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  • A Strong Signal From A Neighboring Solar System Has ET Seekers Speculating

    Is This Signal Alien Life At Last?

    Is someone trying to phone home? Astronomers at the SETI institute have detected "a strong signal" in the direction of HD164595, a star 95 light years from Earth. At least one Neptune-sized planet ... More >
  • Your Coffee Addiction May Be In Your Genes

    Your Coffee Addiction May Be In Your Genes

    If you're already jittering from excessive coffee today, you can blame it on your genes. An affinity for this magic hot bean elixir could be a matter of genetic makeup, according to researchers ... More >
  • Coming Soon To A Grocery Store Shelf Near You: Mealworm Oil

    Will You Be Buying Mealworm Oil?

    You know what adds the perfect zest to a roach milk shake? A nice drizzle of mealworm oil. And why not. It has all the advantages of other oils with only the mild disadvantage of being made from ... More >
  • What You Need To Know About The EpiPen

    Why the EpiPen is Important

    If you have a life-threatening allergy, you've probably been prescribed an EpiPen to use in case of emergencies. You might keep it in your purse or at your office and not given it a whole lot of ... More >
  • Playing An iPad Game Is Just As Soothing As Sedatives

    iPad Games Work Like Sedatives

    It's a common strategy for exhausted parents: if the kid's being fussy, put him/her in front of a screen. Turns out, it works so well that it's better than a sedative for children in the operating ... More >
Kate Baggaley
at 11:20 AM Aug 31 2016
UC Berkeley
Robots // 

This week, the University of California, Berkeley has launched a new center dedicated to finding ways to make artificial intelligence more user-friendly.

Kate Baggaley
at 11:20 AM Aug 31 2016
Menna Jones
Nature // 

Tasmanian devils have had the outrageously bad fortune to be plagued by not just one, but two contagious cancers. But the ferocious Australian animals might finally be catching a break. Tasmanian devils may be evolving to resist devil facial tumor disease, which has wiped out nearly 80 percent of their population over the past 20 years. Areas of the animals' genomes bearing a handful of genes involved in cancer and the immune system have changed distinctively in response to the deadly cancer, indicates a study published today in Nature Communications.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 11:20 AM Aug 31 2016
SpaceX

Ever since SpaceX successfully landed a rocket in December 2015, the world has been waiting to see when the first reusable rocket would emerge from storage to fly again.

Xavier Harding
at 11:20 AM Aug 31 2016
Gadgets // 

Sonos introduced today announced new software features and a virtual assistant for their product lineup at a press event in New York City. While previously Sonos simply acted as speakers, now the company is working with Amazon to add in Alexa: the company's virtual assistant.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 11:20 AM Aug 31 2016
Enikő Kubinyi
Nature // 

Any dog owner can tell you, dogs are excellent listeners. But how much do they really understand?

Xavier Harding
at 11:20 AM Aug 31 2016
Drive.ai
Cars // 

More than ever, car makers and transportation are finding ways to incorporate automated driving into their product offerings. Tech companies like Google, Uber, Lyft as well as car companies like Tesla, Toyota and Hyundai can all cleary see what lies on the road ahead, possibly thanks to LED headlights. Now one more company enters the fray: Drive.ai.

Amy Thompson
at 11:20 AM Aug 31 2016
Lockheed Martin
Space // 

NASA is gearing up to launch its next major mission: OSIRIS-REx. Once the spacecraft blasts off from Cape Canaveral on September 8, it will chase down a carbon-rich near-Earth asteroid named Bennu. OSIRIS' goal: to return the largest sample of an asteroid ever collected.

Jason Tetro
at 11:20 AM Aug 31 2016
Source: Wikipedia

It's been over thirty years since the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV, became a worldwide concern. This infection-turned-pandemic continues to spread making it a priority for public health officials. Globally, there are nearly 40 million people living with HIV. In the United States, more than 1.2 million people live with the virus, and the latest estimates suggest over 40,000 new cases occur there annually.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:46 AM Aug 31 2016
SpaceX

Today has been a good day for details-starved SpaceX news enthusiasts.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:45 AM Aug 31 2016
YouTube
Science // 

Plants have it so easy: they look pretty and hang out in the sun, and from that alone they get all the nutrients they need. All the while we forage for our food, track it down, move, and generally struggle a lot more (you know, when Netflix isn't involved).

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:45 AM Aug 31 2016
Screenshot by author, from YouTube
Drones // 

Engineers have dreamed of blurring the lines between airplanes and helicopters for years. Planes, with their lift-generating wings and forward flight, offer great speed and efficiency. Helicopters, with powerful rotors and compact bodies, can take off and land from small platforms, rather than long runways. Getting the best of both worlds is hard in aircraft that carry people inside. It's much easier in drones, especially when those same drones borrow half a body from crowd favorite Star Wars fighter, the X-Wing.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:45 AM Aug 31 2016
Indiegogo
Make // 

The annual Burning Man festival is host to plenty of weird sites as a pseudo-apocalyptic festival-turned-design-conference. But one of the most Mad Max features at this year's burn, which takes place this week, is a redesigned Boeing 747 shell hosting design workshops.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:45 AM Aug 31 2016
Rebecca Saxe and Atsushi Takahashi / MIT

The definition of parenthood is changing, in the US at least. A New York court today expanded the definition of a parent (within the constraints of parental rights) to include non-biological, non-adoptive parents who have been involved in the raising of a child.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:45 AM Aug 31 2016
U.S. Navy Photo, via Wikimedia Commons

The F-35B is the most expensive model from America's most expensive fighter program in history. Stealthy, full of sensors, and designed so that the Marines flying it can take off and land vertically or in very short distances, each plane is a $134 million bundle of metal and code. What more could the Marine Corps want with its new jet fighter?

Kate Baggaley
at 10:45 AM Aug 31 2016
Nature // 

Global warming is driving the tiny American pika from its mountainous territory in western North America, scientists reported August 25 in the Journal of Mammalogy.

 
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