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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 >
Alexandra Ossola
at 08:30 AM Feb 11 2016

In recent years, scientists have been developing new and creative ways to put electronics in the brain. These devices are useful for paralyzed patients to control prosthetic limbs with their minds, to help locked-in patients communicate with the outside world, or to help researchers better predict seizures in epileptic patients. But implanting them requires opening the skull, an intrusive procedure. Now researchers from the University of Melbourne have created a device that can be inserted into the brain through the blood vessels, no invasive surgery required. The study was published this week in Nature Biotechnology.

Kristen Hall-Geisler
at 08:30 AM Feb 11 2016
Kristen Hall-Geisler
Cars // 

Last year, Tesla Version 7.0 was sent over the air to Tesla Model S computers as they were sleeping snug in their garages. When the cars woke up, they had Autopilot features that assisted their humans with highway driving, particularly lane keeping, lane changing, and active cruise control features. Version 7.0 had the ability to scan for an open parking space and parallel park on command.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 08:29 AM Feb 11 2016
Hasbro, Inc.
Gadgets // 

This week Nerf is announcing a behemoth addition to one of its iconic series: a bow measuring 4 feet in height, with totally redesigned, 27-inch composite arrows that can fire up to 100 feet, and aims truer with the first adjustable sight for the line. It's the largest bow ever from the company by more than a foot, and it fires arrows the farthest of any toy they've ever made.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 08:29 AM Feb 11 2016
Energy // 

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to issue a temporary stay on President Obama's Clean Power Plan. The move blocks the plan's implementation until a lower court can hear objections to the plan in June.

Dave Gershgorn
at 08:29 AM Feb 11 2016
Google
Cars // 

The automation of cars has been a long time coming. Mechanized functions like anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and even automated parallel parking have been mainstays in modern cars for decades.

Annabel Edwards
at 08:29 AM Feb 11 2016
Tommy Wong/Flickr
Nature // 

Chaser—the border collie who knows more than 1,200 words—has been called the world's smartest dog. Could she lose her title as she enters her teen years? Researchers in Vienna studied aging dogs' cognition, and the results are promising.

Alexandra Ossola
at 08:29 AM Feb 11 2016

Surgeons at Johns Hopkins will perform the first-ever organ transplant between a HIV-positive donor and recipient.

Amy Shira Teitel
at 08:29 AM Feb 11 2016

In the 1960s, NASA created concept art showing every phase of an Apollo mission. The timing of mission events varied from flight to flight, particularly since later missions spent more time exploring the Moon's surface. For a sense of just how much longer the later missions were, Apollo 11 splashed down 195 hours and 18 minutes after launch and Apollo 17 was longer by half; the spacecraft splashed down 301 hours and 51 minutes after leaving the Earth. But following along with the time of Apollo 11 mission events works for putting these beautiful images into context.

Dave Gershgorn
at 08:29 AM Feb 11 2016
Twitter

Twitter, the social media service built around a reverse-chronological list of posts, is switching things around.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:46 AM Feb 10 2016
Invisible Creature

Planning your next vacation or a honeymoon? Perhaps you should look up. NASA's Jet Propulsion Labs is "booking tours now", according to three interplanetary travel posters they recently commissioned.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:45 AM Feb 10 2016
Space // 

Think of it as extreme global warming.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:45 AM Feb 10 2016
Nature // 

Someone's got good taste. A hungry sea lion pup wandered into a beachfront restaurant in San Diego last week, charming the chef and taking a seat (and a nap) in one of the booths.

Jason Tetro
at 09:45 AM Feb 10 2016
Source: Wikipedia; Modifications: Jason Tetro

Two and a half months after the announcement of the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil, concern over the effects of infection seem to be spreading faster than the virus. This incredibly rapid rise of worry is justified as the virus continues to demonstrate potential links to a variety of serious conditions. In the last few weeks, in addition to the original reports of microcephaly, the virus appears to be implicated in the potentially fatal Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Now there is evidence of the virus in saliva and urine, suggesting human to human transmission may also occur.

Xavier Harding
at 09:45 AM Feb 10 2016
Droid Life (via ReviewDao)
Mobile // 

The Samsung Galaxy S7 release date is still a mystery, but the fog is clearing. The company revealed their Galaxy S6 smartphone last year back in March and followed with updates to the Galaxy Note and Tab mobile products. Now the company's ready with the 2016 version of the flagship phone: the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Dave Gershgorn
at 09:45 AM Feb 10 2016

Cybersecurity is a huge point of contention between the public and private sectors. Tech companies vie to stay unregulated in the services and level of encryption they provide to their customers, while the government seeks to mandate certain benchmarks they feel would keep the country's data safe.

 
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