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Watch SpaceX Loft NASA’s New Planet-Hunting Mission Into Orbit

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 7:00am
The TESS satellite will hitch a ride atop a Falcon 9 rocket to search out new worlds.

Exploring the Mirror Link Between Two Geometric Worlds

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 7:00am
Decades after stumbling upon a stunning coincidence, researchers are close to understanding the link between two seemingly unrelated geometric universes.

Space Photos of the Week: Morning Light Hits the Southern Lights

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 8:00am
Unearthly celestial events, Martian craters, and Jovian storms.

At March for Science, Federal Researchers Weather Trump Storm

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 7:00am
Many anti-Trump protesters have turned their attention toward recruiting scientists to run for office in local, state, and congressional offices.

Catching up With Pepper, the Surprisingly Helpful Humanoid Robot

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 8:00am
Pepper is part of the first wave of intelligent machines that promise to not only make our lives easier, but to bring a strange new form of interaction into being.

How the March for Science Became a Movement

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 7:00am
"In 2017 we marched for science. In 2018, we vote for science."

AI Learns a New Trick: Measuring Brain Cells

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 12:00pm
New techniques could help researchers outsource the grunt work of neuroscience.

Why It's Almost Impossible for Fastballs to Get Any Faster

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:00am
Advances have fueled a dramatic upward trend in world-record athletic performances, but the baseball pitch is stuck. The reason is physics.

Space Oddities: We need a plan to stop polluting space before it’s too late

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 9:00am
Opinion: Before we start colonizing other planets, we have to deal with all the trash we've hurtled into the atmosphere.

Astronomers Suggest Some Exoplanet Signals Are False Alarms

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 7:00am
What if some of the Earth-like planets discovered by Kepler aren’t there at all?

Want to Fight Sea Level Rise? Look to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 1:41pm
During a big storm, the bluffs along Ocean Beach can lose 25 to 40 feet. Here's how San Francisco is hedging against sea level rise.

Quantum Mechanics Creates a Totally Random Number Generator

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 1:00pm
A perfectly provable random number generator is the bedrock of good cryptography. This scientist wants to make one.

How Many G's Will the Hyperloop Pull in Its Next Test?

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 4:35pm
Elon Musk tweeted that a hyperloop test will accelerate to half the speed of sound and brake in just 1.2 kilometers.

What Random Walks in Multiple Dimensions Teach You About Life

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:00am
There are real world applications of the stochastic mathematical process known as a random walk—really.

Helix Takes Clinical Genetic Testing Straight to Consumers

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 8:00am
Soon, anyone curious about their health will be able to request a clinical DNA test—not just doctors.

Inside the Cleanroom Where NASA’s New Mars Lander Waits to Launch

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 3:55pm
The InSight lander will probe beneath the surface of Mars to understand its geology—unless humans contaminate it first.

New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 7:00am
A technique based on genetic bar codes can easily map the connections of individual brain cells in unprecedented numbers. Unexpected complexity in the visual system is only the first secret it has revealed.

Space Photos of the Week: The Case of the Missing Dark Matter

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:00am
Galaxy NGC 1052-DF2 doesn't seem to contain any dark matter, and scientists have no idea why.

Why Winning in Rock-Paper-Scissors Isn’t Everything

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 7:00am
What does John Nash’s game theory equilibrium concept look like in Rock-Paper-Scissors?

An Atmospheric River Will Hit California With a Month's Worth of Rain

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 1:30pm
An atmospheric river means this weekend is going to be as wet as an entire typical April.