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These diamonds from space formed inside a long-lost planet, scientists say

Ten years ago, an Arizona astronomer spotted an asteroid that was headed straight for Earth. Swiftly he summoned the help of colleagues and casual stargazers, who tracked the space rock as it exploded in the sky, raining shrapnel down on the Nubian desert in Sudan. Students from the University of …

Earth Science

First in-flight firing of Virgin Galactic spaceplane engine

Built by Virgin Galactic subsidiary, The Spaceship Company, VSS Unity's first rocket-powered, supersonic flight began today at 8:02 am PDT as the …

Aviation

The Making of 'Pillars of Creation,' One of the Most Amazing Images of Our Universe

<i>Pretty Scientific</i> <i>is a new Gizmodo series where we explore how the best images in science were created and why.</i><p>Three pillars of gas and dust sit among …

Universe

InVision acquires design visibility tool Wake

InVision, the NY-based design platform focused on collaboration, has today announced the acquisition of Wake.<p>Wake is a design tool focused squarely on supporting design visibility throughout a particular organization. Wake allows companies to share design assets and view work in progress as …

Prototypes

Hackers have taken down dozens of 911 centers. Why is it so hard to stop them?

America’s emergency-response networks remain dangerously vulnerable to criminals bent on crippling the country’s critical infrastructure.<p>When news broke last week of a hacking attack on Baltimore’s 911 system, Chad Howard felt a rush of nightmarish memories.<p>Howard, the information technology …

Cybersecurity

Google Drive will tell you who has access to your files

When you’re emailing the file to various recipients, Access Checker will now also show you the names or email addresses that don’t currently have access to the file<p>Google is introducing an updated Access Checker, a feature which lets you easily share a Drive file with someone, whether it’s two …

Apps

Blue moon to light up sky ahead of Easter

Stargazers, get your binoculars ready: a blue moon will grace the sky this weekend, marking the end of what has been a breathtaking month.<p>A "worm moon" rose on March 1, and a rare parade of planets, including Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Mercury and Venus along with the bright star Antares, lit the sky …

Astronomy

The second blue moon of 2018 is about to arrive — here's what that means and how rare they really are

On March 31, much of the world will get to see a rare event: A second blue moon in one year. It'll be the second blue moon of 2018 — at least, according to one definition of the term.<p>Despite the name, as many of us have learned at some point (often in a disappointing fashion, if we learned this as …

Astronomy

Scientists say the dream of unlimited clean energy is about to come true

In just 15 years, the U.S. will be producing unlimited amounts of nearly free, completely green energy. Not only would such an energy holy grail mean the end of humanity’s dependence on expensive fossil fuels, it would also be a panacea for climate change.<p>Amazingly, this is not a science fiction. …

Energy

Quantum ball lightning forged in the lab for the first time

Ball lightning has been consistently reported for centuries, and yet we still know very little about it. Now, scientists at Amherst College and Aalto …

Porsche is developing a 'flying sports car'

The future of transporation will take us in lots of new directions, and Porsche wants to be among the first to take us up.<p>Imagine having this kind of object being able to fly on its own completely from A to B.<p>Detlev von Platen

Sports Cars

The Triple Point Is When a Liquid Can Boil and Freeze at Once

When water is a solid, it's ice. When it's a gas, it's steam. When it's a liquid, it's, well, water. What if we told you that a substance can be all …

Atoms

A new hologram generator uses a tractor beam and lasers to make 3D images

Ever since we first watched <i>Star Wars</i>, and saw the scene in which R2-D2 beams a hologram of Princess Leia into thin air, we’ve dreamed of having our …

Diminutive

China wants to create the chips to power the future of AI

AI Boom<p>China’s increasingly vested interest in developing artificial intelligence (AI) is breathing new life into the country’s semiconductor …

Lunar showstopper: Super blue blood moon awes and wows

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The moon put on a rare cosmic show Wednesday: a red blue moon, super big and super bright.<p>It's the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon because of its red hue.<p>Hawaii and Alaska had the best seats, …

Super Blue Blood Moon

Alien A.I. Text Messages are the Ultimate Pandora's Box, Say Scientists

What if first contact with extraterrestrial life isn’t a UFO landing in the middle of Central Park, but rather just a message sent across the stars? …

Plaintext
National Parks
Skiing

The "father of artificial intelligence" says singularity is 30 years away

You’ve probably been told that the singularity is coming. It is that long-awaited point in time — likely, a point in our very near future — when …

Quantum computers 'one step closer'

<b>Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the development of a programmable quantum processor made with silicon.</b><p>The team used microwave energy to align two electron particles suspended in silicon, then used them to perform a set of test calculations.<p>By using silicon, the scientists hope that …

Quantum Computing

SpaceX Is Launching Its First Internet Satellites This Week

A launch this Saturday will put two test satellites into orbit.<p>Back in 2015, SpaceX announced one of its more ambitious proposals: a constellation of satellites in orbit around the Earth, providing internet access to everyone and everywhere. Their plan involved launching over 4,000 such satellites, …

Blood-thinning drugs designed to cut stroke risk may actually increase it

Scientists call for caution in prescribing anticoagulants after some patients with other conditions found to suffer more strokes<p>Blood-thinning drugs may increase rather than cut the risk of stroke in some people over 65 who have an irregular heartbeat and also chronic kidney disease, according to a …

Medicine

Hubble Captures the Death of a Giant Fart Storm on Neptune

The smelliest storm.<p>For centuries, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot — a colossal, swirling storm in the planet’s atmosphere — has hogged the attention of …

Astronomy

After Years of Problems, NASA's Robonaut Is Coming Home

A tricky electrical issue kept the robot from living up to its potential.<p>NASA launched Robonaut 2 into space in February of 2011. This was a big deal: the humanoid robot would be the first of its kind in orbit. Robonaut was intended to help the astronauts aboard the ISS complete mundane tasks and …

Opportunity Rover Celebrates 5,000 Days on Mars

NASA's long-lived Mars rover Opportunity has just rolled past another big milestone — 5,000 days on the Red Planet.<p>The golf-cart-size Opportunity …

Surprise! Andromeda Isn't Much Bigger Than the Milky Way After All

A recent discovery would upend years of size estimates for our largest galactic neighbor.<p>Our nearest galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, is hurtling toward our own Milky Way at around 250,000 miles per hour. The two galaxies will collide in a few billion years.<p>Until recently, scientists …

First interstate Hyperloop could connect Chicago and Cleveland

A trip could take under 30 minutes.<p>It's not a done deal. Not even close.<p>But when two Hyperloop startups are competing for pretty similar routes, it sure sounds promising.<p>On Thursday, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced it had signed agreements with regional planning authorities in …

High-speed Rail

Dubai space center is joining the race to Mars

Elon Musk has a new challenger in the race to colonize Mars.<p>The United Arab Emirates is using its oil wealth to finance a homegrown space program. It plans to launch its first mission to the red planet by 2021, and hopes to settle humans there 99 years from now.<p>The small Gulf state has so far …

Space Exploration

First SpaceX internet satellites now set to launch Wednesday

Elon Musk's rocket company has been working on getting satellite broadband off the ground for years. Now the Falcon 9 is set to launch the first test.<p>For the second time in recent days, SpaceX has delayed the launch of a rocket carrying prototype satellites for its planned broadband internet …

Space Travel

India's Chandrayaan-2 has more power than NASA's Apollo missions, but cheaper

Costs and Effects<p>Not everything worthwhile has to be pricey, or so the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) wants to prove with its planned …