Japanese Newspaper Uses Scientist's Photo To Frighten and Amuse

This is researcher Haruko Obokata. Yesterday, she held a press conference, apologizing for the numerous errors in her stem cell study. One Japanese paper seems to have decided to troll the young scientist with giant photos of her face. » 4/10/14 5:40am 4/10/14 5:40am

What would it look like from Earth if the Moon were a giant disco ball?

So, technically, this is what it would look like if the Moon were a disco ball AND orbited Earth at the same distance as the International Space Station, i.e. roughly 420 kilometers (260 miles) above the surface of the Earth. But that doesn't make it any less incredible looking. » 4/05/14 2:10pm 4/05/14 2:10pm

Can Galactic Empires Exist Without Faster-Than-Light Travel?

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My newest science fiction novel, Lockstep, was recently serialized in Analog magazine. Reactions have been pretty favourable — except that I've managed to offend a small but vocal group of readers. They're outraged that I've written an SF story in which faster than light travel is impossible. » 3/31/14 8:09pm 3/31/14 8:09pm

A Hardcore Military Flight Sim That'll Run On A Laptop

Modern flight simulators - not the recreational kind, the actual kind used to train pilots - are enormous, expensive things. They're impressive, sure, but their cost and size mean they can't exactly be used every day. Which is why a company has been given money by the US Air Force to develop something a little more… » 2/17/14 11:30pm 2/17/14 11:30pm

We Now Respond to Emoticons As If They Were Faces :-(

Dr. Owen Churches of Flinders University in Australia has learned that we are now reacting to emoticons in the same way that we would to a human face. In a study published in the Social Neuroscience Journal, it was found that when presented with images of humans, random strings of characters, and emoticons,… » 2/15/14 11:58am 2/15/14 11:58am

Texting While Driving Can Get You Seriously Hurt (In Mario Kart)

By now we should all be on board with the idea that texting while driving is a particularly dangerous and irresponsible thing. But how does it affect one's driving within Mario Kart? A physician and some elementary schoolers found it significantly increases the risk of driving backwards, among other hazards. » 2/03/14 11:01am 2/03/14 11:01am