How much we enjoy a conversation can all be a matter of timing — specifically, how long it takes us to respond to what was just said.
The initial goal of AI was to create machines that think like humans. But that is not what happened at all.
Art criticism is inherently subjective. Still, many critics have tried to make a case for why some of the world’s most celebrated books are in fact terribly written.
The Field Medal was created to elevate promising mathematicians from underrepresented demographics. But has it followed through on that goal?
Mass determines a star’s fate… except when it doesn’t. Supernova events are common, visually spectacular astronomical cataclysms. In 1987, a supernova just ~168,000 light-years away was observed in the Large Magellanic […]
MIT Professor Sinan Aral's new book, "The Hype Machine," explores the perils and promise of social media in a time of discord.
It comes from a supernova seen just 33 years ago, and it doesn’t pulse. 33 years ago, a supernova occurred just 168,000 light-years from Earth. This new image of the supernova […]
How efficiently could quantum engines operate?
The most famous ‘supernova impostor’ of all could have died back in the 1840s. Here’s what we think kept it alive. In all of astronomy, no stellar event releases more energy […]
After 13.8 billion years, there’s still a whole lot that’s changing as time goes on. With each new year that comes upon us, there are a slew of new events awaiting […]
If you’re wondering whether the blast wave or the radiation would kill us first, you’re asking the wrong question. As far as raw explosive power goes, no other cataclysm in […]
Without this one ingredient, there wouldn’t be enough ‘glue’ to hold the Universe together. Of all the things in the Universe to be thankful for — the stars, planets, atoms, molecules, and […]
A new generation is waiting for the whimsy and wit of Dr. Seuss.
Is it saying too much to say something doesn't exist when you have no evidence either way?
It's not a head-to-head study comparison, since there are major differences, but it might just provide a lot more clues.
Feel like traveling to another dimension? Better choose your black hole wisely.
Researchers used the same method that would be employed to detect life on Mars.