Could There Really Be a Ninth Planet?Scientists have long suspected that our solar system might harbor a hidden planet. Now, after decades of searching, they may be on to something. More >
2015 Was The Warmest Year EverThe envelope, please. There are so many great nominees, but there can only be one winner. The year with the record-setting highest temperature goes to...2015! We all knew you were headed for ... More >
This Robot Just Built A Launch PadHumans have never built another structure on another planet. So far, everything hurled beyond our atmosphere and into the great beyond was constructed on Earth, made by human hands or human-built ... More >
Giant Megacopter Drone Lifts Weights, Sets RecordWhen it comes to setting new world records, sometimes the key is just finding a task that hasn't been done before. “Fastest human in the 100 meter dash” is a record first set in the ... More >
Brains Could Store 10x More Memories Than We ThoughtLike computers, our brains have an impressive capacity to store memories. Scientists have long known that the brain stores memories as patterns of electrical pulses that move through and between ... More >
If this Northrop Grumman ad is any indication, we haven't seen the last of the piloted fighter jet. The defense giant is best known for its long line of flying wings, including the iconic B-2 Spirit stealth bomber and the yet-to-be-unveiled Long Range Strike Bomber. Their new 30-second clip doesn't show us any new details about that bomber, which remains under wraps in ads even after winning a major Air Force contract. Instead, it gives us a trio of arrow-head-shaped grey wedges, all stealthy jet fighters with room for human pilots on board.
It's been a few days since the big Musk-vs-Angry-Tesla-Customer flap livened up our Twitter feeds, and having spent that time mulling the brouhaha and reading—and rereading—the two Medium posts from venture capitalist Stewart Alsop about how Elon Musk personally canceled his Model X order over a bit of online snark, I have just one question: Is there something I'm missing?
Apollo 11's lunar landing and specifically Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon was, arguably, the biggest television event of the 20th century. Knowing the impact a live broadcast would have on the world, Deke Slayton went so far as to push NASA to include an erectable antenna on the LM so Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin wouldn't have to wait for a tracking station to come within range before stepping outside. NASA's live broadcast of Apollo 11's landing was nearly a decade in the making, and required some stunning feats of engineering.
A large garbage fire in Mumbai has been burning for days. The noxious smoke is choking the city with 21 million residents, and it's not going to be easy to put the fire out. It's a big fire, and big deal. But the bajillion headlines saying the fire is "so big you can see it from space" are kind of annoying.
The National Archives of the United States just released a coloring book full of strange patents. It's all available now as a free PDF, and it's 17 glorious pages of sheer inventive weirdness. The patents range for chicken goggles to a hat that automatically salutes to the landing craft used in D-Day. It's an utter delight.
Google DeepMind thinks the best way to teach machines how to learn about the world is to place them in a virtual one, namely in video games. Since the entire experience is virtual, it's easy to reproduce exact scenarios and get a nearly unlimited amount of data from a single game. In the past, DeepMind has developed algorithms to learn from (and beat) 2D Atari games like Breakout and Pac-Man.
You've probably learned that bears gorge themselves before hibernating, packing on the pounds rather suddenly. It's an enviable practice, mostly because those indulgent bears don't seem to contract the same health problems an obese human would. A study published this week in Cell Reports has found that it might be due to the bear's friendly gut microbes.
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a controversial report about pregnancy and alcohol use. “More than 3 million US women are at risk of exposing their developing baby to alcohol because they are drinking, having sex, and not using birth control to prevent pregnancy,” the CDC web site reads. And while their recommendations in part are directed to women who are trying to get pregnant, 75 percent of which reportedly continue to drink, it's the implication for women who might accidentally get pregnant that is igniting fury online.
For 50 million Americans, allergies—often to things like pet hair, pollen, or nuts—can be simply irksome or even life threatening. Very few, though, have a mysterious allergy to vibrations, called vibratory urticarial. Running, jackhammers, lawn mowers, even bumpy bus rides can cause a person to break out in hives, develop a rash or a headache, or feel fatigued. While the allergic reaction is pretty mild, the root cause of the allergy puzzled scientists. Now a team of researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has figured out that a genetic mutation causes this rare allergy, according to a study published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine.