Zachary Hilmer

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This Is One of the Coolest Shots of the Mars Curiosity Rover We've Ever Seen

See that faint, blue dot in the middle of this NASA image? That’s the Curiosity rover making its way up the rocky slopes of Mount Sharp. The robotic …

Mystery military spacecraft lands after two years in orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — U.S. military officials say an unmanned spacecraft orbiting Earth since May 2015 has landed in Florida.<p>The Air Force posted …

Brazil police storm Congress over proposal to raise retirement age

Pension changes spark violence in Brasilia as police union members clash with congressional security forces<p>Congressional police in riot gear used tear gas to drive back hundreds of members of federal police unions who tried to invade the Brazilian Congress on Tuesday to protest against a pension …

Blue Origin releases details of its monster orbital rocket

The privately developed rocket will also be capable of 100 reuses, Jeff Bezos says.<p>After months of speculation, Blue Origin finally released more …

Space Travel

Blue Origin releases animation of its future orbital rocket, and it looks really familiar

I guess there are only so many ways to land a rocket in the ocean?<p>This morning, Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos revealed some new details about his company’s future orbital rocket, the New Glenn — touting the vehicle’s reusability and how much it will be able to carry into space. He also showed off a …

Space Exploration

US military officials: Trump-ordered raid in Yemen that killed US Navy SEAL was approved 'without sufficient intelligence'

US Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens died in the raid on a branch of Al Qaeda, also known as AQAP, in al Bayda province, which the Pentagon said also killed 14 militants. Medics at the scene, however, said about 30 people, including 10 women and children, were killed.<p>US Central Command said in a …

National Security

Chemical weapons found in Mosul in Isis lab, say Iraqi forces

Special forces say mustard agent and Russian surface-to-air missiles found in site set up in Nineveh ruins<p>Iraqi forces have said they have discovered a mustard chemical warfare agent in eastern Mosul alongside a cache of Russian surface-to-surface missiles.<p>Iraqi and US officials have repeatedly …

US Defense chief to visit Japan, South Korea

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Secretary of Defense James Mattis will make his first official trip abroad next week, traveling to Japan and South Korea -- visits that could help shore up allies and send a message to China.<p>The four-day trip beginning next Wednesday will "underscore the commitment of the United …

Protesters hoist 'RESIST' banner from crane near White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The morning after President Donald Trump issued orders to delay environmental rules and restart pipeline projects, seven Greenpeace …

China says it will finish 'super supercomputer' prototype this year

When exascale computers become a reality, they will be able to complete a quintillion calculations per second and tackle incredibly complex …

Study suggests Earth once had many moonlets — until they merged to form the moon

The moon is the most obvious and familiar object in Earth's night sky — constant, consistent, predictable in its monthly cycles and its daily rising and setting. Astronomers understand the moon's movements so thoroughly that even a break from the routine, like an eclipse, can be anticipated 1,000 …

Astronomy

UVify's racing drone can reach speeds of 100 mph

The UVify Draco is a modular racing drone that can fly at lightning-fast speeds.<p>UVify is showing off its new racing drone this week at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. The Draco modular drone is easy to repair, lightweight and lightning-fast. UVify claims it can reach a top speed of 100 miles per …

Assad says the Syrian government is ready to negotiate on 'everything' — including his own position

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Syrian truce brokered by Russia and Turkey was under growing strain on Monday as rebels vowed to respond to government violations and President Bashar al-Assad said the army would retake an important rebel-held area near Damascus.<p>Assad, in comments to French media, also said …

Middle East

Obama: 'I take some responsibility' for massive Democratic losses during my presidency

During an interview with the president on ABC's "This Week," host George Stephanopoulos pointed out that Democrats lost over 1,000 seats total in state and federal politics over the course of Obama's time in office.<p>"I take some responsibility on that," Obama said.<p>The president argued that many …

Democratic Party

SpaceX delays its comeback launch to January 14th

SpaceX's much-vaunted return to flight just hit a snag. Iridium has revealed that the Falcon 9 rocket launch has been pushed pack several days to January 14th, at 12:54PM Eastern. Why the long postponement when most delays tend to be a day or two at most? Simply put, the weather at Vandenberg Air …

Quantum Leap: Researchers Send Information Using a Single Particle of Light

This could pave the way for quantum computer circuits where electron qubits exchange information via photons.<p>According to research published Thursday in <i>Science</i>, physicists at Princeton University have designed a device that allows a single electron to pass its quantum information to a photon in …

These heroes tried to cook a pie by sending it to 'space'

Human beings have sent all sort of things into space, from Luke Skywalker's lightsaber to Lego mini-figures of Galileo and the Roman deities Jupiter …

Japan's Emperor Akihito should be allowed to retire, says expert panel

Government committee says it will support abdication of 82-year-old monarch amid concerns for his health<p>Japan’s emperor Akihito should be allowed to abdicate, according to a government panel, in what would be an unprecedented move that reflects the 82-year-old monarch’s fears for his health and …

How to make a spaceship and get 'off planet' with renegades and college-dropouts

If you think private spaceflight is becoming a reality in the digital age, this is a story for you. It started when most of us were totally analog, …

Inside NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Photos)

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Buildings<p>Credit: Nola Taylor Redd<p>Originally a place where students could work with rockets, JPL has now grown to a …

NASA starts testing more fuel efficient jet engine tech

A group of engineers have developed a new jet engine tech that can improve planes' fuel efficiency by four to eight percent, and NASA has begun testing it out. They created a new type of engine propulsor -- composed of the fan and a part called the inlet, which directs air into the engine -- …

Researchers may have uncovered an algorithm that explains intelligence

What if a simple algorithm were all it took to program tomorrow’s artificial intelligence to think like humans?<p>According to a paper published in the journal Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, it may be that easy — or difficult. Are you a glass-half-full or half-empty kind of person?<p>Researchers …

Artificial Intelligence

Japan plans supercomputer to leap into technology future

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to build the world’s fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country’s manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop and improve driverless cars, robotics and medical diagnostics.<p>Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures during a …

Remarkable theory says there's no gravity, no dark matter, and Einstein was wrong

Gravity is something all of us are familiar with from our first childhood experiences. You drop something - it falls. And the way physicists have …

Dark Matter

Someone Has Beaten 'Pokémon Sun And Moon' Using Just A Magikarp

It seems that a resourceful Japanese gamer has managed to beat <i>Pokémon Sun and Moon</i> by using only a Magikarp.<p>A gamer on Twitter, posted a series of images showing that their Magikarp had made it to the hall of fame in the game saying, “I made it to the hall of fame in <i>Pokémon Sun and Moon</i> just using …