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  • Rosetta Mission Lands On Rubber Ducky Comet [Update]

    Probe lands on comet!

    NASA planetary director James Green comments on the Rosetta mission's success: "How Audacious! To dare to land on a comet! … The solar system is mankind’s. This mission is the first ... More >
  • Is 'Interstellar' An Antidote To Humanity's Space Apathy?

    Could Interstellar Fix Our Space Apathy?

    A few years ago, I caught a glimpse of one of the biggest obstacles to space exploration. In a movie theater line, I overheard two people discussing the concept of building a human base on ... More >
  • How To Give A Mouse Ebola

    How To Give A Mouse Ebola

    If you give a lab mouse the mouse version of Ebola, it will die. But not in the same way humans with Ebola do. Lab mice infected with Ebola don't get hemorrhagic fever. They don't form tiny clots ... More >
  • The Co-Robots In 'Interstellar' Are Gorgeous--And Silly

    What the Heck is a Co-Robot?

    When humans finally set foot on an alien world, they’ll be joined by robots. That’s not a bold prediction. It’s a statement of the obvious. Machines have already beat us to Mars ... More >
  • Interstellar Travel Won't Look Anything Like The Movie

    Interstellar Travel Won't Look Like The Movie

    Christopher Nolan's Interstellar imagines a human journey to planets beyond our star. But that kind of trip would seem impossible in today's terms. Fortunately, a DARPA-funded task ... More >
Paul Adams
at 09:49 AM Nov 25 2014
Reuters
Science // 

"Unless you have direct exposure to groups like Deepmind, you have no idea how fast -- it is growing at a pace close to exponential. The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five-year timeframe. Ten years at most. This is not a case of crying wolf about something I don't understand."

fcdiep
at 09:49 AM Nov 25 2014
J. Craig Venter and the National Institutes of Health (U.S.), Medical Arts and Photography Branch
Science // 

On the one hand, you can fit OK Go's latest album in the coin pocket of your jeans. On the other hand, it takes hundreds of dollars' worth of equipment—and a science degree's worth of skill—to listen to it. Decisions, decisions.

AthertonKD
at 09:49 AM Nov 25 2014
Greg Hume, via Wikimedia Commons.
Drones // 

Drones, the monosyllabic catch-all for remote controlled unmanned aircraft, have become a striking symbol of modernity in the past decade. First as military scouts and assassins, then as delivery gimmicks and backyard toys, the simple category of craft captured the imagination of everyone clever enough to put the words “Game of Drones” together. But the history of drones goes back more than a century. This video, created by Mashable, captures a lot of that history in just nine minutes:

dmoren
at 09:49 AM Nov 25 2014

In movies it sometimes seems like computer viruses are capable of doing anything. More often than not that's a matter of dramatic license, but a recently discovered piece of complex malware suggests that truth may actually be scarier than fiction.

fcdiep
at 09:49 AM Nov 25 2014
NASA
Space // 

NASA has given an old, high-resolution image of Jupiter's moon Europa a fresh polish. The result is the closest-yet approximation of what the watery moon would look like to the naked eye. Hi there, Europa!

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:49 AM Nov 25 2014
Ravi Sarma, CC BY 2.0
Nature // 

Soon, visitors to Iceland will be able to head inside a man-made ice cave and get an inside look into how glaciers work. The 1,640-foot long tunnel is currently being carved into the Langjökull glacier by engineers of the Ice Cave-Iceland project. When complete, glacier enthusiasts will be able to see the deep blue ice characteristic of glaciers and view the inside of a crevasse without falling into one.

fcdiep
at 09:49 AM Nov 25 2014
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

There are just three countries in the world where polio is still endemic: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. Now, experts think it's feasible for Nigeria to wipe out wild poliovirus within its borders this year, even as the country stays on high alert against Ebola.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:49 AM Nov 25 2014
bjoern/Flickr
Nature // 

We all know that good fences make good neighbors, but in one national park in India, fences just aren't good enough. New Scientist reports that a new radar network is being developed for Panna National Park, a tiger reserve in India.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:49 AM Nov 25 2014
Scott Kinmartin/Flickr
Science // 

The teaser trailer for Jurassic World will be released this Thursday, and while everyone is looking forward to the film's release next June, some imaginative folks on Twitter have been exploring what kind of problems Jurassic Park might have had to endure if it were a vacation destination in the real world.

logru712
at 20:18 PM Nov 24 2014
Samantha Cristoforetti via Flickr
Space // 

At the crack of dawn on Friday, the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft was transported via specialized train car to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket is scheduled for liftoff this afternoon and will be carrying an eclectic mix of astronauts to the International Space Station. The team includes three crew members from across the globe: commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, flight engineer Terry Virts of NASA, and Italian flight engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency.

Rafi Letzter
at 10:27 AM Nov 22 2014
China News Network
Science // 

If you want to make billions in 2014, you have to understand big data. Chinese web sales giant Alibaba understands this concept better than most, as it utilizes comprehensive data analytics to predict how consumers are going to spend their money. And while the company's number crunchers were hard at work hunting trends, they stumbled across this correlation: women who spent big bucks also tended to have, ahem, bigger busts.

davemosher
at 10:27 AM Nov 22 2014
Cars // 

It wasn't that long ago that every major sports car manufacturer scoffed at the idea of inserting hybrid-electric powertrains into their track-tuned road-rockets. They reasoned electric motors simply don't light anybody's fire. Even if you don't particularly like that argument, it's a fair one. There really isn't anything like the sensation of unleashing a howling V8 on the open road, or near a gaggle of awestruck teens in the neighborhood. Performance cars exist to arouse a multitude of senses. Their engines sound amazing.

logru712
at 10:27 AM Nov 22 2014
Genome Biology 2014, 15: 510

For many years, a Chinese man in the U.K. experienced a range of debilitating neurological symptoms with no understood origin--including headaches, memory loss, and seizures. A biopsy found inflammation in the man's brain, but they were unable to pinpoint the exact cause of his symptoms.

AthertonKD
at 10:27 AM Nov 22 2014
Elliot W. Hawkes, Eric V. Eason, David L. Christensen, Mark R. Cutkosky
Tech // 

Geckos, when not shilling for insurance companies, are most known for their climbing abilities that let them scale walls effortlessly. Thanks to their biology, geckos have one major advantages over humans who want to move vertically: they are small, and their bodies are light, so their natural adhesive just has to be good, not great. But a team of scientists from Stanford University's Department of Mechanical Engineering have now one-upped the gecko, creating a hand-sized adhesive surface that allows humans to vertically scale glass walls.

sarahfecht
at 10:27 AM Nov 22 2014
Space // 

More than a million miles away from Earth, Vesta sits cold and dark in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Depending on what naming scheme you use, Vesta is either the largest asteroid in the solar system, or a very small planet.

 
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