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Mike Wehner

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dwarf galaxy

Hubble just spotted a never-before-seen galaxy hiding in plain sight

January 31st, 2019

There’s no shortage of interesting things to see in our own galaxy, but astronomers love finding new galactic neighbors as well. Observing other galaxies can teach scientists a lot about how the massive structures form, live, and die. Using images from the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers studying distant, dim stars accidentally stumbled upon something they …

Chang'e 4 Moon

China says it’s even colder on the Moon than we thought

January 31st, 2019

China’s Chang’e 4 mission has been a rousing success for the country’s space agency, and it’s already celebrated a number of “firsts,” including being the first lander to perform a soft landing on the far side of the Moon. The far side of the Moon — that is, the side that we never see here …

self-learning robot

Scientists built a robot that taught itself what it is

January 31st, 2019

AI researchers who develop machine learning algorithms have demonstrated that telling a machine to teach itself how to do a certain task is a pretty great strategy. Trial and error over countless attempts often results in a machine or program that is highly skilled. A new research effort took that concept to an entirely different …

measles outbreak

Surprise! A bunch of kids who weren’t vaccinated now have the measles

January 30th, 2019

The anti-vaccination movement — where tragically misguided parents are led to believe that vaccines against childhood illnesses are responsible for conditions like autism — is leading to exactly what doctors have always said it would. The states of Oregon and Washington are now dealing with an outbreak of measles, which had previously been eliminated in …