Marek Madariaga

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What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

Astronomers Debate: "How Long Can a Technology-Based Civilization Last?" (Weekend Feature)

Human-caused climate change, ocean acidification and species extinctions may eventually threaten the collapse of civilization, according to some …

Facebook successfully tests laser drones in UK skies

Facebook has been testing large, solar-powered drones in the skies over the UK, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has announced.<p>The drones use lasers to beam internet access down to the ground, designed to provide connections to rural and internet-free zones.<p>“As part of our Internet.org effort to …

Social Media

Airframe Parachutes Might Have Prevented The Germanwings Crash

The founder of an aerospace company dedicated to manufacturing airframe parachutes for general aviation and legacy aircraft says that eventually such technology could even guard against sabotage — virtually preventing catastrophes like this week’s Germanwings A320 crash.<p>Even though IATA, the global …

Aviation

7 surprising things the government spends more money on than space exploration

Read enough about space exploration and you detect a common theme: the universe contains all sorts of wonders, but we don't have enough money to properly explore them.<p>We've discovered liquid oceans on several different moons in our solar system, but cuts to NASA's planetary science budget (the …

Obesity and Food Addiction: It's Not About Willpower

While it's nationally recognized that we are in the midst of an "obesity epidemic," our response remains gravely inadequate. Imagine handling the ebola epidemic by saying to those who contracted the disease, "Try harder not to get sick."<p>Despite what our culture, exercise and diet industries would …