Why Distracted Drivers Matter for Automated Cars

When a 2015 Tesla Model S collided with a tractor trailer at highway intersection west of Williston, Florida, the resulting crash killed the Tesla driver. An investigation of the May 7, 2016 incident by federal investigators found that the Tesla car’s Autopilot driver-assist system was not at fault and showed that the driver had at least seven […]

Burning UFO Streaks Across The Sky Over Melbourne

A strange, apparently burning object was spotted in the sky over Melbourne on January 11, 2017. The bright unidentified flying object headed out east towards New Zealand until it was heading into the clouds according to Stev Forster who captured the event. Not sure if this is space debris, a meteor or something else but […]

Burning UFO Streaks Across The Sky Over Melbourne

A strange, apparently burning object was spotted in the sky over Melbourne on January 11, 2017. The bright unidentified flying object headed out east towards New Zealand until it was heading into the clouds according to Stev Forster who captured the event. Not sure if this is space debris, a meteor or something else but […]

Help fight illegal fishing with Global Fishing Watch

By Adam Reyer, Project Director for Global Fishing Watch Hundreds of millions of people depend on the ocean for their livelihoods, and almost 3 billion rely on it as a protein source. But countless threats — overfishing, destructive fishing practices, bycatch, dishonest catch reporting, habitat destruction — threaten our oceans and the people who depend […]

We Folded: AI Bests the Top Human Poker Pros

Roughly a year ago, to the day, Google researchers announced their artificial intelligence, AlphaGo, had mastered the ancient game of Go. At the time, Discover wrote that there was still one game that gave computers fits: poker. Not anymore. Late Monday night, a computer program designed by two Carnegie Mellon University researchers beat four of […]

An Enormous Crack Just Opened Up In The Middle Of The Arizona Desert

A massive crack just opened up in the Arizona desert (Credit: Arizona Geological Survey) The Arizona Geological Survey is monitoring a 2-mile long crack that has opened up in the Arizona desert. Recent drone flights over the crack reveal that it has continued to grow both in length and width in Pinal County, to the […]

You Might Be in a Medical Experiment and Not Even Know It

In the long view, modern history is the story of increasing rights of control over your body – for instance, in matters of reproduction, sex, where you live and whom you marry. Medical experimentation is supposed to be following the same historical trend – increasing rights of autonomy for those whose bodies are used for […]

You Might Be in a Medical Experiment and Not Even Know It

In the long view, modern history is the story of increasing rights of control over your body – for instance, in matters of reproduction, sex, where you live and whom you marry. Medical experimentation is supposed to be following the same historical trend – increasing rights of autonomy for those whose bodies are used for […]

Three Candidates to Be Your New Personal Mascot

Maybe you’re feeling like the animal you most identified with in previous years (panda bear in snow, puggle, Betty White) just isn’t adequate for 2017. If that’s the case, here are three creatures that would like to apply for the job. Only one is venomous. *** An adorbs hermit crab with candy-cane stripes Are you one of those people who […]

Three Candidates to Be Your New Personal Mascot

Maybe you’re feeling like the animal you most identified with in previous years (panda bear in snow, puggle, Betty White) just isn’t adequate for 2017. If that’s the case, here are three creatures that would like to apply for the job. Only one is venomous. *** An adorbs hermit crab with candy-cane stripes Are you one of those people who […]

Preserved Dinosaur Protein Is 195 Million Years Old

We know the chances of finding dinosaur DNA are virtually nil. Despite recent advances, the oldest genetic material of any animal that researchers have successfully extracted and sequenced is about 700,000 years old (Note: still impressive. Most impressive). DNA degrades and gets contaminated by bacteria and other gunk; it’s unlikely researchers will push back that […]

Split Brain, Undivided Consciousness?

A new paper challenges a decades-old theory in neuroscience: Split brain: divided perception but undivided consciousness According to the famous work of Roger Sperry and Michael Gazzaniga, “split brain” patients seem to experience a split in consciousness: the left and the right side of their brain can independently become aware of, and respond, to stimuli. […]