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SpaceX Hopes Third Time’s a Charm for Rocket Landing Attempt

Space Exploration

This Bricklaying Robot Can Build A House In Two Days

Replacing ancient human art with mechanical precision<p>An engineer in Perth wants to mechanize one of humanity’s oldest jobs. His robot is named “Hadrian,” after the Roman Emperor who built a wall in Northern Britain, and it can lay 1,000 bricks an hour. With a building plan programmed in, it …

Australia Lets A Military Drone Fly Free On The Coast

Just warming up for a military exercise<p>For the first time ever, an Australian military drone is getting permission to fly in normal skies. In May, Airservices Australia, an Australian government-owned company that coordinates traffic up above the Down Under, signed an agreement with the Royal …

Military

Threat from Artificial Intelligence not just Hollywood fantasy

Oxford academic Dr Stuart Armstrong warns humanity runs the risk of creating super intelligent computers that eventually destroy us all<p>From the dystopian writings of Aldous Huxley and HG Wells to the sinister and apocalyptic vision of modern Hollywood blockbusters, the rise of the machines has long …

Artificial Intelligence

Electric Light Means Later Bedtimes

Watch The F-35B Joint Strike Fighter Hurtle Into The Sky

A $134-million albatross<p>The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is, like a fledgling bird, starting to stretch its wings and show off the latest tricks it can do. Of the three similar planes in the F-35 family, the Marine Corps F-35B has by far the most tricks to show off. Designed for short takeoffs and …

Aviation

Nasa SpaceX mission to International Space Station ends in explosion

Administrator: ‘We will work with SpaceX to understand what happened’ Dragon spacecraft was carrying supplies and station docking adaptor<p>Nasa and the International Space station suffered a “big loss” on Sunday, when the launch of a SpaceX supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) …

Space Exploration

Are men's lives ruled by testosterone?

Does testosterone make men brave, aggressive, reckless or attractive? Chris Moss talks to a professor who has a firm grip on the much-maligned source of maleness<p>Most of the time, when you hear the word testosterone it is followed by some non-scientific generalisation about anger, adultery or …

Oxford University Press

SpaceX Rocket Breaks Up On Liftoff

In Florida, an unmanned supply rocket blasted off for the International Space Station, but something went wrong. The loss of the rocket, which was also carrying experiments, is a setback for NASA.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>And in other news, an unmanned supply rocket blasted off yesterday in …

Space Exploration

NASA spies strange lone 'pyramid' on dwarf planet Ceres

The closer we get to Ceres, the more perplexing the dwarf planet grows.<p>NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has found several more bright spots as well as a pyramid-like peak jutting out of the frigid world’s surface.<p>The discovery is painting an increasingly complex portrait of one of the biggest "fossils" from …

How Google Finally Got Design

Google’s transformation into a company that creates beautiful software is the story of how tech itself has evolved in the mobile era.<p>It would have been crazy to say just a few years ago. But today, Google produces better-designed software than any other tech behemoth. If you don’t believe that, …

Design

How your eyes betray your thoughts

According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, it does suggest that there is a kernel of truth in this saying: it turns out the eyes not only reflect what is …

The Brain

A Visual History of Spacewalks

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Space Exploration

Bill Gates' Summer Reading List Is Heavy on Nerd, Light on Non-Nerd

Would you believe the Microsoft founder has a soft spot for comics?<p>You're likely still thumbing through the books on our summer reading list, so forgive Bill Gates for piling on. The Microsoft founder and noted philanthropist has shared a list of the six "beach reads" he's hoping you'll tackle this …

Books

Can Silicon Valley Fix Women's Fashion?

“Fashion tech” companies like Stitch Fix are using algorithms and personal stylists to sell women the priceless commodity of confidence — but who’s left out?

Clothing

How Many TV Series Can Your Brain Take?

With hundreds of scripted series to watch on TV and streaming services, some viewers are having a hard time keeping track of dozens of characters and complex story lines<p>“Game of Thrones” fan Travis Stevens experienced a familiar mix of feelings while watching the most recent episode of the HBO …

TV Series

We now have a spacecraft that is propelled by sunlight alone

A new kind of spacecraft that sails on sunlight has been successfully deployed above Earth. On June 11, the LightSail satellite overcame a series of glitches to unfurl its solar sails, a propulsion system that’s entirely different to traditional rockets, thrusters or even solar panels.<p>The prototype …

Space Travel

Reddit Turns 10, Releases Treasure Trove Of Cool Stats

Reddit had its 10th birthday today and to commemorate the major milestone, they released a ton of interesting data on the site’s subreddits, users and content.<p>Amusingly, they also released info on their most popular comments and posts of all time, several of which were about dicks, go figure. In …

Internet

These Are What the Google Artificial Intelligence’s Dreams Look Like

Spoiler alert: they're as weird as electric sheep<p>Google's servers drive the much of the world's data, and apparently, they dream as well, according to a Google blog post by two Google software engineers and an intern.<p>Google’s artificial neural networks (ANNs) are stacked layers of artificial …

From Havana to Tangier: lives of the literary exiles

Nabokov, Hemingway, Neruda: they’re just a few of the great writers who have been inspired, or required, to leave home and forge a creative life in a foreign country.<p>From Rainer Maria Rilke’s years in Paris to Paul Bowles’ near lifetime in Tangier, we look at a few of the literary greats in exile, …

Literature

6 Aviation Trends We're Tracking at Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts …

Approaching Policy After Uber’s Scorched Earth

The blowback to Uber reached a new level of intensity this week with massive and occasionally violent street protests in France. Our very own Romain Dillet walked around Paris snapping photos of the protests, which included overturned cars, smashed windows, and tires set on fire. Even for a nation …

Transportation

Double Space Failure Teaches Student Scientists a Lesson in True Grit

Three high-school students were going to get the science lesson of a lifetime by flying their experiment in space. Instead they got a life lesson about loss, but more importantly about determination, as they watched their experiment get wiped out Sunday in a second straight rocket failure.<p>The …

High School

SpaceX’s Unmanned Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes Minutes After Launch

A fourth attempt at creating a “reusable” rocket ends in a cloud of smoke.<p>Early this morning, SpaceX made a fourth attempt to successfully return a Falcon 9 rocket to Earth in order to earn the coveted “reusable” tag. However, something seemed to go terribly wrong during the first stage of …

Space Travel