Technology

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

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

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

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

Quantum Physicists Create New Electronic Material: Next-Gen Electromagnets Inspired by Japanese Kagome Basket Weaving

Scientists have managed to create a brand new form of quantum electronic material by organizing metal atoms into a strong, sturdy new...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 - 1:20PM

Data Mining Is Out of Control at Facebook, Former Employee Sandy Parakilas Reveals

If you're just catching the news about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, here's the short version: Several years ago, a consultancy...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 - 11:38AM

NASA is Open to More Spacecrafts Powered by Plutonium

For their most important missions, NASA will sometimes create a power source from their very limited supply of plutonium-232, a rare...

Jonathan Kesh
Monday, 19 March 2018 - 7:31PM

Is This Asteroid Laser Test Proof Scientists in Russia Are Perfecting a Secret Doomsday Weapon?

Recently, news has been circulating about how, apparently, NASA isn't going to be able to do anything to save us from asteroid Bennu...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 19 March 2018 - 2:33PM

ESA Announces When and Where China's Rogue Space Station Will Crash to Earth

Tiangong-1, the Chinese space agency's original orbital space station and laboratory, has been abandoned in orbit.Getting the thing...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 19 March 2018 - 2:08PM

GE Takes the World's Largest Jet Engine on a Test Flight

In an attempt to redefine what a "jumbo jet" is, GE Aviation (part of the broader General Electric company) is working on massive new...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 18 March 2018 - 3:52PM

Solar Storms Could Pose a Threat to Self-Driving Cars

We've seen field tests, but we're not at the point where self-driving or autonomous cars are a widespread phenomenon. But when that...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 17 March 2018 - 3:33PM

NASA Admits It May Not Be Able To Stop Bennu Asteroid From Destroying Earth

Earlier this month, we reported on NASA's new plan to deflect the asteroid Bennu, which involves a new spacecraft called the HAMMER....

Chris Mahon
Friday, 16 March 2018 - 11:34AM

Retired Air Force General : This Is How Space War Will Be Fought

When Ronald Reagan imagined the battle for space, he envisioned something out of Star Wars (and who can blame him): a global...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 16 March 2018 - 10:43AM

Russian Scientists Are Testing Lasers to Blow Up Deadly Asteroids

Remember last week, when we learned that NASA has official plans to blow up deadly asteroids with nuclear bombs? Well, we've got more...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 15 March 2018 - 11:36AM

Tech Startup Nectome Debuts '100% Fatal' Brain Upload Service

In Futurama, one piece of bizarre sci-fi technology that shows up a lot is human heads kept alive in glass jars. This is played for...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 15 March 2018 - 10:34AM

XPrize Foundation Contest: $10M If You Can Build a Working Robot Avatar

It's hard to ignore the appeal of the robot avatar. Fans of science fiction in general, and video games in particular, dream of the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 - 1:41PM

Scientists Are Using 'Alien Music' to Unlock the Secrets of Our Brains

We've seen the first album released by an AI and heard that annoying Star Wars cantina song more times than we can count, but Vincent...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 - 1:16PM

MIT: We'll Have a Working Fusion Reactor in 15 Years

Artificial fusion reaction is essentially the modern equivalent of the Philosopher's Stone; an incredible, unlimited source of power,...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 - 11:49AM

To Find the 'Building Blocks of Life,' NASA Launches Asteroid Bennu Mission

Increasingly, scientists are becoming convinced that life on Earth must have started in space.The prevailing theory, which is gaining...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 - 10:30AM