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Stephen Hawking, Astrophysicist With Paralyzing Disease, Dies At 76

Hawking unraveled the mysteries of the Big Bang and black holes despite a paralyzing nerve disease, while writing books that made him a celebrity.

Stephen Hawking, who surmounted a paralyzing illness to master both cosmology and celebrity, died Wednesday at age 76.

Hawking was arguably the world’s most famous scientist, owing his scientific acclaim to theoretical work released in the early 1970s that explained how black holes end and how the universe began. His fame went mainstream in 1988 when he published A Brief History of Time, a best-seller that made a star of a wheelchair-bound, robot-voiced physicist who explored the greatest of cosmic mysteries.

“My disabilities have not been a significant handicap in my field, which is theoretical physics. Indeed, they have helped me in a way,”

Hawking wrote in a 1984 essay, saying that illness gave him the time to think through physics problems, rather than lecture or perform administrative duties.

Despite his use of a wheelchair owing to a motor neuron disease developed in the early 1960s, Hawking famously ascended in 1977 to the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge in the U.K., a position once held by Isaac Newton.

Together with physicist Roger Penrose, Hawking’s work cemented the case for a fiery Big Bang starting the universe.

Hawking also showed that black holes, collapsed stars so dense that even light can’t escape their gravitational attraction, aren’t really black. Energy radiates away from black holes (this is called “Hawking radiation” today) in tiny amounts explained by the equations of quantum mechanics, the rules governing the behavior of subatomic particles.

In this way, Hawking opened a door for physicists seeking to unite the laws governing gravity with those explaining atomic forces — the still uncompleted goal of 21st-century physics.

“He thinks about the universe differently, due to his physical disability,” Kip Thorne, a physicist at Caltech, said of Hawking in 2013. “That enabled him to make discoveries that no one else could make. And he has. They have shaken the foundations of physics.”

Over the decades since the publication of Brief History and his many subsequent books, Hawking’s fame only increased, earning him appearances on TV shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Simpsons. In 2015, actor Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for his portrayal of Hawking in The Theory of Everything, which explored the collapse of his marriage to his first wife, Jane Wilde Hawking, in revealing fashion.


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Apple will unveil the next generation of iOS and macOS on June 4th

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be held in June this year. Apple is planning to return to San Jose again in 2018, between June 4th and June 8th this time around. Developers can apply for tickets now through March 22 at 10AM PT / 1PM ET through Apple’s WWDC site, and tickets will be issued randomly by March 23rd.

Last year’s event was packed with announcements, including the HomePod, a new iMac Pro, iOS 11, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4, and ARKit. This year we’re expecting to hear more on the future of macOS and iOS, and it’s possible we’ll see those cheaper iPads and MacBooks that have been rumored recently.

The focus will undoubtedly be on the future of iOS, and in particular iOS 12. Apple is reportedly focusing on reliability and performance in iOS 12 over new features. Apple is still rumored to be launching new universal apps that work across iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Bloomberg also previously reported that Apple will bring its Animoji characters to the iPad, thanks to a new model of the tablet that has a Face ID camera.

iOS 12 for the iPad is also rumored to include tabs within apps, but more significant software updates won’t arrive for Apple’s tablets until next year. Apple is also reportedly redesigning the homescreen for iOS in 2019. If Apple follows its usual plans at WWDC then an iOS 12 preview could be made available to developers some time in June.

source: The Verge

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(Extremely graphic images): Woman killed, chopped up into pieces by husband; says he doesn’t regret what he did

A 46-year-old woman was killed and chopped up into pieces by her own husband in a village in the northern part of Quezon City, Philippines, on Sunday night, March 11, according to a report in ABS-CBN News. Neither the suspect nor the victim was named in the report.

Her body was found by children playing next door to the couple’s home. According to neighbors, they saw the body after the kids ran to them and told them what they saw.

When the neighbors went outside to check, they saw the arms and legs cut off, and her stomach opened with her intestines removed. One leg was found stuffed in the victim’s stomach.

A resident told ABS-CBN News that the suspect allegedly said, “that’s what should be done to wives.”

The suspect was arrested and confessed to police how he killed his wife.

Extremely graphic image of a woman completely butchered by her husband

According to the suspect, his wife was asking to get massaged and was lying on her stomach when he stepped on her and cut open her body using a knife to look for her uterus.

The suspect admitted he was angry that they couldn’t have a child. The reason he opened her stomach, he said, was to look for the fetus there.

The suspect said he saw his wife as a goat and skinned her face to see who was behind “the mask.”

The couple had been married since 2002. They do not have any children and the wife had been diagnosed with myoma.

The suspect said he does not regret what he did and that he feels like he’s now free. He will face parricide charges and is currently being held at Camp Karingal.

The police later recovered the knife and weapons used at the scene

Source: THE HILL