A stealthy California startup called Swarm Technologies is facing the wrath of the Federal Communications Commission after its super-miniaturized satellites were launched without proper authorization. The flap was first reported last Friday in IEEE Spectrum. It all started when Swarm Technologies developed a breed of networked communications satellites known as SpaceBEEs (Basic Electronic Elements). The satellites were unusually small: about 4 inches square and 1 inch thick, or roughly the size of a sandwich. Four of the satellites, designed to be capable of handling two-way communications in orbit, were stacked for launch into the space taken up by a standard… Read More
A report that will soon be presented to the United Nations claims to rank the happiest—and unhappiest—countries in the world, and if you're looking to make a major move, you might want to keep it handy.
Students across the country are coming together in a National School Walkout today in a call on Congress to pass tighter gun control laws. The ENOUGH National School Walkout is taking place exactly one month after the mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people and sent shock waves throughout the United States. The walkouts are across the nation, from Maine to Maryland, from North Dakota to North Carolina, from the White House to Washington state, and even in Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Students and teachers at more than 2,000 schools across the country staged a national walkout to call for an end to gun violence on Wednesday, one month after 17 people were killed in a mass shooting a Florida high school.
U.S. Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb is greeted by supporters at an election night rally in Pennsylvania’s 18th U.S. Congressional District special election against Republican candidate and State Rep. Rick Saccone, in Canonsburg, Pa., March 13, 2018. With Democrat Conor Lamb holding on to a margin of a few hundred votes in Tuesday’s special election to fill a Pennsylvania House seat, strategists from both parties were frantically seeking lessons in the outcome that will help them in the midterms this fall.
Taliban militants came to her town in central Wardak province in mid-2017, and during battle with the Afghan police, burned her home and killed her husband, a farmer who was out “doing his daily routine,” she says. The upheaval adds to an astonishing metric of the scale of on-going war, 16 years after American troops first arrived to oust the Taliban. Recommended: How well do you know Afghanistan?
It may be a cliché to describe someone as an inspiration, but there is no title more befitting for the late Stephen Hawking. The British theoretical physicist died early Wednesday morning aged 76, after a lifetime awing scientists and the public alike with his brilliance, wit, and his encouragement to investigate the universe around us. SEE ALSO: Stephen Hawking, beloved author of 'A Brief History of Time,' dies at 76 One of the world's most beloved scientists and a prolific author, Hawking leaves the world with his pioneering work on black holes and relativity, as well as quintessential science books like his bestseller,
A Brief History of Time. Hawking also inspired people with a disability. At 21, he was diagnosed with ALS, where doctors gave him two years to live. Hawking lived on for another 55 years, where he frequently made appearances in popular culture, from
The Simpsons to
The Big Bang Theory and
Star Trek: The Next Generation. Fellow physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said Hawking's death "left an intellectual vacuum." His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. pic.twitter.com/nAanMySqkt — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018 Astronauts Scott Kelly and Chris Hadfield also saluted Hawking. A loss for all humanity. #RIP Stephen Hawking. https://t.co/0qLMWYt7N8 — Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) March 14, 2018 Genius is so fine and rare. Goodbye Professor Hawking. You inspired and taught us all. pic.twitter.com/9Drdnv2eEe — Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) March 14, 2018 As did Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai. The world has lost a beautiful mind and a brilliant scientist. RIP Stephen Hawking — Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) March 14, 2018 Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared to have a typo in his tweet. “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” -Stephen Hawkins. We will always be inspired by his life and ideas. RIP. — Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 14, 2018 Tributes extended from the world of pop culture, with posts from the likes of pop star Katy Perry,
Simpsons writer/producer Al Jean and comedian Kumail Nanjiani. Nyle DiMarco, the first deaf winner of
America's Next Top Model, said Hawking's life was a testament to disability not being inability. Stephen Hawking...A testament that disability is not “inability” and that people with disabilities can achieve anything they set their minds to. — Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) March 14, 2018 Sad to hear about Stephen Hawking. What a remarkable life. His contributions to science will be used as long as there are scientists, and there are many more scientists because of him. He spoke about the value and fragility of human life and civilisation and greatly enhanced both — Brian Cox (@ProfBrianCox) March 14, 2018 there’s a big black hole in my heart hours before Pi day. Rest In Peace @Steven_Hawking... See you in the next ❤️ — KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 14, 2018 RIP Stephen Hawking. Genuinely very sad to hear that. If you haven’t, read A Brief History of Time. It’ll make the world feel more amazing and beautiful and strange. It’ll also make you feel smart and stupid all at once. — Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) March 14, 2018 I rarely cry at the death of people I don’t know personally, but the announcement of the passing of Stephen Hawking just brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful genius this earth has lost. — Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) March 14, 2018 .@TheSimpsons RIP Stephen Hawking. A sense of humor as vast as the universe. pic.twitter.com/528kWRhfVR — Al Jean (@AlJean) March 14, 2018 WATCH: Inspired by slug slime, this surgical glue is strong enough to patch up a beating heart
Stephen Hawking's death on Wednesday left the universe a slightly dimmer place but lit up social media as academics, politicians and celebrities alike praised a scientist whose appeal crossed time, space and cultural boundaries. Courageous and unbowed by adversity, he believed deeply in the power (of) reason.
National Geographic acknowledged on Monday that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated and unintelligent. National Geographic first published its magazine in 1888.
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking may have passed away Wednesday morning, but the legacy he left will be felt for many years to come. Once the news of his death had reached Reddit, a thread about the legendary scientist was started on the r/science board. One of the links re-shared at the top was from Hawking's Reddit AMA, which took place two years ago. SEE ALSO: The world reacts to the death of the much-loved Stephen Hawking Many of his answers, which you can read in full in the thread, discuss the risks associated with artificial intelligence. On the evolution of AI Comment from discussion Prof-Stephen-Hawking's comment from discussion "Science AMA Series: Stephen Hawking AMA Answers!". On the need for 'beneficial intelligence' Comment from discussion Prof-Stephen-Hawking's comment from discussion "Science AMA Series: Stephen Hawking AMA Answers!". On the possibility of AI exceeding human intelligence Comment from discussion Prof-Stephen-Hawking's comment from discussion "Science AMA Series: Stephen Hawking AMA Answers!". On the reason why AI could be a threat to humans Comment from discussion Prof-Stephen-Hawking's comment from discussion "Science AMA Series: Stephen Hawking AMA Answers!". On 'technological unemployment' Comment from discussion Prof-Stephen-Hawking's comment from discussion "Science AMA Series: Stephen Hawking AMA Answers!". Finally, as a bonus, here's his favourite film, song, and the last thing he found hilarious. Image: reddit WATCH: I watched a week's worth of TV in a day
Hawking finally lost his battle overnight with ALS, a rare form of motor neurone disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, outliving the predictions of doctors by decades. Hawking's family released a statement today saying, "His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. "We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet," Eddie Redmayne, who starred as Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” said in a statement today.
Stephen Hawking, the most famous theoretical physicist since Albert Einstein, died early Wednesday morning at the age of 76. The beloved scientist was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a motor-neuron disease, when he was only 21 years old. Despite the condition, he earned the respect of his peers with his research on black holes, and rose to fame with his 1988 bestseller
A Brief History of Time. "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today," said Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, in a statement provided to Sky News. "He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world." "He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.'" "We will miss him forever." He served as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, as did Sir Isaac Newton. Last year, the university made his doctoral thesis from 1966 available to the world. Since then, his wit and humor made him a pop culture favorite, with appearances on shows such as
Star Trek: The Next Generation and
The Simpsons. He died in his home in Cambridge after decades of inspiring people to learn about the cosmos. WATCH: Finding alien life won't cause chaos and panic, according to scientists
A TV reporter's theatrical eye-roll during another journalist's question at a news conference stole the show this week during China's annual parliament session, exploding on Chinese social media before censors intervened. Liang Xiangyi, a TV reporter from financial news outlet Yicai, seemed to find a fellow journalist's long-winded question on China's state asset management too much to bear.
BERLIN (AP) — The newcomers who arrived in the little farming villages of medieval Germany would have stood out: They had dark hair and tawny skin, spoke a different language and had remarkably tall heads.
Famed physicist Stephen Hawking died Tuesday at the age of 76, his family confirmed. Renowned for his scientific work in a number of areas, Hawking left behind a legacy that encompassed a variety of subjects, expounding on everything from the secrets of the universe to artificial intelligence. Hawking often shared his predictions about the future, discussing the fate of humanity and the human race.
Several days after a former Russian spy and his daughter were found catatonic on a bench in Salisbury, England, British, Prime Minister Theresa May revealed that the pair had been poisoned by a rare and highly-deadly nerve agent known as Novichok. The name Novichok, which means “newcomer” in Russian, applies to a group of military-grade nerve agents that the Soviet Union developed in the 1980s.
It doesn't have the reputation of a Tyrannosaurus rex or the elegant neck of a brachiosaurus. But Archaeopteryx is still one of the most important dinosaurs that ever lived. Its fossils have taught scientists about how birds evolved from their ancestors. It could, but not using quite the same mechanics as modern birds, according to a new paper published in the journal Nature Communications. Archaeopteryx was still experimenting with flight, Christian Foth, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland who wasn't involved in the new research, wrote in an email to Newsweek.
Blue Origin, the space venture founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, says it has signed up Japan’s Sky Perfect JSAT for a satellite launch to geostationary orbit in the 2020s. Today’s announcement of the deal was timed to coincide with the Satellite 2018 conference in Washington, D.C., one of the year’s top events for satellite operators and launch providers. In its tweet, Blue Origin didn’t provide much detail about the deal, such as the pricing or the timing for the launch. But the agreement involves sending up a yet-to-be-named Sky Perfect JSAT satellite on Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket, which… Read More
The study expands on the current mathematical model used to consider the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI. The new study, led by Claudio Grimaldi, a scientist at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland, considered several factors contributing to the likelihood of receiving a message and the age of any civilization that would be sending it. Like ours, that distant civilization could use radio signals to transmit messages.
China appears to be "winning" its war on air pollution, making so much progress that life expectancy could rise by more than two years, according to a US university study. The Chinese government has been waging a battle to clear its skies of smog that has cut life expectancy in some regions and prompted its citizens to buy masks and air purifiers to protect themselves during peak pollution days. The University of Chicago says in its study released Monday that while the world's biggest polluter faces a long road to reach national and international air quality standards, the results "suggest the country is winning its war on pollution".
Leading up to the potential summit, a big question is who will do the important work of coming up with an agreement with the North Koreans on the agenda, terms, expectations and protocols of a face-to-face meeting.
An international team of astronomers has uncovered a unique ancient galaxy in our own cosmic neighborhood—just 240 million light-years from Earth—which has essentially remained unchanged for the past 10 billion years, according to a new study published on Monday in the journal Nature. This galaxy—known as NGC 1277—is composed exclusively of aging stars, appearing just as it did in the early stages of the universe. Researchers said that at the beginning of its life, NGC 1277 was producing stars 1,000 times faster than our Milky Way today; however, this process abruptly came to an end.