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Astronomers catch a galaxy being born, fed by a strand of cosmic web

It's not every day scientists get to watch a galaxy being born. But thanks in part to the bright light of a quasar, astronomers say they've identified a swirling disk of gas that's a galaxy in the making — as well as the strand of the universe's cosmic web that's been feeding it.<p>The protogalactic …

Astronomers discover a tenth transiting "Tatooine"

Based on the amount of starlight blocked during the transits, astronomers deduced that Kepler-453 b has a radius 6.2 times greater than that of the …

The Man Who Survived Two Atomic Bombs

On August 9, 1945, the B-29 bomber “Bockscar” sliced through the clouds above the Japanese city of Nagasaki and unleashed a 22-kiloton plutonium bomb …

A Haunting Timelapse of the 2,058 Nuclear Detonations from 1945 to 1998

It's as terrifying as it is beautiful.<p>It's a grim anniversary. Seventy years ago today, the Enola Gay dropped the uranium atomic bomb "Little Boy" on the city of Hiroshima, killing at least 90,000 people immediately, poisoning hundreds of thousands more with radiation, and forever altering the …

Gravitational constant appears universally constant, pulsar study sug

Gravity, one of the four fundamental forces of nature, appears reassuringly constant across the universe, according to a decades-long study of a …

Cosmology

Crew Members Sample Leafy Greens Grown on Space Station

Fresh food grown in the microgravity environment of space is officially on the menu for the first time for NASA astronauts on the International Space …

Goodbye humans! Tesla's new 'Snakebot' charger slithers into sockets (VIDEO)

Tesla has given us a glimpse into the future, and it seems to involve somewhat creepy robotic arms that look like snakes. A newly-released video …

Can nanotechnology solve the energy crisis?

<i>This post is part of a</i> <i>series</i> <i></i><i>examining the connections between nanotechnology and the top 10 trends facing the world, as described in the</i> <i>Outlook on</i> …

Best Soyuz-ISS docking clip you’ll see today! (VIDEO)

Here is a time-lapse video of the re-docking of the Soyuz capsule from one port to another at the International Space Station. Watch the cool version …

A Sarcastic Mars Rover Shows Us Why Space Robots Are Important

Three years ago today, a very sarcastic rover landed on Mars.<p>Three years ago, a real rover — Curiosity, part of the Mars Science Laboratory — landed on Mars, while @SarcasticRover landed on Twitter. The Twitter account, run by Jason Filiatrault, has gathered 134,000 followers and posted more than …

Planet Earth has at least one MINI-MOON - and now scientists want to capture it

A space scientist has claimed our planet could have several mini-moons in orbit around it.<p>With the naked eye, we can only see one full-sized moon …

Hypersonic spaceplane could fly at 10 times the speed of sound

US research agency Darpa awards Virgin Galactic and two others contracts to investigate how spaceplane could slash cost of putting satellites into space<p>Airbus’s plans for a Mach 4 passenger jet have been left in the slow lane by US researchers’ hopes of building a spaceplane capable of flying at …

5 weapons that don’t need a human to pull the trigger

How close are we to fully automated weaponry? Are there actual killer robots out there right now, ready to fight wars?<p>Last week a group of …

Artificial Intelligence

Photograph: CPOA(Phot) Thomas McDonald/MoD/Crown copyright (year)<p>HMS Vigilant returning to HMNB Clyde after her deployment. This, and three other Vanguard-class submarines, each armed with Trident 2 D5 nuclear missiles, form the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent …

Geopolitics

Researchers Teach Robots To Avoid Childhood Bullies

Kids are mean. Just ask any robot.<p>Robotics engineers have discovered a tendency for little kids – kindergarteners and grade schoolers – to be abusive towards robots when they’re not near their parents. To prove this, the researchers sent a wheeled robot out into a mall and watched it perambulate …

Did Russia Just Hack The Pentagon?

Phishing the Joint Chiefs<p>Someone at the Pentagon must have clicked a bad link. According to reporting by the Daily Beast and NBC, Russia launched an attack on the unclassified email network used by America’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the body of senior military officials that advises the president and …

Cybersecurity

North Korea setting back clocks over Japanese rule

North Korea has created its own timezone, setting clocks back 30 minutes to “Pyongyang Time” as a strike against historic imperialism. The change, …

BitTorrent to RIAA: You’re ‘barking up the wrong tree’

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sent a letter to BitTorrent last week asking the company to help stop copyrighted infringement of its members’ content. Brad Buckles, RIAA’s executive vice president of anti-piracy, asked BitTorrent CEO Eric Klinker to “live up to” comments made …

Android security breach puts millions at risk of smartphone hijacking

Security firm Check Point discovers flaw that allows malicious apps to gain privileged access to devices<p>Hundreds of millions of Android smartphones may be at risk from a security flaw that allows hackers to hijack a handset without a victim’s knowledge.<p>Devices made by Samsung, HTC, LG and ZTE, …

New Japanese Glasses Block Facial Recognition

Like glasses people might actually wear — for $249<p>Computers are really, really good at recognizing faces. Refined through work on millions of uploaded and tagged faces at sites like Facebook and elsewhere, algorithms that identify faces can place people in locations based just on a photograph. …

The 6 Most Earth-Like Alien Planets

Discovering the first true “alien Earth” is a long-held dream of astronomers—and recent exoplanet discoveries suggest that their dream will come true …

'Star Wars Battlefront': a fine line between authenticity and fun

The <i>Star Wars Battlefront</i> franchise has a simple goal: to put players in the middle of huge, sprawling battles ripped straight from the films and wider fiction. Whether that's battling the AT-AT walkers on Hoth or an X-Wing squadron above Sullust, you're made to feel small -- just one of many …

Star Wars Battlefront

Travel Gear: A Bottle That Turns Moisture From the Air Into Drinking Water

Calling all active travelers! Designer Kristof Retezár has designed a product that adds a bit of magic to summer's muggy months. Meet Fontus, a …

Watchdog asks DWP for 'objective and impartial' sanctions statements

The UK statistics watchdog has asked the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure its statements on jobseeker sanctions are “objective and impartial” following a series of complaints by leading experts.<p>In an indictment of current DWP methods, the UK Statistics Authority’s (UKSA) chief, Sir Andrew …

Sanctions

How to Build a City on the Moon

The new head of the European Space Agency wants to give it a try.<p>Humans haven’t set foot on the moon since 1972. That hasn’t stopped Johann-Dietrich Woerner, the new director general of the Paris-based European Space Agency, from pushing mankind toward more of a giant lunar leap than another small …