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The next big leap in space travel will use hypersonic planes

Scramjets capable of flying at Mach 15 will make it easier and cheaper to send spacecraft and people into orbit, says hypersonics expert Michael Smart.<p>Sending satellites, spacecraft and humans into space is an expensive business. If humanity wants to venture further across the Solar System, we need …

Space

MIT's AI figured out how humans recognize faces

The system came up with the technique by itself, after being trained on a battery of sample images.<p>It appears machines may already be catching up to humans, at least in the world of computational biology. A team of researcher's at the MIT-based Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) found …

Computer Science

Artificial intelligence could one day make us feel awkward

Psychologist Alex Gillespie asks what will happen when artificial intelligence leads machines to start forming their own opinions.<p>Most of us feel at least a pang of guilt after snacking on a decadent treat between meals, but what if every time you opened your fridge it judged you?<p>This is exactly …

Artificial Intelligence

The search for the weird stuff that makes up the Universe

Much of the Universe is made up of a strange substance that bears no resemblance to the atoms that make up life, the planets and our stars. What is this dark matter – and how do we find it?<p>It is the ultimate detective story.<p>The suspect is the basic matter that makes up as much as 25% of the …

Space

Hubble Spies An Irregular Galaxy Far, Far Away

Stars in the IC 3583 galaxy seen in this Hubble image released by NASA on Dec.2, 2016Nearly 30 million light-years from Earth, in the direction of …

Space

Quantum leaps: Physicists reveal sensational findings which could allow science fiction dreams to become reality

This post was originally published on this site<p>There are multiple timelines playing out in parallel universes, according to a team of researchers.<p>The …

Quantum Mechanics

The 5 technologies that are going to define the next decade in cities

Cities have always been hubs of technological experimentation, shaped by the people who inhabit them and the tools they use. We can still see the marks, both charming and garish, from technologies of years past — from old aqueducts to telephone booths to the damage done by cars.<p>The next wave of …

Pope Francis meets physicist Stephen Hawking at science symposium

Pope Francis has met with British physicist Stephen Hawking during a symposium for the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Francis urged scientists to protect the environment in lieu of politicians who lack "concrete will."<p>Hawking, the world-renowned physicist who has questioned the necessity of God in …

Stephen Hawking

US military prepares for the next frontier: Space war

Washington (CNN)Since man first explored space, it has been a largely peaceful environment. But now US adversaries are deploying weapons beyond Earth's atmosphere, leading the US military to prepare for the frightening prospect of war in space.<p>"As humans go out there, there has always been …

World News

The island now completely powered by solar energy

A remote tropical island in the South Pacific has managed to rid itself of its reliance on diesel and is now completely powered by solar energy.<p>Ta’u …

Carbon nanotubes make water freeze solid at boiling temperatures

Water freezes at 0° C (32° F) and boils at 100° C (212° F) at sea level, right? Normally, yes. But researchers at MIT have found that, when contained …

MIT

Space Could Leave You Blind, and Scientists Say They've Finally Figured Out Why

20/20 to 20/100 in 6 months.<p>A mysterious syndrome has been impairing astronauts’ vision on the International Space Station, causing untreatable …

Space

Google DeepMind could invent the next generation of AI by playing Starcraft 2

How Google’s AI research team has teamed up with Blizzard to further deep learning in AI.<p>The announcement at BlizzCon 2016 that met with the most …

Google

How About New Theory of Evolution with Less Natural Selection?

In early November, a group of preeminent biologists, doctors, anthropologists, and computer scientists met in London to consider making a major …

Life Sciences

Why Titan is the only colonizable world in the solar system beyond Earth

Cold is easier to deal with than the raging heat of Venus. The Moon and Mars are bathed in dangerous radiation. This means Titan is humanity's best …

Earth Science

NASA's EMDrive And The Quantum Theory Of Pilot Waves

There has been a lot of digital ink spilled over the recent paper on the reactionless thrust device known as the EMDrive. While it’s clear that a working EM Drive would violate well established scientific theories, what isn’t clear is how such a violation might be resolved. Some have argued that …

Quantum Mechanics

Theory challenging Einstein's view on speed of light could soon be tested

New paper describes for first time how scientists can test controversial idea that speed of light is not a constant<p>The newborn universe may have glowed with light beams moving much faster than they do today, according to a theory that overturns Einstein’s century-old claim that the speed of light …

Albert Einstein

Hospital Will Open First Dedicated 3D Bioprinting Facility

The new facility will build tissues like bones and cartilage for surgery patients as a first step toward printers in every operating room.<p>An Australian hospital is becoming the first to receive a dedicated 3D tissue-printing facility. The new facility will be used to print new cartilage and bone …

Hospitals

Earth - Asteroids are not the only threat to life from space

We are here by the skin of our teeth. Evolution could well have turned out differently, and the fact that it did not may well be down to freak, chance events. Life on Earth has faced a string of accidents, weird situations and outright catastrophes, from sudden ice ages to collisions with asteroids …

Space

SpaceX Wants to Surround Earth With an Internet Service That's 200 Times Faster

We need this!<p>SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by the Mars-hungry tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, just made a big move to enshroud the planet in …

Satellites

Minority Report-style AI learns to predict if people are criminals from their facial features

Researchers have created a machine that they claim can tell if a person is a convicted criminal simply from their facial features.<p>The artificial intelligence, created at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, was able to correctly identify criminals from a selection of 186 photos nine out of 10 times by …

Computer Science

For the First Time, Living Cells Have Formed Carbon-Silicon Bonds

Life - but not as we know it.<p>Scientists have managed to coax living cells into making carbon-silicon bonds, demonstrating for the first time that …

Earth Science

A theoretical explanation on the existence of Dark Matter

Protons, electrons, and neutrons bundled together in an atom are the particles what make most of the visible universe, including the earth, the sun …

Science

Life on Mars? Report identifies strange rocks on Red Planet that might be filled with 'past Martian life'

A close look at photos from a defunct NASA mission may have yielded the best evidence yet for life on Mars: A series of curious-looking rocks …

Mars Mission

This stick-on sweat monitor knows when you need a drink

It's being tested by the Air Force and sports beverage companies<p>Current fitness trackers can tell you how many steps you've taken or whether you've met your target heart rate. But a new sweat monitor in development could keep track of whether you need to hydrate and replenish your electrolytes.<p>The …

Science

Is Physical Law an Alien Intelligence?

Alien life could be so advanced it becomes indistinguishable from physics.<p>Perhaps Arthur C. Clarke was being uncharacteristically unambitious. He …

Physics

Quantum computing breakthrough: UK scientists develop technique to greatly simplify trapped ions

University of Sussex physicists have found a new way to create quantum gates – apply voltage to microchips.<p>Physicists from the University of Sussex …

Science

Astronaut Ron Garan: Why we need a new definition for ‘home’

Former astronaut Ron Garan spoke at BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas Summit about the one thing we all have in common.<p>When Ron Garan, a former Nasa astronaut, was onboard the International Space Station, he saw a long line of lights stretching across Asia. He realised it was a man-made structure: …

Space

Ultra-Faint Satellite Galaxy is a Clue to Understanding Dark Matter

There's a new guy in the galactic neighborhood — a small, ultra-faint satellite galaxy has been discovered orbiting the Milky Way.<p>Currently named …

Satellites