by a sword. But NASA engineers hope a similar …

I reverse-engineered a $500M Artificial Intelligence company in one week. Here’s the full story.

Why I did that:<p>Many of the papers, data sets, and software tools related to deep learning have been open sourced. This has had a democratizing …

Astronomers Might Have Just Captured The First Ever Photo of a Black Hole's Event Horizon

Now we wait to see it.<p>Scientists around the world have spent five sleepless nights staring into the abyss, and are hoping they've been rewarded with …

Acer's $300 Windows headset bodes well for the future of cheap VR

For Microsoft, the future of computing is not only virtual reality but also "mixed reality," the company's term encapsulating AR and VR experiences. That started with HoloLens, but that device costs $3,000 and is targeted at developers. Microsoft has something else in mind for consumers: $300 VR …

Do Naked Singularities Exist? Quantum Effects May Be Shielding The Universe From Uncloaked Infinities

Black holes are indisputably weird. These objects, formed when the center of massive stars collapse in upon itself, are so dense that nothing, not …

Physicists Say They've Created a Fluid With 'Negative Mass'

Holy crap.<p>Researchers in the US say they've created a fluid with negative mass in the lab... which is exactly as mind-bending as it sounds.<p>What it …

Physics

An AI backed by Elon Musk just 'evolved' to learn by itself – Fanatical Futurist by International Keynote Speaker Matthew Griffin

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>True unsupervised learning, that allows AI’s to learn by themselves, will represent a quantum leap in AI development and …

Scientists discover the 'beautiful' secret of how memories are made

Scientists have discovered the secret of how memories are made - the brain makes two copies of every event, in a discovery they described as “beautiful”.<p>Researchers said even they were surprised when they realised the secret of how recollections are created and stored.<p>They found that the brain …

Astronomers just turned on a planet-size telescope to take a picture of a black hole

Every image you’ve seen of a black hole is an illustration. A giant “virtual” telescope may change that.<p>The closest astronomers have come to directly “seeing” a black hole happened last year, when the LIGO observatory detected the spacetime-warping gravitational waves radiating from a pair of black …

FBI Arrests Hacker Who Hacked No One

He built a piece of software. That tool was pirated and abused by hackers. Now the feds want him to pay for the computer crooks’ crimes.<p>Taylor …

What Does A Quantum Explosion Look Like?

No one knows–because neither the human eye or brain is equipped to see it. That’s where art comes in.<p>There’s an invisible world that operates all around us, but we can’t see it. It’s a world composed of particles smaller than an atom, like protons, neutrons, and electrons. The way in which it …

There’s Nowhere to Hide on the Internet

Sometime before dawn on March 29th, not too many hours after Congress approved legislation that allows Internet-service providers to sell your browsing history to whoever wants to buy it, a coder named Dan Schultz released a search randomizer called Internet Noise, which offers a way of veiling …

Mark Twain

Cure For Cancer? Stem Cell Research Discovery Kills 'Disease-Causing Intruders,' Scientists Discover

Researchers at UCLA successfully created an artificial thymus capable of killing "disease-causing intruders" responsible for the growth of cancerous …

Scientists Create Graphene-Based Sieve That Removes Salt From Seawater

It is estimated that over 660 million people in the world still do not have access to clean and safe drinking water — a number that is only expected …

When quantum mechanics meets general relativity

When measuring time, we normally assume that clocks do not affect space and time, and that time can be measured with infinite accuracy at nearby …

The Next International Space Station Will Orbit The Moon

The International Space Station is hitting the end of its career. It’s expected to last at least until the 2020s, but once it’s retired we’ll need a …

This Startup Plans to Revolutionize Quantum Computing Technology Faster Than Ever

Investor Interest<p>Since Rigetti Computing launched three years ago, the Berekely and Fremont-based startup has attracted a host of investors — …

The Science Behind Fonts (And How They Make You Feel)

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I’ve noticed how seemingly small things like font and the spacing between …

Simulation suggests 68 percent of the universe may not actually exist

According to the Lambda Cold Dark Matter (Lambda-CDM) model, which is the current accepted standard for how the universe began and evolved, the …

Dark Matter

AI can predict depression by looking at MRI scans with 75 percent accuracy

Depression can be a crippling disorder, affecting upward of 15 million American adults and representing the leading cause of disability for people …

The controversial cofounder of Facebook's $2 billion bet on virtual reality is leaving the company

Oculus cofounder Palmer Luckey is leaving Facebook, which acquired his virtual reality startup for $2 billion in 2014.<p>Luckey's role at Oculus has been in flux since it was revealed in September that he secretly funded a Conservative group that created viral, anti-Hillary Clinton memes.<p>The …

Virtual Reality

Can You Make A Quantum Superposition Of Cause And Effect?

When I teach or give talks about relativity, one of my regular angles on it is to discuss how faster-than-light travel (or even communication) creates problems with causality. That is, as I wrote in my book and an old blog post, if matter or information can pass from one point to another at speeds …

Quantum Physics

Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity

The theory of special relativity explains how space and time are linked for objects that are moving at a consistent speed in a straight line. One of …

Physics