A basketball-sized rock hit the moon during the last lunar eclipse

Thousands of people were watching the total lunar eclipse on January 21 when something suddenly smacked into the moon, creating a flash of light. Now…

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What FamilyTreeDNA sharing genetic data with police means for you

A popular at-home DNA testing company has announced that it is allowing police to search its database of genetic data just as customers do when…

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Shutdown aside, Joshua trees live an odd life

A year when vandals trashed a Joshua tree in a national park during a U.S. government shutdown is a good time to talk about what’s…

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Lunar Lander Reports Colder-Than-Expected Temps

China is in the middle of a multi-part mission to explore the moon with unmanned landers, the most recent of which is Chang’e-4. This intrepid little probe…

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NASA Study: Moon Is Made of Material From Earth, Not Theia

Some 4.5 billion years ago, a Mars-sized rock is theorized to have collided with the proto-Earth. The collision is one of the only ways to…

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Artificial intelligence is learning not to be so literal

Artificial intelligence is starting to learn how to read between the lines. AI systems are generally good at responding to direct statements, like “Siri, tell…

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Laser light can contain intricate, beautiful fractals

Fractals commonly show up in nature, from spiral-shaped seashells to heads of cauliflower. Now physicists have found these complex, self-repeating patterns in a very unnatural…

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Scientists control rat cyborgs using a human brain

Scientists have developed a system in which a human can control a rat’s movements using their mind, connecting a human brain to a rodent’s brain.…

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Gig Workers Unknowingly Helped Google and the Pentagon Build AI for Drones: Report

The future of artificial intelligence and war sounds dizzyingly high-tech, but that’s not always the case. The truth, for at least one multimillion-dollar San Francisco…

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Here’s what makes satire so funny, according to science

HONOLULU — Good news for aspiring satirists: Scientific analysis of real and joke headlines has uncovered a hack for writing witty one-liners. To identify the secret…

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