Devin Creger

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IBM's Watson Can Now Argue For You

The supercomputer has been programmed to lay out the pros and cons of an argument. Thanksgiving is saved!<p>IBM's Watson supercomputer has already mastered <i>Jeopardy!</i> and can even whip up an innovative recipe. Next step: it'll be elected to the presidency after dominating against humans in a series of …

How Humans And Squid Evolved To Have The Same Eyes

I see how you see.<p>Eyes and wings are among the most stunning innovations evolution has created. Remarkably, these features have evolved multiple times in different lineages of animals. For instance, the avian ancestors of birds and the mammalian ancestors of bats both evolved wings independently, …

Invention Awards 2014: A Powerful, Portable, And Affordable Robotic Exoskeleton

Lift an extra 40 pounds with little effort<p>Surviving a stroke or debilitating injury is often the start of a very long ordeal. Physical therapy can be slow and strenuous with no guarantee of recovery. Robotic exoskeletons can sometimes provide the support a ravaged body needs to heal—and strength …

Hooligans Are Razing The 'Minecraft' Version Of Denmark

You gave us the Vikings. Now how does it feel, Denmark? Not so good, I bet.<p>As one of the most peaceful countries on the planet, the people of Denmark have many hours to devote to government-sanctioned projects, like the construction of a full replica of their country in the videogame _Minecraft, _a …

Penguins Found With Bird Flu Virus, For The First Time

The penguins don't appear to be sickened.<p>Adélie penguins can get the flu. New research shows that three percent of the birds, which live in colonies in Antarctica, harbor influenza viruses, of a type never seen before. But don't panic--none of the animals appeared to suffer any ill effects from the …

The World's Largest Solar Farm

Shine bright like a solar panel<p>In February, the Ivanpah Solar Electricity Generating System opened over a 3,500-acre stretch of the Mojave Desert. The solar thermal farm operates at 392 megawatts—just under 1 percent of California’s total energy production, or enough to power 140,000 homes.<p>The …

Astronomers Discover a Star Born from the Same Cloud of Gas and Dust as Our Sun

Solar sibling HD 162826 is not visible to the unaided eye, but can be seen with low-power binoculars near the bright star Vega in the night sky. A …

Universe

Why space is hell for Astronauts: Nine ways spaceflight wreaks havoc on humans

More than 500 humans have now returned from space and, after more than 53 years exploring the great unknown above, we are still struggling to come to …

Did an impact knock the Moon on its side? | Ars Technica

Anomalies suggest the far side and pole weren't always where they are today.<p>We tend to think of the Moon as a static, dead world, with no atmosphere …

Webcast! Slooh Super Blue Blood Moon Webcast With Commentary

Visit Slooh.com to learn to explore space.<p>Wednesday (Jan. 31) at 5:45 a.m. EST (1045 GMT), the astronomy broadcasting service Slooh will air a free …

Astronomy

Meteor Explodes Over Canada

Yesterday on Sunday, May 4th, a meteor exploded over southern Ontario in Canada. The sighting occurred just before 4:20 pm local time and produced a …

Astronomy

NASA Seeks Ideas for Mission to Europa

Europa — a moon of Jupiter first discovered by Galileo — never ceases to surprise and amaze astronomers and amateurs alike.<p>Last December astronomers …

Are Racehorses Getting Faster?

The legendary horse Secretariat was so fleet-footed that he still holds the record for all three Triple Crown races. Here’s how far behind him 138 Derby champions would have finished.<p>__<p><i>This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of</i> Popular Science.

Designing Sound Effects To Gently Warn Pedestrians Of Silent Vehicles

Sound stylings for electric cars<p><i>Above: Acoustic engineers tested alert sounds for EVs against more common street sounds like a “big truck” or a common automobile (“Mitsu 1156 rpm”), to learn which were most effective and audible without being irritating. Credit: Quartz/Delta</i><p>We rely heavily upon our …

10 Health Benefits of Swimming

In the 1985 Ron Howard movie "Cocoon," a group of elderly adults discovers that a nearby swimming pool has the power to imbue them with new strength, …

Little Miss Sunshine

Missy Franklin always has a smile dancing at the edge of her mouth. Even when she’s just talking, she looks like she’s smiling, ready to burst out …

Physics students design real-world Star Wars deflector shields

Physics students at the University of Leicester designed a concept for fully operational deflector shields, but there's one problem: they'd blind …

Physics

Platypus sex 'master switch' identified

Related Stories<p>Platypus genome reveals much about sex, Science Online, 12 Dec 2008<br>• Platypus genome holds key to its testes, Science Online, 20 Feb …

Swapping Young Blood for Old Reverses Aging

Muscle tone, endurance, memory, and smell improve in elderly mice infused with blood from younger mice<p>In what could have profound implications for understanding the process of aging, a trio of scientific papers published today show that infusing elderly mice with the blood of young mice can reverse …

Survey Finds Trash In The Remotest Ocean Floors

Plastic, fishing gear and 18th-century steamship coal were among the most common finds.<p>We hope you liked the Okeanos Explorer livestream as much as we have. We saw shiny things and creepy things, passive things and aggressive things. We've also occasionally seen trash, such as a kitchen glove. For …

Google embeds camera in smart contact lens

Earlier this year, Wired.co.uk wrote about Google's invention of a smart contact lens that could monitor blood glucose levels through tear fluid. …

One of my favorite GIFs of one of my favorite NASA visualizations to preview Monday’s It’s Okay To Be Smart and get you excited and all that jazz. Think you can guess what tomorrow’s vid is about? Blue = sea salt Green = organics Red = dust White = sulfates Check out the full NASA video below, featuring simulated global “stuff in the air” over a two year period on Earth. Ain’t Earth beautiful? (Even if, as in this case, it’s a 3 million processor-hour computer animation)

One of my favorite GIFs of one of my favorite NASA visualizations to preview Monday’s It’s Okay To Be Smart and get you excited and all that jazz. …

Animation

We are hurtling through space at over a million miles an hour (a truer orbit of the planets)

ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, DESIGN <br>& DISAPPOINTMENT<p>This ISN'T the t-shirt<p>share it space.io9.com 3,540 notes<p>this isn't …

Mapping More Than a Century of Major Earthquakes

Neanderthals Lived in Small, Isolated Populations, Gene Analysis Shows

Genetic differences highlight how the path of these ancient humans diverged from ours.<p>Modern humanity's ancient cousins, the Neanderthals, lived in small groups that were isolated from one another, suggests an investigation into their DNA. The analysis also finds that Neanderthals lacked some human …

Here's How Much Money Doctors Actually Make

While many Americans complain about the costs of healthcare: insurance, hospital bills, paperwork, and medicine, relatively few begrudge doctors …

Tornadoes: The Science Behind the Destruction

Atmospheric scientists aim to improve their forecasts.<p>At least 29 people are dead after a string of tornadoes hit states in the Southern and Midwestern U.S. over the past few days. The National Weather Service predicts more severe weather on Tuesday.<p>How tornadoes form and how they die is not fully …