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Stephen Hawking Releases New iPad App

a screenshot from the stephen hawking app
A screenshot of the new app, which shows how gravity and acceleration work in the Universe. (Image credit: Random House Digital)

Physicist Stephen Hawking has released a new iPad app to let budding physicists learn about the lives of stars and planets.

The app, called Snapshots of the Universe, allows users to create their own solar systems, drop objects to learn about gravity, learn about Einstein's theories of relativity and hunt for black holes in the constellation of Leo.

Snapshots of the Universe, which was released last month, is Stephen Hawking's first foray into apps, and is geared for all ages.

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Tia has interned at Science News,, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has written for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Scientific American, and ScienceNow. She has a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California Santa Cruz.