The Future of Black Hole Photography: What’s Next for the Event Horizon Telescope

The Event Horizon Telescope, a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration, captured this image of the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy M87 and its shadow. (Image: © EHT Collaboration) The researchers who captured the first-ever images of a black hole don’t plan to rest on their laurels. Yesterday (April 10), the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration announced that it had photographed the contours of the supermassive black hole at the heart of M87, a huge elliptical galaxy that lies 55 million light-years from Earth. Those…

Future Cars Could be Powered by Lithium-Air Batteries: Study

Lithium-air batteries, which run on ambient oxygen, may just be a sustainable and environment-friendly way to store energy and power electric vehicles, houses, and industries of the future, scientists say. Current lithium-ion battery technology will probably not be able to handle the coming decades’ huge demand for energy. It is estimated that by 2050, electricity will make up 50 percent of the world’s energy mix. Today, that rate is 18 percent. However, installed capacity for renewable energy production is expected to increase fourfold. This will require batteries that are more…

Future of cars includes watching a movie while your car drives you to work and turning your car into a Disney theme park with VR

Have you been dreaming of a future where your car drives you to workwhile you watch a movie from the driver’s seat? What about a virtual reality rig that makes you feel like you’re on a theme park ride while your self-driving car takes you where you want to go? Those ideas might sound like they’re straight out of “The Jetsons,” but those features are already on display at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where the world’s biggest automakers are showing off some of the futuristic features they’re…