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The interstellar space rock that mystified astronomers is actually a comet

The space rock is speeding out of our Solar System like a comet<p>A mysterious space rock, first spotted in 2017, bewildered astronomers — was it an icy comet, a rocky asteroid, or something <i>entirely new?</i> As the object, called ‘Oumuamua, hurtles away from us, the mystery may be solved: it’s …

Astronomy

Mars Opportunity And Spirit Rovers Could Have Lived Practically Forever With One Tiny Change

In 2004, NASA launched two exploration vehicles to the red planet: the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. These two Mars Exploration Rovers were originally designed for 90-day missions to image, explore, and investigate the Martian surface. Yet these twin solar-powered rovers far exceeded their design …

New type of photosynthesis discovered

The discovery changes our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks.<p>It will also tailor the way we hunt …

Chemistry

How we can turn the cold of outer space into a renewable resource

What if we could use the cold darkness of outer space to cool buildings on earth? In this mind-blowing talk, physicist Aaswath Raman details the …

Kids Whose Parents Limit Screen Time Do Worse in College, New Study Shows

You think strict tech rules are helping your kids do better in school but you may be wrong.<p>Pediatricians tell parents young kids shouldn't have more than an hour a day of screen time. Meanwhile tech titans like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were even stricter with their own kids' tech use. Both sets of …

Laissez-Faire

12 Science-Backed Ways to Make Yourself Smarter

From chewing gum to having more sex, here are some things you can do to boost your brain power.<p>6 min read<p>There are a variety of things a person can do, at any age, to make themselves smarter. And they're easier than you think.<p>One simple way to make yourself smarter is to believe that it's possible …

The Brain

AI detects movement through walls using wireless signals

You don't need exotic radar, infrared or elaborate mesh networks to spot people through walls -- all you need are some easily detectable wireless signals and a dash of AI. Researchers at MIT CSAIL have developed a system (RF-Pose) that uses a neural network to teach RF-equipped devices to sense …

Luminar’s lidar gives self-driving cars laser vision

Austin Russell, founder and CEO of lidar startup Luminar Technologies, is much taller in person than in pictures.<p>We met at a hotel lobby in Midtown Manhattan, where he and cofounder Jason Eichenholz were recuperating after a whirlwind New York City press tour last week. Luminar was named one of …

Scientists are figuring out why fasting helps people live longer — and they say a pill may one day trigger the same benefits

Giving your gut a break now and then can deliver huge health benefits.<p>Calorie restriction, a practice adopted by people from Silicon Valley biohackers to Buddhist monks, has been found to have a long list of positive effects. Periodic fasting can help people ward off diseases like diabetes, high …

OMG someone made a robot that legit transforms into a car

A team of Japanese roboticists have made the dreams of countless Gundam, Transformers, and GoBots fans come true in a magnificent way. Check out “J-deite RIDE,” a fully-functional robot capable of walking and transforming into a car.<p>This inner-child affirming piece of metal and joy is, as far as we …

NASA’s new Galactic Positioning System could lead to truly autonomous spacecraft

Humans have navigated by starlight for thousands of years, but NASA has a new appreciation for the twinkling bodies in our night sky. Using perfectly timed X-ray flashes from pulsars, scientists are building a Galactic Position System that will work quite similar to the global one here on …

NASA’s planet-hunting TESS telescope launches Monday aboard a SpaceX rocket (Update: Wednesday)

Some of the most exciting space news of the past few years has been about Earth-like exoplanets that could one day (or perhaps already do) support life. TESS, a space telescope set to launch Monday aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, will scan the sky for exoplanets faster and better than any existing …

Space Exploration

China has started ranking citizens with a creepy 'social credit' system — here's what you can do wrong, and the embarrassing, demeaning ways they can punish you

The Chinese state is setting up a vast ranking system system that will monitor the behaviour of its enormous population, and rank them all based on their "social credit."<p>The "social credit system," first announced in 2014, aims to reinforce the idea that "keeping trust is glorious and breaking …

Exoskeleton for skiers gives your knees robotic boost

Skiing and snowboarding aren't gentle on your body, especially if you're taking on a challenging run or plan on a long day. Now, however, technology might ease your burden. Roam Robotics has unveiled an exoskeleton built expressly to reduce the burden on your knees. Sensors in the exoskeleton gauge …

Robotics

The Paradox of Universal Basic Income

On December 15, 2017, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, issued a damning report on his visit …

Elon Musk wants to colonize Mars with SpaceX — here's what he said it will be like as one of the first residents

• <b>Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, wants to put 1 million people on Mars.</b>• <b><br>During a Q&A at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Musk revealed</b> …

Space Travel

Tim Berners-Lee: We need a ‘legal or regulatory framework’ to save the Web from dominant tech platforms

World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee believes we need to regulate technology companies to help preserve the Web as we know it.<p>The British computer scientist issued an open letter today, 29 years to the day after he first proposed his idea for the online information management system that …

Google Unveils Largest Quantum Computer Yet, but So What?

Google announced its newest 72-qubit quantum computer, called Bristlecone, at a conference and in a blog post yesterday. That’s a big step over the …

Quantum Computing

Harvard Researchers Create Personalized Soft Exosuits

Researchers figured out how to personalize robotic wearables like this hip-assisting exosuit (via Ye Ding/Harvard University)<p>No two people are …

The military is looking for ways to slow down 'biological time' in order to save wounded soldiers

• <b>The military, concerned about conflict with a more capable foe, is looking to ensure the “golden hour” for wounded troops.</b>• <b><br>DARPA’s latest initiative,</b> …

New thruster tech converts air molecules into fuel for orbiting satellites

The European Space Agency created the world’s first thruster which allows satellites to remain in orbit for years longer than they currently do. The secret? The thruster runs on particles of air in the atmosphere.<p>Others have tried to improve the staying power of satellites before, but most are …

LSD Study Reveals Unprecedented "Harmonic" Reorganization of Brain

The drug appears to hit a "reset" button in the brain.<p>Ongoing neuroscience research on psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin is increasingly …

MIT's robotic carpenters take the hassle out of custom furniture

If you want to build custom furniture, you usually need to know your way around a saw and devote days to both designing it and cutting every last piece. MIT's CSAIL might have a better solution: let computers and robots do the hard work. Its researchers have developed an AutoSaw system that makes …

Electronic skin can display a heartbeat on your hand

Electronic skins might not only detect health troubles in the near future, but display them for the world to see. University of Tokyo researchers have developed an e-skin that can measure vital signs like your heartbeat and display them in real time on a skin display. The design blends a breathable …

What are Liberating Structures?

How to start using Liberating Structures in your organisation or group<p>What are Liberating Structures?<p>Liberating Structures are a selection of 33 …

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

The Brain

An American CEO ordered his employees to start vacationing more like the French — and productivity skyrocketed

<b>•</b><b>At management services firm Humanyze, employees follow a synchronized vacation schedule.</b><p><b>• Managers assign employees their time off during the summer to maximize productivity.</b><p><b>• Even though employees do not have to take off during their assigned times, most still do.</b><p>In the summer of 2016, Ben Waber …

Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket heading towards asteroid belt after overshooting Mars' orbit

Elon Musk's super-rocket has taken flight and overshot Mars' orbit, going further out into the solar system than originally planned.<p>His cherry-red Tesla, carrying a dummy and blasting Bowie's Life on Mars, was supposed to take a path around the Sun which would take it out into Mars' orbit.<p>It …

Prefab House Can Be Erected In Just 5 Hours

Sustainability-minded people are very big on prefabricated buildings. Prefabs tend to have a much smaller carbon footprint. Part of the reason why is …

Be like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett: If you’re not spending 5 hours per week learning, you’re being irresponsible

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none. Zero.” <i>— Charlie Munger, Self-made billionaire & Warren Buffett’s longtime business partner</i><p>Why did the busiest person in the world, former president Barack Obama, read an hour a day …

Self-improvement