The Universe May Hold 10 Times More Galaxies Than We Thought

How many galaxies are in the universe? Way, way more than anyone knew. For decades, astronomers had put the number at 100 billion to 200 billion. But new research using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories shows that number is about 10 times too low. That means there are at least 1 trillion galaxies out there ― and possibly as many as 2 trillion. To arrive at the astonishing new number, researchers led by University of Nottingham astrophysicist Dr. Christopher Conselice used deep-space images taken by Hubble and other published data to make accurate measurements of the number of galaxies at different periods in the 13.8 billion-year history of the universe. Then, with the help of mathematical models, the researchers were able to show that for the number…

UN: Less Than Half of World Connected to Internet More than half the global population remains unconnected to the internet, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. This year, 84 percent of the world's population had access to mobile broadband networks, but only 47 percent were actually connected, mostly because high costs were a barrier to either service or owning a mobile device, according to the report by the U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The report analyzes information and communication technology, or ICT, development. The report noted, however, that the cost of mobile cellular plans has decreased steeply since 2015, noting a 20 percent fall in prices across countries it deemed "least developed." Broadband prices are also down, although they remained significantly high and "clearly unaffordable" in a number of the least developed countries. Progress was ...

Paytm touches five million record transactions marking offline growth Paytm has a strong network of offline retailers for payments, as well as mobile wallet users. (Reuters) Largest mobile payments platform Paytm has announced touching a record number of payment transactions led by unprecedented growth in offline payments. Paytm has touched a record five million transactions a day and is on the way to process over Rs. 24,000 crore, more than any other payment network in the country. Within a year of launching its Online-to-Offline (O2O) payment solution, Paytm has emerged as the fastest growing QR Code-based POS network in the country. Backed by a large payment ecosystem of customers and merchants, the company registered a 700 percent increase in overall traffic and 1000 percent growth in the amount of money added to the Paytm account...

Russian space station cargo ship experiences anomaly, burns up BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Russia's Soyuz-U cargo vehicle experienced an anomaly and was lost in the upper atmosphere shortly after its launch Thursday from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Engineers lost contact with the rocket and cargo ship exactly 6 minutes, 23 seconds after takeoff as it flew over the Tuva Republic in Southern Russia. Officials believe the rocket's third stage malfunctioned, causing the craft to veer off course and break up. "Most of cargo spacecraft fragments burned in the dense atmosphere," according to a statement from Roscosmos, Russia's space agency. "The State Commission is conducting analysis of the current contingency." The cargo ship was to deliver food and equipment, but both Roscosmos and NASA say the failed delivery won't have much effect on the day-to...

Self-driving trucks will hit the road in Ohio COLUMBUS, Ohio — A self-driving truck will begin traveling on two Ohio roads next week after state officials announce details of new investments to support innovative transportation technology. A vehicle from self-driving truck maker Otto will travel a 35-mile stretch of U.S. Route 33 on Monday in central Ohio between Dublin and East Liberty, home to the Transportation Research Center, an independent testing facility. It will travel in regular traffic, and a driver in the truck will be positioned to intervene should anything go awry, Department of Transportation spokesman Matt Bruning said Friday, adding that “safety is obviously No. 1.” Officials say that section of Route 33 - a four-lane, divided road - is an important piece of autonomous vehicle research in the state and will become...

​Apple reportedly angling for early movie rentals on iTunes – CNET In a move that could beef up its iTunes business, Apple is reportedly pushing Hollywood studios for early access to movies that it would rent to consumers for a premium price -- upward of $25 or $50. Studios including 21st Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures have expressed interest over the past week in offering movies as early as two weeks after their theatrical debuts, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Some studio execs are considering a deal with iTunes as a delivery option, the report said. iTunes plays a major role in the music retail space, but it doesn't have the same prominence in the online video realm. The offering of early movies could help it stand out in this crowded and competitive market. Apple declined to comment on ...

Fitbit officially acquires Pebble, but not its wearables The rumors were true – Fitbit has officially acquired “specific assets of Pebble.” These include key personnel and intellectual property related to software and firmware, but notably does not include Pebble’s hardware products. Earlier today we heard rumors that the Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core were being cancelled, and that's now been confirmed by Pebble, which adds that backers will be refunded, and that the Pebble Time Round Kickstarter Edition has also been cancelled.  As post on the Pebble 2 Kickstarter page reads "Backers will get refunds for any unfulfilled rewards. "We’ve shipped every Pebble 2 possible, but can’t say the same for the remaining rewards. Pebble Time 2, Pebble Core, and Pebble Time Round Kickstarter Editions will not go into final production." Refunds will be made automatically...

NASA Awaits Trump Transition Team, Budget Details NASA hopes a final 2017 appropriations bill will not include a prohibition on funding the Asteroid Redirect Mission featured in a House bill. WASHINGTON — Nearly a week after Donald Trump was elected president, his campaign has yet to send a team to NASA to prepare for the upcoming transition in administrations, an agency official said Nov. 14. Speaking at a meeting of a NASA advisory committee, Greg Williams, deputy associate administrator for policy and plans in the human exploration and operations mission directorate, said the agency had not yet been informed by the Trump campaign's transition team who the individuals are that will deal with NASA. "The new administration has not yet named its transition team members that interface with NASA, so we don't yet know who we'll ...