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This Tiny Satellite Could Be Your Own Personal Spacecraft From Just $1,000

We want one!<p>How much do you think a typical spacecraft costs? Millions, or even billions, of dollars? If you're talking about the kinds of vehicles …

Microsoft Chat Bot Goes On Racist, Genocidal Twitter Rampage

Seriously? Seriously.<p>Here's a clear example of artificial intelligence gone wrong.<p>Microsoft launched a smart chat bot Wednesday called "Tay." It looks like a photograph of a teenage girl rendered on a broken computer monitor, and it can communicate with people via Twitter, Kik and GroupMe. It's …

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Astronomers discovered four new giant exoplanets that could help solve a deep cosmic mystery

An international team of astronomers set out to answer one of these unknowns:<p><b>What are the more favorable characteristics that stars need to have for the formation of giant planets?</b><p>In doing so, they have discovered four new exoplanets orbiting four different stars more massive than the Sun.<p>The team …

Universe

Mathematicians Have Discovered a Strange Pattern Hiding in Prime Numbers

They're not as random as we thought.<p>Mathematicians are pretty obsessed with prime numbers - those elusive integers that can only be divided by one …

Astronomers Discover The Biggest Object in The Universe So Far - The BOSS Great Wall

It's 1 billion light-years long.<p>As if staring up at the night sky didn’t make us feel small already, astronomers have recently announced the …

Apple says: closing iPhone apps does not stop battery drain

This week Apple made clear that closing apps in the background of your iPhone will not make your battery life better. Surprise! This is very likely …

The deep-rooted racism of science

Color—its chemical basis, how our minds perceive it, how one color transforms into another—has fascinated scientists and scholars for millennia. In 1664, British natural philosopher Robert Boyle tried to make sense of it with his book <i>Experiments and Considerations Touching Colours.</i> In “Experiment …

Royal Society

Warp Drive

This pun was simply waiting to come to life, and one defense contractor made it so.<p>Driving down Route 28 in Dulles, Virginia, those with their …

GOP Senator: Even If Trump Meant It On The KKK, He's Still A Better Choice Than A Democrat

Yes, he actually said that.<p>WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) argued Tuesday that even if Donald Trump's controversial remarks about the KKK and David Duke were intentional, rather than a gaffe induced by a faulty earpiece, he's still a better choice for president than former Secretary of …

Donald Trump

WATCH: Can You Propel a Spacecraft With Nothing But Light?

Zero mass ≠ zero momentum.<p>On its own, a single light particle (or photon) isn't exactly the miracle propellent we've been searching for - a single …

Photons

WATCH: Brian Greene Tells The Late Show Everything You Need to Know About Gravitational Waves

This is the best.<p>You all must be well aware by now that scientists detected gravitational waves for the first time ever a few weeks ago. You probably …

16 Massive Scientific Facilities at the Cutting Edge of Research

To detect some of the biggest mysteries, you need some of most colossal facilities on Earth.<p>To do big research, sometimes you need some massive machines. Here are 16 facilities that have done out-there work in the last decade, whether hunting for mysterious particles, looking for distant stellar …

Being Wrong About Fundamental Physics Is Pretty Exciting Too

New antineutrino results from China don't yet have an explanation, which is maybe a good thing.<p><i>Correction: An earlier version of this article identified the Daya Bay research as originating in Japan, while the researchers and institutions involved are from China. The post has since been updated.</i> …

Hitler 'had tiny deformed penis' as well as just one testicle, historians claim

Hitler suffered from a condition called hypospadias which left him with an abnormally small manhood, according to historians Jonathan Mayo and Emma Craigie<p>It has long been suspected that Hitler's conquest of Europe was an attempt to compensate for a lack of potency elsewhere.<p>But the notorious …

Why Neutrino Detectors Look So Damn Cool

Brilliant arrays of golden photomultiplier tubes amount to astrophysical ghost detectors.<p>Neutrino detectors don't even look real—or they at least don't look like utilitarian instruments for doing fundamental physics research. They look like elegant sci-fi art installations that one might expect to …

7 Times Mathematics Became Art And Blew Our Minds

So pretty.<p>While maths might seem like a purely formulaic pursuit, the patterns and ratios it produces can help create some of history's most striking …

26 years ago, Carl Sagan gave us an incredible perspective on our planet

As NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft was about to leave our Solar System in 1989, Sagan, who was a member of the mission's imaging team, pleaded with officials to turn the camera around to take one last look back at Earth before the spaceship left our solar system.<p>The resulting image, with the Earth as a …

Space

Race is on for next breakthrough as physicists target dark matter

Scientists from South Dakota to Australia seek material believed to make up quarter of universe as researchers in China investigate another mystery particle<p>What could be bigger than gravitational waves? Predicted by Einstein, confirmed to exist this week, they are born of black holes colliding and …

Dark Matter

One of World's Longest-Running Experiments Is Buried in a Secret Location in Michigan

The coolest experiment you've never heard of.<p>In 1879, a botanist called William Beal buried 20 glass bottles in a secret spot on the grounds of …

Max Planck, originator of quantum theory, tormented by war and personal loss

Planck<i><br>Brandon R. Brown</i><i><br>Oxford Univ., $29.95</i><p>Scientists are products of their times and their culture. Some see beyond those constraints. Some are …

The strangest objects we’ve left on the Moon

The Moon is covered in everything from human waste to gold. Watch the video above to see the oddest items.<p>Humankind has spent a total of 300 hours on the lunar surface, courtesy of the six Apollo missions which landed on the Moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin visited for a fleeting 21 hours and …

Apollo Missions

You’ll never find another iPhone calendar app this beautiful and original

On iOS, or any other platform for that matter, there is no shortage of calendar apps. It seems like they’re a dime a dozen, in fact. While the …

Hecklers Tried To Perform An Exorcism On Ted Cruz In New Hampshire

"We just had to get rid of the evil spirit."<p>Two hecklers tried to perform an exorcism on Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during a campaign stop in Raymond, New Hampshire, on Monday.<p>"Ted Cruz, look in the mirror and let the evil spirit leave, leave your power-hungry demonic soul," one of the hecklers called out …

Government

Bernie Sanders confronts the 'electability' question

<b>Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (CNN) —</b> Now 61 and retired, Jan Marcotte feels thrown back to her days as a high school political volunteer when she hears Bernie Sanders speak.<p>"I feel like if I close my eyes, I'd be back working for George McGovern," she said after a Sanders rally last week.<p>That Sanders …

Ghostly ships filled with bodies arrive on Japan's shores

<b>(CNN) —</b> An unsettling mystery has washed up on Japan's shores.<p>Over the past two months, at least 12 wooden boats have been found adrift or on the coast, carrying chilling cargo -- the decaying bodies of 22 people, police and Japan's coast guard said.<p>All the bodies were "partially skeletonized" -- …

North Korea

Sanders cites American icons in defense of 'democratic socialism'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Bernie Sanders tied himself to Democratic hero Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday in a long-awaited speech in which he argued that "democratic socialism" is no different than many things already woven in the fabric of the nation.<p>Sanders spent more than an …

Climate Scientists Grade the Candidates, and Ted Cruz Flunks

President Obama is in Paris this week, hunkered down with world leaders in hopes of hammering out a deal to curb carbon emissions worldwide. The …

The countries that don’t exist

There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.<p>When I first see Nick Middleton, he is surrounded by globes and atlases showing the most exotic places on the …

United Nations

A group of middle-aged whites in the U.S. is dying at a startling rate

By Lenny Bernstein<p>, Health reporter<p>Joel Achenbach<p>, Reporter<p>A large segment of white middle-aged Americans has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, according to a review of statistics published Monday that shows a sharp reversal in decades of progress toward longer lives.<p>The …

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