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Woman Busted in Plot to Kill Stephen Hawking

She had maps and documents detailing her astronomy-festival scheme

(Newser) - An American woman was arrested Wednesday in Spain for sending dozens of death threats to Stephen Hawking then trailing him to an astronomy festival in the Canary Islands, Gizmodo reports. According to El Pais , the unnamed 37-year-old woman lives in Norway and has no previous criminal record. Authorities were tipped... More »

Stephen Hawking: I Can't Explain Trump

He slams 'demagogue,' calls for Britain to stay in EU

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking may have a good grasp of the workings of the universe, but he says he can't understand the popularity of Donald Trump. The renowned theoretical physicist tells ITV's Good Morning Britain show that he has no explanation for the success of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.... More »

Hawking: 'Black Holes Ain't as Black as Painted'

Physicist claims to have solved the information paradox

(Newser) - "If you feel you are in a black hole, don't give up. There's a way out." So says Stephen Hawking in claiming to have resolved the so-called information paradox—the seemingly irreconcilable problem of two well-accepted tenets involving black holes. Quantum mechanics dictates that the information... More »

Technology's Top Minds Warn Against Killer Robots

They fear autonomous weapons will lead to AI arms race

(Newser) - Good news, humanity: A group of people capable of creating a truly fearsome army of killer robots have made it clear that they're firmly opposed to the concept of "offensive autonomous weapons." An open letter warning against a "military artificial intelligence arms race" was signed by... More »

Stephen Hawking: I'd Consider Assisted Suicide

Physicist says he'd think about it if he ever became a burden or was in great pain

(Newser) - The man who showed the world exactly why he was meant to live despite a devastating diagnosis 52 years ago now says he'd think about assisted suicide—but only under certain circumstances. In an interview set to be broadcast on BBC One in mid-June, Stephen Hawking says, "I... More »

Stephen Hawking Weighs in on Zayn Leaving One Direction

In an alternate universe, the band remains whole

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking's wealth of knowledge extends well beyond silly matters like space and black holes. He recently took on more consequential matters at a Q&A in Australia—during which he was actually in England, being beamed into the event as a hologram, Buzzfeed reports. One question: "What... More »

Stephen Hawking Applies to Trademark His Name

Could be a first step in setting up foundation

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking™? If the theoretical physicist has his way, then yes, because he's applied to trademark his name, CNBC reports, citing the Sunday Times . Hawking is so iconic, it's not uncommon to see his image on everything from T-shirts to mouse pads (alongside phrases like "The... More »

How Has Stephen Hawking Lived With ALS for 52 Years?

Experts call the 73-year-old physicist's long-term survival 'extraordinary'

(Newser) - An ALS patient's life expectancy averages just two to five years after diagnosis, and only about 5% make it past 20 years, the ALS Association notes. But Stephen Hawking, the 73-year-old theoretical physicist and subject of an Academy Award-winning biopic , has beaten the odds and lived with his motor... More »

Stephen Hawking: To Survive, We've Got to Be Nicer

And it wouldn't hurt to colonize space

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking has made it clear that he's worried about the future of humanity , and now he's offering a few suggestions to save it, CNET reports. First: Let's try to be nicer to each other. "The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression,... More »

Hawking: Artificial Intelligence Could Doom Us All

Human evolution too slow to compete, he says

(Newser) - Add artificial intelligence to aliens and the Higgs boson on the list of things Stephen Hawking thinks could wipe out the human race. "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," he told a BBC interviewer yesterday while discussing his communication software'... More »

Stephen Hawking's Computer Gets 1st Upgrade in 20 Years

World-famous physicist had 'embarrassing' software

(Newser) - Think Stephen Hawking has killer computer software to help him communicate from his wheelchair? Apparently not—he couldn't even add attachments to emails. So the brainy folks at Intel and SwiftKey have upgraded his system for the first time in 20 years, Fast Company reports. "It wasn't... More »

Pink Floyd's Guest Vocalist: Stephen Hawking

Physicist will make another cameo with band in upcoming album

(Newser) - Physicist Stephen Hawking burnishes his pop-culture cred next month with the release of Pink Floyd's first album in two decades, reports Rolling Stone . The track "Talkin' Hawkin'" on the Endless River album will feature Hawking himself. Of course, as devoted fans of the group or of Hawking... More »

Stephen Hawking: 'God Particle' Could Destroy the Universe

Physicist makes wry prediction about the Higgs Boson particle

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking has already warned that aliens might wipe out the human race . Now another mild prediction: The Higgs boson or "God" particle could cause a "catastrophic vacuum delay" that undermines space-time and destroys the universe, reports the Sunday Times via CNET . How so? Well, the particle "... More »

8 Celebs Who've Visited Sex Clubs

Even the rich and famous sometimes can't resist a good den of iniquity

(Newser) - It seems almost every star in Hollywood has been photographed stumbling out of a nightclub at one point during his or her career, but, if rumors (and press interviews) can be believed, some A-listers don't have any qualms about hanging out at sex clubs either. Below are eight celebrities... More »

Hawking's New Theory: 'There Are No Black Holes'

He addresses conflicting theories of physics

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking helped develop current theories on black holes—but now, he's saying there aren't any. New Scientist explains his thinking, focusing on what's known in physics as the "firewall paradox," which deals with a black hole's event horizon. That's an "invisible... More »

Hawking: Life After Death Possible—in Computers

But he still thinks heaven is a 'fairy tale'

(Newser) - Life imitating Futurama? Stephen Hawking, owner of one of the world's finest brains, now says he believes it is possible to keep a mind running without a body—though he expects the technology will be too late for him, the Telegraph reports. "I think the brain is like... More »

Stephen Hawking Changes Tune on Assisted Suicide

He's now in favor of it, assuming there are safeguards

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking has come out in favor of physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill, provided there are significant safeguards in place. When asked about his position on the issue in 2006, the famous cosmologist and author called it a "great mistake," noting, "While there's life, there'... More »

Hawking: Docs Offered to Unplug Me in 1985

He talks about health, marriages in new documentary

(Newser) - If his first wife had listened to doctors' advice in 1985, most people might never have heard of Stephen Hawking. In the new documentary Hawking, the famed British physicist reveals that he was so ill during a bout of pneumonia in Switzerland that doctors offered to turn off his life... More »

Hawking: We'll Have to Escape 'Fragile Planet' in 1K Years

He urges more space exploration

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking, the British physicist who has spent his career decoding the universe, is urging the continuation of space exploration—for humanity's sake. “We won’t survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet," said the 71-year-old Hawking. He made the remarks Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai... More »

Hawking Out $100 Over Higgs Discovery

He bet Michigan prof that particle would never be found

(Newser) - The apparent discovery of the Higgs boson particle has come at a cost to Stephen Hawking: The world-renowned physicist has lost a $100 bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that it wouldn't be found. "It seems I have just lost $100," Hawking tells the BBC . "... More »

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