Category: Science News

Astronomers Reveal 44 New Confirmed Exoplanets

Astronomers usually confirm new exoplanets a few at a time — maybe five or ten in a single announcement. Today, researchers from the University of Tokyo have certified...

Researchers Create Computer the Size of a Speck of Dust

Researchers at the University of Michigan have created a computer so tiny, it’s dwarfed by a single grain of dust. The device, measuring just 0.3mm on a side,...

NASA’s Open Source Rover Is a Miniature Curiosity You Can Build Yourself

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been a huge success, covering more distance on Mars than any other vehicle. The agency has used Curiosity as a tool to promote science and...

OpenAI Robotic Hand Learns How to Work Without Human Examples

You pick up things so frequently throughout the day that the act seems simple. However, it’s just the end result of a network of nerves, tendons, and muscles that...

Sodium-ion Batteries Could Get Better Thanks to Graphene and Lasers

You hear a lot about the shortcomings of lithium-ion batteries, mostly related to the slow rate of capacity improvements. However, they’re also pretty expensive...

Iron Ore Could Be The Next Big 2D Material

You’ve been hearing all about graphene for years. This 2-dimensional version of carbon is supposed to revolutionize everything from CPUs to faster viral diagnosis....

NASA Says Terraforming Mars Is Currently Impossible

Mars has long been seen as a potential second home for humanity, but it won’t be a comfortable place to hang your hat until we’ve addressed the lack of breathable...

IBM Watson Recommends Unsafe Cancer Treatments

About a year ago, IBM began prominently promoting Watson as a potential means of fighting cancer. IBM has been working on this technology for years, and by last summer...

NASA’s Planet-Hunting TESS Spacecraft Is Now Operational

After its successful launch in April, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission has started collecting data. It took a little longer than expected to...

Most Martian Dust Probably Came From a Single Geological Formation

Mars has a well-deserved reputation as the dustball of our solar system. Currently, a humongous dust storm has completely encircled the planet, and this isn’t the...