Emerson Swanson-Dobbs

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Why Is This Planet Acting Like A Comet?

Scientists catch a Neptune-style orbiter by its very long tail<p>Some planets that are now small, hot, and rocky may have started off as icy giants like Neptune. Orbiting too close to their stars, their gassy shells boiled off until all that’s left is a rocky core. That’s what scientists have thought …

World's best benches: in pictures

Top 10

Top 10 new species for 2015 (pictures)

Zoology

One man's quest to reach the end of Minecraft

A <i>Minecraft</i> player by the name of Kurt J. Mac is on a mission to reach the end of the world, and he's documenting it for all to see, The New Yorker reports.<p>Mac began his journey on March 28, 2011. His aim was to reach what <i>Minecraft</i> developer Markus Persson calls the Far Lands, the area at the very …

Minecraft Items, According To Someone New To The Game

Pixelated <i>Minecraft</i> items can be confusing for someone not familiar with the game—like Redditor CyanideX-Ed's wife in this case—with pretty hilarious …

Tinker Crafting for Minecraft

When our team was thinking about how to improve the experience for Tinkercad users, one of the relevant things we considered is what users are doing with the product. Once we relaunched Tinkercad and started gathering a better understanding of the user base, it was very clear that our users were …

Minecraft snapshot 13w37a (Updated!)

<b>Update:</b> Snapshot 13w37b has been released, along with a pre-release of 1.6.3. You can select these versions in your launcher, or download the server …

22bn-block Minecraft map of Britain crafted by Ordnance Survey

Using its free OS OpenData, the mapping agency translated 50-metre chunks of Britain into blocks in one of the biggest real-world Minecraft maps ever made.<p>What a wonderful thing this is. Stuffy old Ordnance Survey, best known for creating the maps you used to use before your phone did it much …

Open Data

25 'Minecraft' Creations That Will Blow Your Flippin' Mind

25 'Minecraft' Creations That Will Blow Your Mind<p>1. Ancient Metropolis<p>2. King's Landing (<i>Game of Thrones</i>)<p>3. Space Shuttle<p>4. The Bedrock Dome<p>5. One …

New telescope will be a high-resolution window to the universe

That 3D rendering up there is a new telescope from the National Science Foundation that promises to solve the mysteries of the universe -- or at least take some truly big pictures. Fitted with a 3,200 megapixel camera, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will be the largest digital camera in the …

Incredible: Watch the world from ‘Game of Thrones’ come to life in Minecraft

What do you get when you cross the fantasy world from HBO’s hit series <i>Game of Thrones</i> with the blocky digital phenomenon that is Mincraft? You get …

Game of Thrones

The 11 most ambitious virtual computers ever built inside Minecraft

A virtual computer typically has the same functionality as the physical machine it's replicating, but rather than being built out of wires and silicon, its simulated inside another program and is powered by virtual signals instead of electricity.<p>Minecraft is not the only video game where people …

Which Way to Mars? Competing Visions for Missions Revive Debates

When will humans get to Mars? What path should they take? And can we afford the trip? These questions have been percolating since Project Apollo, but they're coming into sharper focus — partly because NASA is reviewing its long-term space exploration plans, and partly because there's a presidential …

Space Science

At Ceres, NASA's Dawn spacecraft reemerging into the light

It’s almost showtime, Ceres.<p>NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has sent back the first images of the dwarf planet after spending about a month approaching from the mysterious little world’s dark side, officials atJet Propulsion Laboratorysaid Friday.<p>"They are on the ground," Dawn's deputy principal …

Astronomy

Flirty Female Spiders Use Silk to Capture a Male's Interest

When male wolf spiders don't seem that interested in a female wolf spider, she ups her game by releasing more pheromone-rich silk.<p>The seemingly calm cornfields of North America brim with courtship and seduction, but people rarely notice it. That's because the players are hairy wolf spiders that are …

Sleeping hummingbird "snores"

In today’s “Caturday” video, we watch a hummingbird “snoring” as she awakens from torpor in a small environmental chamber at a research station in Peru<p>A few weeks ago, a twitter follower asked me if birds snore. I told her that snoring in birds is a sign of trouble requiring immediate veterinary …

Birds

Intel's CEO Unleashes Gesture-Controlled Spiderbots

Coming soon to a nightmare near you<p>Intel may power your PCs, your smartphones, and your tablets, but it also wants to power your <i>horde of spider robots</i>. On stage at the company's Intel Developer Forum in Shenzhen China, CEO Brian Krzanich demonstrated the company's Curie module for wearable …

Watch A Flock Of Drone Butterflies Flutter Around [Video]

Complex machines mimic simple beings<p>Festo is building a mechanical menagerie. The German industrial design firm specializes in bio-inspired robots, which may find a use in future factories, like these exoskeletal gloves or this elephant-inspired robotic arm. Others are more whimsical, like this …

Drones