Quanta Magazine is an editorially independent online publication of the Simons Foundation covering developments in mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science and the basic life sciences.
- The Astronomer Who’d Rather Build Space CamerasIn 1965, when James Edward Gunn was in graduate school at the California Institute of Technology, he figured out a way to tell when the universe first lit up with stars. Other astronomers had spotted strange sources of radio waves known as quasars at enormous distances — two-thirds of the… Read more »
- The Bulldogs That Bulldogs FightRecursion is one of the most fascinating, magical concepts in computer science and mathematics. A programmer’s subroutine can call itself, which can call itself again and again in an infinite loop. A math function can be defined in terms of itself. Informally, recursion involves having an entity or action that… Read more »
- Heat-Loving Microbes, Once Dormant, Thrive Over Decades-Old FireJust past the intersection of Centre and Locust in Centralia, Pennsylvania, the microbiologist Tammy Tobin turned the wheel of her aging Prius sharply to the right. As the windshield wipers whipped furiously back and forth to fend off the driving sleet — a reminder that winter had yet to bid… Read more »
- Viruses Have a Secret, Altruistic Social LifeSocial organisms come in all shapes and sizes, from the obviously gregarious ones like mammals and birds down to the more cryptic socializers like bacteria. Evolutionary biologists often puzzle over altruistic behaviors among them, because self-sacrificing individuals would at first seem to be at a severe disadvantage under natural selection.… Read more »
- Mathematicians Discover the Perfect Way to MultiplyFour thousand years ago, the Babylonians invented multiplication. Last month, mathematicians perfected it. On March 18, two researchers described the fastest method ever discovered for multiplying two very large numbers. The paper marks the culmination of a long-running search to find the most efficient procedure for performing one of the… Read more »
Ars Technica is a website covering news and opinions in technology, science, politics, and society, created by Ken Fisher and Jon Stokes in 1998. It publishes news, reviews, and guides on issues such as computer hardware and software, science, technology policy, and video games.
- These are the best new vehicles of the 2019 New York International Auto ShowEnlarge (credit: Jonathan Gitlin / Aurich Lawson) NEW YORK—On Friday morning, the annual New York International Auto Show opened its doors to the public. In stark contrast to last year—when I foolishly predicted that NYIAS was now the premier US auto show—this year's event feels very lackluster.NYIAS 2019 This little… Read more »
- Staffsource: Ars’ most coveted work-from-home essentialsEnlarge (credit: Jon Brodkin) We at Ars have a unique work situation: instead of congregating in a stuffy office among the maze of stuffy offices in a high-rise in a big city, each of us works from the comfort of our home. Some of us have been doing so for… Read more »
- iPad Air and iPad mini 2019 review: Apple’s tablets strike an ideal balanceThe 2019 iPad Air and iPad mini, side by side. [credit: Samuel Axon ] Apple's iPad lineup has had a gap in it lately. At the top end, you had the 2018 refresh of the iPad Pro—an immensely powerful, envelope-pushing tablet priced and positioned as a laptop replacement. At the… Read more »
- How a mobile game is reopening a hidden chapter in Taiwan’s historyEnlarge / Some imagery from the mobile game, Unforgivable. Thirty years ago, the grandfather of a Taiwanese-American NYPD detective named Danny Lin was thrown off a cliff in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. The killing took place during what is known today as the White Terror, a 40-year period of violent… Read more »
- Why the US still won’t require SS7 fixes that could secure your phoneEnlarge (credit: CJ Ostrosky/POGO) This article was reported in partnership with the Project On Government Oversight. It was written by POGO investigator Andrea Peterson, and it incorporates research from former POGO intern Vanessa Perry. The outages hit in the summer of 1991. Over several days, phone lines in major metropolises… Read more »
Nautilus is an online and print science magazine that “combines the sciences, culture and philosophy into a single story.” It publishes one “issue” on a selected topic each month on its website, releasing one “chapter” each Thursday.
- Most Tech Today Would be Frivolous to Ancient Scientists - Facts So RomanticThe tech that most people depend on must appeal to our fears and vanities and must require continuous and rapid overturn. If it were truly necessary, the market would demand durability.WikicommonsSurrounded by advanced achievements in medicine, space exploration, and robotics, people can be forgiven for thinking our time boasts the… Read more »
- Why Europa Is the Place to Go for Alien Life - Issue 71: FlowI have seen the future of space exploration, and it looks like a cue ball covered with brown scribbles. I am talking about Europa, the 1,940-mile-wide, nearly white, and exceedingly smooth satellite of Jupiter. It is an enigmatic world that is, in many ways, almost a perfect inversion of Earth.… Read more »
- When Beauty Gets in the Way of Science - Issue 71: FlowThe biggest news in particle physics is no news. In March, one of the most important conferences in the field, Rencontres de Moriond, took place. It is an annual meeting at which experimental collaborations present preliminary results. But the recent data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), currently the world’s… Read more »
- How Does Turbulence Get Started? - Issue 71: FlowThe water is always running in Björn Hof’s laboratory. Like a Zen water fountain, it gently flows over the top of a reservoir into a tube, and from there into a glass pipe 15 meters long, but thinner than a glass thermometer. To keep the flow as smooth and serene… Read more »
- Taking Another Person’s Perspective Doesn’t Help You Understand Them - Facts So RomanticTo understand someone, we should not imagine their point of view but make the effort to “get” their perspective.Pixabay / Public DomainNo moral advice is perfectly sound. The Golden Rule—do unto others as you would have them do unto you—is only as wise as the person following it.A more modern-sounding… Read more »
Space Exploration Technologies Corp., doing business as SpaceX, is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has since developed the Falcon launch vehicle family and the Dragon spacecraft family, which both currently deliver payloads into Earth orbit.
- CREW DEMO-1 LAUNCHAt 2:49 a.m. EST on March 2, SpaceX launched Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test flight without crew on board the spacecraft is intended to demonstrate SpaceX’s capabilities to safely and reliably fly astronauts to and from… Read more »
- NUSANTARA SATU MISSIONOn Thursday, February 21 at 8:45 p.m. EST, SpaceX launched the Nusantara Satu satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Falcon 9 also delivered the Beresheet lunar spacecraft and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) S5 spacecraft to orbit. Deployments occurred at approximately 33… Read more »
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA was established in 1958, succeeding the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
- NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Social Media, Public EventsThis Earth Day, April 22, NASA invites you to celebrate our beautiful home planet by participating in a global social media event and local events around the country. Read more »
- NASA Hosts University Students to Discuss Future of Space ExplorationNASA is giving university students an opportunity to interact with agency leadership, including NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, as well as astronauts abroad the International Space Station, during a live event 2 p.m. EDT Monday, April 29, at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. Read more »
- Northrop Grumman Heads to Space Station with New NASA Science, CargoNorthrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with about 7,600 pounds of science investigations and cargo after launching at 4:46 p.m. EDT Wednesday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Read more »
- NASA, Blue Origin Agreement Signals Rocketing Growth of Commercial SpaceOfficials from NASA and the private space company Blue Origin have signed an agreement that grants the company use of a historic test stand as the agency focuses on returning to the Moon and on to Mars, and America’s commercial space industry continues to grow. Read more »
- NASA Announces First Flight, Record-Setting MissionNASA and its International Space Station partners have set a new schedule and new crew assignments that will include the first flight of NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, an extended stay for NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, and a record-setting flight for NASA astronaut Christina Koch. Read more »
MinutePhysics is an educational YouTube channel created by Henry Reich. The channel’s videos include time-lapsed drawing to explain physics-related topics in approximately one minute. As of November 2017, the channel has over 4 million subscribers.
The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the United States, with around 117,500 members including scientists, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students.
- Young children judge others based on facial features as much as adults doChildren as young as 5 use facial information to determine how to behave toward people, study finds. Read more »
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- We're altering the climate so severely that we'll soon face apocalyptic consequences. Here are 9 last-ditch ways we could hack the planet to reverse that trend. - Business InsiderWe're altering the climate so severely that we'll soon face apocalyptic consequences. Here are 9 last-ditch ways we could hack the planet to reverse that trend. Business InsiderGeoengineering is a term that refers to technology that can alter Earth's natural cycles to cool down the planet. It's being increasingly discussed as… Read more »
- Watch the Lyrid Meteor Shower Light up the Night Sky This Weekend - Interesting EngineeringWatch the Lyrid Meteor Shower Light up the Night Sky This Weekend Interesting EngineeringThe meteor shower happens every year around the same time and will peak this weekend, streaking across the night sky.View full coverage on Google News Read more »
- Watch a Flower That Seems to Remember When Pollinators Will Come Calling - The New York TimesWatch a Flower That Seems to Remember When Pollinators Will Come Calling The New York TimesCan you remember what you did yesterday? If not, you might want to take a lesson from Nasa poissoniana, a star-shaped flowering plant from the Peruvian ... Read more »
- NASA needs a camera to spot killer asteroids - QuartzNASA needs a camera to spot killer asteroids QuartzAstronomers tend to be patient people. When it comes to stars, much of what they examine happened millions of years ago, and when it comes to space probes, ... Read more »
- Behind the Black-Hole Image: One Giant Leap for Teamwork - The Wall Street JournalBehind the Black-Hole Image: One Giant Leap for Teamwork The Wall Street JournalIn pursuit of an astronomical breakthrough, a global team of scientists used conflict, dissent and relentless bias-testing to produce the first-ever image of a black ... Read more »