A Solar-Powered Rocket Might Be Our Ticket to Interstellar Space

A Solar-Powered Rocket Might Be Our Ticket to Interstellar Space

“It’s really easy for someone to dismiss the idea and say, ‘On the back of an envelope, it looks great, but if you actually build it, you're never going to get those theoretical numbers,’” says Benkoski, a materials scientist at the Applied Physics Laboratory and the leader of the team working on a solar thermal propulsion system.

The Effort to Build the Mathematical Library of the Future

The Effort to Build the Mathematical Library of the Future

Over the summer, a group of experienced Lean users ran an online workshop called “Lean for the Curious Mathematician.” In the first session, Scott Morrison of the University of Sydney demonstrated how to write a proof in the program.

Mathematicians Report New Discovery About the Dodecahedron

Mathematicians Report New Discovery About the Dodecahedron

So to understand straight paths on a Platonic solid, you could start by cutting open enough edges to make the solid lie flat, forming what mathematicians call a net.

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

In May of this year, Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich sued Google under the state’s Consumer Fraud Act, alleging "widespread and systemic use of deceptive and unfair business practices to obtain information about the location of its users.” Even a privacy-focused Google software engineer didn’t understand how location controls worked, according to recently unsealed court documents from the case first reported by the Arizona Mirror.

Using Science & Culture to Assess Billabong Health

Using Science & Culture to Assess Billabong Health

“If they don’t have a fence around the billabong, [feral] buffalos can destroy it and prevent us from hunting for bush food, like water lilies,” says fellow Yangbala Ranger Santa Louise Morris, who is also studying at Macquarie.

The Covid-19 Newsletter That's by Doctors for Doctors

The Covid-19 Newsletter That's by Doctors for Doctors

When they’re not treating Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit, the eight doctors on the FLARE team work a second job: updating fellow physicians on the latest novel coronavirus research and debunking the freshest unproven theories floating around on social media.

The Best and Worst Browsers for Privacy, Ranked

The Best and Worst Browsers for Privacy, Ranked

Microsoft Edge received the lowest privacy rating in a recently published study that compared the user information collected by major browsers.Edge also sends the hardware UUID of the device to Microsoft and Yandex similarly transmits a hashed hardware identifier to back end servers.

FAO - News Article: Traditional farming system in Brazil added to global agricultural heritage list

FAO - News Article: Traditional farming system in Brazil added to global agricultural heritage list

Farmers known as Sempre-vivas flower gatherers from Espinhaço Mountain Range won recognition for their crucial role in enhancing biodiversity and preserving traditional knowledge.

Sandra Oh to Star in Netflix Show from 'Game of Thrones' Creators

Sandra Oh to Star in Netflix Show from 'Game of Thrones' Creators

On this fine day we have news about Netflix, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Star Wars.For those of you who can’t get enough Sandra Oh—which is pretty much everybody—the Killing Eve star will soon star in a new six-episode dramedy on Netflix.

Pokémon Home Is Reuniting Joyful Fans With Long-Lost Squirtles

Pokémon Home Is Reuniting Joyful Fans With Long-Lost Squirtles

Marsteller was sure that her pocket monster menagerie was gone forever until Wednesday, when she signed up for Pokémon Home, a cloud service that consolidates Pokémon from a dozen games across several Nintendo consoles.

The Microsoft Edge Browser Features You Should Check Out First

The Microsoft Edge Browser Features You Should Check Out First

Open the browser menu, click Settings , then choose Privacy and Services to find the three levels of privacy Edge offers.Pick Focused for simple, clutter-free access to your bookmarks and a web search; go with Inspirational to add a background image; choose Informational to add some feeds from Microsoft News.

An Astronomer Explains Black Holes at 5 Levels of Difficulty

An Astronomer Explains Black Holes at 5 Levels of Difficulty

Perhaps you even know about things like event horizons, the boundary outside of which escape becomes possible, and gravitational waves , the ripples that black holes generate in the cosmic fabric when they collide.

WIRED's 7 Big Science Stories That Shaped 2019

WIRED's 7 Big Science Stories That Shaped 2019

Another private forensics lab, in Texas, began building its own crowdsourced database exclusively for police searches this year.But when the child rapist Jeffrey Epstein died, and more of his nominally philanthropic donations became public, science faced a reckoning.

The 8-Hour Workday Is a Counterproductive Lie

The 8-Hour Workday Is a Counterproductive Lie

Like most people writing hot takes and think pieces about productivity, I’m focusing on knowledge workers here—those of us who work at desks, mostly in front of computers, in offices or from home.

Cantina Talk: What Will Happen to Star Wars Now?

Cantina Talk: What Will Happen to Star Wars Now?

As of this writing, it’s unclear what this means for the future of the franchise on the big screen, beyond the obvious: The first movie after next month’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which was going to be the first installment of Benioff and Weiss’ trilogy in 2022, isn’t going to happen after all.

An End to Pornography, Sophistry, and Panty Raids

An End to Pornography, Sophistry, and Panty Raids

My hunch was confirmed later that year, at a tech conference in Oslo, when Dame Marina Warner, the visionary polymath and today the president of the Royal Society of Literature, fielded a disturbing question about pornography from the illustrious philosopher and early Edge member John Searle.

Amazon’s New Climate Pledges Won’t Stop Employee Walkout

Amazon’s New Climate Pledges Won’t Stop Employee Walkout

Amazon Employees for Climate Justice have outlined three appeals for their employer: Stop donating to politicians and lobbying groups that deny the reality of climate change, stop working with oil and gas companies to optimize fossil fuel extraction, and achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Cantina Talk: But Really, What Are Sith Troopers?

Cantina Talk: But Really, What Are Sith Troopers?

Now, a new post on Making Star Wars has a theory, informed by rumors from unnamed sources: The Sith troopers, it declares, are part of a previously unknown fleet loyal to Emperor Palpatine that has been hidden in the outer limits of the galaxy for years, returning to deal with an unsuspecting threat posed by … the First Order, of all things.

Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way

Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way

Like many surveys and studies before it, a new report from the Pew Research Center confirms this truth: Americans love and trust scientists.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and the Art of Worldbuilding

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and the Art of Worldbuilding

Since planning and building something like this takes a long time (recall that Galaxy's Edge was announced in 2015, and that groundbreaking only commenced in 2016), the Lucasfilm and Disney teams have been able to plant the seeds for a few years, with Black Spire Outpost getting mentions on the big screen in Solo: A Star Wars Story and as a featured locale in a handful of novels, some of which have yet to be published.

5 Mistakes MacKenzie Bezos and Other Mega-Donors Should Avoid

5 Mistakes MacKenzie Bezos and Other Mega-Donors Should Avoid

For instance, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has sought to find the single intervention that would lead to better outcomes in U.S. public education, focusing first on reducing the size of high schools, then on teacher evaluation, and then on “common core.” But none has panned out as everyone hoped: It turns out that there is no quick fix when working on complex, interdependent problems like education.

The Internet Changed Astrology. Then Came the Memes

The Internet Changed Astrology. Then Came the Memes

The abundance of information online about celestial movements and a seemingly infinite number of people writing horoscopes has transformed the practice from a devout subculture to a subject so popular that there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of social media accounts dedicated solely to star signs.

When Fish Eat Birds

When Fish Eat Birds

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports on one instance where two pike sampled in a river contained partially-digested bald eagle chicks. In one section of the River Tarn in southwestern France, a large catfish species not only actively seeks pigeons, but does so by attacking the birds on land.

The World Might Actually Run Out of People

The World Might Actually Run Out of People

“Once that decline begins, it will never end.” Penguin Random House But Empty Planet is not a book about statistics so much as it is about what’s driving the choices people are making during the fastest period of change in human history.

Māori carvers head to Antarctica

Māori carvers head to Antarctica

Poutama Hetaraka says he is not only looking forward to experiencing a completely different environment but also to seeing mātauranga Māori become more and more embedded in conversations about environmental management of the Earth and Antarctica in particular”.

Our Favorite Cosplay From NYC's Black Comic Book Festival

Our Favorite Cosplay From NYC's Black Comic Book Festival

The annual event, hosted by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, featured two days of panels, screenings, and book signings, as well as the wall-to-wall cosplay that's become a staple at any fan convention.

The Quest to Topple Science-Stymying Academic Paywalls

The Quest to Topple Science-Stymying Academic Paywalls

Many publications have since found ways to allow open access in their journals by permitting it but charging an expensive (usually hundreds or thousands of dollars per article) “article processing charge,” or APC, that is paid by the institution or the author behind the research as a sort of cost of being published.

2018 Was a Rough Year for Truth Online

2018 Was a Rough Year for Truth Online

More often than not, the information provided by companies like Twitter and Facebook in their high-profile data dumps is nothing new to any platform researcher worth their salt.

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

At the time, the company was asked: “Does Facebook believe that any of the content created by the Russian Internet Research Agency was designed to discourage anyone from voting?” Facebook responded: “We believe this is an assessment that can be made only by investigators with access to classified intelligence and information from all relevant companies and industries.”A Facebook spokesperson added on Monday morning: “We continue to fully cooperate with officials investigating the IRA’s activity on Facebook and Instagram around the 2016 election.

Microsoft Retools Its Edge Browser, But Internet Explorer Is Forever

Microsoft Retools Its Edge Browser, But Internet Explorer Is Forever

Especially compared to Internet Explorer.The enduring popularity of Internet Explorer has long been a handy punchline.Chrome dominates the desktop browser space, notching over 60 percent market share over the last year or more.