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Why the Curiosity Rover Stopped Singing 'Happy Birthday' to Itself

The answer, a NASA engineer warned, “will sound rather cold and unfeeling.”<p>When the Curiosity rover studies soil on Mars, it does it with a little shimmy. Its robotic arm collects a pinch of soil and drops it into the sample-analysis unit in the robot’s belly. The unit vibrates at different …

Cold Hearted

The Navy's silent drone destroyer is this ridiculously powerful laser

It's no surprise that the U.S. Navy has a massive suite of high-tech weapons. But the looming threat of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known …

9 things everyone should know about liars

You are lied to dozens of times every day.<p>From little white lies such as people telling you they are doing great when in fact they are having a terrible day to serious lies from loved ones and employers that have the potential to change your life, being able to understand when, why and how people …

Psychology

A 'Teleportation' to Outer Space

It wasn’t easy to flummox Albert Einstein, but quantum entanglement had him stumped. Per entanglement theory, it is possible for two particles to …

Quantum Physics

Astronomers Have Detected Strange Signals Coming From a Star 11 Light Years Away

Insert standard clause "not saying it's aliens, but ..."<p>Astronomers say they have detected "strange signals" coming from the direction of a small, …

Solving the puzzle of when the first humans arrived in the Americas

A Newcastle University expert is leading a new study which aims to resolve a longstanding debate about how and when people first came to the Americas.<p>…

NASA just got its closest look at Saturn yet — here's what it saw

On April 26, NASA flew its Cassini spacecraft closer to Saturn than ever before. In fact, it's the closest any spacecraft has ever come to Saturn — just 1,900 miles from the beautiful planet's cloud tops.<p>Even more exciting, Cassini has already transmitted images of what it saw from its deepest dive …

Astronomy

The race to build the world’s first sex robot

The $30bn sex tech industry is about to unveil its biggest blockbuster: a $15,000 robot companion that talks, learns, and never says no<p>In the brightly lit robotics workshop at Abyss Creations’ factory inSan Marcos, California, a life-size humanoid was dangling from a stand, hooked between her …

Robotics

How North Korea makes its money: Coal, forced labor and hacking

President Trump says he's prepared to tackle North Korea's growing nuclear threat with or without China.<p>But he'll need Beijing's help if he wants to choke off the streams of income that keep Kim Jong Un's regime afloat.<p>China is North Korea's economic bedrock, accounting for more than 80% of its …

North Korea

How artificial intelligence learns to be racist

Simple: It’s mimicking us.<p>Open up the photo app on your phone and search “dog,” and all the pictures you have of dogs will come up. This was no easy feat. Your phone knows what a dog “looks” like.<p>This and other modern-day marvels are the result of machine learning. These are programs that comb …

How Lucky Was Hubble To Find The Most Distant Galaxy Ever?

If you take the world’s most powerful space telescope, point it into the cosmic abyss for days, and collect all the light possible, you’ll see something fantastic.<p>But you won’t see the Universe’s most distant galaxy.<p>The most distant galaxy ever discovered comes from when the Universe was only …

Hubble

Simulation suggests 68 percent of the universe may not actually exist

According to the Lambda Cold Dark Matter (Lambda-CDM) model, which is the current accepted standard for how the universe began and evolved, the …

Dark Matter

Why Is NASA Neglecting Venus?

The agency’s “follow the water” strategy risks creating a lost generation of scientists.<p>Two weeks ago, NASA announced the selection of two new missions to explore the solar system. Psyche will fly to a metallic asteroid of the same name, and Lucy will explore “Trojan asteroids” that travel along …

Astronomy

What All Successful People Do at the Beginning of the Day—Do You?

What is the secret to happiness? This elusive emotion is something we consistently chase after, but is it a goal we should be setting in the first …

18 Comics You Need To See If You're Dealing With Anxiety

Now this is self care.<p>Anxiety often clouds the brain with false stories such as, “you’re not good enough,” “that mistake will haunt you forever” and “your worst fear is coming true.”<p>The mental health condition, which affects an estimated 40 million American adults, is notorious for creating …

Mental Health

AI software is figuring out how to best humans at designing new AI software

Who programs the programmers? Soon enough, it might not be people behind the development of advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence tech, but other AI. MIT looks at the most recent work done by a range of different organizations, including Google Brain, who are working on AI that can …

Physicists Say They've Manipulated 'Pure Nothingness' And Observed The Fallout

In the quantum vacuum, no one can hear you scream.<p>According to quantum mechanics, a vacuum isn't empty at all. It's actually filled with quantum …

Depressed People Cannot Imagine This Special Thing

Around one in ten people will suffer from major depression at some point in their lives.<b>→ ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT to get 25% off Dr Jeremy Dean's new</b> …

Science: Talking Sh*t Is Great For Your Health

If you’ve ever heard that old chestnut that “great minds discuss ideas, while small minds discuss how ugly their new friend’s baby is,” and felt bad because you find it much more fun to talk about how an infant looks like a lopsided old man than Plato’s lesser works, then today is your day to feel …

Distant black hole may disprove Einstein's theory of relativity

More than 26,000 light years away, deep within the heart of our galaxy, lies Sagittarius A* - four millions Suns' worth of unseen mass concentrated …

In the race to build the best AI, there’s already one clear winner

As Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Baidu take turns leapfrogging each other in artificial intelligence innovation, one company stands to profit from any outcome: Nvidia.<p>Graphics processor units, the company’s biggest moneymaker, have become the industry standard for deep learning, a flavor of …

Introduction to Psychology: A Free Course from Yale University

Taught by Yale professor Paul Bloom, this course presents an Introduction to Psychology and tries to explain what makes us tick:<p>What do your dreams …

Psychology

Dark Matter May Be Lot Less ‘Clumpy’ Than Previously Thought, New Survey Reveals

Dark matter — the mysterious substance that makes up 85 percent of the universe’s mass — may be more evenly distributed in the cosmos than previously …

A Guide to Solving Social Problems with Machine Learning

It’s Sunday night. You’re the deputy mayor of a big city. You sit down to watch a movie and ask Netflix for help. (“Will I like Birdemic? Ishtar? Zoolander 2?”) The Netflix recommendation algorithm predicts what movie you’d like by mining data on millions of previous movie-watchers using …

How to Become Infinitely More Attractive, According to Psychology

When we think about attractiveness, a fresh coat of lipstick, a striking outfit, and a fresh blowout stereotypically come to mind. At least, that's …

This Is NASA's Plan For Humanity's Return to the Moon, and Beyond

A decades-long plan that could end with humans finally reaching the Red Planet.<p>There is still no official NASA mission to Mars, but after years of uncertainty, America's space agency is giving us a glimpse of its grand strategy to extend human presence beyond low-Earth orbit with a plan to build a …

NGC 4696: Ravenous Supermassive Black Hole Creates A 'Cosmic Oddity'

A team of astronomers have, using the Hubble Space Telescope, captured a stunning new image of the spiral galaxy NGC 4696 — a "cosmic oddity" located …

Hubble Spotlight on Irregular Galaxy IC 3583

Cosmology

The moral challenge of military robots arises when we delegate fighting wars

Using drones or autonomous soldiers in modern warfare may avoid some of the awfulness but does it forfeit any ethical defence for fighting in the first place?<p>Long before undergoing any proper study of war, I remember believing I had the problem sorted. In primary school, I remember remarking to …

MIT's AI figured out how humans recognize faces

It appears machines may already be catching up to humans, at least in the world of computational biology. A team of researchers at the MIT-based Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) found that the system they designed to recognize faces had spontaneously come up with a step that can …

Artificial Intelligence