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Now There's Video of BB-8's Surprise Visit to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab

Remember when we shared those fantastic photographs of BB-8 visiting NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab? (That’s the adorable rolling droid from <i>Star Wars: The</i> …

NASA Just Opened Up Access To 2.95 Million Images Of Earth

For the past 16 years, a Japanese-built instrument aboard a NASA research satellite has been quietly gathering data about Earth's changing surface.<p>Those changes include everything from volcanic eruptions and massive wildfires to the worst North Korean drought in a century. NASA made the data …

New South Wales

Next Blue Origin rocket carries two microgravity experiments (update: success)

We only just found out that Jeff Bezos & Co. are planning another round trip rocket flight for tomorrow, and now they've announced something extra. This time around the New Shepard vehicle will be carrying two microgravity experiments. Being able to conduct science not possible on Earth is part of …

Russian Cargo Ship Arrives, SpaceX Dragon Due Next Sunday

Saturday’s arrival of the Progress 63 spacecraft marks five spacecraft parked at the Interntional Space Station. Credit: NASA TVThe Progress 63 cargo …

Space Exploration

Intel event highlights college student games that should be published right now

One of the delightful surprises at the recent Game Developers Conference in San Francisco was the Intel University Games Showcase, which featured some of the most innovative games being built by teams of college students.<p>I attended the event in the vast upper level of the Metreon and was very …

Distant super-Earth found to have hot nights and scorching days

But there are still questions surrounding this distant world<p>Today, astronomers have figured out the temperature of a super-Earth — one of the first studies to provide details on the climate of these planets. Not only does it show the planet is extraordinarily warm, it also creates new puzzles for …

Science

Indonesian 'Hobbits' Died Out Longer Ago Than Originally Thought, Study Finds

The “hobbits” that once inhabited Indonesia died out thousands of years earlier than originally thought, a new study found.<p>Researchers previously …

Anthropology

The world's first underwater Airbnb is coming to Paris

If you can't get to the end of Jaws without hiding behind the sofa, this may not be the holiday accommodation choice for you: Airbnb has unveiled its first underwater property - a bedroom in the shark tank of the Paris Aquarium.<p>A circular bed sleeping two is surrounded by a 360-degree glass wall, …

IBM Unveils a Computer Inspired by the Human Brain

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has bought, and is set to test, IBM’s latest invention: a computer designed to emulate a human brain.<p>Computer …

Artificial Intelligence

"World’s First" Bacteria-Grown Book Combines Science and Culture

Dr. Simon Park's microorganisms have produced their own copy of 'On the Origin of Species.'<p>The world’s first book grown entirely from bacteria has finally hatched from the sterile depths of scientist/artist Dr. Simon Park's laboratory in Guildford, Surrey, UK. Much like Natsai Audrey Chieza does …

Biology

Earth-Space telescope system produces hot surprise

Astronomers using an orbiting radio telescope in conjunction with four ground-based radio telescopes have achieved the highest resolution, or ability …

Universe

Spanish Drone Will Drop Insects Over Ethiopia To Fight Disease

No Fly Zone<p>Tsetse flies feast on animal blood. When they do so, humans can get Trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, which starts as exhaustion and fever, and can lead to death if left untreated. In animals, the tsetse’s bite can develop into paralysis. Tsetse flies are limited to sub saharan …

Addis Ababa

Google's Moonshot Projects Are Turning into a Massive Pain

The powers at Google parent company Alphabet must be wondering where their big go-for-broke moonshot strategy went wrong. There have been multiple …

Moon

Neil deGrasse Tyson to Elon Musk: SpaceX Is Delusional About Mars

SpaceX wants to occupy Mars. Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks that's crazy. Image source: SpaceX.<p>In less than 10 years from now, SpaceX may or may not beat NASA in the race to Mars. Astrophysicist, Hayden Planetarium director, and host of the National Geographic Channel's <i>StarTalk</i> Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson …

Amazon’s conference on robotics and artificial intelligence shrouded in mystery

This week, Amazon hosted an exclusive conference that brought together big names from fields such as space exploration, robotics, and artificial …

Robotics

Netflix has revealed an elite category of binge-watcher, and they honestly sound a bit terrifying

In a video describing how Netflix views binge-watching, Yellin said there was a percentage of Netflix users who will finish a Netflix series in the <i>exact</i> amount of time it has been up.<p>"There is a tiny minority of people who will just binge through the whole thing in the exact amount of time, from …

Televisions

The world's first solar airport no longer pays for electricity

Fed up with their hefty electricity bill, managers at Cochin International Airport in southern India took matters into their own hands.<p>Three years ago, they began adding solar panels -- first on the roof of the arrivals terminal, then on and around an aircraft hangar. The success of those initial …

Solar Power

Google launches new machine learning platform

Google today announced a new machine learning platform for developers at its NEXT Google Cloud Platform user conference in San Francisco. As Google chairman Eric Schmidt stressed during today’s keynote, Google believes machine learning is “what’s next.” With this new platform, Google will make it …

Machine Learning

Amazon organized a secret robot, AI and space conference

Amazon brought a number of AI, robotics and space exploration experts together for a secret conference this week, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>. It was called MARS, or Machine-Learning (Home) Automation, Robotics and Space Exploration conference. Apparently, Jeff Bezos himself attended this very exclusive, …

One stat shows how artificial intelligence is exploding into the world

Google made headlines with it huge victory in the ancient game of Go a few weeks ago. And AI is entering into the marketplace at a historic rate, changing industries as complex as Wall Street in the process.<p>If you get the feeling that we're at the start of a tidal wave, you might be right — take it …

Artificial Intelligence

Intel Extreme Masters Shatters eSports Records

Intel just capped off its tenth year in eSports with its biggest event ever. The Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) World Championship in Katowice, Poland …

ESL

Boeing’s new submarine drone can traverse 7,500 miles in a single charge

While Boeing continues to work closely with NASA on technology fit for space travel, a recent press release shows the Chicago-based manufacturer also …

Sea of Thieves

Gravity map reveals how water once flowed on Mars

One of the most accurate maps ever made of Mars might look a bit deceiving at first, given that it is mostly a putrid shade of luminous green. But in …

Maps

HIV Genes Successfully Edited Out of Immune Cells

Researchers from Temple University have used the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool to clear out the entire HIV-1 genome from a patient’s infected immune …

Inside the Starburst-sized box that could save the Internet

Michael Pozmantier Contributor<p>Michael Pozmantier is the program manager of Transition to Practice at the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate.<p>Cybercrime is costing us millions. Hacks drain the average American firm of $15.4 million per year, and, in the resulting …

Quantum Computing

Black hole smashup generated yottawatts of power

Yottawatt \YOT-ah-wat\ n.: <br>1 million billion billion watts<p>That’s a lotta watts. And a lot more — 3.6 x 1049 watts, or 36 septillion yottawatts — …

Black Holes

IBM Watson is creepily good at guessing what's in photos

IBM announced that its Watson AI is getting image recognition capabilities earlier in the year, but this site that lets you feed in your own photos to see what it thinks is in them is both impressive and scary.<p>The visual recognition demo lets you give Watson an image URL or upload a photo and it’ll …

Uber is now making one-way trips across the US-Mexico border

Spraaaaaang breaaaak<p>Just in time for spring break, Uber announced today that it would start taking passengers across the US-Mexico border for the very first time, from San Diego to Tijuana. But getting back will be trickier, thanks to the regulations that govern ride-hail companies like …

Immigration

Microsoft’s using Minecraft to boost artificial intelligence research with Project AIX

Microsoft has quietly unveiled a new platform that harnesses the power of Minecraft to expedite artificial intelligence (AI) development.<p>The project is under the leadership of Katja Hofmann, a researcher at Microsoft’s Machine Learning and Perception Group in the company’s Cambridge-based U.K. lab. …

The mysterious boundary

A black hole’s event horizon is a one-way bridge to nowhere, a gateway to a netherworld cut off from the rest of the cosmos.<p>Understanding what …

Black Holes