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Motherboard

Why Does the First Picture of a Black Hole Look Like a SpaghettiO?

There's some trippy science behind the curious look of the first-ever direct observation of a black hole, released on Wednesday.
Matthew Gault
4.10.19
WTF

WTF Is the Lightning Network and Will It Save Bitcoin?

A primer on Bitcoin's latest advance.
Jordan Pearson
1.23.18
making bank

Why the Value of Ethereum Has Skyrocketed 4,000 Percent

Watch a short explainer on the cryptocurrency's steady rise.
Caroline Haskins
6.20.17
everything is fake

Bitcoin Is Worth $2,000. What?

An explainer for the rest of us.
Jordan Pearson
5.24.17
Animation

A Beautiful, Simple Animation Explains Marshall McLuhan's "The Medium Is The Message"

Watch this video because we need to be media literate or else we'll elect another idiot.
Beckett Mufson
3.13.17
Europe: The Final Countdown

Explaining Brexit to the Rest of the World

Everyone in the UK is pretty on edge right now. Here's why.
Oscar Rickett
7.5.16
Space

What Is a ‘Stealth Black Hole,’ and Should We Worry One Will Gobble Us Up?

An explainer on the "stealth black hole" scientists announced this week.
Elizabeth Howell
6.30.16
video

This Video Perfectly Explains The Encryption Debate

Let stick figures tell you why you should care about encryption.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.14.16
guide

A Young Person's Guide to Checking Your Breasts for Cancer

It's the most common cancer affecting women, with one in eight being diagnosed at some point in our lives.
Matilda Whitworth
4.6.16
News

Why Chip Credit Cards Are More Secure than Magnetic Stripes

Card issuers have said chip-enabled cards provide much better protection against fraud than traditional magnetic strip credit cards. But...how?
Kaleigh Rogers
10.5.15