Category: Science

Facebook published an update on its futuristic brain-typing project

Facebook has released an update on its ambitious plans for a brain-reading computer interface, thanks to a team of Facebook Reality Labs-backed scientists at the University of California, San Francisco. The UCSF researchers just published the results of an experiment...

/ July 31, 2019

Trolls are harassing a scientist who helped photograph a black hole

It’s so easy to be excited about Katie Bouman. She’s the 29-year-old computer scientist whose utter glee at seeing a black hole for the first time was captured in a picture that warmed hearts around the world. Congratulations poured in,...

/ April 14, 2019

World’s biggest airplane takes flight for the first time ever

The world’s largest airplane took flight for the first time ever on Saturday morning. Built by rocket launch company Stratolaunch, the 500,000-pound plane with a 385-foot wingspan lifted off shortly after 10AM ET from Mojave Air and Space Port in...

/ April 13, 2019

Getting Scott Kelly’s blood back to Earth was a logistical nightmare

Rocket explosions, time-sensitive blood draws, and ultrasound tutorials in the dead of night — the science behind the scenes of the NASA’s Twins Study released today was almost more exciting than the results it contained. The study looked at the...

/ April 12, 2019

See the first image ever taken of a supermassive black hole

For the first time ever, humanity can gaze at an actual photograph of a supermassive black hole. It’s an achievement that took supercomputers, eight telescopes stationed on five continents, hundreds of researchers, and vast amounts of data to accomplish. The...

/ April 12, 2019

An Oxford mathematician explains how AI could enhance human creativity

The game of Go played between a DeepMind computer program and a human champion created an existential crisis of sorts for Marcus du Sautoy, a mathematician and professor at Oxford University. “I’ve always compared doing mathematics to playing the game...

/ April 11, 2019

The First Machine-Generated Book by a Scholarly Publisher Is a Boring Read

Amazon’s online book store is plagued with thousands of auto-generated ebooks crudely hacked together from other texts by shady authors” looking to make a quick buck. Most are unreadable, but it’s not always going to be that way. Springer Nature,...

/ April 10, 2019

Declassified U2 Spy Plane Photos Expose Hidden Archaeological Sites

Declassified U2 spy plane images showing desert kites in Jordan—stone structures used to trap animals between 5,000 and 8,000 years ago. Image: Emily Hammer and Jason Ur/Advances in Archaeological PracticeDuring the Cold War, the United States flew U2 spy planes...

/ April 10, 2019

A nuclear missile gets dismantled in this new stop-motion video

In a surprisingly cheerful stop-motion animation released today, two disembodied hands dismantle a model of a Minuteman III missile, a weapon that — if launched — could send a nuclear warhead across the world. The hands pull it apart, burn...

/ April 10, 2019

Watch Glaciers Crumble in This Frightening Immersive Mixed Reality Clip

The scene is from The Weather Channel’s latest mixed reality segment, which connects the flooding of tomorrow to the melting glaciers and sea level rise of today. It marks a slight deviation from its ongoing campaign to put its meteorologists...

/ April 10, 2019