Stephen Hawking

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Hawking's Resting Place: Between Darwin, Newton

And his voice was beamed into space

(Newser) - The ashes of Stephen Hawking were buried Friday in a corner of Westminster Abbey that honors some of Britain's greatest scientists, between the graves of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton, reports the AP . More than 1,000 people attended a service in the ancient abbey for the physicist, who... More »

Lottery for Stephen Hawking Service Has One Odd Detail

Time travelers are welcome to apply

(Newser) - No time travelers showed up at the party Stephen Hawking held for them in 2009, but they'll still be welcome when he's laid to rest. In what was apparently a form of invitation, not an error, people entering the lottery to attend the late professor's memorial service... More »

Hawking's Family Offers Ticket Lottery for Service

1K members of the public will get tickets

(Newser) - The family of the late British physicist Stephen Hawking has opened a lottery for 1,000 tickets for a service of thanksgiving in his honor at Westminster Abbey. Hawking's ashes are to be interred June 15 at the London church between the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.... More »

Hawking's Ashes Will Rest Next to a Scientific Great

His ashes will be kept at London's Westminster Abbey

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking's final resting place will be among other famous scientists like Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. Hawking's ashes will be interred at London’s Westminster Abbey, next to Newton's grave, at a Thanksgiving ceremony later this year, the Abbey has revealed . The Dean of Westminster... More »

Stephen Hawking Submitted Paper Days Before His Death

It cites the famous physicist as a co-author and addresses the potential for alternate universes

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking submitted a final paper in the days before his death that could potentially one day lead to a major breakthrough. The paper, titled "A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation," was submitted about 10 days before the death of the world famous physicist, who is listed among... More »

Hawking Was Explicit About What He Wanted on Tombstone

More on his death, which falls on a notable day

(Newser) - Today is Pi Day, and in the wake of Stephen Hawking's March 14 death, much ado is being made about what else 3/14 marks. Mashable reports that it also overlaps with the birth of Albert Einstein, who was born on this day in 1879. As for Hawking's own... More »

How Stephen Hawking Pushed the Limits in Life

NASA says he 'unlocked a universe of possibilities'

(Newser) - The world is paying tribute to Stephen Hawking, the beloved cosmologist and theoretical physicist who amazed the world both with his brilliant mind and his survival for more than 50 years after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. Stephen Toope, vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge says Hawking, who died... More »

World Mourns One of Its Greatest Scientific Minds

Stephen Hawking is dead at 76

(Newser) - One of the world's greatest scientific minds has now left this dimension. British cosmologist and physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, some 55 years after he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at 21 and given two years to live. Family members say Hawking died... More »

Stephen Hawking's Doctoral Thesis Crashes Website

Cambridge University posted the work of its famous alumnus

(Newser) - Cambridge University has put Stephen Hawking's doctoral thesis online, triggering such interest that it crashed the university's website, the AP reports. Completed in 1966 when Hawking was 24, "Properties of Expanding Universes" explores ideas about the origins of the universe that have resonated through the scientist's... More »

Hawking: Time for Humanity to Travel to Mars, Beyond

'Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves'

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking says humans are turning into "cosmic sloths," watching the universe go by without leaving the comfort of our own home, and it's time to do something about it, the Evening Express reports. "Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves,... More »

Hawking: Actually, We Have 100 Years to Escape Earth

Eric Mack thinks that's a bit silly

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking is giving humanity a tall order: Colonize Mars in the next century or watch as life on Earth fizzles out. After last year claiming that humans have 1,000 years left on Earth , Hawking says in a new documentary that we instead have about 100 years until we'... More »

F-Bombs Abound in Hawking Charity Skit

Gordon Ramsey is only partly to blame

(Newser) - At long last, Stephen Hawking has regained a British accent—sort of. In a Comic Relief skit for charity, Hawking explains he's bored of his computer-generated voice and is reviewing audition tapes from celebrities who might do as well. But he's not at all pleased with the applicants.... More »

Hawking: 'I May Not Be Welcome' in US Under Trump

Acclaimed physicist notes his criticism of president's environmental policy

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking is afraid he might be persona non grata in America, reports the Guardian , due to the Trump administration's views on the environment and British cosmologist's past criticism of those views. In a conversation Monday with ITV's Good Morning Britain, Hawking said the US has swung... More »

Stephen Hawking: Humans Have 1K Years Left on Earth

Which is why we need to find a new planet to call home.

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking has a simple message for humanity: Haul your butt to Mars (and beyond). In a speech delivered this week at the Oxford Union, the legendary scientist says humanity can only survive another thousand years or so on Earth thanks to growing threats that include climate change, nuclear war,... More »

Stephen Hawking: Aliens Could Be a Danger to the Earth

Spacefaring aliens "will be vastly more powerful" than our own civilization

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking believes that mankind might want to just mind its own business, cosmically speaking. Even as he turns his attention to the search for alien life, Hawking says we should think twice before making any efforts to communicate with alien civilizations, ScienceAlert reports. Any civilization advanced enough to contact... More »

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 »

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