Time actually existed before the Big Bang, according to new theory

by Bryan Nelson, Mother Nature Network

The Big Bang wasn’t the start of time, it was just a transition.

One of the most baffling aspects of the Big Bang theory is figuring out how to explain what happened “before” time and space began. The language itself is awkward. How does it make sense to even refer to a time “before” time itself existed?

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Japan thinks smartphones are destroying students’ eyesight

by Saqib Shah, engadget

The amount of Japanese students with less than 20/20 vision is at at its peak.

The eyesight of Japan’s students is deteriorating and the country’s government thinks smartphones are to blame. A recent survey conducted by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology found that the number of students with vision below the standard 1.0 score (equivalent to 20/20 vision) is at an all-time high of 25.3 percent. Worse still, just over 67 percent of high school students and more than 34 percent of elementary students didn’t meet the bar. The government is attributing the trend to “increased time spent staring at [smartphone] screens…and mobile games.”

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Samsung and Huawei ready for Android Pie rollout

by AFPRelaxNews

Samsung and Huawei, the world’s two biggest sellers of Android phones, are preparing to switch their lineups to the latest version of Google’s mobile phone operating system. Android 9.0 (aka Android Pie) will be available first on the Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei P20 Pro, and thereafter on other models.

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Imagine a Phone That Regrows Its Screen

by Marlene Cimons, NexusMedia

Carbon-fixing materials — substances powered by the sun that use atmospheric carbon dioxide to grow and repair themselves, just as plants do — don’t yet exist outside the lab. But scientists are getting tantalizingly close to making them a commercial reality.

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Incoming! A June meteor swarm could be loaded with surprises

by Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post

Scientists studying a mysterious event over Siberia in 1908 call for a special observation campaign next summer.

On June 30, 1908, an object the size of an apartment building came hurtling out of the sky and exploded in the atmosphere above Siberia. The Tunguska event, named for a river, flattened trees for 800 square miles. It occurred in one of the least-populated places in Asia, and no one was killed or injured. But the Tunguska airburst stands as the most powerful impact event in recorded human history, and it remains enigmatic, as scientists don’t know the origin of the object or whether it was an asteroid or a comet.

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