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A few fireworks as mystery object falls to Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> The long-anticipated arrival of that mysterious object from outer space came and went Friday without alien invasion or planetary destruction.<p>But scientists who orchestrated a rapid response to the recently discovered object declared their effort to be a smashing success.<p>The International …

Sri Lanka

Drones vs. Robots: The Battle For Our Delivery Future Is On

Amazon is banking on flying drones to be the delivery system of the future, but the founders of Skype have a more earthbound idea.<p>Since Amazon first talked about its plan to one day deliver packages by drone, the world has been captivated with that vision of the future. But a new company started by …

Robotics

Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality

Global economy will be transformed over next 20 years at risk of growing inequality, say analysts<p>A “robot revolution” will transform the global economy over the next 20 years, cutting the costs of doing business but exacerbating social inequality, as machines take over everything from caring for …

Artificial Intelligence

Getting Ready to Move to Mars

Scientists are hard at work preparing to create humanity’s second home.<p>One day, when earth is destroyed by war or rising seas or a wayward asteroid, humanity will be extinguished—and along with it reality television, baseball stadiums, and thousands of recipes for guacamole, with and without …

Space Exploration

Intelligent machines: Will we accept robot revolution?

<b>Would you share your home with a robot or work side by side with one? People are starting to do both, which has put the relationship we have with them under the spotlight and exposed both our love and fear of the machines that are increasingly becoming a crucial part of our lives.</b><p>In Japan they grow …

Robotics

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Paleontology

What the Modern Presence of Water on Mars Means

Mars may be the solar system’s most tragic planet. It once had a dense atmosphere; it once fairly sloshed with water; just one of its oceans may have …

Mars Mission

What Space Does to Your Body and Mind

Expedition 44 to the International Space Station has been successfully completed after three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan. The mission saw a …

Space Science

How Sound Shaped The Evolution Of Your Brain

Acoustic biologists who have learned to tune their ears to the sounds of life know there's a lot more to animal communication than just, "Hey, here I am!" or "I need a mate."<p>From insects to elephants to people, we animals all use sound to function and converse in social groups — especially when the …

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

James Webb Space Telescope

Lost cities: where to pretend you are Indiana Jones

Unearthing lost cities used to be the preserve of machete-wielding, Indiana Jones types, but advances in technology lie behind the most recent discoveries rather any derring-do in the jungle.<p>One of the most groundbreaking recent finds lay hidden in Honduras’ near-impenetrable La Moskitia rainforest …

Archaeology

Robots, drones and heart-detectors: How disaster technology is saving lives

<i>Watch "Katrina: The Storm that Never Stopped</i>" Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Robots with cameras, microphones and sensors searched for victims stranded in flooded homes and on rooftops. They assessed damage and sent back images from places rescuers couldn't get.<p>It was August 31, 2005, two days …

Adventure Travel

The Microbiome Is Science’s Hot New Kid

‘Microbiome’ is a word you’ve probably been reading everywhere—and it’s only the beginning.<p>As Americans, we love the concept of …

Boy Leaves Hospital With New Hands

The first child to ever get a double hand transplant went home from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Wednesday, his hands still bandaged but working well enough to let him play with action figures.<p>Zion Harvey, 8, lost his arms and legs to a life-threatening infection when he was just 2. He …

Physiology

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Black Holes

NBC signs Fallon as 'Tonight Show' host through 2021

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. broadcast television network NBC has locked in comedian Jimmy Fallon as host of “The Tonight Show” for six more years through 2021, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said on Thursday.<p>Television show host Jimmy Fallon talks to reporters on the red carpet for the …

Comedy

Has Nefertiti's tomb finally been found?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A British archaeologist has been given the go-ahead by Egyptian authorities to search Tutankhamun's tomb for the final resting place of Nefertiti.<p>Nicholas Reeves, along with Mamdouh Eldamaty, the country's Minister of Antiquities, and a group of experts will enter the boy king's burial …

Archaeology

Russia’s Mysterious New Submarine

It looks like the Moscow vs. the USS Jimmy Carter. But can the Kremlin afford the ship’s new technology?<p>On August 11 at the port of Severodvinsk in …

Unmanned Aircraft

Mind-blowing Pluto has ice mountains and water

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> It had been downgraded to a dwarf planet. It looked like a fuzzy blob in our best telescopes. And it was often referred to as just an icy orb. Even scientists working on the first mission to Pluto expected to find an old, pockmarked world.<p>But Pluto is turning out to be full …

Solar System

The people ‘possessed’ by computers

What would happen if a computer could take over a human body? David Robson meets an “echoborg” – a strange experiment that reveals our future with artificial intelligence.<p>Sophia Ben-Achour looks like a typical London student. She has short, brown hair, dancing eyes and a wide smile. We talk about …

Artificial Intelligence

Earth 2.0: Nasa says scientists have found 'closest twin' outside solar system

Using four years’ worth of data from the Kepler space telescope, researchers announce the new exoplanet along with 12 possible ‘habitable’ others<p>Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered “the closest twin to Earth” outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday.<p>Working …

Astronomy

Donald Trump Visits the US-Mexico Border in Laredo

Aeronautics

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana Secrets

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.<p>There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.<p>In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial …

World of Warcraft lost three million subscribers in three months

The game shed three million subscribers in the last three months — a record single-quarter loss.<p>The news came from publisher Activision Blizzard's first-quarter earnings call yesterday. The company generated quarterly revenue of $1.28 billion, beating Wall Street's revenue target.<p>In January, World …

World of Warcraft

You Can Now Order Food for Delivery via Google Search

Another day, another feature added to Google.com to make everything you ever need to do on the Web doable via Google search.<p>Starting today, you can Google search your favorite restaurant and if it exists on Seamless, GrubHub, Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu and MyPizza.com, you’ll be able to order …

North Korea

Science now helping to develop better chocolate

Scientists have used X-ray to peer into the sweet brown heart of chocolate to discover what causes it to turn white.<p>Have you ever rejected a piece of chocolate because of its surface had turned an unappetising dusty white? You're not alone: that bloom is the reason many turn away from what is …

Dessert

Uber reportedly puts in a $3 billion offer to buy a Google Maps rival

Nokia's mapping product Here has been a hot commodity this week. On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that European carmakers BMW, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz and Audi were banding together with Chinese search engine company Baidu to launch a formal bid to buy Here. This would prevent other …

Google Maps