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How to See a Black Hole: Introducing Dark Star Diaries

How to See a Black Hole: Introducing Dark Star Diaries

The image you see here is a computer-generated model of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, which we call Sagittarius A*. More precisely, it is a model of the "shadow" that Sagittarius A*, with its mass of four million suns, should cast...

March 27, 2014 — Seth Fletcher

From Gadgets to Galaxies: Conference Reports

Scientific American technology editor Seth Fletcher talks about the recent Consumer Electronics Show and astronomy editor Clara Moskowitz discusses last month's American Astronomical Society conference  


February 10, 2014 — Steve Mirsky, Seth Fletcher and Clara Moskowitz
Will We Accept Eye-Tracking Gadgets?

Will We Accept Eye-Tracking Gadgets?

It seems like biometric-enabled gadgets should be a hard sell in the post-Snowden marketplace. When Apple announced the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, Twitter lit up with a blaze of NSA jokes...

September 30, 2013 — Seth Fletcher

Introducing Imperceptibly Thin Electronics

It's entirely possible that the future of wearable computing looks more like Saran Wrap than Google Glass. Already, scientists have developed circuits you can wear like temporary tattoo and thin, flexible silicon-based devices that dissolve in water...

July 24, 2013 — Seth Fletcher

Three Thoughts on the Fisker Debacle

On April 24, executives from the grievously wounded plug-in-hybrid firm Fisker Automotive will face a House of Representatives oversight committee. The question of the day: Why did the Department of Energy loan nearly $200 million to a company that is now facing bankruptcy?...

April 23, 2013 — Seth Fletcher
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