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  • Why You Should Be Really Excited That Juno is at Jupiter

    Why You Should Be Excited About Juno

    On 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 Hut In A Week

    Watch This Aussie Build A Grass Hut

    Some 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?

    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 Home

    Explore an Infinite Library from Home

    Appropriately 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's largest space launch vehicle, the Long March 7 flies, with a Technological Triple Whammy

    China Launches Long March 7

    On 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 >
Corey Mueller
at 09:34 AM Jul 26 2016
Screenshot

Today, Google announced a new open source project for what it deems "a key element for an immersive virtual reality experience": spatial audio. In other words, placing sound where it should be in three-dimensional space.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:34 AM Jul 26 2016
Screenshot by author, from YouTube

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.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:34 AM Jul 26 2016
Nature // 

Researchers are still trying to nail down the particulars of how life started on this planet. But now, we might just have a little better idea of what early life's existence was like.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:34 AM Jul 26 2016
Lockheed Martin

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.

Ryan F. Mandelbaum
at 09:34 AM Jul 26 2016
North Rhine-Westphalia State Office of Criminal Investigation
Science // 

If you find yourself visiting the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest atom smasher, at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, make sure you keep all your stuff in sight. Otherwise, it might get smashed.

Samantha Cole
at 09:34 AM Jul 26 2016
Flickr user Mike Keeling
Science // 

Joining the ranks of pigeons and spiders, cockroaches are the latest animal of questionable merit to get milked in the name of science.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:34 AM Jul 26 2016
©2015 Paramount Pictures
Science // 

"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.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:34 AM Jul 26 2016
Nature // 

While smelling some things through a TV screen would be great (chocolate chip cookies, brownies, pasta), others can stay on their own side of the broadcast. In the case of the aptly named 'corpse flower', we're very glad that smell-o-vision hasn't taken off.

Samantha Cole
at 09:34 AM Jul 26 2016
Public Domain

Twist up some DNA-shaped balloons: Rosalind Franklin was born on this day 96 years ago.

Corey Mueller
at 09:34 AM Jul 26 2016
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Cars // 

A few days after Apple reportedly pushed back the cryptic Project Titan, the company has recruited the former executive Bob Mansfield to head the project.

Samantha Cole
at 09:34 AM Jul 26 2016
Flickr user DigitalRalph

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.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:34 AM Jul 26 2016
Robots // 

If the robot rebellion ever happens, it'll be because we're always bullying our machines. But a robot named Taekwondo Personal Trainer (TPT) is actually designed to be kicked.

Samantha Cole
at 09:34 AM Jul 26 2016
For All Mankind (1989)

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.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:34 AM Jul 26 2016
Christine Daniloff/MIT
Tech // 

It's summer blockbuster season, where there are ample choices of what movies to see and how to see them. Do you just go for the regular viewing experience, or spring for 3D? Or do you stay home and watch Netflix?

Thom Leavy
at 09:34 AM Jul 26 2016
Courtesy of Gene Kogan

Stand in front of the “Cubist Mirror,” and you'll see your face looking back at you. But it's a version of your face as Picasso might paint it.

 
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