Pluto should be reclassified as a planet, experts say

The reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid, according to new research from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. In 2006, the International Astronomical Union, a global group of astronomy experts, established a definition of a planet that required it to “clear” its orbit, or in other words, be the largest gravitational […]

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How Scientists Created the Purest Drop of Water on Earth

If cleanliness is next to godliness, then this is one divine droplet. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology announced yesterday (Aug. 23) that they have created the cleanest drop of water in the world. This ultrapure water could help explain how self-cleaning surfaces, such as those coated with titanium dioxide (TiO2), become covered with a mysterious layer of […]

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Our Universe Isn’t As Special As We’d Like to Believe

Humans like to be at the center of things. The early Greeks knew the Earth was round, but most of them could not imagine that the land they walked on was anything but the dead center of reality. Maimonides, the medieval Spanish-Egyptian Jewish philosopher, took that geocentrism to heart, arguing that even the ancient Hebrew Bible […]

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Astrophysicists Claim They Found a ‘Galaxy Without Dark Matter’

Here’s a problem: The universe acts like it’s a lot more massive than it looks. Take galaxies, those giant, spinning masses of stars. The laws of motion and gravity tell us how fast these objects should turn given their bulk. But observations through telescopes show them spinning way faster than we’d expect, as if they were actually much […]

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Scientist Robbed of Nobel in 1974 Finally Wins $3 Million Physics Prize — And Gives It Away

Jocelyn Bell Burnell is responsible for one of the most important astrophysics discoveries of the 20th century: the radio pulsar. The discovery, which she made as graduate student, earned a Nobel Prize in 1974. And it could one day form the basis of a “galactic positioning system” for navigating outside our solar system. But Bell Burnell didn’t collect […]

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The Creator of Proof-of-Stake Thinks He Finally Figured It Out

Known for creating the first proof-of-stake-based cryptocurrency, pseudonymous developer Sunny King is back with an idea that’s sure to surprise – adding hardware. Proof-of-stake, or PoS, has been heralded as a more ecological way to come to consensus on blockchains since it doesn’t rely on expensive hardware using vast amounts of electricity to compute mathematical […]

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Apple launch: Bigger! Faster! Pricier! Innovative?

Apple has given the Oval Office a run for its money in the past few weeks – we’ve had an unprecedented number of leaks ahead of the firm’s annual product launch. So, barring any surprises – a Steve Jobs-esque “one more thing” – we have a pretty good idea of what to expect when Tim […]

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C# vs. Java: Which General Purpose Programming Language Is Best for You?

C# vs. Java—which general purpose, object-oriented programming language is best for you? Both have extensive libraries that can be used to build applications for the desktop, web, mobile devices, and other platforms. Both have large communities of enthusiastic fans, and plenty of online support. With so much in common, selecting the right language requires a more nuanced […]

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Desktop vs. Web Application

A Brief Summary of Application Evolution Computers and software have come a long way since the first digital computers (ABC and ENIAC) were created, back around the start of WWII. To save my readers some time, I will jump forward to more recent times – August 12th 1981, when IBM introduced a PC hardware platform. […]

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The Java vs .NET Comparison

Comparing technologies is always fun. Not that we want to start yet another programming language war, but it is really quite interesting to take a fresh look at a familiar technology and put it into perspective. Plus, it’s quite common for developers and business owners to be faced with the choice between two or more […]

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