Einstein Gravitational Waves Theory Proven

Major breakthrough proves one of Einstein’s wildest theories

By on February 11, 2016 at 12:10 PM.

Major breakthrough proves one of Einstein’s wildest theories

Albert Einstein was a pretty smart guy. OK, that’s understating it just a tad: He was a genius who completely changed our knowledge of how the universe works. However, when Einstein was coming up with his theories for how the universe worked, he had to rely on mathematical thought experiments since there was no way at the time to physically test his ideas. In fact, one of Einstein’s wildest theories was last year observed for the first time ever thanks to the work of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. More →

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Noor Concentrated Solar Power Complex

The world’s largest solar plant will soon deliver enough power for over 1 million homes

By on February 8, 2016 at 9:55 PM.

The world’s largest solar plant will soon deliver enough power for over 1 million homes

Solar power obviously isn’t the solution for every place on Earth, but for regions that largely consist of arid deserts it can deliver a lot of juice. Such is the case with the Noor Concentrated Solar Power that just switched on in Morocco and that is projected to produce enough power to meet the needs of 1.1 million people by 2018. More →

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Blue Origin Rocket Landing Video

Watch Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket land in this incredible video

By on February 8, 2016 at 9:20 PM.

Watch Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket land in this incredible video

Back in November, Jeff Bezos and his private space flight company Blue Origin blew us all away by completing the first ever reusable rocket landing. New Shepard, as the rocket is called, successfully landed once again last month, but this past weekend, Blue Origin released a never-before-seen video of the landing from the rocket’s point of view.

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Enormous beam found streaming from black hole in distant galaxy

By on February 8, 2016 at 8:45 PM.

Enormous beam found streaming from black hole in distant galaxy

Imagine spotting the laser beam from the fictitious Death Star of “Star Wars” fame as you scan a distant galaxy.

That comes close to what an international team saw as they surveyed the Pictor A galaxy. Not only did they find a supermassive black hole in the galaxy about 500 million light years away but were able to study something even more stunning – a huge amount of gravitational energy streaming from the black hole and forming a visible beam or jet.

The beam, compromised of particles traveling nearly the speed of light into intergalactic space, stretched for a distance of 300,000 light years – three times the diameter of the entire Milky Way. More →

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Asteroid 2013 TX68 Pass March

An asteroid is about to pass so close to Earth that we’ll see it in the sky

By on February 8, 2016 at 6:25 PM.

An asteroid is about to pass so close to Earth that we’ll see it in the sky

Don’t worry, we aren’t about to go extinct like the dinosaurs. That said, a 30-meter wide asteroid will be passing Earth so close early next month that we might be able to see it in the sky, NASA has announced. And it might even hit Earth at some point in 2017.

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Better Passwords Brain Scans

Unhackable brain scans may some day replace passwords

By on February 5, 2016 at 8:55 PM.

Unhackable brain scans may some day replace passwords

Security breaches affecting millions of users have come to light in recent years, yet we’re no better at protecting our personal data, or at picking good passwords, than we were before. But some companies are already looking at new ways to secure customer data that go beyond passwords and PINs. Fingerprint sensors are found on more and more smartphones in recent years, and retina scanners are coming too. But in the future, we may have an even more advanced way of logging into online services and protecting our data: Brain scans.

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Cool, 360-degree video showcases NASA’s Greased Lightning drone

By on February 5, 2016 at 8:20 PM.

Cool, 360-degree video showcases NASA’s Greased Lightning drone

Want to know what it’s like to pilot NASA’s remote-controlled plane dubbed Greased Lightning or GL-10?

Then, you have to check out this 360-degree video. It offers a birds-eye view from the pilot’s seat that shows the drone taking off, soaring over the countryside and then landing again. More →

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Scientists may have found a way to destroy the bedbug

By on February 4, 2016 at 5:50 PM.

Scientists may have found a way to destroy the bedbug

Scientists have for the first time sequenced the genome of New York City bed bugs, a project that could one day offer a way to contain one of the world’s most hated insects.

One group of researchers, in a Nature Communications study, found that genes in the bedbug, Cimex lectularius, are expressed the most after it feeds on blood for the first time. The group, led by the American Museum of Natural History’s Jeffrey Rosenfeld, also compared bed bug DNA from every New York subway station and found those from different parts of the city had different genetic makeups. More →

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Could the US deploy ‘cyborg’ troops?

By on January 28, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

Could the US deploy ‘cyborg’ troops?

The U.S. military is working to develop a new chip technology that, when implanted, will connect human brains to computers – making cyborgs.

Should the chip succeed, it could have nearly limitless possibilities. The U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) often plays a big role in the development of technologies that civilians eventually benefit from, such as GPS or the Internet.

For the US military, it could help warfighters on a number of levels, such as augmenting their senses- hearing, sight and more. More →

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