If you budget just one second for each planet in Hello Games' imponderable No Man's Sky, you'll still spend 5 billion years visiting them all. By that time, our own sun will have become a crimson death star and swallowed us whole. You'll see virtually none of the more than 18 quintillion planets in this space survival game. Scrappy U.K.-based studio Hello Games wanted first to stir imaginations by crafting a digital universe almost as grand as our own. It's rendered on the fly by an absurdly small amount of mathematical code.
Netflix is making the most out of its deals with TV legend Shonda Rhimes and Planet of the Apes/Cloverfield director Matt Reeves by putting them together for one ambitious project. The creators will work on a feature film and a TV universe based on Blake Crouch's upcoming sci-fi thriller novel Recursion. It's unclear what the streaming platform means by "TV universe" -- it could be a full-blown series, but it could also just be a limited series that expands on the feature film. According to Netflix Recursion is about a "save-the-world sci-fi thriller, an epic romance, and an intricate police procedural," which makes it sound like a cross between Cloverfield and How to Get Away with Murder. According to a summary of the book, which is scheduled to be released in June 2019, the story revolves around a memory-altering disease and a neuroscientist's creation, which can preserve people's most intense memories and allows them to relive and reinvent it.
A photographer looks at the sky at night to see the annual Geminid meteor shower near Provenzales' rock, in Maira Valley, northern Italy, on Dec. 6, 2016. A new study says the entire universe could be a hologram. Talk about a reality check: The entire universe could be a "vast and complex hologram," scientists reported Monday. Also, even more unsettling, what we think of as reality may be just an illusion. "Imagine that everything you see, feel and hear in three dimensions (and your perception of time) in fact emanates from a flat two-dimensional field," said study co-author Kostas Skenderis of the U.K.'s University of Southampton.
The Higgs boson may be key to understanding the first moments of the universe. If the early universe was too disordered, everything would have collapsed into black holes moments after the big bang. Luckily, this didn't happen, and some new calculations suggest the Higgs boson could be the reason why. Near the start of the beginning of the universe, everything was compressed into a very small space.
Space used to be surprisingly crowded. The observable universe contains a whopping two trillion galaxies, making it 10 times as packed as we previously thought. Since the Hubble Space Telescope started observing the deep sky, we've used its images to estimate that the universe we can see contains around 100 billion galaxies. But now, a team of astronomers led by Christopher Conselice at the University of Nottingham has generated 3D images of deep space by combining images from telescopes around the world, including Hubble. They were able to infer the existence of galaxies that are too faint and too far away to be observed by today's telescopes, and found that when the universe was a few billion years old, there were far more galaxies in a given volume than there are today.