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Stephen Hawking

  1. Stephen Hawking Wants You to Know There’s an Alternate Universe out There Where Zayn Is Still a Member of One Direction

    ♫ Sooooomwheeeeere oooooout theeeeeeere.... ♫

    As you may have noticed from the million hearts shattered simultaneously 'round the world, Zayn Malik recently announced he would be leaving One Direction. At an event on Saturday night at the Sydney Opera House, a devastated 1D fan got to ask the leading authority on boy band culture about ask about Zayn's departure: Stephen Hawking. His advice is as flawless as expected.

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  2. The Real Jane Hawking On How The Theory of Everything Portrayed Her & Stephen

    Focus Features has put out a nice little featurette talking to Jane Hawking, the wife of Stephen Hawking, about her experiences with the feature film based on their lives.

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  3. A.I. Experts Sign Open Letter to Recommend We Don’t Make A.I. a Sociopathic Nightmare

    They're afraid we might do that, Dave.

    Sure, we nearly constantly warn the Internet about the impending threat of our eventual robot overlords, but who wants to listen to a bunch of bloggers making nervous Terminator jokes? Now there's an open letter signed by actual experts in artificial intelligence that urges everyone to make sure that they build their AI to factor "is this good for humans" into its decisions.

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  4. Let Neil deGrasse Tyson Explain Why Stephen Hawking Is So “Badass”

    Watch out. We've got a badass over here.

    The Theory of Everything is really great. That's probably because scientists, including Stephen Hawking, do amazing things every day, which makes for some pretty compelling storytelling. It also makes them badass if you're Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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  5. Stephen Hawking Also Thinks Human-Level AI May Lead to Our Destruction, by the Way

    Dude sure loves singularities.

    Robotics may not be Stephen Hawking's field, but when the brilliant theoretical physicist has something to say about the future of science and the human race, it's hard not to listen. Especially when what he says involves humanity's destruction at the hands of AI we create. But hey, he's already an expert on one kind of singularity, so why not shoot for a second?

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  6. Stephen Hawking’s New Speech System With SwiftKey Delivers His Brilliance Twice as Fast

    Hopefully the rest of us are ready for that much knowledge.

    Stephen Hawking's brain may be lightyears ahead of ours, but the computer system that helped the theoretical physicist communicate his brilliant thoughts to the world had long been stuck in the past at over 20 years old. Now he's gotten an upgrade complete with modern text-prediction capability so that he can communicate more effectively and discover what it's like to try to teach text prediction that you never, ever mean to say "ducking."

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  7. Eddie Redmayne and The Theory of Everything Director James Marsh Talk Stephen Hawking, Science, and “Formidable” Women

    Earlier this month I got the chance to sit down with The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne and director James Marsh (you might also be familiar with Marsh's work from the incredible Man on Wire).

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  8. Review: The Theory Of Everything Is, In Fact, Everything

    Wind back the clock.

    The Theory of Everything isn't a film you watch out of obligation. It's a movie you'll want to watch, maybe even more than once.

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  9. Interview With The Theory of Everything Star Felicity Jones

    Felicity Jones uses the word "extraordinary" a lot, and in context of her role as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything, it's easy to understand why.

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  10. The International Trailer for Stephen Hawking’s Biopic Will Give You All the Science Feels

    We like our science with a healthy dose of optimism.

    If this movie does not look positively heartwarming and uplifting, there is a black hole where your heart should be. Luckily, that's impossible, because a black hole of that size would evaporate quickly, so you're all good to enjoy this trailer.

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  11. Stephen Hawking Warns “God” Particle Could Kill Us All If Science Gets Enough Funding

    "Not if we kill God first!"—Philip Pullman [Citation needed]

    In his foreword for the new book Starmus: 5 Years of Man in Space, Stephen Hawking warns that the Higgs boson particle (also called the "God" particle, because monotheism) discovered by CERN scientists in 2012 and thought to give matter its mass, could destroy the Universe and "we wouldn't see it coming."

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  12. Stephen Hawking Biopic The Theory of Everything Gets Its First Trailer

    "I'll be stretchin' out the rhyme like gravity stretches ti—no, wait, wrong video."

    Hey, remember the time Marius Pontmercy, Remus Lupin, Viserys Targaryen, (probably) Black Cat, Daredevil, and just plain Emily frickin’ Watson were in a movie together? That was cool.

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  13. Things We Saw Today: Zack Snyder Tweets Pic of Batman and R2-D2, Bros

    Beep boop growl.

    Zack Snyder loves his Star Wars crossovers.

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  14. Things We Saw Today: Destroy Your Enemy’s Nexus In This League of Legends Hoodie

    Shark cannon not included.

    Want a snuggly and totally casual way to dress up like League of Legends summoner Jinx? This adorable sweatshirt from hoodied will do the trick. You might remember them from their super rad DC-inspired line of hoodies, too.

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  15. Intel Wants to Save Steven Hawking’s Speech

    Stephen Hawking is one of the most well regarded scientists of our day, and for decades now he has relied on technology to allow him to speak. Hawking suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, and as his condition declines, so does the rate at which he can communicate. Now, Intel says they can use new technology to increase Hawking's ability to communicate, which has dropped to as little as one word per minute.

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  16. Scientists Petition to Grant War Hero, Math Genius Alan Turing, Convicted of Homosexuality, An Official Pardon

    For great justice

    Stephen Hawking and other notable scientists have asked the British government to grant an official posthumous pardon to Alan Turing, the mathematician and code-breaker whose contributions to the Allied victory in World War II were followed up by a conviction for homosexuality. Turing was given the choice between imprisonment and a hormonal treatment better known as "chemical castration," and after a year of enduring the latter he committed suicide by eating an apple laced with cyanide.

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  17. Paralympic Opening Celebrates Science, Includes Higgs Boson Discovery

    The opening ceremony for the 2012 Paralympic Games was held last night in London and included references to some very important scientific discoveries. This ranged from the Big Bang to what was apparently a representation of the recent discovery of what many are calling the Higgs boson particle. It's a bit hard to tell, though, given that the elusive particle was apparently represented by a bunch of silver umbrellas.

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  18. Stephen Hawking: CERN Discovery Will Win Higgs Nobel Prize, Lost Me $100

    Yesterday's announcement that CERN discovered a "Higgs-like" particle will surely be one of the most talked about scientific discoveries of the age. For most physicists, it means exploring a new channel of particle physics. However, for famed scientists Stephen Hawking, it meant something far more personal: Losing a $100 bet with University of Michigan physicist Godon Kane.

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  19. Former Head of SETI Says Aliens Totally Don’t Want To Eat Us. Well, In That Case…

    Oh Really?

    Former SETI director Jill Tarter (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) has felt the need to go on the record and let the public know aliens don't really want to eat us. That's all well and good but how could this be when most overdramatized science-fiction tells us different? Is Tarter in league with an alien race?? Is she an alien??? All of these answers, as well as the real story, after the jump. 

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  20. A Lesson In Illustrating Wheelchairs From Someone Who Uses One

    Allow Us To Explain

    Not too long ago I asked a famous comic book artist to draw me a picture of Oracle and what I got was not at all what I expected. Barbara Gordon was depicted in a hospital wheelchair with a blanket over her legs, certainly not the Oracle I know. "How could big name-so-and-so not know how to draw someone in a wheelchair?" I said to myself but then I thought, "Probably because they aren't in one." That's just one possible scenario of course, there are plenty of artists out there (like Adam Hughes above) who get it right. But if there's a problem we all suffer from at times it's ignorance. Yes...all of us. Some more than others of course but even the most learned of us could do with a bit of education now and then and that's my goal today. It's certainly not meant as a dig, but through the years, it's become obvious to me that a lot of people are oblivious to the every day lives of people with disabilities (PWD). And that's why awareness and education are important. It's not that people don't care (although some might not), it's that they truly don't know what's appropriate in certain situations. Read on for a few examples of different types of wheelchairs, as well as those who use them, plus some commentary by a creator and an actor who are close to the topic at hand. 

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