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In posthumous message, Hawking says science under threat

In posthumous message, Hawking says science under threat

Technology
Stephen Hawking spoke from beyond the grave Monday to warn the world that science and education are under threat around the world. The words of the scientist, who died in March at 76, were broadcast at a London launch event for his final book "Brief Answers To The Big Questions." Hawking warned that education and science are "in danger now more than ever before." He cited the election of U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's 2016 vote to leave the European Union as part of "a global revolt against experts and that includes scientists." Acknowledging that science had yet to overcome major challenges for the world — including climate change, overpopulation, species extinction, deforestation and the degradation of the oceans — the physicist still urged young people "to look ...
Stars turn out for Stephen Hawking memorial at Westminster Abbey

Stars turn out for Stephen Hawking memorial at Westminster Abbey

Science
Tributes have been paid to renowned physicist Prof Stephen Hawking in a Westminster Abbey memorial service.British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Hawking in a BBC drama, and astronaut Tim Peake were among those giving readings at the ceremony.Prof Hawking died in March, aged 76, after a long battle with motor neurone disease.His ashes are being buried alongside other great scientists like Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton.25,000 applicationsEnglish Astronomer Royal, Lord Martin Rees, and Prof Hawking's collaborator and Nobel prize winner, Kip Thorne, also gave tributes during the service.TV personalities David Walliams and Piers Morgan, musician Nile Rodgers and Prof Brian Cox were among those who joined members of the publ...
Prof Stephen Hawking funeral: Legacy 'will live forever'

Prof Stephen Hawking funeral: Legacy 'will live forever'

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe legacy of Prof Stephen Hawking will live forever, mourners at the theoretical physicist's funeral heard.Prof Hawking, who had motor neurone disease, died on 14 March, aged 76, at his home in Cambridge.Actor Eddie Redmayne was one of several speakers at a service at the university church, Great St Mary's.The professor's eldest son Robert, former student Prof Fay Dowker and Astronomer Royal Martin Rees also gave addresses to the congregation.As the funeral cortege arrived at the church, the bell rang out 76 times - once for each year of Prof Hawking's life.His close family, including his three children Lucy, Robert and Tim, followed behind the hearse carrying the professor's coffin.As it pulled up, the vehicle was met with applause from the hun...
What to know about ALS, the disease that affected scientist Stephen Hawking

What to know about ALS, the disease that affected scientist Stephen Hawking

Health
One of the world’s most well-known physicists, Stephen Hawking, became famous for his efforts to explain black holes, the nature of time and the origins of the universe during his long career at Cambridge University. He was also a symbol of triumph over physical adversity, since he did this work while also fighting a debilitating disorder called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, that attacked his muscle function and ultimately left him confined to a wheelchair, with little independent movement. According to his official website, "In 1963, Hawking contracted motor neuron disease and was given two years to live." He died on Wednesday, 55 years later, at the age of 76. ALS is commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease after the star New York Yankees player who died from the disease at the ...
Stephen Hawking: Tributes pour in for 'inspirational' physicist

Stephen Hawking: Tributes pour in for 'inspirational' physicist

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceScientists, politicians and actors have paid tribute to world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who has been called an "inspiration to millions".The British scientist, famed for his work on black holes, died peacefully at his home in Cambridge aged 76.Astronomer Royal Lord Rees, one of the world's most eminent scientists, described his life as a "triumph".Others described him as a "unique individual" whose death "has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake".Prof Hawking was diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and was told he had only a few years to live.He was known for his theories on black holes and relativity and went on to publish several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.The University...