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Hubble showcases Crab Nebula's 'beating heart'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Nearly a thousand years ago, a "guest star" appeared in the sky, shining almost as brightly as the moon and six times more vibrant than Venus. Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and possibly Native American astronomers recorded the event in 1054, according to NASA. Although it was visible during the …

Does this “humanlike” robot receptionist make you feel welcome or creeped out?

From a distance, Nadine looks like a very normal middle-aged woman, with a sensible haircut and dress style, and who’s probably all caught up on <i>Downton Abbey</i>. But then you hear Nadine talk and move, and you notice something’s a bit off. Nadine is actually the construct of Nadia Thalmann, the …

Nanyang Technological University

How software developers helped end the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone

A team of open source software developers solved the problem that most urgently needed solving: distributing wages to healthcare workers<p>Little known to the rest of the world, a team of open source software developers played a small but integral part in helping to stop the spread of Ebola in Sierra …

Disease

2016 will herald the end of Google (sort of)

For all the hype around technology, it doesn't move as fast as you might expect. This time last year everyone was talking about 2015 being the year …

Artificial Intelligence

NASA Needs Lander To Find Life On Ceres

Ceres — the dwarf planet that has kept the world on tenterhooks with each new image from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft — is still an odds-on favorite to harbor past or even present microbial life, says the mission’s principle investigator.<p>The mysterious bright spots in its Occator crater, however, are now …

Divisions over who should lead Catalonia in parliament

Catalonia’s anti-capitalist party, the CUP – which is part of a pro-independence coalition – has failed to reach a final decision on its partner’s presidential candidate.<p>It potentially forces the region into a new election.<p>The CUP and “Junts pel Si,” or “Together Yes,” won a majority of seats in a …

Will Fear Change the Internet? Self-Policing Has Already Started

After the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, public figures including President Obama, Donald Trump and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt called for regulating online activity.<p>Could fear of violence change the Internet in drastic ways? And what might a more tightly controlled Internet look like?<p>One …

Terror On Twitter

Illustration by Nick Jarvis<p>How ISIS is taking war to social media—and social media is fighting back<p>W<b>hen the militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) descended on the Iraqi city of Mosul in June 2014, they didn’t just march into town—they simultaneously</b> …

Social Media

'Electronic Plants' Grow Wires Inside Themselves to Form Living Machines

Inside most plants is a complex network of cells and pathways that pass water, nutrients and information from the roots to the leaves and everywhere in-between. Eager to take advantage of this "vascular circuitry," researchers at Linköping University in Sweden managed to get the plant to …

Stunning Nasa images capture hints of Saturn moon's underground ocean

Cassini spacecraft images as it flew by Enceladus capture the grooved and cratered surface of the moon, and the bright streaks of vapor plumes<p>A Nasa spacecraft that dived through a geyser plume on one of Saturn’s moons, closer to the surface than ever before, has delivered the first images and data …

Oxygen Discovery Could Complicate Search for Alien Life

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p>The strange, duck-shaped comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been orbiting for more than a year just got a bit stranger: Like plants on Earth, the comet is blowing molecular oxygen, O2, into the space around it. Molecular oxygen is thought to be rare in the …

Atoms

New technology is keeping the air we breathe under an unprecedented level of scrutiny

Measure twice, cut once, they say. Unless you are trying to save the planet.<p>In that case, measure and cut constantly.<p>Rising calls to create cleaner air and limit climate change are driving a surge in new technology for measuring air emissions and other pollutants — a data revolution that is opening …

Jaw-dropping images give us a first glimpse of Mars' liquid water

For years, a team of NASA scientists had pondered over the enigmatic dark streaks lining the inner and outer faces of craters on the Martian surface, shown below.<p>But no longer.<p>NASA announced the answer to the conundrum Monday: The streaks are evidence of flowing water.<p>Most mysterious about these …

Saltwater

Google and NASA Have A New Quantum Computer

Meet the D-Wave 2X<p>It looks like the holiday season came early for Google’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab.<p>Google, NASA, and the Universities Space Research Association announced today that they’re getting the D-Wave 2X, the newest and most powerful quantum computer on the market. The 2X …

Quantum Computing

NASA confirms that liquid water flows on Mars

It's the first direct evidence of a long-suspected theory<p>Liquid water exists on the surface of Mars during the planet's warmer seasons, according to new research published in <i>Nature Geosciences</i><i>.</i> This revelation comes from new spectral data gathered by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), a …

NASA will reveal 'major' Mars discovery at 11AM ET

NASA will reveal a "major science finding" about Mars at 11:00 AM (ET) today, but don't expect alien fossils. Rather, the space agency will likely explain how channels called "recursive slope lineae" form on the sides of Martian slopes over time. While that may sound dull, such "dark slope streaks" …

Two supermassive black holes are heading for a cosmic mega-collision

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Track how your team uses Slack with Google Analytics

Here’s a fun project for Slack users. Google’s Developer Expert Nico Miceli has whipped up a bot that can monitor your team’s activity in the collaboration app and beam back metrics to Google Analytics.<p>Miceli says his Slackalytics bot could be used by consultants to track channels for individual …

Google will test fresh food deliveries in two US cities this year

Google's Express delivery service has already been delivering food for a while, but it's about to expand those efforts in a big, big way. The internet giant tells <i>Bloomberg</i> that it will start testing deliveries of fresh food and groceries in both San Francisco and another, unnamed US city sometime …

Send your name to Mars: Deadline Tuesday

Your name can ride along on a mission to Mars. It’s easy, quick and free to make that happen. Details here.<p>In March, 2016, NASA will launch the …

Vandenberg Air Force Base

Why Google Is Going All In On Diabetes

Millions of people with diabetes prick a finger more than five times a day to monitor their blood glucose levels. It's a painful and expensive process.<p>But now, Google's Life Sciences division is putting its immense resources behind new initiatives aimed at helping them better live with the …

Diabetes

Japan has plans to put advertisements on the moon

That might change when Pocari Sweat becomes the first product advertised on the surface of the moon.<p>In the latter half of 2016, an American firm devoted to space exploration, Space X, plans to land a rover on the moon.<p>Among the rover's cargo: a can of Pocari Sweat, which will be left on a lunar …

Pizza Hut

Comets could have sparked life on Earth, scientists show

Amino acids join together into peptides, the first step towards more complex molecules, when subjected to intense shock<p>Comets could have sparked life on Earth, scientists have shown, after demonstrating that the huge impact can turn simple organic compounds into the building blocks of life.<p>Japanese …

Dark Energy 'Chameleon Fields' Could Explain What Universe Is Made Of

Dark energy -- the mysterious force that is accelerating the expansion of our universe and pulling galaxies apart -- has long baffled scientists. …

Scientists detect ghostly particles under Earth's surface

Using giant vats of organic liquid buried under a mountain in Italy, scientists have shed new light on the origins of ghostly particles known as …

Scotland will ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops

Government says potential benefits don't outweigh risks to Scotland's 'clean and green brand'<p>The Scottish government has announced plans to ban genetically modified (GM) crops from being grown in Scotland, as part of an effort to protect its "clean and green brand." In a statement released Sunday, …

Scottish Government

Google's Project Fi cell phone service is simple, until it's not

Woe betide you, Google Voice user<p>Google's Project Fi, if you don't recall, is the innovative new cell phone service that combines Wi-Fi calling, service that works on either Sprint or T-Mobile's network (whichever is faster), and a cheap and nicely predictable pricing plan that starts at $20 for …

Intel's pro-level Xeon processors are coming to laptops

Intel's professional-grade Xeon processors are no longer confined to fancy workstations or data centers. The chip designer has unveiled its first-ever Xeon processor family for laptops, the E3-1500M v5. The Skylake-based part is meant to deliver the kind of heavy lifting that you'd want as a pro …