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Trouble Detected in Infamous Dark Matter Signal

For 20 years, an experiment in Italy known as DAMA has detected an oscillating signal that could be coming from dark matter—the fog of invisible …

Conceptions of Artificial Intelligence and Singularity

1. Introduction<p>Driven by the remarkable achievements of deep learning, it becomes a hot topic again to debate whether computers can be smarter than …

The Making of 'Pillars of Creation,' One of the Most Amazing Images of Our Universe

<i>Pretty Scientific</i> <i>is a new Gizmodo series where we explore how the best images in science were created and why.</i><p>Three pillars of gas and dust sit among …

The 10 Weirdest Stars in the Milky Way

Our galaxy has more than a few tricks up its sleeves.<p>Carl Sagan once called the Sun an "ordinary, even a mediocre star." Most of the hundred billion or more stars in the Milky Way are humdrum and plain, but over the years astronomers have found plenty of peculiarities. In a universe bound only by …

Gallery: A tour of the Solar System in spectacular new detail

Trailblazing spacecraft have not only returned stunning images for us to fawn over recently, they've returned important observations with great …

10 Australian Scifi Movies You Need to Watch

When someone says “Australian science fiction movie,” thoughts immediately and inevitably turn to <i>Mad Max</i>—if not George Miller’s insanely influential …

Closeup snowflake photos help you appreciate the beauty of snow

Winter is most definitely here, which means most people are relishing the idea of bundling up in multiple layers while watching TV.<p>Other people have …

15 Eating Habits That Make You Live Longer

For more than a decade, I've been working with a team of experts to study hot spots of longevity—regions we call Blue Zones, where many people live …

40 hysterical winners from this year's Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

The annual Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards compile the most hilariously candid photos of animals in the wild pulling faces, striking funny poses, and seemingly laughing at themselves for how ridiculous they look.<p>The winning photographers receive a THINK TANK camera bag and trophy, but the contest is …

Endlessly zooming art

DeepDream is, well, I can’t improve upon Wikipedia’s definition:DeepDream is a computer vision program created by Google engineer Alexander …

The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2018

From a remote, idyllic island to the world's design capital, these destinations have never been better. Start planning your 2018 travel now.<p>Travelers …

Travel

Going it alone: top trips for solo travel

The notion of travelling solo can be a daunting one for the first-timer, raising a number of unsettling questions: will I be safe? What route should I follow? Who will take photos of me staring off into the distance atop scenic vantage points?<p>A major factor in mastering the art of solo travel is …

16 Best Train Trips in the World

The journey matters as much as the destination on these ultimate rail adventures.<p>After three decades of riding trains all over the world—rural China, the Swiss Alps, Latin American jungles—I am still thrilled by a classic rail journey. Take The Canadian, where passengers can spend three days …

Trains

Human Mini-Brains Growing Inside Rat Bodies Are Starting to Integrate

"We are entering totally new ground here."<p>Stem cell technology has advanced so much that scientists can grow miniature versions of human brains — …

U.S. officials are having a ‘Sputnik moment’ over AI innovation in China

The phrase “Sputnik moment” refers to the October 4, 1957, launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite, by Sergei Korolyov for the Soviet Union. It was this American fear of the technological gap between the United States and the U.S.S.R. that ignited the space race to put a man on …

10 Beautiful Islands in the USA You Need to Visit Immediately

When you think of an island getaway in the USA, the island of Hawaii is likely to be the first that springs to mind. But while Hawaii is a beautiful …

The Cheapest Time to Fly to 15 Destinations That Are On Your Bucket List

CheapFlights.com crunched the numbers.<p>Chances are, you probably have a few travel destinations on your bucket list that seem like they’re never going …

San Francisco

Vintage photos show what air travel looked like in every decade

Air travel has changed drastically throughout the decades.<p>From the very first flight in the early 1900s to seat-side, hand-carved hams in the 1950s, to today's touch screen entertainment system, air travel has come a long way.<p>Keep scrolling to see what air travel looked like in every decade.

Vintage

Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.<p>Indian specialist Dr Himanshu Bansal, working with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc, has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who …

Scientific Research

The problem with p-values

Academic psychology and medical testing are both dogged by unreliability. The reason is clear: we got probability wrong<i>By David Colquhoun</i>Read at Aeon

The World's Strangest Beaches

1 of 10<p>Papakolea Beach, Hawaii<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 10<p>Bay of Fires, Tasmania<p>3 of 10<p>Playa del Amor, Mexico<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 10<p>Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, …

The Mediterranean island of Menorca feeds body and soul

A vacation requiring long treks leading to lots of people was not what we had planned.<p>Hidden beaches backed by limestone cliffs, temperate waters and an under-the-radar status (at least for now) were the lures of Menorca, asmall island in the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain.<p>Not that we have …

Astronaut Scott Kelly's book is the closest you'll get to experiencing space yourself

Ever wondered what space smells like?<p>If you’ve ever wondered what space smells like, think about sparklers on the Fourth of July. “Slightly burned, slightly metallic” is how former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly describes it in his new book <i>Endurance</i>, about his year in space.<p>Between 2015 and 2016, Kelly …

Space Travel's Existential Question

Have we become too squeamish about the inevitable human cost of exploration?<p>The morning of January 27, 1967, Gus Grissom and his Apollo 1 crew put on their flight suits. Foil-clad, with breathing masks, they looked like a mid-century vision of the future brought to you by Reynolds Wrap. The crew of …

Space Exploration

This Awesome Gif Shows How Researchers Used High Speed Cameras to Discover Why Rain Smells!

Researchers using ultra-high speed cameras captured the process of water droplets contacting different surfaces, trapping small air bubbles when it …

10​ ​Surreal​ ​Places​ ​in​ ​California​ ​You​ ​Should​ ​Travel​ ​to​ ​Immediately

The golden state of California is deeply admired by many and for good reason. With all the stunning and breathtakingly beautiful sights to see and …

Incredible 30-Day Journey Of A Cargo Ship In A Timelapse Shows What Most Of Us Will Never See In Our Lifetimes

Ever dreamed about a life at sea? Many of us have dreamed of leaving it all behind, heading off to live the romantic life of exploration and …

Here Are 15 All-Time Best Photos From Cassini That You Absolutely Must See

Wow. Just, wow.<p>Cassini has been out there hard at work for a long time. The Saturn probe departed Earth in 1997 and spent seven years speeding across …

The Best Road Trips in the World

We pooled our editors for their ultimate road trip picks. While the snacks and tools you pack for a drive through Namibia's deserts might be slightly different than, say, Hawaii's Road to Hana, the joy is all the same. Here, 13 of the best road trips in the world, whether you're looking to stop at …

Paradise found: Thailand's 17 best beaches