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AI gliders learn to fly using air currents, just like birds

New research uses machine learning to teach UAVs to climb into the sky using thermals<p>Birds don’t always flap their wings to fly; sometimes they soar by taking advantage of rising columns of warm air known as thermals. With large wingspans, they can stay aloft for hours while expending minimal …

Gliders

Harvard’s soft robotic exosuit adapts itself to the needs of every wearer

Over the past several years, we’ve seen robot exosuits move from the stuff of sci-fi firmly into the realm of science fact. Alongside this, our …

James Cameron

Ancient Megadrought Causes Present-Day Drama

Science & Innovation<p>We're living in the Meghalayan Age. But a scientific scuffle has broken out over what marks the beginning of this new geologic time period.<p>About 4,200 years ago, a catastrophic worldwide drought caused the collapse of societies all over the globe. That’s an archaeological theory …

Archaeology

Octopuses Given Ecstasy for Science—But Is That Ethical?

Animals<p>"It's a little bit like studying alien intelligence."<p>What happens to octopuses given the amphetamine MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy? According to scientists at Johns Hopkins University, the cephalopods react to the drug in much the same way as humans, leading them to conclude that our …

Octopuses

Why You’re Probably Getting a Microchip Implant Someday

Microchip implants are going from tech-geek novelty to genuine health tool—and you might be running out of good reasons to say no.<p>When Patrick McMullan first heard in early 2017 that thousands of Swedish citizens were unlocking their car doors and turning on coffee machines with a wave of their …

RFID

Scientists have moved one step closer to RNA editing, which could be the next stage of CRISPR

Researchers at the prestigious Salk Institute are reporting that they have managed to map the molecular structure of a CRISPR enzyme that could allow scientists to more precisely manipulate functions within cells.<p>Over the past several years, CRISPR-Cas9 has seized the public imagination for its …

CRISPR

The US Government Is Updating Its Nuclear Disaster Plans And They Are Truly Terrifying

Kcna / Reuters<p>North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.<p>Amid concerns over North Korea, federal emergency managers are updating disaster plans to account for …

North Korea

This Breakthrough Is Beyond Promising For The Future Of Oral Health

Tests show molecule ferumoxytol could reduce tooth damage by half.<p>When it comes to having healthy teeth and gums, we all know the rituals. Brush …

Dental Care

9 Crucial Things Everyone Should Remember When Connecting to Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is awesome, no doubts here. But public networks hide numerous hazards, including even the risk of losing all the funds in your bank …

These 18 Post-Apocalyptic Survival Life Hacks Will Keep You Alive At The End Of The World.

No matter what you see on the news, it’s unlikely our civilization is going to crash and burn within our lifetimes. But just because we don’t expect …

Google’s Machine Learning (AI) Crash Course

Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning, as it’s better known as, is something that has garnered my interest over recent years. I even used the …

Artificial Intelligence

This Quantum Theory Predicts That The Future Might Be Influencing The Past

No, seriously.<p>One of the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics could be explained by an equally weird idea – that causation can run backwards in time …

Physics

Someone, somewhere, is making a banned chemical that destroys the ozone layer, scientists suspect

By Chris Mooney<p>Chris Mooney<p>Reporter covering climate change, energy and the environment.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Emissions of a banned, ozone-depleting chemical are on the rise, a group of scientists reported Wednesday, suggesting someone may be secretly manufacturing the pollutant in violation of an …

Montreal Protocol

Google's upcoming app for guiding the blind sounds kinda brilliant

Google has been working on improving its AI and computer vision for quite some time now, and it looks like they’re getting pretty darn good at identifying objects. The company is now building a clever Android app that takes advantage of these developments to help the visually impaired understand …

Astronomy site is your guide to the universe, one picture at a time

By Erin Blakemore<p>Have you ever wished for a personal guide to the planets, stars and solar system? A site called Astronomy Picture of the Day has you covered.<p>A service of NASA’s Astrophysics Science Division, the Goddard Space Flight Center and Michigan Technological University, the site offers up …

Astronomy

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Vintage Photos Celebrate Mothers Around the World

For Mother's Day, see how moms have cared for their children for the last 100 years.<p>Balancing an infant on her hip. Cradling one child while holding the hand of another. Caring for a baby while finishing her work.<p>The mothers in these vintage images strike familiar poses that span the globe and …

Travel Photography

Carnivorous plants: so you thought the triffids were make-believe…

Waterwheel plant<p>Scientists at the University of Freiburg in Germany have for the first time characterised the snapping movement of this rare aquatic carnivorous plant, found in wetlands around the world. <i>Aldrovanda vesiculosa</i> snaps its “trap” shut 10 times faster than the much larger Venus flytrap, …

‘When I think of Matt Damon, I think of gene editing’: scientists on their favourite sci-fi

Jan Zalasiewicz<p><b>Professor of Palaeobiology, University of Leicester</b><b><br>Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind</b><i><br>(Hayao Miyazaki, 1984)</i><p>When I reread the science fiction I loved as a kid – Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein – I’m usually disappointed. There are some wonderful plots but the books are kind of clunky. With …

Hawaii Volcano Has People Looking to Mainland's West Coast

<i>Editor’s note: The Associated Press incorrectly reported in an earlier version of this story that Hawaii is part of the “Ring of Fire” of active</i> …

Geology

Google’s Duplex Hints at a Dark Future for AI

Meet your new augmented reality guide (via Google)<p>Earlier this week Google showed off the new Duplex feature of the Google Assistant. It was a …

Artificial Intelligence

13 cognitive biases that really screw things up for you

The human brain is a natural wonder. It produces more than 50,000 thoughts each day and 100,000 chemical reactions each second. With this amount of …

This is the most important tech contest since the space race, and America is losing

By C.L. Max Nikias<p><i>C. L. Max Nikias is the president of the University of Southern California and member of the National Academy of Engineering.</i><p>After the Soviets launched ­Sputnik in 1957, we saw how federal investment in U.S. private industry and academic research allowed the United States to catch …

Southern California

Scared yet? Boston Dynamics’ humanoid robot can now jog freely

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot has been untethered and set free, which, for anyone convinced of an imminent robot uprising, is a rather worrying …

Robotics

You can now see exactly how creepy all the Facebook Russia ads were, down to the specific targeting

US lawmakers released all 3,000 ads created by accounts linked to the Russian government in the years and months preceding the 2016 presidential election, as well as the following year.<p>Some of the ads were released previously, but, as of May 10, everyone can see the full cache, organized by quarter …

House Intelligence Committee

Google now says controversial AI voice calling system will identify itself to humans

Google is trying to stay ahead of the ethical and philosophical pitfalls of its new Duplex platform<p>Following widespread outcry over the ethical dilemmas raised by Google’s new Duplex system, which lets artificial intelligence mimic a human voice to make appointments, Google has clarified in a …

Artificial Intelligence

Why we need to figure out a theory of consciousness

Understanding the biology behind consciousness (or self-awareness) is considered by some to be the final frontier of science. And over the last …

Consciousness

Biggest Test Yet Shows Einstein Was Wrong About 'Spooky Action at a Distance'

A groundbreaking quantum experiment recently confirmed the reality of "spooky action-at-a-distance" — the bizarre phenomenon that Einstein hated — in …

Quantum Physics

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