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    Fruit-loving robots

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  • Is another universe sitting too close to us on the multiverse bus?

    Is another universe sitting too close to us on the multiverse bus?

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  • New super-Earth found that could be best candidate for signs of life

    New super-Earth found that could be best candidate for signs of life

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  • Why we are wired to produce false memories

    Why we are wired to produce false memories

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  • Food for microbes found in the plumes of Enceladus

    Food for microbes found in the plumes of Enceladus

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  • AI and Machine Learning: can we build an artificial brain?

    AI and Machine Learning: can we build an artificial brain?

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  • The Grand Finale

    The Grand Finale

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Fruit-loving robots

Fruit-loving robots

The way fruit is harvested in the orchard hasn’t changed much since the Garden of Eden: it’s still a manual process, by and large.
Is another universe sitting too close to us on the multiverse bus?

Is another universe sitting too close to us on the multiverse bus?

Since the 1960s, astronomers have been aware of the electromagnetic background radiation that pervades the Universe. Known as the Cosmic Microwave Background, this radiation is the oldest light in the Universe and what is left over from the Big Bang. By 2004, astronomers became aware that a large region within the CMB appeared to be colder than its surroundings.
New super-Earth found that could be best candidate for signs of life

New super-Earth found that could be best candidate for signs of life

An exoplanet orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth may be the new holder of the title “best place to look for signs of life beyond the Solar System”
Why we are wired to produce false memories

Why we are wired to produce false memories

How much do you trust your memories?
Astronomers found an enormous object orbiting at the edge of our solar system

Astronomers found an enormous object orbiting at the edge of our solar system

It’s no Planet Nine, but the planetary body astronomers have found at the far edge of our solar system is a notable discovery nonetheless.
Food for microbes found in the plumes of Enceladus

Food for microbes found in the plumes of Enceladus

The discovery of hydrogen in the water plumes suggests that although the moon is just 505 kilometers in diameter, it may harbor under its surface the chemicals and processes capable of supporting microbial life.
AI and Machine Learning: can we build an artificial brain?

AI and Machine Learning: can we build an artificial brain?

AI is changing the world around us, making its way into businesses, health care, science and many other fields.
Astronomers detect atmosphere around Super-Earth

Astronomers detect atmosphere around Super-Earth

An international team of astronomers, led by Keele University researcher John Southworth, has managed to detect an atmosphere around GJ 1132b
The Grand Finale

The Grand Finale

After almost 20 years in space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft begins the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration: its Grand Finale.
Evolution in a test tube

Evolution in a test tube

Biologists have observed the evolution of a virus into two incipient species — a process known as speciation
Gravitational waves boot gigantic black hole from galaxy's core

Gravitational waves boot gigantic black hole from galaxy's core

The monster black hole has already zoomed 35,000 light-years away from its galaxy's center, farther than Earth and its sun are from the core of our own Milky Way.
The LHC just discovered a new system of five particles

The LHC just discovered a new system of five particles

The Large Hadron Collider beauty experiment (LHCb) collaboration just announced the discovery of a new system of five particles all in a single analysis.
The race to quantum AI

The race to quantum AI

Quantum computing promises a radical transition to computers that are infinitely faster, solving problems that would require unattainable amounts of computing power today.
New study confirms that the future of data storage is in DNA

New study confirms that the future of data storage is in DNA

DNA is one of the most robust storage systems available, and the technology could be available to consumers in a little more than ten years.
Left-handed molecules from outer space

Left-handed molecules from outer space

Although most amino acids exist in both left and right handed forms, life on Earth is made of 'left handed' amino acids, almost exlusively.
Seven earth-like planets discovered orbiting cool Trappist

Seven earth-like planets discovered orbiting cool Trappist

Scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory and NASA have announced a remarkable new discovery: An entire system of Earth-sized planets.
What would aliens look like?

What would aliens look like?

Hollywood has given us its fair share of humanoid aliens over the years.
Blue jets studied from space station

Blue jets studied from space station

For years, scientists have been piecing together evidence of peculiar phenomena known as red sprites, blue jets, pixies and elves – exotic types of electrical discharges that emanate from thunderstorms.
Fundamentally, the Universe is made of information

Fundamentally, the Universe is made of information

Or at least, that’s the idea more and more theorists are pursuing as they search for better descriptions of the laws that govern our Universe.
"What came before the Big Bang?" --Intriguing new theories on the origin of time

"What came before the Big Bang?" --Intriguing new theories on the origin of time

The answers can be traced to the moment of the Big Bang — or possibly before, discussed below by rock-star theoretical physicist Sean Carroll, at the California Institute of Technology.
Early tipping-point alerts found in various systems

Early tipping-point alerts found in various systems

Many complex dynamical systems have critical thresholds—so-called tipping points—at which the system shifts abruptly from one state to another
Could time have multiple dimensions?

Could time have multiple dimensions?

Time flies - but not if you're a fly.
China and Egypt

China and Egypt

In the past year, Sun Weidong, a highly decorated geochemist, has ignited a passionate online debate with claims that the founders of Chinese civilization were not in any sense Chinese but actually migrants from Egypt.
Discovery of quantum vibrations inside brain neurons supports controversial theory of consciousness

Discovery of quantum vibrations inside brain neurons supports controversial theory of consciousness

The recent discovery of quantum vibrations inside neurons in the brain supports a controversial theory of consciousness.
Strange numbers found in particle collisions

Strange numbers found in particle collisions

An unexpected connection has emerged between the results of physics experiments and an important, seemingly unrelated set of numbers in pure mathematics.
The oldest human DNA sequences

The oldest human DNA sequences

The Sima de los Huesos, or the Pit of Bones, is a cave site in the Sierra de Atapuerca of northern Spain, dated to around 430,000 years ago.
The entropy of consciousness

The entropy of consciousness

"Entropy is the normal state of consciousness - a condition that is neither useful nor enjoyable." - (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)
Smart robots are watching you

Smart robots are watching you

A first batch of ten intelligent robots have started to work as customs officers at three ports in the cities of Zhuhai and Zhongshan in Southern China's Guangdong province.
Alien hunters have 234 stars in sight

Alien hunters have 234 stars in sight

Astronomers have discovered 234 mysterious signals from stars that could be different alien species trying to talk to us.
Let Free Will be

Let Free Will be

We’ve all seen them, those colorful images that show how our brains 'light up' when we’re in love, playing a video game, craving chocolate, etc.
There are 10 times more galaxies than we thought

There are 10 times more galaxies than we thought

The universe suddenly looks a lot more crowded, thanks to a deep-sky census assembled from surveys taken by NASA 's Hubble Space Telescope, Nasa Kepler telescope and other observatories.
Home smart home

Home smart home

The so called smart-home has been gaining a lot of attention lately. Almost all the world’s major tech companies have announced plans and technologies to make the smart home the next big thing.
Secret life of crows

Secret life of crows

Crows have a reasoning ability rivalling that of a human seven-year-old.
Gaia mapping the Milky Way

Gaia mapping the Milky Way

The most detailed 3D map yet of a billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy was released last week on September 14, along with a sneak peek at brand-new data on millions of stars collected by ESA's Gaia spacecraft.
Do only humans have souls, or do animals possess them too?

Do only humans have souls, or do animals possess them too?

In common parlance, the word ‘soul’ pops up everywhere. We may speak of a vast, soulless corporation or describe an athlete as the ‘heart and soul’ of his team.
You gave clues to your personality before you could talk

You gave clues to your personality before you could talk

Your personality has been sculpted by many hands. Your genes, your friends, the schools you attended, plus many other factors, will all have played a part in making you the person you are today.
‘Alien cliques’ may be keeping Earth isolated

‘Alien cliques’ may be keeping Earth isolated

If the idea really is true that aliens are deliberately preventing humans from contacting them, then extraterrestrial civilizations most likely formed a number of cliques rather than a pan-galactic government.
Is the Universe actually a giant quantum computer?

Is the Universe actually a giant quantum computer?

According to MIT professor Seth Lloyd, the answer is yes.
Plate tectonics complicate search for habitable planets

Plate tectonics complicate search for habitable planets

"This would mean that many planets in the 'Goldilocks zone' may not be habitable after all."
China makes quantum leap with Mozi satellite

China makes quantum leap with Mozi satellite

A day after its launch, world's first quantum communication satellite has sent 202 MB of good quality data to the China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station (RSGS), located near Beijing.
Extreme survival: microbes and water bears

Extreme survival: microbes and water bears

A newly discovered microbe may help identify if there is life on other frozen moons or planets.
The shallows: what the Internet is doing to our brains

The shallows: what the Internet is doing to our brains

Socrates started what may have been the first technology scare.
Evidence found for China's Great Flood

Evidence found for China's Great Flood

A great flood at the dawn of Chinese civilization, around 2,000 BC, was said to have swept away settlements, the water rising so high that it overran hills, mountains and even heaven itself.
Humanity may not need a warp drive to go interstellar

Humanity may not need a warp drive to go interstellar

The field equations of Einstein’s General Relativity theory say that faster-than-light (FTL) travel is possible
We want Moore —but the law is reaching its limits

We want Moore —but the law is reaching its limits

In 1965, Gordon Moore, who later founded Intel Corporation, wrote an essay for Electronics Magazine.
We might live in a virtual universe —but does it really matter?

We might live in a virtual universe —but does it really matter?

Our world could be a clever computer simulation that creates the impression of living in a real world.
Life on Earth could be billions of years too early

Life on Earth could be billions of years too early

One day, aliens may stumble on the charred remains of earth and understand that we were here, ancient aliens they never got to meet
Moon Express approved for private lunar landing in 2017, a space first

Moon Express approved for private lunar landing in 2017, a space first

Spaceflight venture Moon Express wants to be the first private company ever to land on the Moon in 2017 — and now the company has been granted approval by the United States government to launch to the lunar surface.
Crimes in space: whose law will we use?

Crimes in space: whose law will we use?

It sounds like the plot of a bad science-fiction movie: a crew member decides to do something evil just for the sake of money, or fame, or for a cause.
Theory of a monkey mind

Theory of a monkey mind

It is often said that the way humans make and use tools is perhaps what sets our species apart more than anything else.
This team hopes to find "another Earth" around Alpha Centauri

This team hopes to find "another Earth" around Alpha Centauri

A new group of scientists is embarking on what could be the biggest scientific discovery of all time — to capture an image of another habitable planet.
The evolution of Homo Digitalis

The evolution of Homo Digitalis

Obviously, we won't live in our current form forever, but who or what might become our successor?

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