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Courts use algorithms to help determine sentencing, but random people get the same results

Science Numbers aren’t always as impartial as they appear. There's lots of things you shouldn't leave up to people's best guesses, and determining which criminals are likely to reoffend is one of them.

These very subtle movements line up with autism

A new study provides the strongest evidence yet that nearly imperceptible changes in how people move can be used to diagnose neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.

24 hidden Android settings you should know about

DIY Master your Android phone. The customizable Android operating system gives users more flexibility than iOS does.

Topographic map reveals Titan’s highs and lows

Astronomers have created a global topographic map of Saturn’s moon Titan using the now-complete Cassini data set.

This tiny shark eats grass and it’s doing just fine

Animals The world’s only omnivorous shark doesn’t just poop grass for fun. Bonnethead sharks are the only omnivorous sharks, rivaling sea turtles in their ability to digest seagrass.

Compare your fears against reality

From ABC News, this is a clever comparison between people’s worst fears and the number of deaths caused by the things that people fear.

These companies claim blockchain could help fight climate change

Nexus Media News Is it a breakthrough, or just a buzzword? Blockchain technology could be an important tool in solving climate change—at least according to a crop of new companies.

Lower mortality for those who go to religious services

A new paper links regular attendance at religious services with improved health and lowered mortality.

Water-based air conditioner cools without harmful chemicals

A new water-based air-conditioning system cools air to as low as 18 degrees Celsius (about 64 degrees Fahrenheit) without using energy-intensive compressors and environmentally harmful chemical refrigerants.

Avoid ‘attention residue’ while switching tasks with this plan

When you have to switch tasks at work, making a plan to return to and finish the task you’re leaving can help you better focus on the new, interrupting work, according to new research.

Baby brain response to touch sets stage for empathy

Safe, new brain imaging techniques provide one of the first looks inside the infant’s brain to show where the sense of touch is processed—not just when a baby feels a touch to the hand or foot, but also when the baby sees an adult’s hand or foot being touched, as well.

These fish eat the scales they ram or pry off others

New research clarifies how the odd diet of scale-eating fish influences their body evolution and behavior.

That giant fireball in Michigan last night did not trigger an earthquake

Space But it was gorgeous. It brightened the cold Michigan night in an instant, a brilliant burst of light that streaked across the sky.

Fun Fact: Chameleon Bones Glow in the Dark

Shine an ultraviolet light on a chameleon in the dark, and it will light up with an eerie blue glow. It's not their color-changing skin at play here, either.

The Pain-Relieving Power of a Loving Touch

Around 100 million adults in the United States are affected by chronic pain – pain that lasts for months or years on end.

Weekly Space Hangout – Jan 17, 2018: Dr. Bram Venemans and Distant Quasars

Hosts: Fraser Cain ( / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter ( / @PaulMattSutter) Dr.

James Webb Wraps up 3 Months in the Freezer. It’s Ready for Space

When the James Webb Space Telescope finally takes to space, it will study some of the most distant objects in the Universe, effectively looking back in time to see the earliest light of the cosmos.

Here's where your new car lands on the self-driving scale

Technology Most modern rides rank around level 2 of 5 when it comes to automation. Our cars are getting better and better at helping us drive, but it's a long road ahead until they can truly drive themselves.

Lightning, meet snowstorm: The makings of thundersnow

Environment Nobody expects to see lightning while a blizzard is raging Thundersnow struck again during the bomb cyclone…

Carnival of Space #544

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by me at the CosmoQuest blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #544 And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space.