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The Death of DSLRs is Near

Two decades ago, DSLRs were introduced to replace film cameras. With only a few megapixels, very short battery life, and an overall low quality, it …

Cameras

Sony’s new A7 III is a $2,000 full-frame mirrorless camera that should terrify Canon and Nikon

The imaging giant’s mirrorless camera lineup has never looked more intimidating<p>Sony spent 2017 releasing pricey powerhouse cameras like the A9, but today the company announced one that sounds almost as good at half the price. The new full-frame A7 III splits the difference between the pixel-packed …

Behind the Scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Strangest Blockbuster in Hollywood History

Despite delays, maxed-out budgets, radical re-writes, and some early bad reviews, Stanley Kubrick’s outer-space epic went on to set records and propel a generation of cinema lovers—a big gamble of a movie that still resonates 50 years later.<p>Stanley Kubrick’s <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> took more than four …

Scientists are keeping a close eye on the Beaufort Gyre

The Beaufort Gyre, an immense 60-mile-diameter pool of cold freshwater and sea ice, is “stuck” in a clockwise rotation that should have ended years ago. Its eventual reversal could send massive amounts of chilly water straight toward western Europe, plunging it into brutal winters and disrupting …

Seeing One Example Of Merging Neutron Stars Raises Five Incredible Questions

On August 17th, both the light and the gravitational wave signals from inspiraling-and-merging neutron stars reached Earth, where both were detected, for the first time, by humans. The inspiral phase was seen for approximately 30 seconds in the LIGO and Virgo detectors, lasting more than 100 times …

Astronomy

Is The Universe Conscious?

The history of science — in particular the physical sciences, like physics and astronomy — can be told as the incremental realization that there is large-scale coherence in the universe.<p>By large-scale coherence, I mean that some of the same physical laws hold at scales as diverse as the atom and …

Physics

In A First, Gravitational Lens Reveals Magnified And Multiplied Images Of A Type 1a Supernova

Astronomers have, for the first time, detected a gravitationally lensed type 1a supernova — objects that always explode with the same brightness, and …

Scientists Say A ‘Mirror Universe’ Where Time Moves Backwards May Exist

Although we experience time in one direction—we all get older, we have records of the past but not the future—there’s nothing in the laws of physics …

Where does the legend of the mummy come from?

The curse of Tutankhamun enthralled the world – and inspired many storytellers, writes Oliver Pfeiffer.<p>“It’s a fairly gruesome process that would’ve involved removal of the brain through the nose. They would then have removed the internal organs - the viscera,” says John J Johnson of the Egypt …

Life-Sized Anime Girl In A Bikini For $25,000

Lala Satalin Deviluke is the main character of <i>To Love-Ru</i>. A life-sized version of her is going on sale for a mere twenty-five grand.<p><b>Note:</b> This …

Astronomers Discover Massive Galaxy Found Dead, But What Killed it?

A massive galaxy (ZF-COSMOS-20115) that once had three times as many stars as the Milky Way has recently been discovered by astronomers. Experts say …

Universe

2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Is the Universe a Simulation?

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Astronomer Royal Martin Rees on aliens, parallel universes and the biggest threats to mankind

Rees says extraterrestrial life would either be far less advanced - or they will have developed full electronic intelligence.<p><i>Martin Rees is Emeritus</i> …

Parallel Universes and the Truth Behind Them

The possibility of there being parallel universes out there like our own is quite high if you think about it. At a fundamental level, the idea of …

A US panel has endorsed limited genetic modification of humans — here's what that means

Sometime not necessarily too far from now, the first humans whose DNA has been intentionally edited by scientists could very likely be born.<p>The technologies that make that theoretically possible have existed for some time now and in the past few years, new discoveries have made genetic editing …

Scientists might be just weeks away from taking the first real picture of a black hole

The numbers behind the creation of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) are mind boggling enough, let alone the thought of what it might see on April 5 when it's trained on Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy.<p>It's 26,000 light years from Earth. Even though its …

When the Lights Went Out in the Universe

<i>Paul Sutter</i> <i>is an astrophysicist at</i> <i>The Ohio State University</i><i>and the chief scientist at</i> <i>COSI Science Center</i><i>. Sutter is also host of</i> <i>Ask a</i> …

Scientists Have Found ‘Time Crystals,’ A Bizarre New Form Of Matter

How much do we know about time? Not much, if you think about it. For the thing we value most of all, we’re largely ignorant of what time is and how time works (at least from a physics standpoint). But we’re slowly learning that time is much stranger than we thought, to the point where its oddities …

IBM somehow crammed data into a single atom

In the never-ending quest to improve computing technology, IBM has just taken a big step smaller: It's found a way to store data on a single atom.<p>A hard drive today takes about 100,000 atoms to store a single bit of data -- a 1 or 0. The IBM Research results announced Wednesday show how much more …

Quantum Computing

It's Official: Time Crystals Are a New State of Matter, And Now We Can Create Them

Peer-review has spoken.<p>Earlier this year, physicists had put together a blueprint for how to make and measure time crystals - a bizarre state of …

Sphere is a Lens That Turns Your DSLR Into a 360-Degree Camera

Sphere is a new lens that’s designed to turn any DSLR camera into a 360-degree camera. It captures a full 360-degree view horizontally and a …

Cameras

China's latest luxury phone packs a massive 7,000mAh battery

Many luxury smartphone makers see their work mainly as a matter of wrapping an ordinary device in upscale materials, maybe adding a concierge service and calling it a day. Gionee, however, is taking a different approach: it's giving you one huge feature that gives you a clear reason to pay a …

Mobile Technology

Nope, That Weird Blue Sphere In Space Isn't Aliens

Rumors swirled over the weekend that NASA was hiding something. Here's what's actually happening.<p>If you were on Facebook this weekend, you may have seen an image showing a mysterious blue sphere in space and a whole bunch of conspiracy theories about it. Aliens? NASA cover-up? As usual, the truth …

Space Travel

Images: Wonderful Collection Of Beautiful And Macabre Horror Comic Covers From The 1950's Through 1970's

Here is a wonderful collection of horror comic book covers ranging from the 1950's through the 1970's.<p>It is just a delightful display of devious and …

A material from shapeshifting planes could heal human flesh

What generates voltage when you warm it up, push on it, or blow on it?<p>Get your mind out of the gutter. The correct answer is polyvinylidene fluoride, a material NASA researchers have refined for use in morphing aircraft that shapeshift in response to their environment. But wait! There’s more: It …

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Scientists create the highest plasma pressure ever recorded with the Alcator C-Mod reactor in a breakthrough for clean energy technology<p>A nuclear fusion world record has been set in the US, marking another step on the long road towards the unlocking of limitless clean energy.<p>A team at the …

Nuclear Energy

I Got a $600 Brain 'Reboot' and It Changed My World

NAD+ therapy can supposedly increase your energy, focus, and metabolism, improve your cardiovascular health, and help you detox from alcohol and drugs. All this, of course, sounds incredibly unlikely—so I thought I'd see for myself.<p>This post originally appeared on VICE UK.<p>It's good to be skeptical …