science
Murray Gell-Mann, the Physicist Who Came Up With Quarks, Has Died

Pioneering physicist Murray Gell-Mann has passed away at the age of 89. Among his many scientific contributions, the Nobel laureate will be remembered for bringing order to the chaotic field of particle physics, and for coining the term “quark” – a fundamental building block of matter. Read More >>

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Grumpy Cat Dies at 7 Years Old

Grumpy Cat has died from complications following a urinary tract infection. She was 7 years old. Read More >>

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RIP BlackBerry Messenger (As We Know It)

BlackBerry is finally shutting down the consumer version of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) on 31 May. In a blog post, the company said that “users have moved on to other platforms” and that it was “sad to say goodbye.” So in a little over a month, refunds for stickers will be issued. BBMoji will disappear. The app will stop working. BBM as we know it will die. Read More >>

gadgets
Co-Inventor of the World’s First Handheld Electronic Calculator Dies at 86

Jerry Merryman, one of three people at Texas Instruments credited with inventing the world’s first handheld electronic calculator in the 1960s, died at a Dallas hospital on February 27th. Merryman was 86 years old. Read More >>

gaming
Mario Segale, the Inspiration Behind Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario,’ Dies at 84

Mario Segale, the namesake behind the famous mustachioed protagonist of Nintendo’s iconic video game franchise, has died at age 84. Read More >>

science
Physicist Who Coined the ‘God Particle’ and Sold His Nobel Prize to Pay Medical Bills Dies at 96

Leon Lederman, the former head of the Fermi National Accelerator Lab and winner of the the Nobel Prize in physics in 1988, died at a nursing home in Idaho on October 3rd. He was 96. Read More >>

robots
RIP Asimo, You Useless Robotic Honda Advert

Honda announced yesterday that it would cease development of Asimo, the super cute humanoid that tours the world in the name of stunt marketing. Asimo was 18 years old. Asimo, once heralded as the future of robotics, was barely old enough to buy a beer. But it was always happy to help sell you a Honda automobile. Read More >>

technology
Trevor Baylis, Inventor of the Hand-Cranked Radio, Dies at 80

The hand-cranked radio allows people in remote communities to have access to modern broadcasting—all without needing an external power source, aside from your own hand. The technology’s inventor, Trevor Baylis, died today at the age of 80. The death of Baylis was announced by David Bunting, the chief executive of Trevor Baylis Brands, according to The Guardian. Read More >>

internet
John Perry Barlow, EFF Cofounder and Author of 1996 Cyberspace Manifesto, Dies at 70

John Perry Barlow, cofounder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and author of the 1996 manifesto, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, has died. He was 70 years old. Read More >>

design
RIP Robert Blakeley, Designer of the Fallout Shelter Sign

Designer Robert W. Blakeley isn’t a household name, but every American has seen his work. No, he wasn’t employed by Coca-Cola or Ford or Disney, but instead worked for the US government. Blakeley’s most famous design? He came up with the yellow and black fallout shelter sign. Sadly, he died last week at the age of 95. Read More >>

apps
AIM Will Finally Die its Last Death Later This Year

On Friday, AOL announced its Instant Messenger will die on December 15th. It was 20 years old. Read More >>

twitter
Here Are the Latest Very Bad Things to Happen to Twitter

The Death of Twitter has be proclaimed over and over in some form since 2009. Eulogies ramped up over the last year, when its monthly active user count stalled, its executives left en masse, and the prospect of changes led users to revolt with the hashtag #RIPTwitter. Read More >>

guns
Mikhail Kalashnikov, Inventor of the AK-47, Has Died

Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, passed away yesterday morning at the age of 94, according to the BBC. Read More >>