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Watch: Boston Dynamics are being jerks to robots, for science

If you’ve ever wondered about the event that would make robots rise up and begin to fight back against their human oppressors, it probably looks a lot like the tests Boston Dynamics puts its Atlas robot through.<p>While it may look like pure jerk-ery, researchers are putting their humanoid robot …

Robotics

Everything you know is a lie: Earth might actually be 2 planets smashed together

Did you always figure that Earth was created when the sun made love to the moon? Me too. It seems we were slightly off base, and we weren’t alone — …

Hawking: Gravitational Waves Could Revolutionize Astronomy

Black hole theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has some thoughts on the discovery of gravitational waves.

Black Holes, Too! Gravitational Wave Find Had Other Surprises

For the first time in history, scientists have physical proof that pairs of black holes will sometimes circle around each other, collide and mush …

Five-dimensional black hole could 'break' general relativity

Researchers have shown how a bizarrely shaped black hole could cause Einstein's general theory of relativity, a foundation of modern physics, to …

International Space Station astronauts give 1.5 tons of trash the boot

The International Space Station just got a whole lot tidier.<p>A pair of NASA astronauts released a capsule loaded with 1.5 tons of trash Friday as the space station soared over Bolivia. The capsule should re-enter the atmosphere and burn up harmlessly over the Pacific on Saturday.<p>NASA supplier …

Will The James Webb Space Telescope Find The Birth Of The Universe?

Discovery Channel documentary Telescope explains how it will extend our view of the universe beyond the Hubble Space Telescope.<p>Imagine a device that helps us determine the birth of the modern universe <i>and</i> gives us a glimpse at an extraterrestrial future.<p>When the James Webb Space Telescope launches …

NASA wants to send your art on a round-trip to space

NASA will take your artworks on a spacecraft this year. The exploration agency has launched a new <i>We The Explorers</i> campaign that's encouraging people to send in a piece of art for OSIRIS-REx, the first American mission that's expected to bring back a small sample of asteroid Bennu for scientists to …

Space Exploration

NASA's next space telescope sees 100 times more than Hubble

As much as the Hubble Space Telescope has done to shine a light on the darkest corners of the universe, it doesn't hold a candle to what's coming next. NASA has started work on WFIRST (Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope), a space observatory with a field of view 100 times larger than that of …

Telescopes

The ExoMars probe will seek evidence of methane gas, which is seen as a crucial signpost of life<p>In a few days, space engineers will launch a probe that is designed to sniff out life on Mars.<p>The ExoMars robot spacecraft – which will blast off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 14 March – …

Methane

Reaching Mars in a few days? It's possible, NASA video says

Ever since NASA announced plans to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s and Hollywood got in on the action with "The Martian," the Red Planet has loomed large in our collective imagination. Now, thanks to a video released by NASA, we can add a new bit of heat to Mars fever -- the idea that we …

Space Travel

Photonic Laser Propulsion to send a 100 kg vehicle to Mars in 3 days and to get to wafercraft to 30% of the speed of light

Philip Lubin describes his appraoch to achieving laser driving spacecraft propulsion in the near term.<p>100kg robotic craft could be sent to Mars in 3 …

Astronaut shows off Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality in space

You probably thought you'd already seen the geekiest moments from the International Space Station (ISS). But astronaut Scott Kelly just upped the …

Augmented Reality

Space Exploration Could Herald the Beginning of the Post-Human Era

<i>This is the fourth installment of a five-part WorldPost series on the world beyond 2050. The series is adapted from the Nierenberg Prize Lecture by Lord Martin Rees in La Jolla, Calif. Part one is available here. Part two is here. Part three is here. The final part will be published next week.</i><p>With …

What Role Should Silicon Valley Play in Fighting Terrorism? - MIT Technology Review

On Friday, January 8, several high-level officials from the Obama administration—including the attorney general, the White House chief of staff, and …

Silicon Valley

Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages are showing up in search results

Google Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), the company’s effort to help publishers speed up their sites, has gone live today with the company quietly beginning to show results in searches.<p>The AMP project is Google’s version of Facebook’s Instant Articles. The company created a specification that …

Personalized News

Justice Department Wants Apple to Extract Data From 12 Other iPhones

The U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing additional court orders that would force Apple to help federal investigators extract data from twelve other encrypted iPhones that may contain crime-related evidence, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>.<p>The revelation comes nearly one week after a U.S. …