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Drones will fly into the path of the eclipse to study weather

As the sky goes dark, robots will conduct atmospheric science.<p>When the sun disappears behind the moon on Monday, scientists will be ready. The astrophysics of the eclipse are known, so for space watchers it will be a time to relax and partake in the strange beauty of day gone suddenly dark. For the …

Math is amazing and we have to start treating it that way

<b>EUGENIA CHENG, Mathematician:</b><p>Hi. I would like you to meet a friend of mine. He’s really useful. Wait. That doesn’t make him sound very interesting, …

A robot can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 637 milliseconds

A robot called the Sub1 Reloaded can unscramble a Rubik’s Cube in 637 milliseconds – considerably less than the fastest human time of 4.9 seconds. The robot, built by self-driving chipmaker Infineon, uses six motors to turn and twist the cube after another computer scans it, solves the puzzle …

Robotics

Here's what Ceres would look like, if you could actually see it

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has brought us closer than ever to dwarf planet Ceres. What's harder to tell is how Ceres would look if we were right there with Dawn, staring out a window and taking in the dwarf planet with the naked eye. Researchers released a new color image on Friday that gives us that …

Astronomy

‘Rogue Planets’ Are Roaming Our Galaxy

And astronomers have found an ingenious way to spot them.<p>We live in an era when it is not unusual for exoplanets—worlds beyond our solar system—to be discovered in batches of hundreds. The vast majority of these planets are exposed to astronomers by their host stars, either when the planets transit …

Universe

Researchers Accidentally Make Batteries Last 400 Times Longer

Gels and nanowires<p>Smartphones, tablets, and most other electronics rely on rechargeable batteries, but after a few thousand uses the batteries start to lose their ability to hold a charge. The batteries of today are mainly lithium, and over time that lithium corrodes inside the battery.<p>Instead of …

20 Years On, Future Bright for Exoplanet Science

Humanity's understanding of its place in the universe began changing in a big way 20 years ago this month.<p>On Oct. 6, 1995, Michel Mayor and Didier …

Planetary Habitability

What Humpback Whales Can Teach Us About Compassion

<i>This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at</i> …

NASA’s New Tech Could Bring Power to People “In the Middle of Nowhere”

Holy Grail<p>Like an increasing number of people here on Earth, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) rely on solar energy to meet …

Clean Energy

Nasa plans to make oxygen from atmosphere on Mars

Nasa is planning to make oxygen from the atmosphere on Mars when its next robot arrives on the mysterious red planet in 2020.<p>Scientists will send …

Exposure: Peaking

Standout moments in the lives of waves (and the surfers who ride them)<p><b>Brendon Gibbens, Ericeira, Portugal. Photo: Ellis</b><p><b>Rob Machado, San Diego,</b> …

Aquariums, golf courses, IMAX theaters: Visit these airports for a layover like no other

Airports can sometimes feel like a necessary evil, what with the serpentine security lines, hours-long flight delays and mediocre pretzels. But there are quite a few airports out there that you wouldn’t curse in the event of a delay. Some, in fact, that you may want to book a trip through just to …

Airports

‘Twenty seconds of burning’: Men partly blinded decades ago warn of dangers of watching eclipse unprotected

It was a clear day when Louis Tomososki’s science teacher mentioned that a partial solar eclipse would be visible from their hometown of Portland, …