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Look Up! There’s an Invisible Zombie Highway Right Above You

Step outside on a clear day this summer and look up.<p>What do you see? Blue. Nothing more. Or so you think.<p>But surprise! In July and August, an enormous herd of animals is passing directly over our heads. There are so many creatures up there, creatures that are so busy, so athletic, so tiny, so …

Airbus Patented A Hypersonic Rocket-Powered Jetliner

For space marines and everyday intercontinental commuters<p>Crossing the Atlantic used to take months, but a new patent for Airbus for a hypersonic jet airliner wants to reduce that time to under five hours. Granted in the middle of last month, the patent --“Ultra Rapid Air Vehicle and Related Method …

Software To Predict Exactly What Happens When You Edit A Gene

Sifting through the tangled genetic web of precision medicine<p>Genetics researchers are really excited about CRISPR/Cas9, an enzyme that has made it easier than ever for scientists to target a particular strand of DNA, snip part of it out, and replace it. And though its use in humans is still in its …

Insect-Like Robot Can Jump On Water

Jump! Go ahead an' jump<p>Since Biblical times, people have been fascinated with the idea of walking on water. Now researchers have built a robot that can jump on it.<p>In a study published today in <i>Science</i>, researchers from Seoul National University and Harvard University built an insect-sized robot that …

Friendly Hitchhiking Robot Is Vandalized, Destroyed In America

This is why we can't have nice things<p>Friends, robots, countrymen, lend me your ears. I come to bury HitchBOT.<p>HitchBOT, the sweet, vulnerable, hitchhiking robot that was trying to make it from Massachusetts to San Fransisco met an early end to his cross-country journey. It was rudely awakened from …

Robotics

Where Does The Glass For The New Supertall Skyscrapers Come From?

Hint: it involves nanotechnology<p>We don’t think much about glass; by its nature, it’s meant to be seen through, not seen. And yet the high-tech, high-strength glazing that covers today’s supertall buildings – skyscrapers over 1,200 feet, like One World Trade Center and the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai – …

Shipwrecked In A Round-The-World Race

The art of emergency engineering at sea<p>Shipwrecked In A Round-The-World Race<p>The fine art of emergency engineering at sea<p>How To Recover From a Shipwreck<p>Engineering at sea<p>by Lois Parshley<p>Two hundred and sixty-eight miles off the coast of Mauritius, the ocean is warm, tinted a blue that can make it …

Robotic Whiskers Could Help Robots Navigate Through Dark and Murky Environments

Here, robot, robot<p>Many mammals such as cats, rats, and seals use their whiskers as a major sensory system to detect objects in dark environments or even to identify changes in currents in murky waters. In a study published today in <i>Bioinspiration and Biomimetics</i>, researchers took inspiration from …

The Tesla Model S Was Hacked, And Already Fixed

Over-the-air updates keep it adaptable<p>Two security researchers have found six ways to hack a Tesla Model S, according to Wired. But by today, those six techniques will not work.<p>The two “white hat” hackers, Kevin Mahaffey co-founder of security firm Lookout and Marc Rogers, CloudFlare’s principal …

Thanks To This Device, Stealing Your Car Has Never Been Easier

Cyber security in the fast lane<p>Samy Kamkar is a car buff. The cyber security expert enjoys tinkering, particularly in the intersection of automation and the Internet of Things. "I love the new technology that car companies are introducing," he says, "but I worry whether the manufacturers are …

New Japanese Glasses Block Facial Recognition

Like glasses people might actually wear — for $249<p>Computers are really, really good at recognizing faces. Refined through work on millions of uploaded and tagged faces at sites like Facebook and elsewhere, algorithms that identify faces can place people in locations based just on a photograph. …

Prehensile Robot Snake Will Sniff Out And Charge Your Tesla Car

Pleasingly creepy<p>Earlier this year, supervillainous Elon Musk warned us that the next model of Tesla electric car charger would come in the form of a blind, probing serpent with an electric proboscis. Now a prototype of the snake charger has been revealed via video, and it's all we dreamed of.<p>With …

MIT Makes A Robot With Human Reflexes

Thanks to a remote-control human pilot<p>The world as made by humans is designed for bipedal bodies, ones capable of navigating the world while maintaining balance on two precarious legs and manipulating objects using a pair of arms. Sometimes, human-made spaces become hostile, but still need a human …

WATCH: 'UFO' seen at space station leads to conspiracist claims 'ISS monitored by aliens'

Alien chasers believe the number of sightings means astronauts on board the ISS "are probably being monitored by extra terrestrials" almost daily.<p>The …

The Body Electric

Scientists want to develop electronic skin that could imbue prosthetics with the sense of touch.<p>Chao Wang didn’t always work on artificial skin. When he came to Stanford to work in the electronics lab, his background was in chemistry, specifically in making polymers. One day, he burned his hand in …

University of California

Lexus Unveils Its Working Hoverboard

At the only skatepark where it works<p>Lexus just unveiled what is by all appearances a working hoverboard. This concept was teased about way back in June. Every story about it comes with an obligatory reference to <i>Back To The Future Part II</i>, that 1989 film set in the distant and far-off future of …

These Bizarre Fungi Resemble Corpse Fingers, UFOs, Tongues

Many fungi, including mushrooms, are so diverse they can look like other living things—including us.<p>Who'd have thought the alien invasion would be so stinkin' cute?<p>A new species of mushroom, <i>Geastrum britannicum</i>, native to the United Kingdom, was announced in the journal <i>Persoonia</i> earlier this year. …

Helpful Tips For Nuking An Asteroid

Preparing for a worst-case scenario, scientists are stepping up research into the nuclear option.<p>“Did you see the movie <i>Deep Impact</i>?”<p>Yes, I did, I tell David Morrison, the chief scientist for the Planetary Defense Team at NASA's Ames Research Center. That’s the 1998 film where astronauts pilot a …

Joe’s Jeans Have a Hidden Battery for your Smartphone

We all wears jeans sometimes and if you are the sort who likes to carry your smartphone in the back pocket of your jeans, that isn’t always the …

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Watch: Clumps of Particles Mimic How Planets Form

For the first time physicists have observed how highly charged dust-sized particles attract and capture others to build up clusters particle by …

Dark side of the moon captured by Nasa satellite a million miles from Earth

The US space agency has released a picture taken from its Deep Space Climate Observatory showing the moon as it moves in front of the sunlit side of Earth<p>In an unusual treat for astronomers, and perhaps Pink Floyd fans, what is often known as the dark side of the moon has been captured, fully …

Space

Watson Can Help You Treat Your Diabetes

Through a new partnership with CVS<p>People with diabetes may need emergency care if their sugar levels dip too high or too low; those with heart disease must be rushed to the hospital should they have a cardiac event. Now CVS Pharmacy and IBM’s cognitive computing system Watson have teamed up to …

Searching for signs of alien life in north west Australia

Remnants of Earth's earliest life forms in north west Australia are guiding astronomers in their search for life on other planets.<p>Stromatolites, …

Western Australia

Long-haul air passengers at risk from cosmic rays, government fears

Public Health England is currently looking into whether solar storms could produce dangerous radiation and is due to report findings in the autumn<p>Long-haul air passengers could be at risk from dangerous cosmic rays coming from the Sun, the government fears.<p>The Cabinet Office is so concerned about …

Public Health

Climbing On Mount Denali