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It took 100 years, but researchers have directly measured the mass of a white dwarf star

Hubble Space Telescope image of the white dwarf and the far-off background star. How do you measure the mass of a star? Well, according to famed cosmologist Albert Einstein, you can try to solve this problem by looking at the subtle bending of starlight as it encounters the immense gravity of another, closer star....

Mac VR support is more confusing than you think

Early on in yesterday's WWDC keynote, Apple announced VR support in OS X, along with an external GPU dock for Mac developers. That news excited a lot of people. External GPUs, for what it's worth, work right now in macOS Sierra without huge issues (Bizon has been selling external GPU enclosures for a while)....

Find out what Gilly is reading in new ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 photo

HBO has just released the first official photos from the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Among the collection of familiar stoic faces bracing themselves for winter was one curious entry featuring Sam and Gilly poring over books and texts in what has to be Oldtown. Image: hbo One look at the photo, and...

Michelle Obama blessed WWDC with her presence and unleashed a trove of wisdom

Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. Michelle Obama did Tim Cook a serious solid for WWDC this year. Cook announced on Monday that attendees would be getting a big surprise for day 2 of the company's annual developer conference: a fireside chat with none other than the former first...

Katy Perry can’t find a signal on ‘Witness’

Email my heart? Imagine your terror of tweeting a joke that doesn't quite land or even a careless typo. Multiply that pressure millions of times, and you're in Katy Perry's social media hell, where the weirdly defensive Witness was born. The album plays out like the "Can you hear me now?" Verizon commercials —...

Take that, dudes: Female astronaut breaks record for most time spent in space.

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson on the International Space Station. Stand up and take notice of NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson. Not only is Whitson the first woman to command the International Space Station twice, she's the oldest woman to fly to space for NASA, and we think she might be the record holder for most...

Microsoft cofounder pledges $30 million to help Seattle’s homeless

Paul Allen speaks at the Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards benefit dinner in New York City on Oct. 15, 2012. Billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen, who cofounded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, has committed $30 million to a new initiative that will help establish permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness in Seattle....

Jeff Bezos says Amazon is the fastest growing marketplace in India, and it’s just the beginning

Image: Getty Images Amazon’s $5 billion bet on India is working. At the company’s first quarter earnings call, CEO Jeff Bezos said the India arm of the ecommerce giant was already the fastest growing marketplace in the country. "Our India team is moving fast and delivering for customers and sellers," he said, highlighting the...

Pokémon Go reveals sponsors like McDonald’s pay it up to $0.50 per visitor

Pokémon Go-maker Niantic says it has driven 500 million visitors to sponsored locations like McDonald’s Japan where gamers can score a special virtual good. But it never said how much those sponsors paid per visitor delivered by the game. But in an interview published yesterday by Brazil’s Globo newspaper, Niantic VP of strategic partnerships...

History buff confirms 1830 legend of Australian pirates in Japan

Nick Russell took a close look at contemporary samurai accounts of a strange ship that landed at Mugi port in 1830, and found it corroborated the celebrated legend of convict pirate William Swallow, who led an escape from Tasmania via a mutiny on the brig ship Cyprus. The pirates, some of whom were later...