Michael Gerwatosky

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A Physicist Has Created a Lab-Sized "Black Hole"

The experiment's results may finally prove that Hawking radiation exists.<p>Black holes swallow up everything, and nothing escapes. This property, the most iconic characteristic of these mysterious space phenomena, had its first major challenge this week when Techonion professor Jeff Steinhauer posted …

250Gbps: Russian scientists aim to revolutionize computing with plasma-driven antennas

A team of Russian physicists has found a way to tune silicon nanoparticles so they can process optical data at previously unattainable speed, paving …

Just how dangerous is it to travel at 20% the speed of light?

Breakthrough Starshot has examined the impact of stray atoms, cosmic dust.<p>Breakthrough Starshot is one of the more exciting scientific ideas that has …

Particles

Does The Earth's Magnetic Field Go Past The ISS?

<i>Does the Earth’s magnetosphere encompass the ISS and does it offer the same protection as it does our atmosphere and planet?</i><p>The International Space Station, or ISS, orbits our planet once every 90 minutes at the lofty height of 400 kilometers (about 248 miles) above the surface of our planet. This …

Scientists Have Found How Cancer Spreads Through The Bloodstream

It has something to do with a molecule called Death Receptor 6.<p>If you get cancer, it’s likely that the tumor itself won’t get you. The most common cause of cancer death is from the metastases that form when the initial tumor spreads, sending cancers cells out which grow elsewhere. These cells …

NASA just found a spacecraft that’s been lost for two years

By Rachel Feltman<p>, Freelancer, Editor at Popular Science Magazine<p>NASA is reporting that one of the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories, known as the STEREO-B spacecraft, has made contact after two years of silence.<p>Along with its sister STEREO-A, the prodigal probe is tasked with observing the …

Astronomy

Gravitational waves will bring the extreme universe into view – Daniel Hoak

The first direct detection of gravitational waves on 14 September 2015 proved that massive objects can ripple the structure of space, verifying a key …

Space

You could fit the entire human race into a sugar cube — and 13 other facts to put the universe into perspective

It's full of exploding stars and immortal jellyfish and it's been kicking around for almost 14 billion years.<p>Here are 14 awesome facts to put it all into perspective.

Universe

Biologists are close to reinventing the genetic code of life

The term "life hacking" usually refers to clever tweaks that make your life more productive. But this week in Science, a team of scientists comes a …

NASA Successfully Test Fires Mars Mega Rocket Engine with Modernized ‘Brain’ Controller

NASA engineers successfully conducted a development test of the RS-25 rocket engine Thursday, Aug. 18 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. …

Space Exploration

Samsung plugs IBM's brain-imitating chip into an advanced sensor

IBM's TrueNorth, a so-called "cognitive chip," remarkably resembles the human brain: its 4,096 cores combine to create about a million digital neurons and 256 million synapse connections. In short, like everyone's favorite complex organ, it operates extremely quickly and consumes far less energy …

'Wow, that's a lot of money' — how Netflix reacted to Amazon's knockout bid for Jeremy Clarkson

Speaking with The Guardian, CEO Reed Hastings acknowledged that Netflix wanted to sign Clarkson and his cohosts Richard Hammond and James May after they left the BBC.<p>He suggested, however, that the company was unwilling to match Amazon's reported £160 million ($210 million) offer for the trio, who …

Black Mirror

Google is building a new operating system

A page has surfaced on the code-sharing website GitHub about the new OS, called — for now, at least — Fuchsia.<p>It's not based on Android, the California-based technology company's mobile operating system used in billions of smartphones around the world, nor does it build upon the Linux kernel.<p>The …

Operating Systems

Hacker claims to be selling stolen NSA spy tools

The NSA develops high-powered hacking tools. Now a hacker claims to be selling a stolen batch of them.<p>On Saturday, a load of computer code -- whose purpose is to break into other computers -- was leaked to the public by an anonymous entity called "The Shadow Brokers."<p>The same mysterious entity also …

New York University

Sorry Pokémon Go trainers, this guy has caught them all world-wide

<b>UPDATE: Aug. 5, 2016, 2:08 p.m. AEST</b><p>If you wanted to be the very best like no one ever was, well sorry — you're just a little too late.<p>It's not Gary …

Pokémon

Edward Snowden tweeted gibberish and people are trying to figure out what it all means

If you're a fan of puzzles, Edward Snowden may have just ruined your Friday.<p>The former National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower …

After Rare Event, 2 Earth-sized Exoplanets Are Looking More Habitable - D-brief

By John Wenz | July 20, 2016 12:35 pm<p>An artist’s conception of the view from TRAPPIST-1c, showing how the system might look from the surface of the …

Universe

Peering into atomically thin transistors with microwaves, scientists make a radical discovery: a one-dimensional transistor

Peering into an atomically thin semiconductor device with a “microwave microscope” via an AFM tip (credit: University of Texas at Austin)Physicists …

How Lockheed Martin Plans To Set Up A Base Camp In Mars' Orbit

The journey to Mars, told in GIFs<p>NASA's goal is to put the first boot prints on Mars in the 2030s. There's a lot of work to be done before then, and many small steps to take in between.<p>The space agency has come under fire for not thoroughly plotting its roadmap to Mars. Lockheed Martin wants to …

Space Exploration

Next Steps for NASA's Next Giant Leap

July is always a good time to assess where U.S. human space exploration has been and where it’s going. This year, July 20 marks the 40th anniversary …

Space Science

Take pictures by blinking with Blincam on your glasses

A team in Japan has made hands-free photography simpler than ever -- at least, for people who wear glasses.<p>The Blincam is a camera that attaches to specs and takes pictures when you blink -- finally giving you a legitimate reason to wink at everyone and everything.<p>It operates its shutter when it …

US calls for extradition of world's biggest online piracy site owner

US officials plan to charge the Ukrainian owner of the Web's "most visited" piracy site, Kickass Torrents. The site distributes $1 billion worth of …

Pokémon Go helps Marines to catch suspect

<b>(CNN) —</b> Whether you're a Pokémon Go enthusiast or not, only a few are blissfully unaware of the new smartphone game which has taken over everywhere.<p>Now, it has helped two unsuspecting gamers to catch out an attempted murder suspect.<p>The reality-game-meets-exercise app was instrumental in aiding two …

Pokémon

PokéMon Go Is Reportedly Helping People With Their Depression

Gotta catch 'em all.<p>Since Pokémon Go started dominating our lives last week, it's had some surprising impacts. People are feeling strange sensations …

Your Brain Benefits Most When You Listen to Absolutely Nothing, Science Says

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

Pokemon Go has added nearly $11 billion to the value of Nintendo since its release

Nostalgic millennials are in love with Pokemon Go. So are Nintendo investors.<p>After players enjoyed their first full weekend roaming about their neighborhoods capturing virtual Pokemon, Nintendo’s share price has soared. The stock opened today (July 11) at 18,595 Japanese yen ($182.1) per share, up …

Pokémon

Facebook *is* biasing the news — but not in the way you think

On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg defended his decision to show a video of Philando Castile— a black man who was shot by the police at a routine traffic stop in Minnesota — on the Facebook Live video platform. It shows Castile covered in blood, dying next to his distraught girlfriend and her baby …

Social Media

No Biggie, Neil deGrasse Tyson proposed a new kind of government

After the tumultuous election year America had, the debate over what kind of leaders we want to represent us did not end. Helpful to the discussion …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Scientists Think They've Found A Way To Eliminate Virtual Reality Sickness

I'm nauseous... I'm nauseous...<p>We write lots about virtual reality here at <i>Popular Science.</i> We don't often talk about one of its biggest drawbacks, though: virtual reality sickness. Like motion sickness, but you're not really moving. How can I explore a virtual world when I have to vomit after ten …