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Bat Bot is an autonomous drone that mimics a bat's flight

For roboticists working in the field of biomimetics, copying a bat's complex flight patterns has been a difficult problem to solve. Or, as Caltech professor and Jet Propulsion Laboratory researcher Soon-Jo Chung put it during a press conference, "bat flight is the holy grail of aerial robotics." …

Otherworldly Images of Andromeda Galaxy Over a Tiny Swiss Village

Photographer Sandro Casutt lives in a remote Swiss village with unbelievable views of the Andromeda Galaxy. The village of Vals, population 990, is a prime location for viewing the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Thus, Casutt, together with his brother Markus, started Cosmic Art Photography …

Andromeda Galaxy

Adrenaline junkies will love this thrilling walkway in the Swiss mountains

Adrenaline junkies should head to the Schilthorn summit in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland, to tackle a dramatic walkway called the Thrill Walk.<p>The Thrill Walk is 200-metre-long steel and glass bridge that clings to the side of the rock at Schilthorn before swinging under the observation deck …

New Zealand

These Aerial Photos Make Salt Ponds Look Like Abstract Art

Canadian photographer David Burdeny captures the chemical compositions of salt ponds all over the world.<p>Untouched by man, natural landscapes bloom with color in the <i>Salt Series</i> by photographer David Burdeny. Aerial images of vibrant salterns blur the line between documentary photographs and …

Photography

Physicists Have Observed The Light Spectrum of Antimatter For First Time

Putting Einstein's special relativity to the test.<p>After two decades of trying, physicists at CERN have reported the first ever measurement of the …

Physics

Take a virtual tour of New York’s seasonal Fifth Avenue shopfronts with Google

Google has launched a new interactive experience that allows users to take a virtual stroll along the iconic, brightly- lit seasonal shop displays of New York City.<p>Each year, more than five million people travel to Manhattan during the holiday season, with the shop front displays lining Madison and …

New York City

Radioactive Diamond Batteries: Making Good Use Of Nuclear Waste

A research team at the University of Bristol has developed a way to use a type of nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery that is an actual diamond.<p>Such a battery produces very low power, but has no moving parts, no emissions of any type including radiation, needs no …

Clean Energy

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’s Chinese posters are stunning and inspired by ancient paintings

While Western posters for <i>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find</i> <i>Them</i> inevitably focused on its A-list cast, China’s showcased its beasts and quite …

Fantastic Beasts

Underwater Photographer Makes Incredible Images of Great White Sharks Above & Below the Surface

California-based photographer/diver Alex Suh is someone you could conservatively describe as “fearless.” He has a passion for the ocean, and as you …

5 Simple Math Problems No One Can Solve

Easy to understand, supremely difficult to prove.<p>Mathematics can get pretty complicated. Fortunately, not all math problems need to be inscrutable. Here are five current problems in the field of mathematics that anyone can understand, but nobody has been able to solve.

Oh Good, MIT Made an AI Nightmare Machine

If Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking’s foreboding pronouncements about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence don’t have you spooked enough, MIT has …

Watch Orbital's Antares rocket fly for the first time in 2 years

Orbital ATK's new and improved Antares rocket is ready for lift off two years after the company's unfortunate accident. Back in 2014, its older version blew up merely six seconds after launch, taking the space station's supplies with it. Since then, the aerospace corporation has been resupplying …

Space Exploration

Six energy-harvesting gadgets powered by people

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>People power is perhaps one of the world's greatest untapped sources of renewable energy. Smart devices that harness kinetic energy from everyday human activities help the environment in more ways than one. By turning motion into useable electricity, human-powered gadgets help reduce …

Check Out Every Inch of Ken Block's 1400-HP Stunt Car

The craziest Mustang ever made is back with more power.<p>Ken Block's Hoonicorn, an 845-hp all-wheel-drive drift machine based very loosely on a 1965 Ford Mustang, is one of the wildest cars ever built. It starred in Block's Gymkhana 7, where it tore around Los Angeles like no car before it. By …

Mitsuku chatbot wins Loebner Prize for most humanlike A.I., yet again

With all the hustle and bustle going on in the world of chatbots at the moment, one crucial event that is very relevant to the future of A.I. has gone relatively unnoticed. If you are interested in chatbots and A.I., you may have heard about the Loebner Prize, which was created by Hugh Loebner and …

Decades After His Death, Max Beckmann Returns To New York

One late December day in 1950, Max Beckmann was standing on a street corner near Central Park in New York City. The German expressionist painter had been on his way to see an exhibition featuring his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Called "American Painting Today," the show was displaying …

Art

A Google Maps for the Human Body

A group of scientists has taken the first important steps towards creating the Human Cell Atlas—a complete inventory of our staggeringly diverse cells.<p>Earlier this year, Steve McCarroll announced that his team had discovered the gene that most powerfully drives our risk of schizophrenia. Known as …

Genetics

The new Harbin Opera House is a force of nature - CNN Style

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Cookies

The Founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese Is Launching the Coolest Virtual Reality Company Ever

Modal VR looks to take virtual reality where it hasn't gone yet.<p>Chuck E. Cheese is where a kid can be a kid. Modal VR wants to bring you to a place where a full-grown adult can be a kid.<p>Nolan Bushnell, the entrepreneur who founded both the children's restaurant and video game company Atari, is …

Virtual Reality

New life, apart: Rare surgery to separate brothers conjoined at head

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Anias and Jadon McDonald are twins conjoined at the head. Their birth was rare; science says the boys are one in millions. Their parents couldn't agree more.<p>"They're so perfect," says their mother, Nicole. "They're beautiful, and they are so funny and so happy."<p>At 13 months, Jadon …

Parenting

What Is Fog Computing? And Why It Matters In Our Big Data And IoT World

First everything was in “the cloud” but today’s new buzzword is “fog computing.” No, it doesn’t have anything to do with the weather phenomenon, but rather with how we store and access data.<p>Cloud computing refers to the ability to store data and retrieve it from off-site locations. It’s how your …

Internet of Things

Visual memory and what Picasso was really seeing

The painter’s recall was exceptional, but he always used it to create something new, says Christine Temple<p>Did an exceptional visual memory give Picasso an edge in his capacity for artistic excellence? Studies show that the drawing ability of children correlates with their visual memory; those who …

Art

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Are you safer in a Tesla on autopilot, as Elon Musk says? Let’s do the math.

Since a Tesla car on autopilot had a fatal crash in May, killing the driver, we’ve been hearing debates about whether the company’s “self-driving” cars are safe. On October 4, California’s regulators asked Tesla to stop advertising its cars using the word “autopilot” until and unless the car could …

Tesla

The four dimensional human genome defies naturalistic explanations

Published: October 6, 2016<p>The human genome is the most complex computer operating system anywhere in the known universe. It controls a super-complex …

The difference between Europe’s “customs union” and “single market”

WHEN discussing a “hard” or a “soft” Brexit, commentators regularly talk of the European Union’s “customs union” and “single market”. Currently …

United Kingdom

Oculus Finally Delivers the Missing Piece for VR - MIT Technology Review

When the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset launched earlier this year, our reviewer noted that it was expensive and awkward to use—yet “too cool to …

Virtual Reality

2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year: Animals in pictures

How Does the Nobel Peace Prize Work?

So how does somebody even win a Nobel Peace Prize? Ted-Ed delves into the history of the award (how it is one of the five prizes created by Alfred …

'Cannonballs' of plasma the size of Mars seen racing from a mystery star

The Hubble Space Telescope has had another result. The giant space viewer has now spotted "superhot blobs of gas" emerging from a distant star system.<p>…

Universe