Think human beings are the only ones that can calculate and create efficient road systems? Think again! It turns out that slime molds aren't half-bad at it. An international team of scientists recently analyzed slime mold "roads," created by putting bits of food representing major cities on fourteen countries' road maps and letting the...
There's a growing trend in science in which the general public collects and interprets data for research projects led by universities and other institutions. Citizen science, as it's commonly called, can involve tracking wildlife, identifying stars, and even scanning the galaxy for extraterrestrial life. And now... reporting...
On May 8, Englishwoman Claire Lomas finished the London Marathon. Oh, did I mention that since Claire was paralyzed from the chest down in a horse-riding accident five years ago, she only walked the whole thing in a bionic suit?
Claire’s tremendous accomplishment, which took a total of 16 days, was made possible by the
After a few delays, the launch of the Dragon capsule to the International Space Station is scheduled for 3:55 a.m. CDT tomorrow morning. This mission is designed to verify that the Dragon capsule, built by the private firm SpaceX, can interface with the docking systems of the ISS in a safe and reliable way, and that the capsule is up to the task of maneuvering in
By issuing a driver’s license to Google’s robotic car, Nevada has inadvertently created a philosophical quandary: does a car need a license to operate itself? Great minds of the next century will no doubt ponder this question, but today's Nevada pedestrians may get to glimpse the first self-driving car legally allowed on public streets.
The Nevada Department of Motor...
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