Tag: Science


Did We Domesticate Dogs Twice?

Humans have a tighter bond with dogs than perhaps any other animal. But figuring out exactly how that bond developed has been a huge, tantalizing challenge for researchers. Now, an ambitious study of canine genetics suggests that dogs’ history is even more complex than we thought — and that the animals we know now actually come from two separate groups of ancient domesticated wolves in Europe and Asia.

Source: Dogs Were a Species So Nice, We Domesticated Them Twice | The Verge

1 Million U.K. School Kids Get Creative with Microbit

The basic Microbit is a pocket-sized computer circuit board, with USB, Bluetooth, accelerometer, temperature and moisture sensors. In short, it’s like the guts of a smartphone, only it has no screen, and it’s designed to be hooked up to all kinds of other devices. The idea is that kids can learn to build computer-based hardware projects the way you and I learned to build things out of wood, metal, plastic, and cardboard when we were in school. It was made by the BBC in partnership with U.K. startup Technology Will Save Us.

Source: The BBC Gives Computer Hacking Kits To 1 Million U.K. School Kids | Co.Exist

Tim Cook’s Reply to the FBI’s Demand to Create a Backdoor Into Apple Products.

The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand. This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.

Source: Customer Letter – Apple

Gravitational Waves, Ripples in Spacetime, Detected for First Time

Long ago, deep in space, two massive black holes—the ultrastrong gravitational fields left behind by gigantic stars that collapsed to infinitesimal points—slowly drew together. The stellar ghosts spiraled ever closer, until, about 1.3 billion years ago, they whirled about each other at half the speed of light and finally merged. The collision sent a shudder through the universe: ripples in the fabric of space and time called gravitational waves. Five months ago, they washed past Earth. And, for the first time, physicists detected the waves, fulfilling a 4-decade quest and opening new eyes on the heavens.

Source: Gravitational Waves, Einstein’s Ripples in Spacetime, Spotted for First Time | Science

Lords of Kobol – Battlestar Galactica Movie is a Go

space-battlestar-galactica-wallpaperUniversal, the studio behind Jurassic World and the Fast & Furious movies, has launched plans to bring sci-fi saga Battlestar Galactica back to the big screen as a multiple-film franchise capable of taking on Star Wars and Star Trek.

Source: Star Wars, Beware! Battlestar Galactica is Back | The Guardian