We've just found the source of some of the most powerful light beams ever detected
“Matter ejected from a spinning disc of doom surrounding a black hole a mere 15,000 light years away has produced some of the most energetic rays of light ever witnessed from an object of its kind.”
Wikipedia rejected an entry on this physicist because she wasn't famous enough. Well, she just got the Nobel Prize
“Nobel Prize-winning scientist Donna Strickland did not have a Wikipedia page until she became a Nobel laureate, and earlier attempts to write a page for her were rejected because she was not famous enough.”
Aid to farmers or bioweapon? DARPA's "Insect Allies" program under scrutiny
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Wind farms could have a local climate warming effect, says Harvard study
“This warming effect is a local effect, as Miller told Business Insider. That's different from the global warming and climate change caused by burning fossil fuels.”
China put secret spy microchips in servers used by Apple and Amazon, says explosive report
"China secretly inserted surveillance microchips into servers used by major technology companies, including Apple and Amazon.com, in an audacious military operation likely to further inflame trade tensions between the United States and its leading source of electronics components and products, Bloomberg Businessweek reported Thursday morning."
Scientists just created quantum artificial life for the first time ever
“Encoding behaviours related to self-replication, mutation, interaction between individuals, and (inevitably) death, a newly created quantum algorithm has been used to show that quantum computers can indeed mimic some of the patterns of biology in the real world.”
Everything is weird right now, but here are some really good things happening on the planet
“We don't need to tell you world news is pretty grim right now - if you use social media, it's nigh on impossible to avoid articles about bubbling permafrost, drug-resistant gonorrhoea, and deadly obesity treatments. And that's just the science headlines.
“But despite all the doom and gloom, in reality there are a whole bunch of incredible people doing really good things around the world right now. Sometimes they just don't get as much press as they deserve.”
Banksy painting self destructs right after selling at auction for $1.4 million
“The bidding climbed to US$1.4 million, an amount that tied the artist's own auction record from 2008. Finally, a hammer pounded to signify the end of the auction.
“Right then, the painting's canvas began scrolling downward, seeming to pass through its elaborate gilded frame — and reappearing below in neat, vertical strips. Later, Sotheby's would explain that a shredder was hidden inside the frame.”
For decades, this rock was used as a doorstop. Turns out it's a $100K meteorite
“The sixth largest meteorite recorded in Michigan has just been brought to the attention of experts over 80 years after its discovery.
“After living a humble life as a 10 kilogram (22 pound) doorstop in a local farm, the space rock is now getting the attention it deserves.”
NASA is looking at how to contain a supervolcano that could wipe out humanity
“Below Yellowstone National Park, there's a huge magma reservoir that's responsible for all the geysers and hot basins, bubbling away - and it's precisely this reservoir that has the potential to destroy humanity.”