What If the Big Bang Was Actually a Big Bounce?

What If the Big Bang Was Actually a Big Bounce?

The standard story of the birth of the cosmos goes something like this: Nearly 14 billion years ago, a tremendous amount of energy materialized as if from nowhere. Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering…

The NSA’s Tips to Keep Your Phone From Tracking You

The NSA’s Tips to Keep Your Phone From Tracking You

This week marked the first-ever online-only Black Hat and Defcon security conferences, both of which still produced impactful work despite going remote. But before you dive into everything that’s broken, start off with a tale of perseverance that starts with the private keys needed to recover $300,000 of bitcoin trapped in an old zip file.Dutch…

A Satellite Spots 11 New Emperor Penguin Colonies

A Satellite Spots 11 New Emperor Penguin Colonies

This story originally appeared in The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Satellite images have revealed 11 previously unknown emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica, boosting the number of known colonies of the imperilled birds by 20 percent.The discoveries were made by spotting the distinctive red-brown guano patches the birds leave on the ice.…