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Steam-powered spacecraft could help humans colonise the Moon

It sounds like an idea dreamt up while flicking through the pages of an HG Wells novel, but steam-powered spacecraft could help humans colonise the Moon and beyond, scientists believe.<p>‘Mining’ water ice from asteroids and the lunar poles could provide cheap fuel for probes , allowing them to hop …

Solar Thermal

Evaluating Our Importance In The Universe

For the past two weeks we've been exploring some of the questions related to life's origin on Earth and possibly elsewhere.<p>We know life was present on Earth at least 3.5 billion years ago. It may have been present even earlier, but results remain controversial. The window of opportunity for life to …

Planetary Habitability

Network of artificial neurons learns to use language

A network of artificial neurons has learned how to use language.<p>Researchers from the universities of Sassari and Plymouth found that their cognitive …

The War Over Genome Editing Just Got a Lot More Interesting

If you want to drop some real DNA editing knowledge—like, I don’t know, at a party!—here’s a tip. Instead of calling the much hyped precise …

40 years and counting: the team behind Voyager’s space odyssey

On a chilly March morning, Steve Howard, aged 65, is at work in his office on the northern edge of Pasadena, California. Two computer screens are squeezed on to his corner desk along with family photos, a tissue box and tins of Altoids Curiously Strong Peppermints. The office is in a quiet business …

Space

Awesome Machine Learning

A curated list of awesome machine learning frameworks, libraries and software (by language). Inspired by awesome-php.<p>If you want to contribute to …

AgIC Is A DIY Kit For Turning A Home Inkjet Printer Into A Circuit-Board Maker

Another startup aiming to simplify the process of prototyping electronics by doing away with the need to wire up breadboards has taken to Kickstarter .<p>This latest one, called AgIC, combines the approaches of two we’ve previously covered — the Ex1 3D printer for PCBs and the Circuit Scribe …

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

Machine Learning

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

Murals

Mars One plans unmanned 2018 mission in deal with Lockheed Martin and satellite company

Mars One, the project that aims to put a group of colonists on Mars in 2025, is poised to take its first big step forward. Today, the Mars One foundation announced partnerships with Lockheed Martin and satellite company SSTL for an exploratory mission in 2018, potentially sending the first private …

Does taking photographs ruin your memory?

On a guided tour of an art museum early this year, 28 university students were told to simply observe 15 objects and to photograph 15 others. Dr Linda Henkel was studying the students all the while to measure whether taking photographs affected their memory.<p>The next day, the students were asked to …

'PhoneSat' made from Samsung Nexus S calls Earth from space

NASA's newest tiny, cheap "PhoneSat" — a super cheap satellite made out of off-the-shelf Android hardware — has dialed home from orbit, meaning all systems are go.<p>The 2.2-pound satellite was built using a heavily-modified Samsung Nexus S and uses a two-way S-band radio so that engineers can command …

How the Innovation Economy is Turning Makers Into Manufacturers

Chris Anderson, the former editor-in-chief of Wired, is the cofounder of 3D Robotics, which sells small UAVs. How did he make the jump from editor to entrepreneur? These are the three factors lowering the barriers of entry.<p><b>Four years ago, when I was a magazine</b> editor, I bought one of the first …

A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

You Built What?! A Supersize Robotic Chess Set

Inspired by Harry Potter's magic chessboard, a Lego roboticist takes his creations to the next level<p>A veteran designer of Lego robots (he built one that plays Connect Four), Indiana programmer Steve Hassenplug was looking for something still grander. When he watched the first Harry Potter movie …