Philip Alexiev

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Ask Ethan: How Far Is The Edge Of The Universe From The Farthest Galaxy?

When we look out into the Universe, there’s light everywhere we can see, for as far as our telescopes are capable of looking. But at some point, there’s a limit to what we’ll encounter. One limit is set by the cosmic structure that forms in the Universe: we can only see the stars, galaxies, etc., …

Equations

Ask Ethan: What Should A Black Hole's Event Horizon Look Like?

Earlier this month, telescopes from all around the world took data, simultaneously, of the Milky Way’s central black hole. Of all the black holes that are known in the Universe, the one at our galactic center — Sagittarius A* — is special. From our point of view, its event horizon is the largest of …

There’s still a lot we don’t know about the proton

Nuclear physicist Evangeline Downie hadn’t planned to study one of the thorniest puzzles of the proton.<p>But when opportunity knocked, Downie couldn’t …

Potentially 'undefeatable' ad blocker looks at content, not code

Facebook may have just lost its war on ad blockers. That is, if a new method developed by Princeton and Stanford researchers is implemented into a widely available blocker. Computer scientist Arvind Narayanan and his colleagues detailed unveiled a tool that detects ads the same way humans would, by …

String Theory Says We Have at Least 10 Dimensions, but That's Not the Weirdest Thing About It

Quantum physics is weird. As soon as you think you understand it, you find five more reasons you don't. Take this, for example: the Standard Model of …

$50 trillion of cash on the sidelines could be good news for stocks and gold

Negative interest rates rule all over the globe. This means that the old saw, "Put your cash to work," no longer holds true. Nearly three-fourths of that $50 trillion of cash is receiving less than ½% annual interest. The remaining fourth ($13 trillion) is paying negative interest rates.<p>The only …

Sweden’s Stugan game accelerator gets its first mobile game launch

Stugan, the mobile game accelerator in Sweden, gets its first official game launch today with the unveiling of Prism.<p>Prism is an iOS puzzle game where players manipulate shapes and patterns to unlock “sacred geometry.” It has cinematic design, mythology, intuitive touch exploration, and meditative …

Gaming Industry

Why bingeing on health foods won’t boost your immune system

Walk through the aisles of any health food shop and you’ll see pots of echinacea or zinc that promise to “support your immune system” or “maintain its healthy function”. Read new age health blogging sites and you’ll find posts on how drinking hot lemon water or knocking back a shot of wheatgrass …

Wellness

Square IPO set to price Wednesday in highly watched deal | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mobile payments company Square Inc (SQ.N) is set to price shares for its initial public offering late Wednesday in what is expected to be a harbinger for how other highly valued tech companies are received in their public debuts.<p>Jack Dorsey, interim CEO of Twitter and CEO …

Equity Crowdfunding Platform FlashFunders Is Automating Securities Law For Seed-Stage Rounds

Thanks to the JOBS Act, the world of equity crowdfunding is blowing wide open.<p>FlashFunders, an equity crowdfunding platform, is announcing a new program that automates the process for entrepreneurs, making it entirely free to raise or invest in a seed round.<p>Most crowdfunding platforms like …

A CEO wrote this brutal memo when he realized his billion-dollar startup was failing

Fab.com was once considered the fastest growing startup in the world. The e-commerce site partnered with thousands of designers to sell their funky decor and trinkets via flash sales.<p>Within its first six months, Fab generated $20 million and Silicon Valley investors valued the company at $400 …

15 best Android tablet games

Tablets seem almost tailor made to play Android games. Their larger screen sizes allow you to enjoy the graphics more. It also lets developers spread out the controls for an easier, better feel. Android tablets aren’t the most popular devices in the world. Many developers are making games that play …

Google Play

Apple Pay And Digital Currency Mean Time Is Running Out For Physical Cash

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Ilya Subkhankulov is the COO of BTX Trader, the digital currency trading platform. He has also recently launched a consumer-friendly bitcoin and dogecoin buying service called Celery.</i><p>Since the advent of electronic payments, there has been a clear shift away from cash and checks. …

These Two Guys Built Dropcam To Catch A Dog — And Just Sold It For $555 Million

Late Friday, Google's Nest announced that it was buying Dropcam for $555 million in cash.<p>Dropcam is a five-year-old San Francisco company, founded by two engineers from Xobni, Greg Duffy and Amir Virani. (Xobni was an email inbox app sold to Yahoo in 2013 reportedly for more than $30 …

20 best Android apps and games this week

It's time for our weekly roundup of the best new Android apps and games to have emerged on the Google Play store.<p>As ever, prices are correct at the time of writing, but may have changed by the time you read this. (Free + IAP) means in-app purchases are used within the app.<p>Want more apps? Browse …

A SILICON VALLEY DISASTER: A 21-Year-Old Stanford Kid Got $30 Million, Then Everything Blew Up

The week after Thanksgiving, 40 Clinkle employees gathered in the kitchen of their San Francisco office. It was the second time in two days they'd been called together for an all-hands meeting.<p>At the front of the room stood 22-year-old Clinkle CEO Lucas Duplan, eyes cast down. Next to him stood …

European Startups: Practical Tips for Raising Capital in the US

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Brendan Gill is the co-founder and CEO of OpenSignal, a startup that crowdsources data on mobile networks from consumer smartphones. Prior to that he founded a California-based e-commerce company after retiring from a brief lifeguarding career. You can find him on Twitter as</i> …

2013 Ford Mustang GT

Three years after the updated Mustang's debut, Ford grants us 40,000 miles' worth of GT.<p>We’d petitioned Ford for a long-term Mustang ever since the 2010 model made its debut. This fifth-generation Mustang felt like a reborn car, even if its solid axle is to automotive componentry what the polyester …

XiStera Kickstarter project promises to be affordable, multi-use accessory for iPhone 5

The XiStera accessory for iPhone 5 is an interesting new Kickstarter project that includes several functions in a small, affordable package. The XiStera works as an iPhone 5 camera lens, tripod adapter, viewing stand, bottle opener, stylus, earphone holder, LED light system, and keychain.<p>The video …

Quote Roller Helps You Close Sales Deals Faster, Lands $655K

Quote Roller, a startup from – of all places – Belarus, has secured $655,000 in seed funding to support its expansion to the United States and to enhance its cloud-based software for sales proposals.<p>Indeed, Quote Roller helps companies create, send and process better sales proposals, in order to …

Peter Thiel funds next round of under-20 entrepreneurs

The latest group of "20 Under 20" Thiel Fellows includes a junior at Harvard who's leaving to work on education software. Other projects: a desktop fabricator for electronics and a telepresence device.<p>Billionaire investor and philanthropist Peter Thiel plans to announce Thursday the next group of …

Now Is a Horrible Time To Buy a Laptop

So your trusty laptop is starting to show its age. No one can blame you for wanting a new one, but we've got just one piece of advice: <b>WAIT</b>. This is a …