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A New System Lets Self-Driving Cars “Learn” Streets On The Fly

SegNet is a new system created by the University of Cambridge that can “read” a road and assess various features including street signs, road markers, people, and even sky. The system looks at an RGB image of a road and then classifies different layers using a Bayesian analysis of the scene.<p>From …

A 19-year-old created a free robot lawyer that has beaten 160,000 parking tickets

The very first robot lawyer that was designed to challenge parking tickets has been wildly successful since it was launched last Fall.<p>British programmer Joshua Browder, 19, launched the beta version of the bot in London in September. In that month alone, 3,000 people used the service to appeal …

Marines Are Testing Adorable Robot Guard Balls

The few, the proud, the spherical<p>From the sea it emerges, a rolling orb-like object. One large black tire body with two side domes peeking out, GuardBot looks like a two-sided eyeball, straight out of an alien invasion movie. While the Marine Corps tests it as a possible amphibious scout, …

Autonomous, unmanned swarmboats secure harbor approaches for US Navy

The US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently showed off the progress it's making in the area of robotic warfare with a demonstration of how …

Strange Blue Clouds Have Appeared In Antarctica, Way Sooner Than Expected

That wasn't meant to happen.<p>Bright electric blue clouds have been spotted lurking in the skies over Antarctica, for the last couple of weeks.<p>A NASA …

If You're Looking For Alien Life, How Will You Know If You've Found it?

When a robotic probe finally lands on a watery world like Jupiter's moon Europa, what do scientists have to see to definitively say whether the place has any life?<p>That's the question retired astronaut John Grunsfeld posed to some colleagues at NASA when he was in charge of the agency's science …

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The Deadliest Volcano in the United States Just Got Really Weird

Picture a volcanic eruption: fiery lava and smoke billowing skyward as a towering mountain empties its over-pressurized belly of a hot meal. At …

Outer Space Is Mountainous Terrain

Humans need to learn how to scale it before they colonize space.<p>It’s hard to conceptualize space. Movies have made it seem flat and empty, sort of a</i> …

We’re About to See a Record-Breaking Supermoon - The Biggest in Nearly 70 Years

The closest full moon in the 21st century.<p>If you only see one astronomical event this year, make it the November supermoon, when the Moon will be the …

China's new J-20 stealth fighter screams on to scene

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two of China's brand new, top-of-the-line stealth fighter jets streaked and screamed across an air exhibition on Tuesday as Beijing showed its newest military hardware to the public for the first time.<p>The J-20 fighter is called Beijing's answer to the US F-22 stealth fighter and the F-35 …

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Heat maps are helping researchers understand your dog's feelings

Think about it — physiological changes are part of the emotional response. When you are frightened, blood rushes <i>away</i> from your extremities to get your muscles ready to go, which means your extremities get cooler as your core gets warmer. Infrared thermography, which captures changes to body surface …

New theory explains how the moon got there

In 2012, Ćuk and Stewart proposed that some of the angular momentum of the Earth-Moon system could have been transferred to the Earth-Sun system. …

10 Baffling Unsolved Mysteries You May Not Have Heard About

The mysterious death of a journalist who was investigating a government conspiracy. Two people with the same name who were murdered just days apart …

NASA discovers Mercury is a tectonically active planet

If you’d asked an astronomer to list all the tectonically active planets in the solar system in recent years, that list would include one planet: …

To Bee Or Not To Bee – Why Some Insects Pretend To Be Dangerous

In the summer of 2011, panic gripped a small community in Gatineau, Quebec. Hundreds of small, striped insects were buzzing around a children’s …

Queensland 'asteroid' sparks concerns over near earth asteroid monitoring

"There's not enough research done around the world and not enough observatories or observing time to do it," he said.<p>Mr Bennedick argued there needed …

List Of Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries Of The World That Still Need Answers

If you are a lover of puzzles and love to read the famous and unsolved mysteries, then you have come to the right place. Our world is full of …

'Jurassic Park' comes to life in realistic dinosaur experience

Lovers of dinosaurs and admirers of all things <i>Jurassic Park</i> will be in for a treat when a <i>Jurassic World</i> themed exhibit makes its first North American stop at Philadelphia’s The Franklin Institute, starting this November.<p>The interactive exhibit, entitled simply “Jurassic World: The Exhibition!” is …

The Thatcher illusion: Are faces special?

Mind gamers: why was a picture of Margaret Thatcher so important for understanding the human visual system?<p>What’s wrong with the picture above? Obviously, the two faces are upside down, but does something seem a little odd about one of them? When you show this to most people, they can tell there’s …

Spiders' shining threads turn lifeless gardens silver

<b>Blackwater, Norfolk</b> Garden cross spiders must be among September’s most beautiful stars<p>At present it’s almost impossible to walk the rides around my patch and not snap spiders’ silk. It is everywhere. I notice, as I drive over, that there are even webs on both wing mirrors but, with the sun at the …

World's oldest fish hooks: What they tell us about Paleolithic Japan

The fish hooks were found in Sakitari Cave on Okinawa Island, dating back 23,000 years. The age indicates that maritime technology was more …