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The Tale of the Painting Robot That Didn't Steal Anyone's Job

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 9:00am
A robotic arm that paints and sands things never wanted to steal Eric Magallon's job—it wanted him to keep it.

With AI, Your Apple Watch Could Flag Signs of Diabetes

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
The connection between heart rate and diabetes is poorly understood. But that’s not stopping a deep learning tool from finding one in your wearables data.

Biopunks are Pushing the Limits With Implants and DIY Drugs

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 9:00am
Surgically installed vibrator or earthquake-sensing foot sensors, anyone?

Something's Off About This Slow-Motion Bullet Video

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 8:00am
It's time to do some physics-based forensics.

A Bid to Solve California’s Housing Crisis Could Redraw How Cities Grow

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 7:00am
California State Senator Scott Wiener is pushing a bill that would rejigger zoning laws—and fight climate change, reduce traffic, and build a new urban future

SpaceX Successfully Launches the Falcon Heavy—And Elon Musk's Roadster

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 4:21pm
The Falcon Heavy rocket is now the most powerful launch vehicle in the world.

AI Just Learned How to Boost the Brain's Memory

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:00am
If we can’t understand our own brains, maybe the machines can do it for us.

The Supersonic Parachutes Carrying NASA's Martian Dreams

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 7:00am
A new generation of space scientists is using high tech materials to resurrect the long-neglected supersonic parachute.

The EPA’s Pollution Estimates Stink. Everyone Uses Them Anyway

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 7:00am
And low-balling isn’t limited to toxic chemicals.

The Physics of One of the Craziest Big Air Snowboard Tricks Ever

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:00am
With elite athletes competing in the Olympic debut of Big Air in Pyeongchang, South Korea, expect to see more attempts of the quad cork 1800.

NASA’s Proposed Moon Mission Offers Little Value at Astronomical Cost

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 10:00am
Opinion: NASA is looking at sending people back into space. But taxpayer dollars are better spent on unmanned missions.

Want Awesome Robots? You'll Have to Best These Challenges

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 8:00am
Number one: Robots can't be idiots. Number two: They probably shouldn't fall into fountains, either.

Olympics Could Require Athletes' Genetic Code to Test For Doping

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 7:00am
The falling cost of genome sequencing means the World Anti-Doping Agency could build a genetic baseline for every athlete.

The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 7:00am
Quantum computers should soon be able to beat classical computers at certain basic tasks. But before they’re truly powerful, researchers have to overcome a number of fundamental roadblocks.

Space Photos of the Week: The Curiosity Rover Snaps a Selfie on Mars

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 11:00am
The Mars rover is driving along the Vera Rubin ridge, a slope rich in clay minerals that require water to form.

To Advance Artificial Intelligence, Reverse-Engineer the Brain

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 8:00am
Opinion: An MIT brain science professor argues that progress in deep learning research will come from the convergence of engineering and neuroscience.

The Dirty Secret of California's Cannabis: It's Dirty

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 10:00am
As cannabis use goes recreational in California, producers are facing a reckoning: They’ll either have to clean up their act, or get out of the legal market.

Could a Vaccine Protect Football Players From Concussions?

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 8:00am
The NFL has to figure out how to deal with the effects of CTE in its players. Screening is one part of the answer—the other is prevention.

The Squishy Ethics of Sex With Robots

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 7:00am
Even if they roboticists solve the privacy and security problems of droid sex, society is going to have to answer a very hard question: Can you consent to sex with a robot? Can it consent to having sex with you?