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  • Can There Really Be A Planet In Our Solar System That We Don't Know About?

    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 >
  • It's Official: 2015 The Warmest Year In Recorded History

    2015 Was The Warmest Year Ever

    The 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 Pad

    This Robot Just Built A Launch Pad

    Humans 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 Record

    Giant Megacopter Drone Lifts Weights, Sets Record

    When 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 >
  • The Human Brain Could Store 10 Times More Memories Than Previously Thought

    Brains Could Store 10x More Memories Than We Thought

    Like 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 >
Kelsey D. Atherton
at 11:13 AM Feb 9 2016
Elbit Systems

A minefield is the last place where a human should be. Unfortunately, for as long as humans have built explosives and floated them underwater, it's been up to human-crewed boats to get close and do the work of disarming the deadly weapons. Elbit, an Israel-based defense company, today unveiled a new unmanned surface vessel dubbed the “Seagull,” designed to face danger in the ocean without any humans on board.

Alexandra Ossola
at 11:13 AM Feb 9 2016

Tiredness, sadness, and relief all feel very different, and yet sighing somehow seems to complement each emotional state. But why do we do it? There have been lots of theories, but no one is quite sure. Now researchers have filled in an important piece of the puzzle: They have discovered the neurological pathways responsible for the frequency of sighing, independent of regular breathing. The study was published today in Nature.

Jason Lederman
at 11:13 AM Feb 9 2016
Instagram
Make // 

Instagram users rejoice! The photo-sharing platform has heard our plea, and announced in a blog post that it is finally releasing the ability to switch accounts within the app this week. Here's how it works:

Alexandra Ossola
at 11:13 AM Feb 9 2016

Today, President Obama requested $1.8 billion in emergency funding from Congress for preparedness and research into the Zika virus, according to a White House press release. Though the president emphasized that people shouldn't panic about Zika, it should be taken seriously especially because of its link to the birth defect microcephaly.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 11:13 AM Feb 9 2016
Image courtesy of PolyPEDAL Lab, University of California at Berkeley
Robots // 

Cockroaches slip through the cracks. While this is a huge problem for anyone trying to keep the insects out of their home, it makes roaches a great subject of interest for robotics research. If humans could make a robot that worked like a cockroach, it could slip into places otherwise inaccessible, aiding rescue workers and potentially saving lives after earthquakes or other disasters. By studying just how roaches work even after they've been compressed, researchers made a robot that can slip through an opening half its height.

Dave Gershgorn
at 11:13 AM Feb 9 2016
Metasensor
Gadgets // 

Home security systems are great for knowing when people are entering your home or even for preventing them from doing so. But they don't really protect what's inside and they aren't exactly portable. You can't take them with you to a coffee shop to protect your laptop when you are standing in line ordering a drink.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 11:13 AM Feb 9 2016
Energy // 

Indian Point Energy Center, an aging nuclear power plant located just 25 miles away from New York City, recently detected elevated amounts of radiation in groundwater near the plant, according to news alerts published on Saturday by the facility's parent company Entergy and by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 11:13 AM Feb 9 2016
Space // 

There are some early reports that a bus driver in India may have died by meteorite.

Alexandra Ossola
at 11:13 AM Feb 9 2016

For the million Americans that attempt suicide every year—and the 40,000 or so that succeed—it's hard to find a fast enough way to quiet thoughts of self-harm. Behavioral therapy and antidepressants often require weeks to take effect, and there's no treatment available for people at imminent risk. But a few years ago, researchers hypothesized that opioids, drugs that reduce the perception of pain by binding special proteins to the brain's pain receptors, might quiet feelings of emotional pain.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 11:13 AM Feb 9 2016
Screenshot by author, from YouTube

Yesterday morning, at around 9:30 a.m. Pyongyang time, North Korea fired a rocket into space. On the East Coast, the news broke at about 7:30 Saturday night. Earlier this month, North Korea announced they would launch a satellite in February, but no one really expected it to happen so quickly. We followed the updates live as they came in. Now that the dust, literal and metaphorical, has started to settle, what do we actually know about the rocket North Korea used, and about the object they hurtled into space?

Dave Gershgorn
at 11:13 AM Feb 9 2016
IBM

While we might have already seen our first robot in the 2016 US presidential election, a serious supercomputer is hopping in the fray.

Lindsey Kratochwill
at 16:24 PM Feb 8 2016
Grennan J. Milliken
Science // 

In January, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City unveiled its new, 70-ton dinosaur named Titanosaur. And as any good child would do (or, who am I kidding, I do this), AMNH has created an adorable social media personality for its new fossil.

Sarah Fecht
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016
Blue Origin

Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company founded by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, made history in November when it landed its New Shepard rocket gently on the ground of the company's Texas test site.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016
Screenshot by author, from YouTube

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.

Eric Adams
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016
ASSOCIATED PRESS/Francois Mori
Cars // 

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?

 
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