Why You Should Be Excited About JunoOn July 4, NASA's Juno spacecraft fired its engines for the 35-minute orbit insertion burn. The spacecraft's nearly five year trek to Jupiter ended and its orbital mission began. It was an ... More >
Watch This Aussie Build A Grass HutSome people are just out there to make us all feel unproductive. Youtube channel Primitive Technology has become quickly internet famous for showing how primitive structures were built, using ... More >
Could Vanishing Stars Be A Clue To Alien Life?There are lots of ways to search for technologically advanced aliens. We can listen for them with radio telescopes. We can analyze the atmospheres of other plants to search for biosignatures, or ... More >
Explore an Infinite Library from HomeAppropriately called the "infinite monkey theorem", it's one of the more visually amusing demonstrations of statistics and probability. It has been attributed to Émile Borel in 1913, but ... More >
China Launches Long March 7On June 25, 2016, the Long March 7 rocket, China's largest space launch vehicle to date, blasted off from Wenchang, Hainan to a successful maiden flight. With a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) payload of ... More >
There is more water than there are runways. For places that have access to the sea, or lakes, or large, calm rivers, it might be easier to use a seaplane than building a runway for a plane designed to land on, well, land. China's state media today announced the completion of the first AG600. It's the world's largest functional seaplane and made by China itself.
Traveling underwater offers Navy SEALs a lot of advantages. Troops are hard to see below the waves, and until they reach the shore they're no louder than the ocean itself. The problem is all the water. The current “swimmer delivery vehicles” used by the Navy's elite special forces require them to wear scuba gear the entire time, because they're exposed to the sea itself. A new submarine, from Submergence Group LLC and defense giant Lockheed Martin, will instead carry SEALS covertly, underwater, and inside an enclosed submarine.
"This is starting to feel a bit episodic," bemoans Captain James T. Kirk, played by Chris Pine, early on in Star Trek: Beyond. Kirk is returning from a minor diplomatic mission, an attempt at Federation-negotiated peace between two minor civilizations. The joke is a nod to Star Trek's long and enduring history as a staple of television. The Original Series premiered 50 years ago, and the sixth television show in the franchise, Star Trek: Discovery, is set to debut on CBS in January, 2017.
We already interact with artificial intelligence in our daily lives. Furby and Clippy were early forms; driverless cars and Facebook's chatbots pick up the mantle today. But if AI is to continue its evolution, it'll have to get more convincingly human. Right now, its capacity for emotional depth is seriously lacking.
Walking on the surface of Mars, where the gravity is one-third of Earth's, won't be easy. If you dumped a wheelbarrow of rocks into a bounce-house, then jumped in with shoeboxes tied to your feet and a fishbowl on your head, you'd be getting close to how astronauts might feel exploring the Red Planet's surface.