Scientists Make Breakthrough Study on the Birth of Black Holes

A research team led by Cardiff University scientists claim to have made a great stride towards understanding how a supermassive black hole (SMBH) is born.

The scientists used a new technique that allowed them to zoom in on one of the cosmic giants in never-before-seen detail.

Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure

Maybe its pervasiveness has long obscured its origins. But Unix, the operating system that in one derivative or another powers nearly all smartphones sold worldwide, was born 50 years ago from the failure of an ambitious project that involved titans like Bell Labs, GE, and MIT. Largely the brainchild of a few programmers at Bell Labs, the unlikely story of Unix begins with a meeting on the top floor of an otherwise unremarkable annex at the sprawling Bell Labs complex in Murray Hill, New Jersey.