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Fossil Find Suggests Dinosaurs Crossed North America Before Extinction

Fossil Find Suggests Dinosaurs Crossed North America Before Extinction

Tooth of a horned dinosaur from Mississippi. | A single dinosaur tooth is helping paleontologists better understand what North America looked like right before non-avian dinosaurs went extinct. Prior to 68–66 million years ago, hefty horned dinosaurs migrated from western North America to the east. One such animal died sometime after the lengthy journey, perhaps falling victim to a bloodthirsty …

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Colliding Dead Stars May Explain the Milky Way’s Mysterious Antimatter

Colliding Dead Stars May Explain the Milky Way's Mysterious Antimatter

An artist’s impression of two white dwarf stars destined to merge and create a Type Ia supernova. | The majority of antimatter that pervades the Milky Way may come from clashing remnants of dead stars, a new study finds. The work may solve a 40-year-old astrophysics mystery, the study’s researchers said. For every particle of normal matter, there is an …

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Synthetically Produced Melanin Could Be the Ultimate Sunscreen

Synthetically Produced Melanin Could Be the Ultimate Sunscreen

The lab-produced material could have practical implications for the treatment of melanin-deficient disorders such as vitiligo and albinism. With summer quickly approaching, many of us are looking forward to beach vacations, picnics, and swimming at the local pool. But with increased sun exposure comes an increased risk of skin damage that sunscreen can’t always protect against. Last week, researchers at …

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Weather again delays launch of Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket

Weather again delays launch of Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket

Rocket Lab’s launch site on Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. Credit: Rocket Lab Weather again delayed the first launch of Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket. Wind conditions at the company’s New Zealand launch site subsided to allow the rocket to roll out to the launch pad, but the company said concerns about “triboelectrification,” or static electric charges as the rocket passed …

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Himalayan powerhouses: how Sherpas have evolved superhuman energy efficiency

Himalayan powerhouses: how Sherpas have evolved superhuman energy efficiency

Sherpas have evolved to become superhuman mountain climbers, extremely efficient at producing the energy to power their bodies even when oxygen is scarce, suggests a new study led by University of Cambridge and UCL researchers, published today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) . The findings could help scientists develop new ways of treating hypoxia – lack …

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Technology taking over: Google’s artificial intelligence beats Chinese master in Ancient game of Go

Technology taking over: Google's artificial intelligence beats Chinese master in Ancient game of Go

The victory over the world’s top player, which many thought would take decades to achieve, underlines the potential of artificial intelligence to take on humans at complex tasks. Photo: Reuters A Google artificial intelligence program defeated a Chinese grand master at the ancient board game Go on Tuesday, a major feather in the cap for the firm’s AI ambitions as …

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When artificial intelligence botches your medical diagnosis, who’s to blame?

When artificial intelligence botches your medical diagnosis, who’s to blame?

Artificial intelligence is not just creeping into our personal lives and workplaces—it’s also beginning to appear in the doctor’s office. The prospect of being diagnosed by an AI might feel foreign and impersonal at first, but what if you were told that a robot physician was more likely to give you a correct diagnosis? Medical error is currently the third …

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We’re not getting Luke Skywalker’s prosthetics any time soon

We're not getting Luke Skywalker's prosthetics any time soon

In 1937, robot hobbyist "Bill" Griffith P. Taylor of Toronto invented the world’s first industrial robot. It was a crude machine, dubbed the Robot Gargantua by its creator. The crane-like device was powered by a single electric motor and controlled via punched paper tape, which threw a series of switches controlling each of the machine’s five axes of movement. Still, …

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This Super-Efficient Renovation Is A Model For Lowering A House’s Energy Footprint

This Super-Efficient Renovation Is A Model For Lowering A House’s Energy Footprint

When workers finish their work retrofitting a 1920s-era house near Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the house will look essentially the same as it did before from the outside–but it will run on almost no energy. The renovation of the former single-family home, now the headquarters of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities , is an attempt by …

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Revamped AlphaGo Wins First Game Against Chinese Go Grandmaster

Revamped AlphaGo Wins First Game Against Chinese Go Grandmaster

1 / 6 Deepmind founder Demis Hassabis at the Future of Go summit in Wuzhen.Noah Sheldon for WIRED 2 / 6 Go master Ke Jie.Noah Sheldon for WIRED 3 / 6 The Google Deepmind team on stage during the post match press conference. Noah Sheldon for WIRED 4 / 6 Eric Schmidt greets the press. Noah Sheldon for WIRED 5 …

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