A search for the galaxy’s youngest planets has turned up one unlike any other—a newborn “hot Jupiter” whose outer layers are being torn away by the star it orbits every 11 hours.
Over the past 15 years, drones have progressed from laboratory demonstrations to widely available toys. Technological improvements have brought ever-smaller components required for flight stabilization and control, as well as significant improvements in battery technology. Capabilities once restricted to military vehicles are now found on toys that can be purchased at Wal-Mart.
Astronomers have discovered a supermassive black hole about to devour clouds of cold, clumpy gas.
There is a well-documented “digital divide” between rural and urban areas when it comes to broadband access. As of 2015, 74 percent of households in urban areas of the U.S. had residential broadband connections, compared with only 64 percent of rural households. This gap has persisted over time.