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Watch London’s Cool, Quirky Augmented Reality Art Exhibit at Home

It hasn’t been a great few months for museums, what with the pandemic shutting many of them down and forcing the rest to greatly...

Earth Has Stayed Habitable for Billions of Years. Exactly How Lucky Did We Get?

It took evolution three or four billion years to produce Homo sapiens. If the climate had completely failed just once in that time, then...

This Artificial Heart Will Soon Be on the Market in Europe

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the world, particularly in the US and Western Europe. Medical science has come...

A Language AI Is Accurately Predicting Covid-19 ‘Escape’ Mutations

For all their simplicity, viruses are sneaky little life forces. Take SARS-Cov-2, the virus behind Covid-19. Challenged with the human immune system, the virus has...

How Mirroring the Architecture of the Human Brain Is Speeding Up AI Learning

While AI can carry out some impressive feats when trained on millions of data points, the human brain can often learn from a tiny...

China Wants to Be the World’s AI Superpower. Does It Have What It Takes?

China’s star has been steadily rising for decades. Besides slashing extreme poverty rates from 88 percent to under 2 percent in just 30 years,...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 16)

CRYPTOCURRENCY Lost Passwords Lock Millionaires Out of Their Bitcoin Fortunes Nathaniel Popper | The New York Times "Stefan Thomas, a German-born programmer living in San Francisco, has...

How Many Galaxies Are in the Universe? A New Answer From the Darkest Sky...

Ordinarily, we point telescopes at some object we want to see in greater detail. In the 1990s astronomers did the opposite. They pointed the...

NASA Will Soon Choose One of These 3 Landers to Go Back to the...

America’s going back to the moon. It’s been over 50 years since the Apollo missions, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first...

How Explainable Artificial Intelligence Can Help Humans Innovate

The field of artificial intelligence has created computers that can drive cars, synthesize chemical compounds, fold proteins, and detect high-energy particles at a superhuman...

Meet Assembloids, Mini Human Brains With Muscles Attached

It’s not often that a twitching, snowman-shaped blob of 3D human tissue makes someone’s day. But when Dr. Sergiu Pasca at Stanford University witnessed the...

New Research Could Enable Direct Data Transfer From Computers to Living Cells

As the modern world produces ever more data, researchers are scrambling to find new ways to store it all. DNA holds promise as an...

The World’s Oldest Story? Astronomers Say Global Myths About ‘Seven Sisters’ Stars May Reach...

In the northern sky in December is a beautiful cluster of stars known as the Pleiades, or the “seven sisters.” Look carefully and you...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 9)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE This Avocado Armchair Could Be the Future of AI Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review "OpenAI has extended GPT-3 with two new models that...

These Futuristic Flying Ambulances May Soon Be Zooming Around New York

Ambulance use surged in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, even as emergency medical service providers struggled due to the revenue hit they took...

SETI: New Signal Excites Alien Hunters—Here’s How We Could Find Out if It’s Real

The $100 million Breakthrough Listen Initiative, founded by the billionaire, technology and science investor Yuri Milner and his wife Julia, has identified a mysterious...
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Start the New Year Right: By Watching These Robots’ Awesome Dance Moves

2020 was a tough year. There was almost nothing good about it, and we saw it off with a “good riddance” and hopes for...

2021 Could Be a Banner Year for AI—If We Solve These 4 Problems

If AI has anything to say to 2020, it’s “you can’t touch this.” Last year may have severed our connections with the physical world, but...
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‘The Secret History of the Moon’: The Epic Story of How the Moon Was...

Where did the moon come from? The leading theory suggests the moon was formed after a massive collision between a Mars-sized planet Theia and Earth...

Scientists Just Created a Catalyst That Turns CO2 Into Jet Fuel

Air travel is one of the worst contributors to global warming, burping out nearly a billion tons of CO2 a year. But what if...

These Were Our Favorite Tech Stories From Around the Web in 2020

This time last year we were commemorating the end of a decade and looking ahead to the next one. Enter the year that felt...

Forget Your Five-Year Plan: What If We Visualized Humanity’s Future in Centuries, Millennia, and...

“Where do you see yourself in five years?” It’s a classic job interview question, designed to probe your level of ambition and aspiration. And...

‘WTF?’: Newly Discovered Ghostly Circles in the Sky Can’t Be Explained by Current Theories,...

In September 2019, my colleague Anna Kapinska gave a presentation showing interesting objects she’d found while browsing our new radio astronomical data. She had...

Fighting Covid-19 Brought These Lasting Breakthroughs to Science and Medicine

2020 was the year of the pandemic. But the arrival of Covid-19 in January not only threw an Earth-sized wrench into our lives, it...

New IBM Research Means We Could Soon Train Neural Networks on a Smartphone

The neural networks that power today’s AI are incredibly powerful, but training them can require entire server farms and huge amounts of energy. A...

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