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New AI Can Write and Rewrite Its Own Code to Increase Its Intelligence

Learning From Less Data<p>The old adage that practice makes perfect applies to machines as well, as many of today’s artificially intelligent devices …

Machine Learning

Don’t blame climate change for extreme weather

Climate change means more extreme weather: This is a simple, powerful claim that has been pounded into our consciousness for a decade.<p>From Greenpeace …

Climate Change

Make the Solar System Great Again

Picture astronaut boots on the ground, all the way to Pluto.<p>Donald Trump didn’t win the election because of his space policy. Few voters probably realized that he has one. But if the Trump administration implements the candidate’s platform, NASA could undergo the kind of transformation not …

Solar System

Wind farms pollute

Finally, a government review has found what people have been warning for years: wind farms can cause their own variety of pollution. A new report acknowledges that there is “some evidence” that they can bring “significant annoyance” to local communities in the form of excessive noise, and suggests …

A cosmic sense of scale

This animation gives a sense of the awe-inspiring scale of some of the known objects in our universe. It is difficult for human minds to comprehend …

SpaceX unveils the Interplanetary Transport System, a spaceship and rocket to colonize Mars

Private spaceflight company SpaceX has released a video that details its long-awaited "Interplanetary Transport System." The video was published less than an hour before CEO Elon Musk was scheduled to detail the system at the International Astronautical Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico.<p>The video …

SpaceX

Elon Musk is about to reveal SpaceX's big plan for settling Mars: Watch it live

Alright, space fans, get ready.<p>On Tuesday, during a much-heralded speech, SpaceX founder Elon Musk is expected to unveil his company's detailed plans …

Tardigrades’ Radiation Defense Could Help Human Space Travel

By on<p>Filed Under Science, Animals & Deep Space<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>Tardigrades are pretty much …

Scientists published climate research under fake names. Then they were caught.

The scientists briefly known as Den Volokin and Lark ReLlez thought they had found something big.<p>It was not data wrung from a clever experiment or a lucky field observation. Instead, the pair had constructed a model, a mathematical argument, for calculating the average surface temperature of a …

Climate Change

7 of the Best Books On the Line Between Religion and Science

How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science<p>The titles of the two podcasts hosted by writer Mike McHargue give a sense of the breadth of his areas of concern: Ask Science Mike and The Liturgists Podcast. His writing focuses on finding a way to reconcile religious belief and an …

Alzheimer's: New drug that halts mental decline is 'best news for dementia in 25 years'

The first drug that can prevent Alzheimer’s disease is finally on the horizon after scientists proved they can clear the sticky plaques from the brain which cause dementia and halt mental decline.<p>Hailed as the "best news" in dementia research for 25 years, the breakthrough is said to be a potential …

Dementia