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Engineers create most wear-resistant metal alloy in the world

If you're ever unlucky enough to have a car with metal tires, you might consider a set made from a new alloy engineered at Sandia National …

Amazon River pirating water from neighboring Rio Orinoco

The Amazon River is slowly stealing a 40,000-square-kilometer (25,000-square-mile) drainage basin from the upper Orinoco River, according to new …

AI could make dodgy lip sync dubbing a thing of the past

Researchers have developed a system using artificial intelligence that can edit the facial expressions of actors to accurately match dubbed voices, …

Rosetta Image Makes You Feel Like You're on the Surface of a Comet

The Rosetta orbiter ended its mission in September 2016, but science fans continue to unearth and reprocess some of its incredible images of comet …

A Strange Type of Matter Might Lie Inside Neutron Stars, And It Breaks The Periodic Table

This is amazing and we are freaking out.<p>A group of physicists are questioning our understanding of how quarks - a type of elementary particle - …

1 Million Habitable Planets Could (Theoretically) Orbit a Black Hole. Here's How

A black hole could have 1 million planets orbiting near it that are potentially capable of supporting life as we know it, an astrophysicist …

Researchers investigate 'why clothes don't fall apart'

Cotton thread is made of many tiny fibers, each just 2-3 cm long, yet when spun together the fibers are capable of transmitting tension over …

A new way to build road maps from aerial images automatically

Map apps may have changed our world, but they still haven't mapped all of it yet. Specifically, mapping roads can be difficult and tedious: Even …

Bayesian Regularization for #NeuralNetworks

If you are a science or math nerd, there is no way in hell you would have not heard of Bayes’s Theorem. It’s pervasive and quite a powerful inference …

Video-capturing drone tracks moving subjects while freely navigating any environment

If you're a rock climber, hiker, runner, dancer, or anyone who likes recording themselves while in motion, a personal drone companion can now do all …

How cash can promote tropical forest conservation

Paying rural villagers to cut down fewer trees boosts conservation not only while the payments are being made but even after they're discontinued, …

A machine-learning approach to inventory-constrained dynamic pricing

In 1933, William R. Thompson published an article on a Bayesian model-based algorithm that would ultimately become known as Thompson sampling. This …

Google developed its own mobile chip to help smartphones take better photos

There's a lot going on under the hood of your smartphone camera every time you push the button<p><i>Update 2/6/2018: Google originally turned off the Pixel Visual Core for everything except the stock camera app, but now the company is turning it on for use, even with outside applications. Developers can</i> …

Are there any home remedies for ringworm?

Ringworm is a very common fungal infection that is not, despite its name, caused by a worm. It is caused by the fungus <i>Tinea</i>, which is highly …

Coconut

An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Biology

NASA tests small nuclear reactor that could power a habitat on Mars

The compact system can reliably generate power, a must for distant space travel.<p>Everyone from Elon Musk to Donald Trump wants to send a crewed mission to Mars in the not too distant future, but there are quite a few problems that need to be solved before we can achieve that goal. A major one is the …

Space Travel

New software speeds origami structure designs

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new computer-aided approach that streamlines the design process for origami-based …

This algorithm cleverly recreates 3D objects from tiny 2D images

With a lifetime of observing the world informing our perceptions, we’re all pretty good at inferring the overall shape of something we only see from the side, or for a brief moment. Computers, however, are just plain bad at it. Fortunately, a clever shortcut created by a Berkeley AI researcher may …

Nanoparticle ink produces glowing holograms with simple inkjet printer

Researchers at ITMO University unveiled a new approach for printing luminescent structures based on nanoparticle ink. The unique optical properties …

The story of how discarded orange peels turbocharged a Costa Rican forest

Sixteen years after a controversial biodegradation plan allowed 1,000 truckloads of orange peels to be unloaded onto a barren, deforested area of …

Zealandia Is the Lost, Sunken Continent at the Bottom of the Pacific Ocean

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Octopus research shows that consciousness isn’t what makes humans special

Whether or not octopuses should be viewed as charming or terrifying very much depends on your personal perspective. But it’s hard to deny their intelligence.<p>Octopuses can squirt water at an annoyingly bright bulb until it short-circuits. They can tell humans apart (even those who are wearing the …

Graphic Shows the House Plants That Naturally Clean the Air in Your Home, According to a NASA Study

This is a quick public service announcement. If you believe in science and facts, read on.<p>Back in the 1980s, NASA published a research report called …

Houseplants

Is It Possible To Pull Something Out Of A Black Hole?

Once something falls into a black hole, it can never get out. No matter how much energy you have, you can never move faster than the speed of light, and yet you’d need to in order to exit of the event horizon once you’ve crossed inside. But what if you tried to cheat that little rule by tethering a …

Black Holes

Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy: Modular, off-grid desalination technology

A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded an off-grid technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to turn …

Would a fidget spinner spin forever in space?

Space. It's the final frontier.<p>We all know that NASA and other space agencies around the world want us to boldly adventure into the solar system, and …

YouTube’s heatmaps show where eyes linger in VR videos

Shocking nobody, 75 percent of viewers just stare straight ahead.<p>YouTube's growing library of VR content is a definite asset in Google's struggle to dominate the virtual reality sphere. The video platform isn't just improving the consumer experience either, as it did when it added shared virtual …

Virtual Reality