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Did A Giant Asteroid Impact Make Earth's Rock Crust Splash Like Water?

Next year, scientists will start drilling into the issue<p>Over 65 million years ago, when a 6-mile wide asteroid slammed into the earth with the force of a billion atomic bombs, it left a crater 110 miles wide.<p>The Chicxulub crater, just off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, is best known for being the …

Earth Science

Watch A Tiny Robot Pull Something Nearly 2,000 Times Its Size [Video]

Do you even lift?<p>Could you pull a blue whale across a beach? How about scale a skyscraper carrying an elephant on your back? Of course you can't. But it would be really awesome if you could, right?<p>Tiny robots built by members of the Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab at Stanford University …

Alleged Airplane Hacker Also "Messed Around With The Space Station"

Testing the limits of cybersecurity in space<p>Last month, security researcher Chris Roberts was removed from a United Airlines flight, after the airline claimed he had endangered his fellow passengers by tweeting a message about potential security vulnerabilities aboard the aircraft. In 2012, Ars …

Space

The First Self-Driving Truck Takes To The Streets Of Nevada

But can it fight the Decepticons?<p>Last night at the Hoover Dam, the first licensed self-driving truck was unveiled to the world, begging the question: are there Autobots among us?<p>Not quite, though the Freightliner Inspiration does aspire to transform the trucking industry. The new truck is able to …

People Keep Crashing Into Google's Self-Driving Cars

Robots, however, follow the rules of the road<p>You want to know why we can't have nice things? People, that's why. Self-driving cars are just trundling along, minding their own business, when people decide to do something crazy. That's what Chris Urmson, the director of Google’s self-driving car …

New White House Technology Officer Poses A Brain Teaser

Help Alice and Bob out of a jam<p>A week ago Monday, Princeton professor Ed Felten accepted a job at the White House as Deputy Chief Technology Officer. It’s a long title for a simple mission: translating complex questions about technology into useful advice for the president. How did Ed end the first …

The White House

How To Create Super-Intelligent Machines That Won't Kill Us

Preventing an Age of Ultron<p>In the most recent installment of Marvel's Avengers franchise, the artificial intelligence Ultron is hell-bent on exterminating humanity. In Ultron's own words, "I was designed to save the world," but the robot ultimately concludes that when it comes to humans, "there's …

Who's Responsible When A Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Legal expert Bryant Walker Smith talks shop<p>For the first time, in March, an autonomous car drove itself from San Francisco to New York City. How is that even legal? That’s the kind of question Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor of law at the University of South Carolina, tries to answer. …

These Absurd Robots Do Pointless Jobs

But we love them anyway<p>One day, robots will most likely take on many of our most mundane chores. No more folding of laundry or washing of dishes. But until that day comes, we’ll have to settle for ones that take on less-necessary duties. These three ridiculous machines are masters of their utterly …

Apple Is Making Siri Smarter, But Hopefully Not Creepy

Apple's leaders say they respect your privacy more than Google<p>Apple wants to re-introduce you to Siri. At its annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) on Monday, the company announced the most substantial update to its digital personal assistant since Siri launched in 2011. Apple introduced a …

Artificial Intelligence

These Are The Most Creative Paintings Of All Time, According To A Computer

Who says art is subjective?<p>As much as they may try, some people just don’t “get” art. Understanding pieces by even the most famous masters of the genre elude them. Now computer scientists from Rutgers University are taking the guesswork out of understanding art by using an algorithm to determine …

Art

In Five Years, Your Car Will Prevent You From Driving Drunk

Automatically saving lives<p>Drunk driving kills 28 people a day, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report in 2013.<p>Attempts to curtail deaths caused by drunk driving, from organizations like Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, have long tried to educate the public on the topic. …

5 reasons 'Jurassic World' had a massive record-breaking opening weekend

The tentpole opened to an estimated $511.8 million at the global box office this weekend, the top showing of all time, stomping past previous record-holder "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" ($483.2 million) and becoming the first film to ever cross $500 million in one weekend. That …

Box Office

Pluto at Last

Small, cold, and absurdly far away, Pluto has always been selfish with its secrets. Since its discovery in 1930, the dwarf planet has revolved beyond reach, its frosty surface a blurred mystery that even the most powerful telescopes can’t bring into focus. We know about Pluto. But we don’t really …