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Automated Program Culls Inexplicable Illustrations From Antique Books

Say hello to the British Library's Mechanical Curator.<p>It's just like digging through a stack of old books, only a bit less sneezy. Researchers at the British Library have written a program that automatically identifies illustrations in the library's collection of 14th- to 20th-century books. The …

8 Absurd Predictions About The Future That Sorta Came True

Writing in 1925, British scientist A.M. Low predicted that we'd eat breakfast via feeding tubes and bald would be beautiful. This guy totally augured Go-Gurt and Vin Diesel.<p>In 1925, British professor A.M. Low wrote a rollicking forecast of life in the coming century. <i>The Future</i>, as <i>Popular Science</i> …

Big Pic: Blue Ripples In Martian Sand Dunes

Taken near the Martian Grand Canyon<p>The red planet's looking a little blue in the face. This image taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at the end of August shows the ripples of wind-blown sediment on the dunes of Noctis Labyrinthus (the "labyrinth of the night") near the Martian equivalent …

Scientists use crowdsourcing to classify over 300,000 galaxies

Modern telescopes have presented astronomers with a problem: there are too many images of galaxies for scientists to classify every single one. But crowdsourcing has an answer. Since 2007, some astronomers have enlisted "citizen scientists" to do the heavy lifting through a project known as Galaxy …

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