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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 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
Screenshot by author, from YouTube
Drones // 

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.

Dave Gershgorn
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
Gaming // 

In the past few years, keyboard makers have used sharp, angular designs that match the fantastical aesthetic seen in modern gaming to pitch their gaming keyboards at “stereotypical gamers.”

Sarah Fecht
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI
Space // 

Pluto is pretty much covered in water ice. We've known that for a while now. In fact, the very first image that NASA's new New Horizons spacecraft sent back during its close flyby of the dwarf planet last summer showed huge mountains suspected to be composed of water ice.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
NASA Langley/David C. Bowman
Drones // 

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.

Alexandra Ossola
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
Fitness // 

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.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
IPP
Energy // 

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.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
courtesy iRobot
Robots // 

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.

Jason Lederman
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
Wikipedia

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.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
Science // 

What do sleek laptops and smartphones have in common with a lump of coal? It's not two sides to what might be rattling around in your stocking next Christmas. Instead it's something much more basic: rare earth elements, also known as rare earth minerals or REE's.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
Space // 

China's Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover landed on the moon in December 2013. It was the first time a manmade craft touched down on the lunar surface in nearly 40 years, making China the third country to do so.

Xavier Harding
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
Amazon
Gadgets // 

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.

Alexandra Ossola
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016

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.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
Deep Space Industries
Space // 

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.

Nicole Lou
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
Courtesy MIT
Hacks // 

Instead of searching for an outlet to keep your phone alive, what if all you needed was some sunshine? An MIT startup has created a transparent coating that transforms surfaces into solar panels.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
club.mil.news.sina.com.cn

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.

 
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