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 >
2015 Was The Warmest Year EverThe 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 PadHumans 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 RecordWhen 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 >
Brains Could Store 10x More Memories Than We ThoughtLike 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 >
It is a bad idea to fly a drone near the Super Bowl on Super Bowl Sunday. The FAA, responsible for regulating the safe shared use of America's skies, recently put out a Notice to Airmen restricting all flights within a 37-mile radius of Levi's Stadium during the game this weekend. That restriction applies to private jets, commercial airliners, and small drones alike. Pilots violating this airspace restriction will potentially face civil and criminal penalties. But despite headlines to the contrary, it almost certainly does not mean anyone is going to use deadly force against a drone or a drone operator.
NASA's Greased Lightning is an all-electric transforming drone from the aviation side of the venerable space agency. With lots of little motors and tilt-wings, it can take off and land vertically like a helicopter, then shift them to fly level through the air like a plane. We've raved about it before, and marveled at both the name and the abilities of the little plane. It's pretty impressive, for a craft with only a 10-foot wingspan. Now you can see what the view looks like from the drone's 360-degree camera, thanks to a panoramic video released earlier this week.
It's hard to keep friends around when you reek, so most of us wear antiperspirant or deodorant to suppress that offensive natural musk. But those personal care products are changing the populations of bacteria that live in our armpits, according to a new study published this week in the journal PeerJ.
Yesterday, one of the grandest experimental fusion reactors in the world flared to life, converting hydrogen into a plasma for less than a second. The honor of pressing the button went to a PhD in Quantum Chemistry (who also happens to be the Chancellor of Germany), Angela Merkel.
That funny little robot vacuum in your house has a sibling in the Army. With a business built around friendly robots for the home and also powerful robots for the battlefield, it's easy to see why iRobot, the maker of the Roomba, would want to refocus their company onto just one half of that equation. As announced in a business call today, the company best known for their line of robotic vacuums sold off their own warbot side-business.
The world's most popular social network turns 12 today. To celebrate, Facebook has declared today “Friends Day,” and released a few new tools it says are designed to help “further encourage our community to rally around their friends today.” They're basically just simple diversions, but they really show the size and scale of how big Facebook has become in a dozen years.
The Amazon Echo is the online retailer's play at a digital, voice-only assistant, which comes in the form of a cylindrical speaker tower that listens for your voice. Debuting in November 2014, Amazon has steadily added features to the tower and the voice assistant it contains, who goes by the name "Alexa." And the device's potential led to it receiving our Best Of What's New grand prize. Now Jeff Bezos and his team are adding one of the most important features yet: Spotify support.
Since the first case was diagnosed in April 2015 in Brazil, the Zika virus has spread throughout the Americas. While mosquito-borne virus has fairly mild, flu-like symptoms, it's also thought to cause microcephaly, a birth defect in which babies are born with heads that are smaller than normal. Because mosquito bites are so hard to prevent and there's currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika, the World Health Organization has declared Zika a global public health emergency. Yesterday the governor of Florida declared a state of emergency in the state's nine counties in which cases of Zika have been diagnosed.
If the next Gold Rush is in space, Luxembourg wants to become the new California. The wealthy little country in Western Europe announced yesterday that it intends to set up legal and financial incentives to encourage the space mining industry. It's hoping to become a hub for space mining activity, reaping the economic rewards that could result.
It is said that when it comes to war, as General Omar Bradley put it, "Amateurs talk Strategy, Professionals talk logistics" and it is capability that has set the US military apart from other rivals. But two new projects show how China's military is also rapidly building the logistical foundations for global expeditionary power. Both the Y-20 heavy transport aircraft and Type 901 replenishment ships have recently hit major milestones towards operational service.