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Robot Reads Novels, Writes Songs About Them

Listen to Lord of the Flies, A Clockwork Orange, The Little Prince, and more.<p>If a robot read a novel, how would it feel? You might get a sense from these little jingles. Below are some songs that were automatically created by a series of algorithms that turn the emotions in novels into short pieces …

Computer Science

Report: No radiation from Fukushima detected off US West Coast

No ocean-borne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster has yet been detected in analysis of kelp samples along the western U.S. …

How Sperm Fit Big Things in Small Places

The human body is really great at packing huge things into tiny spaces. Your small intestine, for example, is twenty feet long and squeezed expertly into your gut. Your brain has something like eighty-six billion neurons (depending on which scientist you ask) jammed into 3.3 pounds of tissue. But …

Genetics

Debate: Is Death Final?

Is there some form of existence after death, or is the notion a product of wishful thinking about our own mortality?<p>These questions have fascinated humans for millennia. Many approach the concept of an afterlife as a religious one, but in a recent <i>Intelligence Squared U.S.</i> debate, a physicist and …

5 Myths About Antarctic Melt

News that the catastrophic collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet is already underway, like other big reports about the southernmost continent, …

Awesome NASA Animation Shows Neutron Stars Ripping Each Other Apart (VIDEO)

Unless you're very, very unlucky, you're never going to bump up against a black hole. But a new animation from NASA gives a spectacular, close-up look at a black hole forming from the collision of two neutron stars.<p>These aren't bumper cars. NASA says these collisions are among the most violent …

Quantum positioning system steps in when GPS fails

IN 2016 a British submarine will slip its moorings and set sail under the guidance of the quantum world. The navigation system it will be testing …

Imperial College London

New GPS Satellite Headed to Upgrade Navigation Network

<i>Editor's Note: Thursday's planned launch was scrubbed due to bad weather. The next liftoff opportunity comes Friday (May 16) at 8:03 p.m. EDT.</i><p>CAPE …

Space Exploration

Watch 2 Neutron Stars Merge and Form Black Hole (Video)

An amazing new NASA video shows two super-dense neutron stars tearing each other apart in a cataclysmic cosmic merger that ultimately forms a black …

Black Holes

A scientist-artist recreates human ancestors by studying their bones

When you’re a small child and you discover something fascinating, says paleo-artist John Gurche, you create art about it.<p>"I remember in fourth grade, " Gurche says, "I made an evolutionary series of heads out of clay. I suppose the simplest explanation of what I do today is that I never …

Hurricanes May Threaten Cities Like Never Before as Tropics Expand, Study Finds

Hurricanes and tropical storms are reaching their peak intensity closer to the poles, migrating at about 30 miles per decade, according to a new …

18 Of The Most Expensive iPhone And iPad Apps In The World

But, there are more expensive options in the store, too.<p>And some are way more expensive.<p>Some of them show that the App Store can be a really big software market for a number of different industries.<p>Surprisingly, others are poorly designed gimmicks and don't justify the sky-high price.<p>Despite that, …

Apps