Two Undiscovered Dark Moons Appear to Be Hiding Near Uranus

Two Undiscovered Dark Moons Appear to Be Hiding Near Uranus After re-examining data acquired by the Voyager 2 spacecraft, astronomers have detected wavy patterns in two of Uranus’s dark system of rings—patterns that may be indicative of two undiscovered moons. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Two Undiscovered Dark Moons Appear to Be Hiding Near Uranus

Google's memory-boosted AI could help you navigate the subway

Google's memory-boosted AI could help you navigate the subway Modern neural networks are good at making quick, reactive decisions and recognizing patterns, but they're not very skilled at the careful, deliberate thought that you need for complex choices. Google's DeepMind team may have licked that problem, howe… Source: Engadget Link: Google's memory-boosted AI could help […]

Here's Where the US Is Most Vulnerable to a Catastrophic Solar Storm

Here's Where the US Is Most Vulnerable to a Catastrophic Solar Storm Every 100 years or so, our planet is bombarded by an intense solar storm. These extreme space-weather events are virtually impossible to predict, but new research shows which regions of the United States are at highest risk. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Here's […]

Top chicken producer pours money into plant-based meat

Top chicken producer pours money into plant-based meat Tyson Foods is known for its chickens, nuggets, beef and pork, but it sounds like it doesn't consider mock meat makers to be its nemesis. In fact, it has poured money into Beyond Meat, enough to own five percent of the California-based company that c… Source: Engadget […]

Duke hopes HoloLens will assist with tricky brain surgeries

Duke hopes HoloLens will assist with tricky brain surgeries When Microsoft envisioned the medical world embracing HoloLens in the future, it wasn't kidding around. Duke University is testing the augmented reality headset as an assistive tool for difficult brain surgeries like extraventricular drain placement,… Source: Engadget Link: Duke hopes HoloLens will assist with tricky brain […]

Theranos faces lawsuit from a major investor

Theranos faces lawsuit from a major investor When Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes announced that the company was shifting its focus, she said her team is lucky to have investors who believe in its mission. But there's at least one major investor who doesn't, and it has already sued the contro… Source: Engadget Link: Theranos faces […]

No Sex Before Sports Myth Debunked: Study

No Sex Before Sports Myth Debunked: Study Go get your freak on, because athletes can officially have sex before the big game without feeling guilty. A new study from researchers published in Frontiers in Physiology claims that there “is no robust scientific evidence to indicate that sexual activity has a negative effect upon athletic results.” […]

Mobile, sun-seeking gardens, and more in the week that was

Mobile, sun-seeking gardens, and more in the week that was The Fisker Karma was one of the world's hottest plug-in hybrid supercars when it debuted in 2011 – and now its creator Henrik Fisker has announced plans to launch an electric sports car with a 400-mile range next year. Meanwhile, Mercedes is taking a… Source: […]

Brain-like memory gets an AI test drive

Brain-like memory gets an AI test drive Humanity just took one step closer to computers that mimic the brain. University of Southampton researchers have demonstrated that memristors, or resistors that remember their previous resistance, can power a neural network. The team's array of met… Source: Engadget Link: Brain-like memory gets an AI test drive

Researchers push Moore's Law with a 1-nanometer transistor gate

Researchers push Moore's Law with a 1-nanometer transistor gate Ready for some hardcore science about transistor elements that are a fraction of the width of a human hair? Good, because that's what this post is all about. "The semiconductor industry has long assumed that any gate below 5 nanometers wouldn't work,… Source: Engadget Link: Researchers […]

Part of Scotland will soon be powered by kites

Part of Scotland will soon be powered by kites Name a method of generating power that's cheap, efficient, sustainable and sounds like something Mary Poppins dreamed up after downing 20 teaspoons of sugar. That's right — kite power. One of the world's first non-experimental, kite-driven power sta… Source: Engadget Link: Part of Scotland will soon […]

The Nearest Earth-Like Planet Outside Our Solar System Could Be a Water World

The Nearest Earth-Like Planet Outside Our Solar System Could Be a Water World At a distance of 4.2 light years, Proxima b is the closest potentially habitable Earth-like planet outside our solar system. New research suggests this distant orb could be completely covered in water. So when do we go? Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: […]

Google releases massive visual databases for machine learning

Google releases massive visual databases for machine learning It seems like we hear about a new breakthrough using machine learning nearly every day, but it's not easy. In order to fine-tune algorithms that recognize and predict patterns in data, you need to feed them massive amounts of already-tagged informati… Source: Engadget Link: Google releases massive […]

Top 10 Smart Alternatives to TED Talks

Top 10 Smart Alternatives to TED Talks TED talks are great, but there’s a point where they all seem too similar, or are just taxing to muddle through. If you’d still like to enjoy a smart, engaging talk now and again but you’ve had enough of TED, here are some alternative to boost your brain. […]

Why We Love Listening to Sad Music

Why We Love Listening to Sad Music Music affects our brains in all kinds of wonderful ways. Upbeat music is great for working out and classical music can help you focus, but even sad music has its perks. Here’s why we love listening to sorrowful songs, and why they deserve to be on your playlists. […]

Rosetta probe's love affair with a comet ended predictably

Rosetta probe's love affair with a comet ended predictably Goodbye, Rosetta. After 12 years of getting up close and personal with Comet 67P, your service has come to an end. At approximately 7:19 am Eastern the spacecraft descended upon the comet one last time, snapping pictures and analyzing gases before cr… Source: Engadget Link: Rosetta […]

A Major Hurricane Just Developed Over the Caribbean

A Major Hurricane Just Developed Over the Caribbean An ugly, dangerous storm is brewing out there. After a bout of rapid intensification last night, Hurricane Matthew has now achieved Category 3 status, packing 120 mph winds. It’s first major Caribbean hurricane since Sandy, and the strongest to develop in this particular region since 2008. Read […]

Our Best View Yet of Molecules Moving Inside Living Cells

Our Best View Yet of Molecules Moving Inside Living Cells A new microscope developed at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts is allowing scientists track the position and orientation of individual molecules in living cells. It has the potential to reveal unknown aspects of molecular behavior, including those that turn cells into agents […]

X-Ray Images of Bird Feathers Hold the Secret to Dinosaur Colors

X-Ray Images of Bird Feathers Hold the Secret to Dinosaur Colors Textbook illustrations and museum dioramas could soon be even more accurate in their depiction of the rich colors of long-extinct animals like dinosaurs. An international team of scientists used advanced X-ray imaging techniques to map out elements related to pigmentation in modern birds of […]

Researchers think chaos theory can get us past Moore's Law

Researchers think chaos theory can get us past Moore's Law Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, believed that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every year or two. And, to his credit, that rule pretty much held out between 1965 and 2015, when the laws of physics began to get in the… […]