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DARPA pushes for AI that can explain its decisions

Companies like to flaunt their use of artificial intelligence to the point where it's virtually meaningless, but the truth is that AI as we know it is still quite dumb. While it can generate useful results, it can't explain <i>why</i> it produced those results in meaningful terms, or adapt to ever-evolving …

Artificial Intelligence

Finally, a Problem Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve

Early on in the study of quantum computers, computer scientists posed a question whose answer, they knew, would reveal something deep about the power …

Mathematics

MIT just discovered a way to mass-produce graphene in long rolls

Scientists used to make graphene-based membranes in small batches in a laboratory. But a new breakthrough at MIT enables researchers to spool out …

Engineering

Google's Talk to Books lets you browse books with the help of AI

Google launched a new experience today that it's calling Talk to Books. It's pretty much what it sounds like: the demo asks for input in the form of …

This Awesome Periodic Table Tells You How to Actually Use All Those Elements

Americium could save your life.<p>Thanks to high school, we've all got a pretty good idea about what's on the periodic table.<p>But whether you're looking …

Olympic biathletes learn to shoot between heartbeats

To hit a 1.6-inch target after an all-out cardiovascular sprint, take a deep breath.<p>Back in 1767, Norwegian border patrol troops had far too much time on their hands. So they decided to put their two best skills —firing a gun and cross country skiing—to good use. The bored border patrollers created …

5 space myths you need to stop believing right now

There is still a lot to learn about the universe, but what if we told you some of the popular facts we swear by about space are simply not true?<p>Matt …

China's future satellite navigation will be millimeter-accurate

The Beidou 3 will guide military munitions and drones.<p>China's military is updating its satellite navigation system, launching tech that'll offer super accurate guidance for munitions and drones.<p>On Sept. 29, China launched two Beidou 3 satellites from a Long March 3C rocket from the Xichang …

Military

First modern Britons had 'dark to black' skin, Cheddar Man DNA analysis reveals

The first modern Britons, who lived about 10,000 years ago, had “dark to black” skin, a groundbreaking DNA analysis of Britain’s oldest complete skeleton has revealed.<p>The fossil, known as Cheddar Man, was unearthed more than a century ago in Gough’s Cave in Somerset. Intense speculation has built …

We Can Now Harvest Electricity From Earth's Heat Using Quantum Tunnelling

Wow.<p>Researchers have come up with a way we could harvest energy from Earth by turning excess infrared radiation and waste heat into electricity we …

Windows 10's new app: Microsoft's Ink to Code turns sketches into working code

Microsoft offers Windows and Android developers a new Garage Project app to prototype software faster.<p>Microsoft's latest app from the Garage Project …

Uterus transplant recipient gives birth for the first time in the US

A woman who received a uterus transplant has given birth to a baby -- a first in the US, <i>Time</i> reports. She is part of an ongoing uterine transplant clinical trial taking place at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and she, like the other women in the trial, has a nonfunctioning or …

Harvard scientists made a material that creates completely new states of light

by Science Alert November 20, 2017 Hard Science 17402<p>Michelle Starr<p>Light is ubiquitous and vital, but also incredibly strange – and it’s possible …

Researchers just built the world's most precise clock

Two years ago, physicist Jun Ye and his colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology built an atomic clock so precise it doesn't …

Physics

Michelin wants to reinvent the wheel for the driverless age

Airless, indestructible, and 3D-printed from orange zest (among other biomaterials)<p>They’re completely airless, last virtually forever, and could be the perfect tire for our autonomous future. Michelin, the 128-year-old tire manufacturer based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, recently unveiled a …

11 Scientific Advances Of The Past 100 Years Gave Us Our Entire Universe

Exactly 100 years ago, our conception of the Universe was far different from what it is today. The stars within the Milky Way were known, and were known to be at distances up to thousands of light years away, but nothing was thought to be further. The Universe was assumed to be static, as the …

Universe

Volvo Becomes the First Premium Car Maker to Go All Electric

Committed to Electrification<p>Electric vehicles are quickly becoming the future of automobiles, thanks to efforts by both veteran car manufacturers and …

How to turn a spinach leaf into a human heart

Step one: detergent<p>Spinach could be good for your heart in more ways than one. It’s packed with fiber, vitamin A, and the branching vasculature necessary for cells to absorb nutrients.<p>Which is why bioengineers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute decided to try growing human heart cells on the …

Doctors Are Now Fighting Depression by Targeting the Brain's Wiring, Not Its Chemical Balance

The Damage of Depression<p>Depression is becoming an epidemic that is damaging individuals, society, and the economy. Its has become the leading source …

IBM's Newest Program Uses AI to Solve the Biggest Problems Facing Humanity Today

Data-Driven Solutions<p>On June 6, IBM launched Science for Social Good, a new program designed to take on some of the world’s weightiest problems using …

Scientists 3D printed ovaries that produced healthy baby mice

Scientists at Northwestern University developed a method to 3D print a gelatin scaffold that houses immature eggs — functioning like an ovary. Mice …

Here's a tiny slice of the largest-ever 3D map of the cosmos

Each of these dots marks a galaxy<p>Each of the nearly 50,000 dots on this map swatch represents a galaxy. That sounds like a lot, but it’s only about 3 percent of the 1.2 million galaxies that the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) recently mapped. BOSS is helping astronomers figure out …

Universe

No doctor required: 23andMe cleared by FDA for at-home DNA tests

A new era for direct-to-consumer DNA testing services<p>The genetic testing company 23andMe can now tell its customers if they have genes linked to 10 diseases or medical conditions, including late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and celiac disease — without a doctor’s involvement. The …

Scientists rewrote the DNA of an entire species

Biologists designed a new type of yeast from scratch. Now, they want to bring it to life.<p>In just a few years, scientists will unveil a creature whose every letter of DNA was written by a human being. It will be a yeast cell with a fully designer genome, and biological capabilities seen nowhere else …

Scientists Are About to Switch on a Telescope That Could Photograph a Black Hole's Event Horizon

We're about to peer into the abyss.<p>Black holes are among the most fascinating objects in the known Universe. But despite the fact that they're …

Astronomers just released the largest-ever digital survey of the visible Universe

Scientists have made the largest ever survey of the night sky publicly available, sharing an epic data set of astronomical objects that took four years to put together.<p>The Pan-STARRS project represents about half a million composite snapshots of the night sky as seen from Hawaii, and now …

Universe

Electrical Currents Could Heal Cavities, Replace Drilling

I think we'd all be in favor of getting rid of dental drills.<p>The dentist's drill has long been a source of anxiety for sugar-snacking youths. But a new technique has the potential to treat cavities without drilling, by using a painless electrical current to heal holey choppers.<p>Researchers at King's …

Dental Care

Artificial Intelligence Reads Mammograms With 99% Accuracy

UNNECESSARY BIOPSIES<p>A team from the Houston Methodist Research Institute says they have developed artificial intelligence software capable of …

These 5 Crazy Thought Experiments Show How Einstein Formed His Revolutionary Hypotheses

They're not easy.<p>Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, forever changed the landscape of science by introducing …

High-tech scalpel makes brain surgery less risky

The "smart scalpel" developed by a researcher named David Oliva Uribe in Brussels, Belgium doesn't look or even work like a conventional scalpel. It has no edge, has a sensor-rich sphere at the tip, and instead of having the capability to cut people open, it can differentiate between cancerous …