Science and Technology   Tue 4 Aug 11:06 GMT

Katie Mack: 'Knowing how the universe will end is freeing'

Katie Mack: 'Knowing how the universe will end is freeing'

Astrophysicist Katie Mack has been researching The End of Everything.

BBC News - 2 hours ago

Renaming Tesla Autopilot? That'd be 'idiotic,' Elon Musk says

Renaming Tesla Autopilot? That'd be 'idiotic,' Elon Musk says

The Tesla CEO maintains calling the software something else would not stop people from misusing the technology.

CNET - 3 hours ago

Hydrogel paves way for biomedical breakthrough

Hydrogel paves way for biomedical breakthrough

Published in Advanced Functional Materials, a University of Sydney team of biomedical engineers has developed a plasma technology to robustly attach hydrogels—a jelly-like substance which is structurally similar to soft tissue in the human body—to polymeric m…

phys.org - 3 hours ago

Safer, longer-lasting energy storage requires focus on interface of advanced materials

Safer, longer-lasting energy storage requires focus on interface of advanced materials

Scientists seeking ways to improve a battery's ability to hold a charge longer, using advanced materials that are safe, stable and efficient, have determined that the materials themselves are only part of the solution.

phys.org - 4 hours ago

Glaciers could have sculpted Mars valleys: study

Glaciers could have sculpted Mars valleys: study

The question of whether ancient life could have existed on Mars centres on the water that once flowed there, but new research published Monday suggests that many of the Red Planet's valleys were gouged by icy glaciers not rivers. The study in Nature Geoscien…

Yahoo Entertainment - 5 hours ago

August’s Full Sturgeon Moon Will Illuminate the Sky Tonight

August’s Full Sturgeon Moon Will Illuminate the Sky Tonight

Roll out a blanket and settle in for a gorgeous cosmic show.

goodhousekeeping.com - 6 hours ago

New SpaceX Starship fails to fire; next launch attempt on Tuesday

New SpaceX Starship fails to fire; next launch attempt on Tuesday

The headless rocket known as SN5 didn't light up Monday, but Elon Musk and SpaceX will give it a go again soon.

CNET - 6 hours ago

VIDEO: Splashdown Pensacola, boaters flock to splashdown site

VIDEO: Splashdown Pensacola, boaters flock to splashdown site

Video from the LIVE NASA feed of the SpaceX splashdown off Pensacola shows boaters flocking to the scene of the splashdown. They were kept back as the Dragon capsule was loaded onto of a recovery vessel to bring the capsule onto dry land.

WKRG News 5 - 6 hours ago

On Mars, massive ice sheets — not rivers — may have carved ancient valleys

On Mars, massive ice sheets — not rivers — may have carved ancient valleys

Ancient Mars may not have been quite so habitable after all.

space.com - 7 hours ago

CRISPR Startups Give Genome Editing Several New Twists

CRISPR Startups Give Genome Editing Several New Twists

New companies focused on CRISPR technology are going to extremes, including extremophile enzymes, extremely precise base editors, and exonucleases for shredding targeted DNA with extreme prejudice.

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News - 7 hours ago

Tonight offers best chance of spotting space station in night sky

Tonight offers best chance of spotting space station in night sky

International Space Station will be visible for a minutes in the night sky on Monday, August 3.

PennLive - 8 hours ago

Stock Market Today: Dow, S&P Live Updates for Aug. 4, 2020

Stock Market Today: Dow, S&P Live Updates for Aug. 4, 2020

Asian stocks advanced Tuesday after a technology-fueled rally in the U.S. amid positive economic data and the potential for further stimulus. The dollar held gains.

Bloomberg - 8 hours ago

SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown: See NASA astronauts return to Earth

SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown: See NASA astronauts return to Earth

The Demo-2 mission came to a successful end after Crew Dragon splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. You can watch the replay here.

CNET - 8 hours ago

Can a quantum strategy help bring down the house?

Can a quantum strategy help bring down the house?

In some versions of the game blackjack, one way to win against the house is for players at the table to work as a team to keep track of and covertly communicate amongst each other the cards they have been dealt. With that knowledge, they can then estimate the…

phys.org - 8 hours ago

Oriole hybridization is a dead end: study

Oriole hybridization is a dead end: study

A half-century of controversy over two popular bird species may have finally come to an end. In one corner: the Bullock's Oriole, found in the western half of North America. In the other corner: the Baltimore Oriole, breeding in the eastern half. Where their …

phys.org - 8 hours ago

LIVE: Tracking SpaceX Crew Dragon’s splashdown near Pensacola

LIVE: Tracking SpaceX Crew Dragon’s splashdown near Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — WKRG News 5 is covering the historical SpaceX Return in the Gulf Coast Sunday. Crews are in position to capture this memorable event near Pensacola. The splashdown is scheduled around 1:40 PM. WKRG News 5 will share this moment on WKR…

WKRG News 5 - 8 hours ago

Calculating the benefits of exascale and quantum computers

Calculating the benefits of exascale and quantum computers

A quintillion calculations a second. That's one with 18 zeros after it. It's the speed at which an exascale supercomputer will process information. The Department of Energy (DOE) is preparing for the first exascale computer to be deployed in 2021. Two more wi…

phys.org - 9 hours ago

'Not what we were anticipating': Boaters surround SpaceX capsule at splashdown

'Not what we were anticipating': Boaters surround SpaceX capsule at splashdown

SpaceX's recovery team radioed out to the boaters in an attempt to get them away from the Crew Dragon capsule.

wtsp.com - 10 hours ago

How one Black-owned business was affected by BLM protests : The Indicator from Planet Money

How one Black-owned business was affected by BLM protests : The Indicator from Planet Money

The Black Lives Matter demonstrations brought people together to protest injustice. But alongside the protests came riots, at a great cost to some Black-owned businesses.

NPR - 10 hours ago

Trump hails SpaceX's 1st splashdown with NASA astronauts. Obama, too.

Trump hails SpaceX's 1st splashdown with NASA astronauts. Obama, too.

Two U.S. presidents are celebrating an American feat in space.

space.com - 10 hours ago

There Are Two Ways Out of a Frog. This Beetle Chose the Back Door.

There Are Two Ways Out of a Frog. This Beetle Chose the Back Door.

A researcher fed beetles to frogs. The encounter did not end as expected.

New York Times - 10 hours ago

Sperm fooled scientists for 350 years – they spin not swim

Sperm fooled scientists for 350 years – they spin not swim

Our breakthrough discovery has found that sperm aren't "swimmers" after all.

The Conversation Africa - 10 hours ago

PPE poses a major environmental threat — scientists propose a solution

PPE poses a major environmental threat — scientists propose a solution

Chemists from India have proposed a way to sustainably recycle PPE equipment and create eco-friendly biofuel in the process.

Inverse - 10 hours ago

Asian stocks to open higher; dollar advances

Asian stocks to open higher; dollar advances

(Aug 4): Asian stocks looked poised for gains Tuesday after a technology-fueled rally in the U.S. amid positive economic data and the potential for further stimulus. The dollar climbed.Futures pointed higher in Japan, Australia and Hong Kong. S&P 500 contract…

The Edge Markets MY - 10 hours ago

'Zombie Cicadas' Have Been Spotted in the United States and We're Officially Creeped Out

'Zombie Cicadas' Have Been Spotted in the United States and We're Officially Creeped Out

This sounds like a bizarre science-fiction movie that I'm not trying to be a part of.

housebeautiful.com - 10 hours ago

Lucy mission one step closer to the Trojan asteroids

Lucy mission one step closer to the Trojan asteroids

NASA's Lucy mission, led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), has achieved an important milestone by passing its System Integration Review and clearing the way for spacecraft assembly. This NASA Discovery Program class mission will be the first to explore …

phys.org - 10 hours ago

Studying the genome of mountain goats shows us how they adapted to their environment

Studying the genome of mountain goats shows us how they adapted to their environment

Seeing a mountain goat in the wild of southeast Alaska for the first time, with its stark white coat and graceful posture against a lush green mountain landscape, is an unforgettable experience.

phys.org - 11 hours ago

Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple

Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple

In a row that has been ongoing for nearly a decade, Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co., Ltd. claims Apple infringed on its patents

The Globe And Mail - 12 hours ago

A Pair of Canadian Ice Caps Has Disappeared Completely

A Pair of Canadian Ice Caps Has Disappeared Completely

A set of polar ice caps has literally disappeared. We don’t need any more evidence that the Earth is warming to the point of mass instability, but this latest discovery is unsettling, to say the least.

gizmodo.com - 12 hours ago

Scientists retract claim of finding tiniest dinosaur

Scientists retract claim of finding tiniest dinosaur

A spectacular fossil skull preserved in a drop of amber is not from a tiny flying dinosaur but probably the remains of an ancient lizard, according to a retraction of the original research published in March.

NBC News - 12 hours ago

Two Canadian ice caps have completely vanished from the Arctic, NASA imagery shows

Two Canadian ice caps have completely vanished from the Arctic, NASA imagery shows

Scientists gave the caps 5 years to live in a 2017 study. Climate change killed them in record time.

Live Science - 12 hours ago

Compañía china demanda a Apple por 1.400 millones de dólares

Compañía china demanda a Apple por 1.400 millones de dólares

La compañía de inteligencia artificial china Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co Ltd, también conocida como Xiao-i, ha presentado una demanda contra Apple Inc

periodicocubano.com - 12 hours ago

Meet the 'badass' NASA astronauts who flew SpaceX's Crew Dragon shipBusiness Insider

Meet the 'badass' NASA astronauts who flew SpaceX's Crew Dragon shipBusiness Insider

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley successfully completed SpaceX's first crewed mission, Demo-2, with an ocean splashdown on Sunday.

Business Insider - 12 hours ago

Quantum Blackjack: Using Quantum Entanglement to Gain an Advantage in the Game of Blackjack

Quantum Blackjack: Using Quantum Entanglement to Gain an Advantage in the Game of Blackjack

Can a Quantum Strategy Help Bring Down the House? In some versions of the game blackjack, one way to win against the house is for players at the table to work as a team to keep track of and covertly communicate amongst each other the cards they have been deal…

SciTechDaily - 14 hours ago

Early Mars was covered in ice sheets, not flowing rivers: study

Early Mars was covered in ice sheets, not flowing rivers: study

A large number of the valley networks scarring Mars's surface were carved by water melting beneath glacial ice, not by free-flowing rivers as previously thought, according to new UBC research published today in Nature Geoscience. The findings effectively thro…

phys.org - 14 hours ago

Neanderthal DNA contributes to genetic diversity, bringing more understanding to human evolution

Neanderthal DNA contributes to genetic diversity, bringing more understanding to human evolution

The advent of DNA sequencing has given scientists a clearer insight into the interconnectedness of evolution and the web-like path that different organisms take, splitting apart and coming back together. Tony Capra, associate professor of biological sciences,…

phys.org - 14 hours ago

After being swallowed alive, water beetle stages 'backdoor' escape from frog’s gut

After being swallowed alive, water beetle stages 'backdoor' escape from frog’s gut

Life's journey sometimes takes you to unexpected places.

Live Science - 14 hours ago

Astra's 1st orbital launch attempt scuttled by wayward boat

Astra's 1st orbital launch attempt scuttled by wayward boat

The spaceflight startup will try again later this week.

space.com - 14 hours ago

Black hole fails to do its job

Black hole fails to do its job

Astronomers have discovered what can happen when a giant black hole does not intervene in the life of a galaxy cluster. Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes they have shown that passive black hole behavior may explain a remarkable torre…

phys.org - 14 hours ago

Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts to Escape

Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts to Escape

Regimbartia attenuata doesn’t take too kindly to being eaten. Once locked inside a frog’s maw, it turns around and starts heading for the exit.

Wired - 15 hours ago

Machine learning finds a surprising early galaxy

Machine learning finds a surprising early galaxy

New results achieved by combining big data captured by the Subaru Telescope and the power of machine learning have discovered a galaxy with an extremely low 1.6% oxygen abundance, breaking the previous record of the lowest abundance. The measured oxygen abund…

phys.org - 15 hours ago

Cold-sensitive staphylococci reveal a weakness

Cold-sensitive staphylococci reveal a weakness

Staphylococcus aureus—also known as "golden staph"—has the ability to develop in highly variable environmental conditions (on the skin, in the nose, on sterile surfaces, and so forth). Its great adaptability depends on an RNA helicase involved in the degradat…

phys.org - 15 hours ago

What is UV light and can it kill the coronavirus? Here's everything you need to know

What is UV light and can it kill the coronavirus? Here's everything you need to know

UV light is being used to disinfect airplanes, hotels, subway cars and cruise ships, but Americans are skeptical. How can light kill the coronavirus?

USA Today - 17 hours ago

Speech Processing Hierarchy in the Dog Brain – Exciting Similarities With Humans

Speech Processing Hierarchy in the Dog Brain – Exciting Similarities With Humans

The study reveals exciting speech processing similarities between us and a speechless species. Dog brains, just as human brains, process speech hierarchically: intonations at lower, word meanings at higher stages, according to a new study by Hungarian researc…

SciTechDaily - 17 hours ago

Evolution turned this fish into a 'penis with a heart.' Here's how.

Evolution turned this fish into a 'penis with a heart.' Here's how.

Anglerfish traded their immune systems for spooky fusion sex, new study suggests.

Live Science - 20 hours ago

Google's Nest devices will be the 'cornerstone' of ADT smart home security

Google's Nest devices will be the 'cornerstone' of ADT smart home security

Google has announced that it will invest $450 million in security firm ADT, forming a partnership that will allow ADT’s technicians to sell and install Google’s Nest family of products. At the same time, Google’s Nest devices and AI technology will eventually…

Engadget - 21 hours ago

New studies show how to save parasites and why it's important

New studies show how to save parasites and why it's important

Parasites have a public relations problem.

phys.org - 21 hours ago

Planet pairings and Perseids!

Planet pairings and Perseids!

August 1, 2020 – What’s Up for August? This month brings a bunch of opportunities to see the Moon posing with the planets, plus here come the meteors! On August 1st, the Moon makes a lo…

YubaNet - a day ago