Curiosity Rover Celebrates Its 2000th Martian Day on the Red Planet

The Curiosity Rover is easily the most popular object on Mars right now. Nearly all of NASA's Mars rovers have had the same "face",...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 8:43PM

Pentagon Tries to Replicate Human Voices Using Lasers

Considering how often lasers show up in science fiction, it's interesting that the concept of "talking lasers" might show up in...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 7:42PM

Rocket Lab's Giant Space Disco Ball 'Humanity Star' Incinerated as It Fell Back to Earth Ahead of Schedule

Back in January, New Zealand-based spaceflight company Rocket Lab launched a controversial satellite called the Humanity Star into...

Super User
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 2:00PM

'Alien' Atacama Desert Mummy Skeleton Is a Hoax—It's Actually a Mutated Human Baby, Say Scientists

Believe it or not, there's usually a rational explanation for pretty much everything tied to alien sightings.Sometimes, though, the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 1:29PM

The Great Pacific Plastic Garbage Patch Is Now Bigger Than Texas, Says Ocean Cleanup Foundation

The existence of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn't a secret, but it doesn't seem like it's common knowledge, either. That's pretty...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 1:08PM

Blow Up an Asteroid? NASA Scientist Says the Key to Saving Earth From Bennu May Actually Be Paint

A lot of fuss has been made over the past few weeks about Bennu, a giant asteroid that has a 2000 to 1 chance of crashing into the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 1:06PM

Scientists Discover Most of the Gold in the Milky Way Galaxy Was Created by Neutron Star Explosions

If you took all of planet Earth's supply of gold, melted it down (minus impurities), and attempted to fill as many Olympic-sized...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 11:26AM

EPFL Scientists Say New Memory-Deleting Method Could Stop AI From Destroying Humanity (Even the Terminator)

The problem with a giant red "OFF" button on an incredibly powerful artificial intelligence is that the AI will eventually try to...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 11:25AM

Astronomers Say Math Proves There's a Super-Earth-Sized Ninth Planet Hiding Beyond Pluto at the Edge of Our Solar System

No, it's not Pluto. Unfortunately for die-hard astronomy fans, Pluto is still languishing in its dwarf planet classification, and now...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 10:57AM

New 'Isotopic Evolution' Theory Finally Explains Why Planets Are All So Different in the Solar System

Ever wondered what makes the Earth so different than, say, Jupiter or Saturn?Why is our planet rocky and covered in water, when other...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 10:51AM

A Passing Star Shook Our Solar System 70,000 Years Ago

Back in 2015, astronomers first learned that a nearby star came within 0.8 lightyears of our own solar system about 70,000 years...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 8:45PM

MIT Designs a Robot Fish to Explore the Waters of Fiji

Considering how easy it is to scare off a fish, they can be difficult animals to study without attaching a camera to a fish and...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 7:28PM

'Rariphotic Zone' Ocean Discovery: Biologists Identify Otherworldly New Fish Species in Caribbean Near Curaçao Island

Human beings have a tendency to look up. We gaze at the stars, wondering what might be out there, and whether there is life off on any...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 2:00PM

Nvidia Just Invented an AI That Creates Photorealistic Fake Celebrities

In the 2002 sci-fi movie Simone, an ambitious movie director creates an entirely fake CGI actress to play a starring role in a movie....

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 1:39PM

Author William Poundstone Says Humans Only Have 730 Years Left Before We're Extinct

Elon Musk may come off as a crazed doomsayer when it comes to the robot apocalypse, but human extinction has been on the mind of...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 12:57PM

Marine Biologists Just Found the Key to Saving Coral Reefs—Shark Feces

We all learned in school about the importance of coral reefs and about how they are dying because of global environmental issues. The...

Andrew LaSane
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 11:28AM

Is Vladimir Putin a Time Traveler or Immortal Vampire? This Conspiracy Video Makes the Case

Did Vladimir Putin order the death of Alexander Litvinenko? What about Sergei Skripal? Was the Russian government involved in swaying...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 11:14AM

Ohio State Scientists Just Created an AI That's Better Than Human Beings at Reading Emotions

A new artificial intelligence has been constructed that is better than humans at reading emotions. This isn't based on the facial...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 10:49AM

Uber Ratings for Humans: Bad 'Social Credit' Will Get You Banned From Trains in China

If you thought erasing historical events like Tiananmen Square from search engines and instituting facial tracking across the country...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 10:40AM

'Rogue Moons' May Be as Common as Stars, Cornell Scientist Discovers

Gravity is a fun thing.Heavy things pull towards each other throughout the universe, and this can often have unusual results. When a...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 10:24AM