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This dude actually built a portable, wearable Tesla coil gun

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This dude actually built a portable, wearable Tesla coil gun

Nikola Tesla’s contributions to modern technology can’t be overstated, and the fact that some of his original designs are so darn cool to look at is really just icing on the cake. But even he probably never imagined a world where his resonant transformer, better known as a “Tesla coil,” could be turned into a wearable weapon.

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Someone is planning a trip back to the Apollo moon landing site, but it isn’t NASA

November 30th at 11:10 PM

Someone is planning a trip back to the Apollo moon landing site, but it isn’t NASA

The Apollo 17 landing site is the last place where humans hung out on the Moon, and now we’re going back. Well, not us exactly, but a couple of fancy robots may soon get the chance to cruise around the historic landscape and check out all the junk we silly meat creatures left behind.

PTScientists, a Berlin-based group, is teaming up with private launch company Spaceflight in a contract that would send a rover-toting lander to the Moon. But sending robots to the moon isn’t the team’s only aim; there’s also the matter of winning Google’s Lunar XPRIZE.

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Don’t panic, but Google’s AI is now smarter than human doctors

November 29th at 5:56 PM

Don’t panic, but Google’s AI is now smarter than human doctors

Humanity’s relentless march towards a future where machines rule everything gained some ground today, as Google revealed that one of its fancy artificial brains is now better at diagnosing some medical conditions than human doctors are. This should prove extremely valuable for whenever the inevitable robot uprising results in a swift demise for the human race.

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How technology is helping catch nighttime poachers in Africa

November 25th at 7:30 PM

How technology is helping catch nighttime poachers in Africa

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is harnessing sophisticated technology to catch nighttime poachers in Eastern Africa.

Since the deployment of thermal imaging cameras and human detection software nine months ago, more than two dozen poachers have been arrested in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, the wildlife conservation organization announced this week. The technology has also been used to catch two other poachers at another undisclosed national park in Kenya.

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High school students unearth rare 4,000-year-old jug in Israel

November 23rd at 7:32 PM

High school students unearth rare 4,000-year-old jug in Israel

A group of high school students participating in an archaeological excavation in Israel expected to uncover artifacts from long-ago civilizations buried deep in the ground. But what they found went far beyond the routine fragments of pottery, instruments and bones they anticipated.

The students, digging in the city of Yehud prior to the construction of residential buildings, helped uncover a nearly 4,000-year-old jug with the sculpture of a person sitting on top of it, a Middle Bronze Age artifact archaeologists said was unlike anything they’d ever seen.

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A single miscalculation sent ESA’s Mars lander crashing into the Red Planet

November 23rd at 5:36 PM

A single miscalculation sent ESA’s Mars lander crashing into the Red Planet

On October 19th, the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander was supposed to make a soft touchdown on Mars. Instead, it crashed, and the ESA has been working on diagnosing exactly what went wrong ever since. Today, the agency announced that it thinks it figured out what happened, and it all came down to a single piece of faulty data.

Launched all the way back in March, the Schiaparelli lander spent months traveling through space for its fateful rendezvous with the Red Planet, which it reached on October 19th. As the lander entered the martian atmosphere, everything was going fine, with a successful parachute deployment and a heatshield that functioned perfectly.  More →

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Scientists discover a new dwarf galaxy in our cosmic neighborhood

November 21st at 7:36 PM

Scientists discover a new dwarf galaxy in our cosmic neighborhood

Using a roughly 27-foot telescope on the summit of a mountain in Hawaii, astronomers have discovered a new satellite dwarf galaxy near our own, and it could be the faintest one ever found.

Called Virgo 1, the new dwarf galaxy is located about 280,000 light-years from our solar system, and joins a group of approximately 50 satellite galaxies in the Milky Way’s neighborhood. Since this galaxy is so faint and yet was still discovered, that may mean there are many more out there yet to be glimpsed.\

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Pluto could harbor a subterranean icy ocean

November 16th at 7:33 PM

Pluto could harbor a subterranean icy ocean

If you’re planning on visiting Pluto anytime soon, best to bring some warm boots. A frigid, possibly “slushy” subsurface ocean could be lurking under the crust of the dwarf planet, according to a new study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature.

Scientists are interested in a region of Pluto known as Sputnik Planitia, a basin covered with frozen nitrogen that could be anywhere from about two to six miles thick. Because this part of Pluto lines up with Charon, the dwarf planet’s biggest moon, scientists think that an icy ocean below the surface of this area could be producing a gravitational anomaly that explains the orientation between the two celestial bodies. NASA’s New Horizons probe, which whizzed by Pluto in 2015, provided the researchers with data.

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Tonight’s supermoon will be the most spectacular so far

November 14th at 6:29 PM

Tonight’s supermoon will be the most spectacular so far

If you saw the collective social media freakout over Sunday night’s supermoon but couldn’t actually catch a glimpse, here’s some good news: Monday night’s full moon is actually going to be even better.

Space.com notes that the supermoon on display tonight, November 14th, will be at the peak of its full phase, and since the moon is closer to the Earth than any time since 1948, the view will be spectacular. Sunday night’s moon might have appeared full to those glimpsing it with the naked eye, but Monday’s visit will be the real deal. More →

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