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A 20-year time lapse of stars orbiting a massive black hole

The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile has been watching the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy and the …

Black Holes

'Direct Collapse' Black Holes May Explain Our Universe's Mysterious Quasars

There’s a big problem when we look at the brightest, most energetic objects we can see in the early stages of the Universe. Shortly after the first stars and galaxies form, we find the first quasars: extremely luminous sources of radiation that span the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio up …

Pip is a retro games console for kids to learn coding

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has been incredibly successful at sparking all sorts of creativity via its low cost microcomputers, which arrived in the market back in 2012. Its core electronics are also indirectly responsible for UK-based learn-to-code startups like Kano and pi-top, which have built …

Comments of the Week #169: from a theory of everything to discovering today’s Universe

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” -Isaac AsimovJust like every …

Physics

75 Mobile Games You Should Be Playing Right Now

Xenoraid<p>You may think you've played shoot em' up games like <i>Xenoraid</i> before, piloting a spacecraft through oncoming waves of enemies. But Xenoraid …

Price Breakthrough Makes Planar Headphone Technology Available To Everyone

There are three types of headphone technologies: dynamic, planar and electrostatic. The overwhelmingly popular headphone technology is dynamic because it’s a simple voice coil surrounded by a magnet. The advantages are its energy efficiency, smallish size and affordability. However, the main …

Audiophile

Ask Ethan: What Does The Edge Of The Universe Look Like?

13.8 billion years ago, the Universe as we know it began with the hot Big Bang. Over that time, space itself has expanded, the matter has undergone gravitational attraction, and the result is the Universe we see today. But as vast as it all is, there’s a limit to what we can see. Beyond a certain …

Animated Shorts

I’ve loved animation my whole life, so creating this program each year is always so much fun!<p>This beautifully diverse and artistic group of films …

An Otherworldly Watch

Whether it’s via the air, land, or sea, fantastic voyages have long inspired timepiece design and the modern Odyssey watch is no exception. The …

This Meditation Exercise Builds Mental Muscle and Cures Procrastination

Imagine always having the strongest mind in the room.<p>That would mean being smart, sure.<p>But more importantly, you’d be grounded and unflappable. No …

Procrastination

This Awesome Video Shows The Scale of The Universe in The Best Way Possible

I mean, we knew the Universe was big, but...<p>We get it. The Universe is epic, vast, and unknowable, and Earth is tiny. There are black holes billions …

Sirloin steak with anchovies and shallots

This, which I used to have when I worked in Bordeaux for a while, is one of my favourite things to eat. It is also an incredibly quick meal.<p>If the notion of raw shallots and anchovies doesn’t appeal you can sauté them – in unsalted butter – until the shallots are soft and the anchovies are almost …

Video Game Experts Help Players “Go Analog” with Board Game Recommendations

Dan “Shoe” Hsu is a former video game journalist and editor who has spent eighteen years writing about video games for magazines and websites such as</i> …

Board Games

Black Holes News

Feb. 21, 2018 — Astronomers reveal a new high resolution map of the magnetic field lines in gas and dust swirling around the supermassive black hole …

Zen Out: A Guided 10-Minute Meditation Video

You may not realize it, but every noise you hear has an effect on your body and mind. “Certain sounds make us feel certain ways,” says Sara Auster, …

The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don't Follow Through On What We Set Out to Do And What To Do About It

By the summer of 1830, Victor Hugo was facing an impossible deadline. Twelve months earlier, the famous French author had made an agreement with his publisher that he would write a new book titled, <i>The Hunchback of Notre Dame</i>.<p>Instead of writing the book, Hugo spent the next year pursuing other …

Procrastination

The Best Martial Arts Movie Fights Of All Time

From karate chops to roundhouse kicks, cinema has seen its share of martial arts fights. Now, it’s time to look at the ones that come out on top when …

Hishiryo

Not thinking about anything is the Way. Once you know this, everything becomes the Way.<p>Hishiryo is a state of mind beyond thinking and non-thinking. …

Meditation

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The Right Stuff for Space Nerds — Tools and Toys

If you read our Friday Quality Linkage columns with any regularity, you’ll know we enjoy everything outer space. This week, we thought it’d be fun to …

Apple Watch

Explore the Night with Bob King - Sky & Telescope

The Great Hercules Cluster is on everyone's observing list this summer. But there's lots more to see within a stone's throw of this grand object — …

Astronomy Blogs - Sky & Telescope

No telescope? No problem. Just use your eyeballs! On a dark summer night at least two dozen deep-sky objects can be seen without optical aid.<p>We got a …

How Leo Tolstoy Found His Purpose: The Beloved Author on Personal Growth and the Meaning of Human Existence

“That which one has set oneself to do, one should not relinquish on the grounds of absence of mind or distraction.”<p><i>“To be a moral human being is to pay, be obliged to pay, certain kinds of attention,”</i> Susan Sontag asserted in one of her final works, a superb meditation on storytelling and what it …

Literature

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10 Great Japanese Animated Movies That Use Unique Animation Styles

5. Cat Soup (Tatsuo Sato, 2001)<p>At only thirty-four minutes, Cat Soup is a short and deeply weird tale of a very different take on the afterlife. In …

Read Ken Liu's amazing story that swept the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards

Ken Liu's incredible story "Paper Menagerie" just became the first work of fiction to win all three of SF's major awards: the Hugo, the Nebula and …

10 Quantum Truths About Our Universe

Even most of the pros don’t know all 10.<p><i>This post was contributed to Starts With A Bang by Sabine Hossenfelder. Sabine is a theoretical physicist</i> …

A universe in a nutshell: The physics of everything, with Michio Kaku

My name is Professor Michio Kaku. I’m a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and I specialize in something called …

This Video May Help You Wrap Your Head Around 'Quantum Foam'

Thanks, NASA!<p>What <i>is</i> "quantum foam," anyway?<p>Most physics buffs have heard of the space-time concept, which suggests that empty space as we tend to think of it isn't empty at all. Rather, at very small scales, space and time can be a bit "fuzzy" or "bubbly," kind of like foam.<p>"The 'bubbles' in the …

Physics