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Space Exploration

The Secret to Solving a Rubik's Cube in Under Two Minutes

Hungarian professor of architecture Ernö Rubik invented his eponymous Rubik’s Cube in 1974. Since then, the toy has stymied puzzle-lovers across the …

Takeover: A second robot-run hotel to open in Japan

The first automated, "weird" hotel opened in Nagasaki last year. This second one, in Tokyo, will rely even less on humans.<p>If human interaction isn't what you want from your hotel stay, this may be the perfect place for you.<p>Known as the Henn na -- "weird" -- Hotel, the first one opened to the …

Japan

Nasa's secret art studio: how to make rocket science beautiful

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which takes on Nasa’s most ambitious missions, runs a studio where a mix of design and engineering creates stunning results<p>If you’ve marveled at space news recently, there’s a good chance it’s thanks to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This arm of Nasa is responsible …

Space Science

How the fastest spacecraft ever reached 165,000 miles per hour

It also secured a Guinness World Record. Not bad for a Monday night!<p>Reaching Jupiter and getting into the giant planet's orbit required some complicated physics. In the process of executing the necessary maneuver, the probe became the fastest spacecraft ever, toppling a record that had stood for …

Astronomy

What Are Gravitational Waves, Exactly?

A simple explanation.<p>When LIGO first discovered gravitational waves back in February, it was a confirmation of decades of scientific research and the culmination of years of searching. But what exactly are gravitational waves? MinutePhysics helps explain.<p>Waves are produced when stuff vibrates. …

This Adorable Robot is A Real-Life WALL-E

Cozmo, the new robot toy by Anki, is meant to seem almost human.<p>The company Anki was born from a collaboration between highly trained specialists from Carnegie Mellon's robotics program. Their first project was Drive, which created AI-powered toy race cars. They've now moved on to a new, more …

Mysterious Air Force space plane to land soon in California

<b>(CNN) —</b> The U.S. Air Force's mysterious unmanned space plane, the X-37B, is about to come back to Earth after nearly two years in orbit on a mission the military won't tell us much about.<p>The X-37B is expected to land at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Air Force said.<p>The base did not …

New Mars rover photos you need to see

Houston, we have new photos.<p>NASA just released a series of snapshots from Mars rovers Opportunity and Spirit that show the understated beauty of the planet's landscape and climate.<p>Released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Opportunity's and Spirit's landings on the Red Planet, the photos will be …

IBM spends $3 billion to push the far future of computer chips

Big Blue sets a five-year plan to figure out the manufacturing technology for the great-grandchild of today's chip tech -- and the even more different generations beyond that.<p>IBM will invest $3 billion over five years to develop processors with much smaller, more tightly packed electronics than …

Quantum Computing

This Humanoid Robot Uses Walking Sticks To Climb Over Rubble

Oussama Khatib and Shu-Yun Chung have brought us the SupraPed. Khatib and Chung, researchers at Stanford, are working on a system to allow bipedal robots extra stability by giving them a pair of walking sticks. Unlike us weak humans, however, the robots will bend and twist in all sorts of ways to …

Homni: The new superorganism taking over Earth

Is our species evolving into something new? Gaia Vince makes the provocative argument that humanity is transforming, and it is already having a huge effect on life on our planet.<p>In Ancient Greek mythology, the Earth Goddess Gaia had nine titan sons, who attempted to control not just the Earth, but …

Mega Cities

Road to Mars: JPL scientists prepare for a supersonic test over Hawaii

If the wind blows the right way, sometime around sunset on Friday night, three tractor tugboats operated by P&R Water Taxi will pull up anchor in Honolulu and set off for the aquamarine waters west of Kauai.<p>On Saturday, assuming all goes well, these vessels will collect the sodden remains of a …

How British satellite company Inmarsat tracked down MH370

The British company that provided vital information on MH370’s whereabouts explains its calculations<p><b>• Malaysia Airlines MH370 search: latest</b><p>The Malaysian government has concluded that, based on satellite data analysis from British company Inmarsat, Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 ended in the …

Artificial intelligence: How to turn Siri into Samantha

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Artificial Intelligence

Spider webs reach out to entangle airborne prey thanks to electrostatic glue

Spider webs reach out and grab airborne prey and particles thanks to an electrostatic glue that coats their surface, zoologists at Oxford University …

US Congress has close encounter over extraterrestrial life

Witnesses from Nasa and MIT suggest to House committee that scientists may be on verge of breakthrough in search for aliens<p>The search for extraterrestrial life crosses every boundary. It has surpassed the limit of where humans can travel and tested the limits of what we can see. The quest must pass …

What camera should I buy? Use our step-by-step guide

You only have to go into a high-street retail store or look online to get an idea of the sheer number of digital cameras on the market. There are so …

50 Photos Captured at the Perfect Moment

One of the beauties of photography is that it can capture and preserve split-second moments that would normally be lost to the human eye. The …

Photography

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Maps of neural circuitry show women's brains are suited to social skills and memory, men's perception and co-ordination<p>Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of …

15 Breathtaking Images Of Cities Viewed From High Above

Whenever you visit a city anywhere in the world, some of the hardest shots to take are those sprawling images of the city beneath you.<p>Unless you’re …

Ghost Logo

Why all we knew about planets is wrong

We thought we knew how planets form, but the discovery of hundreds outside our Solar System changed all that, even what type of world can house life like ours.<p>Up to only a couple of decades ago the perception of our Solar System was so simple. Every planet is unique: Saturn has its spectacular …

Universe

Modular Robotics

The most customizable personal robot.<p>Fifteen years ago, Lego released the Mindstorms Robotics Invention System, and amateur roboticists went wild. With it, they could snap together motorized creations that they could program with an intelligent brick. Since then, the Mindstorms online community has …

Beautiful Underwater Panoramas are Being Used to Help Scientists Save Coral Reefs

Stunning, breathtaking, gorgeous, take your pick, any number of adjectives would work to describe the world’s coral reefs. But, sadly, another word …

Video and photos: Rich biodiversity in South American rainforest

“I have conducted expeditions all over the world, but never have I seen such beautiful, pristine forests so untouched by humans.” – Dr. Leeanne Alonso<p>…

Photos of Dogs Wearing Human Expressions

German photographer Ralph Hargarten recently came up with a project called <i>A Dog’s life</i>. In it, Hargarten is able to capture some very subtle nuances …

Japanese robo-boot could help stroke victims walk again

The Ankle Walking Assist Device brings Iron Man power-assisted limbs a step closer to reality<p>If the sight of Robert Downey Jr summoning his Iron Man accessories from across a room gave you a taste for having your own powered exoskeleton, your wish may soon be granted. Japanese technology company, …