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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 >
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?

Annabel Edwards
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016
Tom Koerner/USFWS

White-tailed deer throughout 10 states in the southeast are infected with low levels of malaria, according to research published today in the journal Science Advances. Until now, researchers thought the parasite had been largely eradicated in the United States.

Amy Shira Teitel
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016

Apollo 11's lunar landing and specifically Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon was, arguably, the biggest television event of the 20th century. Knowing the impact a live broadcast would have on the world, Deke Slayton went so far as to push NASA to include an erectable antenna on the LM so Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin wouldn't have to wait for a tracking station to come within range before stepping outside. NASA's live broadcast of Apollo 11's landing was nearly a decade in the making, and required some stunning feats of engineering.

Lindsey Kratochwill
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016
AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar
Energy // 

The giant concentrated solar power plant in Morocco switched on its first phase this week. Known as Noor I, the 160-megawatt power plant is the first of three phases (named Noor II and Noor III, of course) of a concentrated solar power house situated in the Ouarzazate province.

Sarah Fecht
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016
Earth Observatory
Space // 

A large garbage fire in Mumbai has been burning for days. The noxious smoke is choking the city with 21 million residents, and it's not going to be easy to put the fire out. It's a big fire, and big deal. But the bajillion headlines saying the fire is "so big you can see it from space" are kind of annoying.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016
The National Archives
Science // 

The National Archives of the United States just released a coloring book full of strange patents. It's all available now as a free PDF, and it's 17 glorious pages of sheer inventive weirdness. The patents range for chicken goggles to a hat that automatically salutes to the landing craft used in D-Day. It's an utter delight.

Lindsey Kratochwill
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016
Robots // 

Hitting a hole-in-one in golf is a feat that doesn't happen every day. According to Golf Digest an amateur's odds of hitting that shot are about 12,500 to 1.

Dave Gershgorn
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016

Google DeepMind thinks the best way to teach machines how to learn about the world is to place them in a virtual one, namely in video games. Since the entire experience is virtual, it's easy to reproduce exact scenarios and get a nearly unlimited amount of data from a single game. In the past, DeepMind has developed algorithms to learn from (and beat) 2D Atari games like Breakout and Pac-Man.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016
SpaceX
Space // 

Private spaceflight is starting to look a lot more like a viable business.

Lindsey Kratochwill
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016
Sommer et al./Cell Reports 2016

You've probably learned that bears gorge themselves before hibernating, packing on the pounds rather suddenly. It's an enviable practice, mostly because those indulgent bears don't seem to contract the same health problems an obese human would. A study published this week in Cell Reports has found that it might be due to the bear's friendly gut microbes.

Alexandra Ossola
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016
Fitness // 

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a controversial report about pregnancy and alcohol use. “More than 3 million US women are at risk of exposing their developing baby to alcohol because they are drinking, having sex, and not using birth control to prevent pregnancy,” the CDC web site reads. And while their recommendations in part are directed to women who are trying to get pregnant, 75 percent of which reportedly continue to drink, it's the implication for women who might accidentally get pregnant that is igniting fury online.

Alexandra Ossola
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016

For 50 million Americans, allergies—often to things like pet hair, pollen, or nuts—can be simply irksome or even life threatening. Very few, though, have a mysterious allergy to vibrations, called vibratory urticarial. Running, jackhammers, lawn mowers, even bumpy bus rides can cause a person to break out in hives, develop a rash or a headache, or feel fatigued. While the allergic reaction is pretty mild, the root cause of the allergy puzzled scientists. Now a team of researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has figured out that a genetic mutation causes this rare allergy, according to a study published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 
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