Science Category

April 10, 2019

Why Doesn’t the Black Hole Image Look Like the One From Interstellar?

No one knew what a black hole looked like before today. Sure, we thought we knew, thanks to simulations and the now-famous black hole featured in the movie Interstellar.Read more…

April 10, 2019

First image of a black hole is captured by astronomers

A remarkable image of a massive black hole in the Messier 87 galaxy was captured by astronomers. Read more…More about Space, Science, Mashable Video, Black Hole, and Black Holes

April 10, 2019

21 things that the black hole looks like

On Wednesday, the National Science Foundation and the Event Horizon Telescope group unveiled the first-ever image of a black hole. Compiled from five petabytes worth of data captured by eight telescopes around the globe, the image is a scientific fea…

April 10, 2019

The First Black Hole Picture Has Finally Been Revealed

The Event Horizon Telescope has captured a photo of a supermassive black hole at the center of M87, a galaxy 54 million light-years away.

April 10, 2019

This is the first real picture of a black hole

Yes, it happened. After years of relying on computer-generated imagery, scientists using the Event Horizon Telescope have captured the first real image of a black hole. The snapshot of the supermassive black hole in the Messier 87 galaxy (ab…

April 10, 2019

Noisy Quantum Computers Could Be Good for Chemistry Problems

Opinion: Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices produce errors. And in a field like chemistry, errors could be a feature, not a bug.

April 10, 2019

New York’s Vaccine Order Shows How Health Laws Are Failing Us

The threat of bigger measles outbreaks is turning the political tides, making public health officials more willing to take draconian steps.

April 10, 2019

Watch SpaceX Launch a Falcon Heavy on Its First Real Mission

This is the second time SpaceX is flying the Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket by a factor of two, but it’s the first time it’s doing real work.

April 10, 2019

Scientists Reverse Memory Decline Using Electrical Pulses

A new study has found that electrical brain stimulation can temporarily reverse a decline in memory as a result of aging. An anonymous Slashdot reader shares the findings via a report from The Guardian: The study focused on a part of cognition called w…

April 9, 2019

The Loopy Secrets of How Charging Cables Work

Your phone charger and USB cables look like they’re single cords, but don’t be fooled: Unwrap any cable and you’ll find multiple wires inside.

April 8, 2019

Earth’s glaciers lost 9 trillion tons of ice. That’s the weight of 27 billion 747s.

Nine trillion metric tons. 
That’s how much ice Earth’s glaciers lost in the 55 years between 1961 and 2016. An international team of scientists used satellite and direct field observations to conclude that Earth’s glaciers have melted such a pr…

April 8, 2019

The Plan to Save the Rhino With a Cervix-Navigating Robot

To perform IVF on the white rhino, researchers are developing a special robot to navigate the females’ complex cervixes and deposit an embryo.

April 8, 2019

Dogs know when you’re upset and want to help, study says

A report in the journal Learning and Behavior says dogs not only understand when you are upset but also want to help you feel better. The study reached this conclusion by conducting research with 34 dogs and their owners. Read more…More about Scienc…

April 8, 2019

Misogyny at Microsoft, Farscape, and the New Airpods: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s April 2019—and perhaps the month that will later be known as the dawn of the Age of Fungus. A concerning report in the New York Times this weekend detailed how multiple strains of Candida auris, a drug-resistant species of pathogenic fungus, have …

April 6, 2019

The Construction Industry Needs a Robot Revolution

Opinion: The average big construction project is overdue and over budget. A dose of automation could help.

April 5, 2019

Sea Levels Are Rising. Time to Build … Floating Cities?

If climate change ends up coming for your home, you could move inland. Or you could decamp to tessellated platforms floating on the ocean.

April 4, 2019

Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft enters lunar orbit and prepares for landing

Beresheet, Israel’s privately funded, engineered, and launched mission to the Moon’s surface, has successfully entered lunar orbit after a month and a half in transit. The craft will now adjust its orbit in preparation for landing on April 11.

April 4, 2019

This Tiny Guillotine Decapitates Mosquitoes to Fight Malaria

To produce a malaria vaccine, technicians have to decapitate and dissect individual mosquitoes. Now they’ve got help: the mass mosquito guillotine.

April 4, 2019

AI Could Scan IVF Embryos to Help Make Babies More Quickly

An algorithm that rates the quality of embryos better than specialists do is a first step toward making IVF easier for women.

April 3, 2019

Two Unusual Galaxies Shake Up the Dark Matter Debate, Again

No dark matter? No problem! Two galaxies that appear devoid of the mysterious substance could be strong—if ironic—evidence of its existence.

April 3, 2019

Why Is Lil Bub Such a Famous Cat? It’s in Her Blood. Literally

Unusual DNA helped make Lil Bub a cat celebrity. Now that genetic data could improve medical care for cats without millions of Instagram followers.

April 3, 2019

The Physics of the Doppler Effect, Represented as Tiny Balls

Why do vehicles coming toward you (and moving away) make that characteristic sound? Let’s explore.

April 1, 2019

Great White Sharks Appear Perfectly Healthy Despite Lead, Arsenic, and Mercury Coursing Through Their Veins

Great white sharks aren’t the unstoppable killing machines of Hollywood’s imagination, but studies have continuously shown that they’re definitely badasses of evolution. A new paper out this week adds to that resume, finding that great whites can easil…

April 1, 2019

Rare 14th-Century Baby Bootie Uncovered in Switzerland

Archaeologists working in the Swiss town of Saint-Ursanne have discovered a remarkably well-preserved leather bootie dating back to the Middle Ages.Read more…

April 1, 2019

Even the Most Minimal Exercise Can Drastically Improve Your Health, Yet Another Study Finds

We know that regularly getting some exercise, no matter how little, can keep you alive longer. But new research out Monday suggests that even an hour’s worth of walking per week can help older adults with ailing knees avoid painful, isolating disabilit…

April 1, 2019

BBC and Discovery team up on a new streaming service focused on factual programming

Discovery and BBC this morning announced an extensive,10-year content partnership deal for a new streaming service focused on natural history and factual programming. The subscription video service is expected to cost less than $5 per month, and will be owned by Discovery. It will operate in all territories outside the U.K., Ireland and China when […]

April 1, 2019

Discovery streaming service will be the sole home for BBC nature shows

Discovery is widening the scope of its streaming service plans, although it might not be great news for nature buffs. The network has unveiled a deal with BBC Studios that will see the BBC’s history, nature and science documentaries form one of the…

April 1, 2019

Data Centers Gobble Energy. Could a ‘Fossil-Free’ Label Help?

Though, to be honest, it’s probably a bit of a marketing ploy for a few green-powered Nordic countries.

April 1, 2019

Andrew Yang’s Presidential Bid Is So Very 21st Century

In a Q&A with WIRED, the presidential hopeful talks about geoengineering the planet, the trickiness of defining a robot, and UBI for all.

April 1, 2019

Gimlet’s Union Drive, Twisted Graphene, and Psychedelic Mice: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Well, folks, it’s just a few hours shy of the turn of the month, and you know what that means: April Fool’s Day. Yes, it’s that special time of year when insipid brands, mean-spirited teens, and tech titans compete to be the first to trick you into thi…

March 31, 2019

Scientists Find 66-Million-Year-Old Fossils From The Day The Dinosaurs Died

“It’s like a time capsule of the end of the world,” reports USA Today:

66 million years ago, in what’s now North Dakota, a group of animals died together, only a few minutes after a huge asteroid smashed into the Earth near present-day Mexico. Scienti…

March 31, 2019

How the Brain Links Gestures, Perception, and Meaning

Neuroscience has found that gestures are not merely important as tools of expression but as guides of cognition and perception.

March 30, 2019

Judge Rules Trump Plans to Open Up Swathes of Arctic, Atlantic Oceans for Drilling Illegal

In a major blow to the Donald Trump administration’s oil and gas policy, on Friday a federal judge ruled the president’s order opening massive swathes of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to oil and gas drilling operations illegal, the Washington Post rep…

March 30, 2019

Machine Learning for March Madness Is a Competition In Itself

You’re more likely to win the Powerball jackpot than fill out the perfect bracket. So statisticians are using AI to improve these dismal odds as much as possible.

March 29, 2019

Apple sells wireless charging AirPods, cancels charger days later

“Works with AirPower mat”. Apparently not. It looks to me like Apple doesn’t treat customers with the same “high standard” of care it apparently reserves for its hardware quality. Nine days after launching its $199 wireless charging AirPods headphones that touted compatibility with the forthcoming Apple AirPower inductive charger mat, Apple has just scrapped AirPower […]

March 29, 2019

Crispr Gene Editing Could One Day Cut Away Human Pain

But the technology could also, theoretically, be used to develop placid super-soldiers.