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What may be self-driving cars’ biggest problem

Learning to drive a driverless car is more difficult than it sounds. One lab is monitoring how we might react when we have to give up the wheel to a computer.<p>I am pretty confident in my driving skills, but today my skills as a future car driver are going to be tested. Although it is generally …

Autonomous Vehicle

Russian military shelled Ukraine from mid-July, report says

Moscow’s involvement in conflict has been on such a scale that strain on its military is starting to show, according to report by Royal United Services Institute<p>Large-scale intervention in eastern Ukraine by regular Russian troops began last August, reaching a peak of 10,000 in December, and Moscow …

Billionaire Teams Up With NASA to Mine the Moon

Moon Express, a Mountain View, California-based company that's aiming to send the first commercial robotic spacecraft to the moon next year, just took another step closer toward that lofty goal. Earlier this year, it became the first company to successfully test a prototype of a lunar lander at the …

Space Exploration

When does the Age of Aquarius begin?

The Age of Aquarius starts when the vernal equinox point moves out of constellation Pisces and into Aquarius. When will that be? There’s no …

Astrology

Now you can play 'Defender' and 900 other arcade classics in your browser

It seems like the Internet Archive was just getting started when it resurrected <i>WordStar</i> and <i>The Hobbit</i> from floppy-disk purgatory. Now, the latest additions to the Javascript MESS emulator are of the arcade variety. Specifically, games including <i>Defender</i>, <i>Mr. Do!, Zaxxon</i> and <i>Joust</i> are now playable in …

Goodbye smart gadgets. Hello dumb tech

Feature-filled phones, Apple Watches and expensive coffee machines are all very well, but sometimes they just make life more complicated. It’s time to learn the joy of low tech<p>• Six gadgets that will simplify your life<p>This is going to be the year of the smartwatch. Thanks to several incredible …

Was this black hole booted out of its galaxy? - Futurity

A mysterious object in space could be a jettisoned black hole or an unusual exploding star. And it could confirm one of Albert Einstein's predictions.

US air force fires two more nuclear commanders amid leadership crisis

Third officer disciplined as repercussions continue over failures of discipline and morale in squadrons responsible for arsenal<p>The US air force has fired two more nuclear commanders and disciplined a third, fresh evidence of leadership lapses in a nuclear missile corps that has suffered several …

Why the term GMO is 'scientifically meaningless'

Will GMOs destroy or save civilization?<p>The headlines might paint a dramatic picture, but the reality is that GMOs — and the discussion around them — are more nuanced than many of us assume. And that starts with the term “genetically modified organism" itself.<p>“One of the issues that’s inhibiting the …

Chocolate component reverses memory loss in older people, claims study

Columbia University research indicates high-flavanol cocoa rejuvenates specific brain activity through increased blood flow<p>Late night cocoa has never looked so appealing. A component of chocolate has been found to reverse age-related memory loss in healthy adults aged 50-69. The rejuvenating effect …

Lockheed's Fusion Promise: What We Know So Far

Can the company do what's never been done before?<p>Researchers at Lockheed Martin made headlines this week with the announcement that they are on the fast track to building a nuclear fusion reactor. But experts responded with skepticism.<p>Fusion promises unlimited clean, renewable energy without the …

Robot can perform brain surgery through the patient's cheek

A surgical robot can perform corrective epilepsy brain surgery in a much safer and less invasive way.<p>For a percentage of epilepsy patients, medication is less effective at controlling seizures, or it doesn't work at all. For these patients, there is another option: brain surgery. This is usually a …

Skype launches mobile video chat app Qik with clips that disappear after two weeks

Skype today launched Skype Qik (pronounced “quick”), a new video messaging app meant to be used alongside the main Skype app. The new mobile-only offering is launching simultaneously on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. You can download it now from Google Play, Apple’s App Store, and the Windows …

The Big Future: Can we bring animals back from extinction?

What if extinction isn't the end? What if we could take animals from the past — mammoths, goats, anything that's gone extinct — and bring them back to life in the present day? There's a new movement afoot among scientists that thinks we could do it, thanks to new breakthroughs in DNA sequencing. Of …

I've signed up to send my name on Orion's first flight. Have you?

Face it. You're never going to Mars. But you can send your name. On a thumbnail-sized microchip. Along with more than a million other names.<p>No, it's not the same, but it's a way of staking a claim to a teeny, tiny place in space history.<p>"We did something similar for<p>Curiosity’s mission and have done …

Space Science

Weather Of Wild Exoplanet Mapped Using Hubble Telescope

With scorching temperatures day and night, WASP-43b ain’t no place to live.<p>About 260 light years away from Earth, there is a wild exoplanet about the size of Jupiter -- but with double its mass. Known as WASP-43b, this huge planet orbits its host star, an orange dwarf, in just 19 short hours, …

New Accuracy Leap Could Speed Arrival of Superfast Quantum Computers

Quantum qubits, now with fewer errors!<p>Research teams at the University of New South Wales claim to have developed two new types of “quantum bits” that process data with nearly 100 percent accuracy, addressing one of the key stumbling blocks in the promising realm of quantum computers.<p>These machines …

German military faces a major challenge from disrepair

Leaked parliamentary report details the shocking state of European nation’s military hardware<p>When Germany dispatched a naval ship to the Horn of Africa last month for joint anti-piracy operations with other European powers, the vessel arrived without a vital mission component. Its Sea Lynx …

This Guy Convinced Google, Dropcam, Pinterest To Let 10,000 Hackers Attack

When they find a bug, they get paid.<p>The more bugs they find, the more they are invited in to hack ever-more sensitive parts of a company's network. They hack companies like Google, Dropcam, Pinterest, even some banks.<p>And these companies couldn't be happier about it.<p>In the two years since Australian …

Pinterest

Isolation and hallucinations: the mental health challenges faced by astronauts

Why the mental health of astronauts is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to successful space missions<p>The sight of the entire Earth, visible to the naked eye, has had a profound effect on those who have seen it. Astronaut William McCool described it as “beyond imagination”, and many have …

What Is Nothing? A Mind-Bending Debate about the Universe Moderated by Neil deGrasse Tyson

<b>Isaac Asimov</b> — sage of science, champion of creativity in education, visionary of the future, lover of libraries, Muppet friend — endures as one of the most visionary scientific minds in modern history. Every year, the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, of which Asimov …