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The Week in Tech – Stephen Hawking Bids This Universe Farewell

There’s a ton of tech news to get to! Maybe you didn’t get to it all, because who’s got time for that? Well, that’d be us — here are a handful of stories from the week in tech that might affect you!

Stephen Hawking passes away at age 76

By NASA/Paul Alers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
In 1963, Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with ALS and given two years to live. Instead, through his eventual near-full paralysis, he lived 55 more and became one of the greatest physicists to have ever drawn breath. Hawking’s contributions to understanding the universe are too many to name, but among his highlights were positing that black holes emit radiation, overturning established notions that nothing could escape from a black hole. His book A Brief History of Time became a worldwide phenomenon, remaining atop the bestseller list in the UK for over four years. Hawking was also known for his dry humor, most recently wielded to devastating effect on John Oliver. Hawking passed away from complications due to ALS on Wednesday, but his contributions to astrophysics guarantee his name will live on long into the future.

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