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'Lights-Out' Manufacturing Hits Main Street

Robots toiling day and night assembling widgets and thingamabobs in pitch-black warehouses isn’t some mustache-twirling industrialist tycoon's fantasy.

Scaring Babies for Science

"Snakes, why'd it have to be snakes?" so sayeth Indiana Jones, and so, apparently, say babies too. In a study published Wednesday in Frontiers in Psychology, European neuroscientists determined that our instinctive fears of snakes and spiders are so primal, even babies become alarmed at the sight of them.

New Zealand Songbirds Attack Rivals That Sing Pretty Songs

Birds are territorial creatures, and they'll passionately defend their chosen area from unwanted intrusions.

The Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

If you’re out enjoying the predawn darkness Saturday, you’ll likely see a number of bright streaks peppering the sky.

A Giant Cave on the Moon Could Host Lunar Settlers

Turn-of-the-century science fiction posited the existence of aliens living deep within the surface of the moon.

Psychopaths Aren't the Best Hedge Fund Managers After All

Pretty much everyone agrees investing, whether it’s your own money or a company’s, is wise. And hiring someone to manage that investment portfolio could get you the most bang for your buck.

Dogs Attempt To Communicate With Us Through Facial Expressions

Hey dog owners, you're not imagining it: Researchers think your pooch may be trying to say something with a pout or pleading eyes.

To Find Nectar, Bees Follow Blue Halos

Subtle halos on flowers function as bright blue landing pads for bees. Tiny ridges on flowers, visible only at the nanoscale, serve to reflect blue and ultraviolet light that draws in pollinators.

The AI That Dominated Humans in Go Is Already Obsolete

Remember AlphaGo? You know, the artificial intelligence that in 2016 soundly defeated the finest players humanity could muster in the ancient Chinese strategy game of Go; thus forcing us to relinquish the last vestige of board game superiority flesh-and-blood held over machines?

How Volcanoes Starved Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt was the most powerful civilization in the world for a time. The monuments built by laborers to honor pharaohs stand to this day, testament to the vast resources at their command.

In Makira, Flying Fox Teeth Are Currency...And That Could Save the Species

On the island of Makira, hunters use the teeth of giant bats known as flying foxes as currency. Now, perhaps paradoxically, researchers suggest this practice could help save these bats from potential extinction.

Even Einstein Doubted His Own Gravitational Waves

Even before LIGO published its fifth detection this week, most modern scientists had already accepted gravitational waves as an observable manifestation of Einstein’s general relativity.

Gravitational Waves Show How Fast The Universe is Expanding

The first gravitational wave observed from a neutron star merger offers the potential for a whole raft of new discoveries.

Astronomers Tally All the Gold in Our Galaxy

Before "he went to Jared," two neutron stars collided. That’s what scientists learned from studying the debris fallout after a cosmic explosion called a kilonova — 1,000 times brighter than a standard nova — which appeared, and was witnessed by astronomers, in earthly skies Aug.

Heads Up! A Chinese Space Station Will Plummet to Earth Within Months

When you go outside you may expect rain to occasionally fall from the sky, maybe even excrement from our flying friends — but a rogue space station?

California Wants to Take Human Training Wheels Off Autonomous Vehicles

You’ve read about self-driving cars cruising around California as companies try to prove and perfect their tech.

Dawn of an Era: Astronomers Hear and See Cosmic Collision

For hundreds of millions of years, two city-sized stars in a galaxy not-so-far away circled each other in a fatal dance.

Gravitational Wave Hunters Set to Make Big Announcement Monday

The massive collaboration of scientists that's hunting gravitational waves—with a lot of success—is set to make another big announcement on Monday.

First AI Learned to Walk, Now It's Wrestling, Playing Soccer

Oh, artificial intelligence, how quickly you grow up. Just three months ago you were learning to walk, and we watched you take your first, flailing steps.

Supplies of a Rare Cancer-Killing Compound Were Dwindling...Not Anymore

Bugula neritina is a rather inconspicuous marine organism. It looks like purplish seaweed, but it’s actually a branching colony of individual, tentacled zooids (the technical term for individuals in a colonial invertebrate) that resemble badminton shuttlecocks.


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