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Astrophysicists release IllustrisTNG, the most advanced universe model of its kind

Novel computational methods have helped create the most information-packed universe-scale simulation ever produced. The new tool provides fresh …

Space Science

Wow! Space Station Crosses Moon's Face Just Before Epic Lunar Eclipse (Photos)

A spectacular photo shows the International Space Station (ISS) crossing the face of the moon in the lead-up to Wednesday morning's (Jan. 31) …

Space Exploration

Synchronized Galactic Orbit Challenges Our Best Theory of How the Universe Works

Scientists thought the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies were unique: They’ve got rings of smaller dwarf galaxies orbiting in what seems to be a …

Astrophysics

Huge Water Reserves Found All Over Mars

New NASA images show layers of ice peeking out of eroded cliffs—a potential boon for future humans on the red planet.<p>At sites across the midsection of Mars, scientists have found layers of water ice buried mere feet beneath the red planet’s surface. The discovery adds crucial detail to Mars’s …

Colorado

Scientists Figure Out How to Make Muscles from Scratch

For the past several years, Nenad Bursac has been trying to make muscles from scratch.<p>A biological engineer at Duke, Bursac came close in 2015, when …

It Snowed in the Sahara and the Photos Are Breathtaking

Look, I know we cover a lot of the bad types of weather here. Wildfires, droughts, extreme cold, hurricanes. But allow me to make it up to you with …

NASA Planning Mission to Alpha Centauri—in 2069

(via NASA)<p>NASA is prepping for a trip to the nearby three-star Alpha Centauri system—in 2069.<p>That’s my kind of advanced planning.<p>The mission, first …

All the biggest and best space discoveries of 2017

From neutron stars colliding to our solar system’s first visitor, 2017 was an amazing year for space discoveries. While the year had some sad …

Mission to Mars: Budweiser Sending Barley to Red Planet to Make Outer Space Beer for Humans

Although humans have yet to set foot on Mars, Budweiser is already planning what astronauts will drink when they eventually do. In March, the company …

Mysterious Particles Are Slamming Into Earth—But Why?

New observations stir up debate over an abundance of antimatter found in our atmosphere.<p>A cosmic engine is hurling strange particles at Earth—and new observations, published today in the journal <i>Science</i>, are complicating the hunt for the culprit.<p>In 2008, the space-based instrument PAMELA detected an …

Dark Matter

DARPA Laying Groundwork for Growth In-Space Robotics

WASHINGTON — The forward-leaning technology arm of the U.S. Defense Department is betting that in just a few years, the business of sending robots to …

Space Exploration

Physics Breakthrough in 50-Year Search for 'Holy Grail' Particle Tetraquark

It’s been 100 years since scientists first split open the atom and realized it was not the smallest thing to exist. It’s been more than 50 years …

The Pentagon Opened Up to Hackers—And Fixed Thousands of Bugs

The United States government doesn't get along with hackers. That's just <i>how it is</i>. Hacking protected systems, even to reveal their weaknesses, is …

Astronomers discover a giant world – but is it a planet?

A recently-discovered giant world lies right on the boundary between being a star and a planet – and that could answer some big questions<p>‘When is a planet not a planet?’ is a lot more than the beginning of a poor joke at a drunken astronomers’ Christmas party (but we laughed nonetheless). It is …

NASA Believes It Knows How To Make Mars Green Again

NASA is thinking about introducing an artificial magnetic field near Mars so that it can develop an atmosphere which would hopefully help Mars support life and liquid surface water in the future. If introduced, Mars could have an atmosphere with half the Earth’s atmospheric pressure within a few …

Magnetism

Beautiful photo of Earth from 10,000 miles away taken on this day in 1968

From NASA: "On November 9, 1969, the uncrewed Apollo 4 test flight made a great ellipse around Earth as a test of the translunar motors and of the …

How to build one of Earth's largest telescopes

Huge telescopes dot mountainsides around the world.<p>From Hawaii to Chile, scientists seek out the perfect site with fair weather and dark, clear skies …

Germany set to pay customers for electricity usage as renewable energy generation creates huge power surplus

German power producers are poised to pay customers to use electricity this weekend.<p>Wind generation is forecast to climb to a record on Sunday, …

Open source Apollo speeds up Baidu's self-driving software development

The Chinese technology company announced version 1.0 of its open-source Apollo software in July. Three months later it's up to version 1.5.<p>In July, Chinese technology company Baidu made its Apollo 1.0 self-driving car software available as open source on Github, using the Apache/BSD license. By Day …

We were promised fusion

Inside the race to get the first nuclear fusion reactor on the power grid.<p><b>Editors' note: This article is part of Dear Future, a collaboration between CNET and VICE Motherboard that looks at major innovations -- in robotics, space travel, VR and more -- shaping the world around us.</b><p>For the entirety …

DARPA's new brain device increases learning speed by 40%

Cheap and Non-Invasive<p>New research funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has successfully …

The Brain

A space rock from another star is spotted in our solar system — a cosmic first

For the first time, a space rock from another solar system has been spotted cruising through our corner of the universe.<p>The asteroid is about 400 meters across and moving at a clip of nearly 27 miles a second, according to NASA. For months, this interstellar interloper — a fragment of an alien …

Astronomy

Scientists say "ecological armageddon" is imminent due to massive insect deaths

Dropping Like Flies<p>The amount of flying insects living in Germany has dropped precipitously over the past 25 years, according to a new study. Dozens …

Creator of The Matrix code reveals its mysterious origins

The production designer of the "Matrix" films and "The Lego Ninjago Movie," which is out now, takes CNET down a rabbit hole of Zack Snyder, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Lego.<p>Green code in Japanese-inspired symbols trails down a computer screen like digital rain. It tells those who can read it what's …

'It's able to create knowledge itself': Google unveils AI that learns on its own

In a major breakthrough for artificial intelligence, AlphaGo Zero took just three days to master the ancient Chinese board game of Go ... with no human help<p>Google’s artificial intelligence group, DeepMind, has unveiled the latest incarnation of its Go-playing program, AlphaGo – an AI so powerful …

Artificial Intelligence

Our Nearest Neighboring Star Might Have Been Stolen From Somewhere Else

Less than five light years away sit three stars orbiting each other. You probably remember that one of them, Proxima Centauri, has a planet orbiting …

Ambitious 1.5C Paris climate target is still possible, new analysis shows

Goal to limit warming to 1.5C to avoid the worst impacts of climate change was seen as unreachable, but updated research suggests it could be met if strong action is taken<p>The highly ambitious aim of limiting global warming to less than 1.5C remains in reach, a new scientific analysis shows.<p>The 1.5C …

Hubble spots a strange new type of celestial object

Astronomers have discovered a brand new type of object in our solar system: an active binary asteroid. That means the object, named Body 288P, is the …

Researchers just figured out how to get robots to join forces

We're so close to the megazord of our dreams.<p><i>Power Rangers</i> had Megazord. <i>Voltron</i> had, well, Voltron. Individual robots that combine to form one larger, cooler—dare we say, more badass—automaton have been a mainstay of science fiction for decades. But a new study in <i>Nature Communications</i> suggests that …

New Theory Emerges as to how the Universe Became Such a Light-Filled State

After the Big Bang occurred, the universe was pretty dark due to the thick gas that had been churned up, trapping any light that ever was. When the …