Ryan F. Mandelbaum
ryanfmandelbaum
Science writer at Gizmodo | I like physics and eating
1/17/20
5:22 PM
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@Ryan: I thought you did a really good job of explaining this terribly complex result for the space given and the audience.

1/17/20
2:42 PM
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This is a proof that if you had one class of impossible computational device to build stuff with, you could build another class of impossible computational devices out of it. Read more

1/17/20
1:58 PM
13

This is not a real device that will ever exist—you cannot link all-knowing oracles together, nor can an all-knowing oracle exist at all. Read more

1/16/20
2:35 PM
7

Now they just need to add a pooping feature to it and it will be as annoying as the real thing!

1/11/20
12:21 PM
9

In this case Dark matter got named first and the ‘dark’ relates to being unseen, possibly because it’s weakly or non-interacting with the electromagnetic fields, it could also be called ‘invisible matter’ but one hypothesis was just matter that was so cold it was dark, so neither term is perfectly accurate. Read more

1/10/20
8:25 PM
9

Aw, hell. I guess now we’ll have to cancel all that science they learned with those donations. Hope none of it was important!

1/9/20
12:03 PM
23

That would be the parrot that only repeats phrases from Atlas Shrugged, I presume.

1/9/20
11:56 AM
2

Typically, the white dwarf is the heavier object in the pair, but in this case, the regular star is heavier. Read more

1/9/20
11:42 AM
28

Seven of the eight birds in the inaccessible compartment gave at least one token to their partner so the partner could receive a treat from the experimenter. Read more

1/9/20
11:25 AM
10

Love my African grey.

They are much smarter than people give them credit for. And I mean that. All these studies make them out to be smart, but they are clearly just scratching the surface.

It’s a shame that they are so endangered, yet popular in the pet trade (I say this as a CAG owner, I know). We’re getting to the Read more

1/9/20
10:14 AM
6

With a 16 yr +/- error bar, and a bit of wiggle room at that, I’ll set up a watch party at the future assisted living facility. Assuming I remember. Assuming I’m still alive. Assuming geronticide gets left out of Green New Deal Amendments. 

12/27/19
5:58 PM
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I’m pretty anti-Trump administration, but I have to agree with them on this one. It’s a good idea that needs to be implemented.

12/16/19
12:04 PM
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A decade is just a period of ten years. Doesn’t only refer to the period between multiples of ten. Read more