A Strange Radio Signal Was Just From Earth, Not Aliens

A Strange Radio Signal Was Just From Earth, Not Aliens

Last fall, a colleague of Sofia Sheikh’s posted a message in her group’s Slack channel, where members of the Breakthrough Listen Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) collaboration talk about the radio telescope signals they’re analyzing for possible signs of communications from space.

The FAA Weighs the SpaceX Launch Site's Environmental Effects

The FAA Weighs the SpaceX Launch Site's Environmental Effects

On a foggy day in March, a prototype of SpaceX’s giant silver rocket known as Starship, dubbed Serial Number 11 or SN11, was supposed to reorient itself vertically while landing and deftly touch down on a pad at the company’s launch site near Boca Chica, Texas, a couple miles from the Mexico border.

Hiking 101: Everything You Need to Head for the Hills

Hiking 101: Everything You Need to Head for the Hills

Shoes, Socks, and Base Layers.Check out our guides to the Best Trail Running Shoes and How to Layer for more info.Wicking Undershirts for $75+ : This guide has a few or our favorite base layer tops .

Is Becky Chambers the Ultimate Hope for Science Fiction?

Is Becky Chambers the Ultimate Hope for Science Fiction?

Rosemary “leaned in,” Chambers writes in a pivotal scene, “running a smooth fingertip along the length of one of Sissix’s feathers.” When I tell Chambers that a (straight, male) colleague of mine, who read the book, doesn’t believe humans would actually want to have sex with giant lizards, she is appalled.For a long time, Chambers didn’t think “it was a real book,” she says.

In Red Dead Redemption, the Wild West Is a Refuge

In Red Dead Redemption, the Wild West Is a Refuge

Now, 3 years and a pandemic later, the base game itself and the online multiplayer mode Red Dead Online (RDO) continue to capture player’s attention through the story, characters, and open world exploration that Red Dead Redemption has come to be known for.

A New WeWork Documentary Relives Its Roller Coaster Story

A New WeWork Documentary Relives Its Roller Coaster Story

Billion Dollar Loser mentions that Neumann is dyslexic; in the documentary you can instantly see his frustration with the teleprompter.The documentary draws on testimonials from many former WeWorkers, who explain the attraction to the company, and to Neumann.

A New Kind of Space Explosion Reveals the Birth of a Black Hole

A New Kind of Space Explosion Reveals the Birth of a Black Hole

Like its predecessor, the Camel became very bright in a short time, reaching its peak in two or three days.But in cases like the Camel and the Cow, “something unusual happens in the process to core collapse,” said Perley.

Microdosing's Feel-Good Benefits Might Just Be Placebo Effect

Microdosing's Feel-Good Benefits Might Just Be Placebo Effect

After the month-long testing period, they found that all psychological outcomes had improved since the start of the experiment for those in the microdosing group, including “in the domains of well-being, mindfulness, life satisfaction, and paranoia.” However, the same was true for the placebo group—with no significant differences between the two.

Sex Tapes, Hush Money, and Hollywood’s Economy of Secrets

Sex Tapes, Hush Money, and Hollywood’s Economy of Secrets

A few Googles later, she had her answer: a man named Kevin Blatt, who called himself a “celebrity sex tape broker.” She squinted at the avatar on his Instagram profile.

Screw It, Give The Mandalorian a Golden Globe

Screw It, Give The Mandalorian a Golden Globe

(Also, before you yell at me on Twitter: Yes, I know I May Destroy You is a limited series, so it wouldn't be in the same category as The Mandalorian.

The Secret Ingredient That Powers Supernovas

The Secret Ingredient That Powers Supernovas

Whenever theorists tried to model these intricate particle motions and interactions in computer simulations, the supernova’s shock wave would stall and fall back on itself.Only in the last few years, with the growth of supercomputers, have theorists had enough computing power to model massive stars with the complexity needed to achieve explosions.

Lucasfilm Games' New Partnerships Mean the Galaxy's the Limit

Lucasfilm Games' New Partnerships Mean the Galaxy's the Limit

The title will be developed by Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment, marking the first time that a company outside of EA has produced a Star Wars game since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, ending nearly eight years of exclusivity.

Yet Another Year of Venture Capital Being Really White

Yet Another Year of Venture Capital Being Really White

This fall, after Howard heard from Black founders who were still struggling to raise money, he pulled data from Crunchbase to see what was happening industrywide.Some prominent venture firms set up special funds this year to get more money into the hands of founders from underrepresented groups.

All the Gear We Fell In Love With During 2020

All the Gear We Fell In Love With During 2020

Seriously, if you’ve got a dark spot in your house and you don’t want to bother installing a new lamp or a switch, get a motion-sensing light.

SpaceX Launches—and Crashes—Its Starship Mars Rocket

SpaceX Launches—and Crashes—Its Starship Mars Rocket

While SpaceX has perfected the art of landing its Falcon 9 rockets , its Starship vehicle has a very different and highly challenging flight profile.

In 'The Mandalorian,' Stormtroopers Have Finally Discovered Tactics

In 'The Mandalorian,' Stormtroopers Have Finally Discovered Tactics

He then orders mortars to open fire to pin the enemy in place—one of the very rare sightings of an indirect fire weapon in the Star Wars universe.

Geometry Reveals How the World Is Made of Cubes

Geometry Reveals How the World Is Made of Cubes

“It was geometry with an exact prediction that was borne out in the natural world, with essentially no physics involved,” said Jerolmack, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Physics of Materials at Minus 80 Degrees Celsius

The Physics of Materials at Minus 80 Degrees Celsius

If you know two corresponding temperature values in both °C and °F, you can set up an equation that converts from Celsius to Fahrenheit.You can also use your basic algebraic skills to change this into an equation that takes the temperature in Fahrenheit and converts to Celsius.

Astronomers Finally Know What Causes Fast Radio Bursts

Astronomers Finally Know What Causes Fast Radio Bursts

Neutron stars are best known for powering pulsars, rapidly repeating bursts of radiation driven by the fact that these massive objects can complete a rotation in a handful of milliseconds.

Star Wars: Squadrons Explores the Changing Face of Fascism

Star Wars: Squadrons Explores the Changing Face of Fascism

Though the New Republic is just as diverse, if not more so, and the character options for both sides of the conflict feature more minority characters than not, it’s particularly striking to see the classically white, male Empire being run by women of color, commanding diverse squadrons and answering to no one but themselves.

Netflix's Social Distance Captures All Your Quarantine Feels

Netflix's Social Distance Captures All Your Quarantine Feels

Netflix ’s new anthology series, Social Distance, is full of Covid-era moments like this.The only people working within the constraints of quarantine in the same way Social Distance did are those making horror movies , which have always been drivers of innovation and can survive a bit of pixelated campiness.

How to Win Any Debate

How to Win Any Debate

If you want this discussion to be more productive than your last argument on Facebook, here are some strategies to help make sure you don’t walk away stressed out, having wasted your time and energy.If you’re going to debate someone else, it’s helpful for you to make similar decisions about what you want to accomplish.

Raised by Wolves Questions Whether Humanity Can Be Saved

Raised by Wolves Questions Whether Humanity Can Be Saved

First, there are Mother and Father, two androids dispatched by their creator to raise human children to be pacifist atheists after religious wars destroyed Earth.Campion, a boy raised by Mother and Father on Kepler-22b on a vegan mono diet of tubers (scurvy who?

John Boyega Is Right About Star Wars

John Boyega Is Right About Star Wars

One of the many things that got lost in the discourse around the new Star Wars trilogy by the time it reached Rise was what happened to characters like Rose and Finn, whose storylines promised big endings and never delivered.

Startup Perks Go Remote—and Take a More Inclusive Approach

Startup Perks Go Remote—and Take a More Inclusive Approach

So, using funds it had previously earmarked to build a bigger headquarters, Olive started leasing vacation rentals for its employees to reserve, free of charge, whenever they need a getaway.With the pandemic forcing employees to work from home, however, startups like Olive are shifting their workplace incentives out of the office too.

Elon Musk Is About to Show Off His Neuralink Brain Implant

Elon Musk Is About to Show Off His Neuralink Brain Implant

“There’s a lot of uncertainty in the whole field as to whether [Neuralink] is ever going to be successful,” says Sid Kouider, a former neuroscientist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, who has since started his own neural interface startup, NextMind.

You Hate The Legend of Korra for All the Wrong Reasons

You Hate The Legend of Korra for All the Wrong Reasons

The first thing any fan of The Legend of Korra will tell you is this: To enjoy it, you must not compare it to its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

The Iconic Arecibo Telescope Goes Quiet After Major Damage

The Iconic Arecibo Telescope Goes Quiet After Major Damage

“We were extremely saddened by the news out of Arecibo,” says Andrew Siemion, the director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center.Earlier this year, the [email protected] project stopped pulling in new data from Arecibo and other radio telescopes so its researchers could focus on analyzing the data already collected.

Can Comic-Con Work From Home?

Can Comic-Con Work From Home?

In an effort to give fans something, Comic-Con is hosting a series of panels online (see the full [email protected] lineup here), but considering the future of the event was already beginning to look murky, it's possible taking it offworld for a year could have far-reaching implications—especially if folks are still weary of gathering in large groups next summer.

Self-Driving Tech Is Becoming a Game of Partnerships

Self-Driving Tech Is Becoming a Game of Partnerships

It’s really, really hard,” says Iagnemma, the president and CEO of a joint venture formed in March between South Korea’s Hyundai and self-driving startup Aptiv.