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The computer in Google’s self-driving car can be considered the driver, US says

In a major milestone for Google's self-driving car efforts — and the entire autonomous car industry — the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has said in a letter that the computer inside Google's self-driving car can be considered the "driver" of the vehicle.<p>This has the …

Einstein's genius changed science's perception of gravity

Albert Einstein opened humankind’s eyes to the universe.<p>Before Einstein, space seemed featureless and changeless, as Isaac Newton had defined it two …

Google crafts custom networking CPU with parallel computing links

Patches for 32-bit processor hit LLVM C/C++ compiler suite<b>Updated</b> It appears Google has quietly built an in-house processor with close ties to …

Concurrency

Guess what? The oceans could completely evaporate into space

From time to time, we get a brief glimpse into Earth’s future — a massive glacier melts away, or a super storm floods a city we’ve always thought of …

9 things designed by people who had no f**king clue what they were doing

Hey, let me teach you a quick magic trick.<p>Go to any highly specific subreddit. You know, something away from the ultra-broad BuzzFeed-bait on the …

New evidence suggests the moon was formed in a head-on collision between Earth and another planet

We already know that the moon was likely forged when Earth crashed into another planet, but previously scientists believed the crash was just a glancing blow.<p>Now new research published in the journal Science suggests a more violent head-on collision.<p>Theia, the planet that Earth crashed into, didn't …

Earth Science

NASA Announces The First Flight of Its Biggest Rocket Since the 1970s

The Space Launch System may take us back to the Moon and onward to Mars. But it'll start small with 13 small satellites in 2018.<p>NASA hasn't had a super heavy lift launch vehicle since the Saturn V was retired shortly after Skylab in 1973. But today, the agency announced the first flight of the …

Space Exploration

NASA Experiment Puts 4 Volunteers in Cramped Quarters for a Month

A manned mission to Mars or another long-haul destination will require crew members to keep their cool and perform their necessary duties -- all …

Space Science

Scientists Try to Grow Peruvian Potatoes on "Mars"

The potato, whether fried, roasted or mashed, is one of the most popular foods in the world—not only is it delicious and versatile, it also needs …

Everything you know is a lie: Earth might actually be 2 planets smashed together

Did you always figure that Earth was created when the sun made love to the moon? Me too. It seems we were slightly off base, and we weren’t alone — …

Universe

There's Something Very Ominous Going On Near This Supermassive Black Hole

What’s this, you ask? Oh, it’s nothing. Just a supermassive black hole blasting a giant x-ray beam over a 300,000 light year-wide gulf of …