The First Black Hole Photo, Facebook Changes, and More News

Junhan Kim/University of Arizona Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less: Scientists have revealed the first-ever picture of a black hole It may not be how you imagined it after watching Interstellar, but you can finally see the first real picture of a black...

In Congressional Hearing on Hate, the Haters Got Their Way

Tuesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on the rise of hate crimes and white nationalism devolved into a four-hour squabble over who’s most hated, and who’s doing the hating, in America. The members of the committee and some of the eight witnesses who sat before...

Coding Is for Everyone—as Long as You Speak English

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, so there's been a lot of pixels spilled on "the initial promises of the web"—one of which was the idea that you could select "view source" on any page and easily teach yourself what went into making it...

Want to Know How to Build a Better Democracy? Ask Wikipedia

Pity the poor public-relations specialist hired to influence what is said about his clients on Wikipedia. The sprawling, chaotic storehouse of knowledge is governed by thousands of independent-minded volunteers committed to being neutral and allergic to self-serving...

Space Photos of the Week: YORP Effect, Cosmic Ducks, and More

This is Gault, an asteroid that is slowly breaking apart as it moves through space. It’s about 500,000 miles long and over 3,000 miles wide. Scientists think that it’s being destroyed by a mechanism called YORP—basically sunlight hits the surface of the asteroid and...

So Long, Inbox! Try These Email Apps Instead

In 2014, Google radically rethought how email should work. The ideas it introduced through its then-new Inbox app—Reminders! Snoozing! Bundles!—have since been absorbed into Gmail prime. At the time, though, bringing those features to the most popular email service on...