Michael Walsh

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Landing Rosetta's Philae probe on comet would be a staggering technical achievement

If things suddenly get quiet in Europe over the next couple of days, it’s because people across this continent are stopping to watch an historic achievement that’s been 10 years in the making.<p>Tomorrow, around 4:34 p.m. Central European Time (7:34 a.m. on the west coast of the U.S.), having left the …

Have a Surface Pro 3? Make sure 'Enhance pointer precision' is enabled

In my review of the Surface Pro 3 I gave some praise to the new trackpad found on the updated Type Cover. It's made with a new material, tiny glass …

Earth may 'remember' more of its infancy than previously thought

Ancient gases trapped deep within the Earth's mantle may reveal clues about our planet's earliest days, according to a new study.<p>For the past decade scientists believed our planet's memory was reset 4.5 billion years ago when an object the size of Mars slammed into the Earth, releasing enough …

Earth Science

Science Confirms Looking Angry Gets People To Do What You Want

If you’ve ever gotten the death glare from your parent, child or S.O., you already know the results of this new study to be true.<p>New research in the journal Psychological Science shows that people are more likely to give in to an unfair demand when they are presented with a threatening facial …

Computer AI passes Turing test in 'world first'

<b>A computer program called Eugene Goostman, which simulates a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy, is said to have passed the Turing test at an event organised by the University of Reading.</b><p>The test investigates whether people can detect if they are talking to machines or humans.<p>The experiment is based on Alan …

Artificial Intelligence

The Fish That Could Save Antarctica

As long as we save it first<p>A primeval predator patrols the dark, icy waters of Antarctica’s Ross Sea, antifreeze proteins coursing through its blood. An icon of the Southern Ocean, the Antarctic toothfish is a crucial link in the rich food web of the planet’s most pristine marine ecosystem. Since …

Conservation

NASA successfully uses laser to transfer video from the space station to Earth

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: NASA JPL<p>An experiment on the International Space Station has successfully beamed high definition video back to Earth …

U.S. Culpability in the Failure of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

The Obama administration deserves much of the blame for the failure of the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.<p>It had originally been hoped that the United States would present a binding framework along the lines of what moderate Israeli and Palestinian political leaders had agreed to …