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Mars rover Curiosity spots strange, 2-tone veins on planet's surface

Climbing up Mt. Sharp in the middle of Gale Crater, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has discovered two-tone veins of minerals that reveal multiple episodes of water flowing through rock — even after the lake that once filled the bottom of the crater had ceased to be.<p>The rover's discovery points to a …

18 Amazing Images From NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope

If you see a spectacular image of a galaxy far, far away, chances are it comes from one telescope. Since 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has been hanging out 350 miles above Earth’s surface, capturing the wonders of the universe removed from Earth’s hazy atmosphere. Hubble brings us some of the …

Universe

Watch This Creepy Drone Climb A Wall [Video]

Spider-Man it is not<p>There’s a reason it’s Spider-Man and not Superman who climbs up the walls of buildings: Superman can fly instead. But the KAIST Urban Robotics Lab in South Korea wants to turn flying quadcopters into wall-crawling robots that could wash windows and inspect infrastructure. The …

Death By Slapstick: Will The DARPA Robotics Challenge's Final, Grueling Stage Kill The Humanoid Bot?

With training wheels off, many robots in the Pentagon's competition will fall all over themselves<p>Yesterday, DARPA revealed two important pieces of news, regarding the final stage of the world's most ambitious robotics competition.<p>The first was the full lineup of teams headed to the DARPA Robotics …

SpaceXtasy: Elon Musk, Falcon 9, and the Legacy of Rocket Scientist/Occultist Jack Parsons

I expected the launch of Falcon 9 by SpaceX, the privately owned space travel company started by PayPal and Tesla Motors cofounder Elon Musk, to be …

Space Travel

Elon Musk Uses This Ancient Critical-Thinking Strategy To Outsmart Everybody Else

But while he dropped out of the program after only a few days, the field left an impression on the billionaire-to-be.<p>Perhaps most crucially, it trained him in <b>"first principles thinking,"</b> a mode of inquiry that relentlessly pursues the foundations of a problem.<p>"I think it's important to reason from …

Elon Musk
Wealth

#10: Quest for immortality spurs breakthroughs in human-machine merge

By mid-century or before, many future followers predict the pace of technological progress in genetics, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence …

If We Ever Meet Aliens, They'll Probably Be Robots

If you're trying to be the most dominant life form in the cosmos, biology will only slow you down.<p>Photo Credit: Ronny R via flickr | CC BY-NC-ND …

Singularity

A Brief History of Space Travel as Told by the Art That Inspired It

<i>Humanity has been obsessed with exploring the stars for millennia, it just took a little while for us to obtain the means of actually doing so. In</i> …

3D printing technique will put electronics into just about everything

You can use 3D printing to make a handful of electronics, such as antennas and batteries, but LEDs and semiconductors have been elusive; you usually need some other manufacturing technique to make them work, which limits what they can do and where they'll fit. A team of Princeton researchers …

DARPA Director Totally Cool With Google Taking All the Fun Toys

In an interview this afternoon at the Defense One Summit, DARPA director Arati Prabhakar explained the history and future of the agency. And …

How Magic Leap Is Secretly Creating a New Alternate Reality

Don't you hate it when someone claims to have a magical new technology, but won't tell you how it works? When I saw that a super stealthy startup …

Study says gravity and Higgs boson interacted to save the universe

One second after the Big Bang, the Higgs boson should have caused a Big Crunch, collapsing the universe to nothing. But gravity saved the day.<p>Since …

Father.IO Brings First Person Shooter Gaming In Real World Environments

Proxy42, an augmented reality gaming and hardware company headquartered in San Francisco, with additional production facilities in Italy, launched this week the pre-sale for Father.IO a massive multiplayer game, based on AR, to be played in the real world.<p>Gamers worldwide will be able to play via …

TARS, the Interstellar robot, should be the future of artificial intelligence.

The plot of sci-fi blockbuster <i>Interstellar</i> focuses primarily on space exploration, black holes, and time travel, so it isn’t surprising that a lot …

Bionic Bird Drone May Fool Actual Birds

This biomimetic flying device can be controlled by a smartphone, to entertain people and cats alike.<p>If aeronautic engineer Edwin Van Ruymbeke gets his way, you may soon be able to use your smartphone to fly with the birds. Not personally, of course, but in the form of Van Ruymbeke's crowdfunded …

DARPA funds $11 million tool that will make coding a lot easier

DARPA is funding a new project by Rice University called PLINY, and it's neither a killer robot nor a high-tech weapon. PLINY, named after Pliny the Elder who wrote one of the earliest encyclopedias ever, will actually be a tool that can automatically complete a programmer's draft -- and yes, it …

PETA criticises man for being eaten alive by anaconda

PETA has attacked naturalist Paul Rosolie for 'tormenting' the giant snake for a Discovery Channel programme<p>A TV show commissioned by the Discovery Channel in which a man is apparently eaten by an anaconda has been heavily criticised by animal rights supporters.<p>Eaten Alive, which airs in the US …

Cyborg cockroaches can help find survivors through their voices

Someday, those vile, slimy cockroaches that make you shriek like a five-year-old girl might look more like little superheroes in some people's eyes. Researchers from the North Carolina State University have developed a way for roaches to detect and locate sources of sounds (say, a person's voice), …

Ubisoft's upcoming PC games quietly return to Steam

Earlier this week the Windows PC versions of Ubisoft's <i>Assassin's Creed Unity</i>, <i>The Crew</i> and <i>Far Cry 4</i> were no longer being sold through Valve's Steam distribution service. But this morning they appear to have returned on the U.S. store.<p>It's unclear if the games have returned yet in other regions..<p>On …

'Ebola is man-made', and other crazy conspiracy theories

Is Obama behind the Ebola outbreak? Are planes poisoning us? Is Lady Gaga part of an evil Illuminati plot? The five conspiracy theories you won't believe people believe<p><b>The best conspiracy theories are</b> like enchanting mazes of logic whose thresholds, once crossed, are hard to return from. As …

Navy Wants A Minesweeping Robot Boat To Protect Their Fragile Ship

Robots might be better than armor<p>Robots are at their best when doing jobs humans shouldn’t. Sometimes, this job means doing boring work, like slowly crossing the ocean recording data. Other times, this means looking for explosives under the water. The U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Influence Sweep System, or …

Five questions about the future of drones with 3D Robotics' Colin Guinn

Everyone, it seems, is talking about drones these days. Whether it's for industry, research or performance art, the skies have never been busier. Thanks, in no small part, to the ever-increasing number of consumer-friendly, ready-to-fly quadcopters. Colin Guinn left DJI to join one of the biggest …

How To Make 'Noise-Cancelling Headphones' For Your Nose

Or as we like to call it, 'nose canceling'<p>A pair of scientists say they've figured out how to make the smell equivalent of "white noise." They've written the equations. Now what's left is to make a device that's able to cancel out everything from onions to locker-room musk, although it's unclear …

Atoms

You're Not Highly Evolved

Here's where our bodies still mess up<p>As humans, it’s tempting to think of ourselves as the pinnacle of evolutionary progress. But evolution can only work with what’s available, resulting in a body that’s a bundle of compromises.<p>FEET<p>Our ankles and feet started out as flexible tree-climbing tools …