Thomas Matchen

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For the First Time, We Have a Detailed Model of the Universe

And its rendering stretches almost all the way back to the Big Bang.<p>It is, if you except the powers of human memory, the closest thing we have to a time machine.<p>Scientists have created the first realistic model of the universe, capable of recreating 13 billion years of cosmic evolution. The …

Microsoft’s ‘Project Siena’ lets anyone create Windows 8.1 apps

Microsoft is releasing "Project Siena" today, a Windows 8.1 app that lets you easily create your own Windows app. It’s designed as a quick tool for building Windows 8-style apps without any programming skills. It’s also a touch-friendly way to create apps from a tablet, rather than using the …

Seeking To Expand Beyond Languages, Rosetta Stone Looks To Brain Training

Rosetta Stone has been trying to move beyond its traditional language learning scope this year, and the latest example of this is its purchase of Vivity Labs Inc. for $12 million.<p>Vivity makes the Fit Brains Trainer app and a variety of similar products. The app is, according to the press release …

Why The Full Moon is Better in Winter

Cats Have Been Crashing on Our Couch for 5,300 Years

To my mind, there’s no excuse for cats. They’re animal hipsters — preening, demanding and terribly full of themselves. Plus they make me sneeze. Yes, …

New Research Affirms That Milky Way Has Four Spiral Arms

Our Milky Way galaxy has four arms instead of two, according to just published results of a 12-year study by scientists in the U.K.<p>The findings, published in the <i>Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society</i>, affirm what astronomers surmised in the 1950s but began to doubt in 2008 after seeing …

Heating Water To 600 Degrees Celsius In One Trillionth Of A Second

A new trick of science could trigger some interesting chemical reactions.<p>It may only work on tiny amounts of water, but it should be the fastest transfer of energy to water on Earth. Scientists have figured out how to heat about one billionth of a liter of water 600 degrees Celsius in one …

$19 million might produce the first ever image of a black hole

Astrophysicists think there's a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It's supposed to be four million times more massive than our Sun, but despite its stupendous size, we've never been able to see it. That might soon change. The European Research Council has given 14 …

Study Finds Milky Way Has Four Arms, Not Two

Astronomers in the U.K. have counted not two but four arms swirling out from the center of the Milky Way.<p>According to NPR, the updated arm-count …