Google scientists say they’ve achieved ‘quantum supremacy’ breakthrough over classical computers
Oct 23, 2019

By Sarah Kaplan For the first time, a machine that runs on the mind-boggling physics of quantum mechanics has reportedly solved a problem that would stump the world’s top supercomputers — a breakthrough known as “quantum supremacy.” If validated, the report by Google’s AI Quantum team constitutes a major leap for quantum computing, a technology …

New ‘prime’ genome editor could surpass CRISPR
Oct 22, 2019

By Jon Cohen CRISPR, an extraordinarily powerful genome-editing tool invented in 2012, can still be clumsy. It sometimes changes genes it shouldn’t, and it edits by hacking through both strands of DNA’s double helix, leaving the cell to clean up the mess—shortcomings that limit its use in basic research and agriculture and pose safety risks …

A Successful Artificial Memory Has Been Created
Aug 27, 2019

By Robert Martone We learn from our personal interaction with the world, and our memories of those experiences help guide our behaviors. Experience and memory are inexorably linked, or at least they seemed to be before a recent report on the formation of completely artificial memories. Using laboratory animals, investigators reverse engineered a specific natural memory …

Robots, Not Humans, Are The New Space Explorers
Jul 8, 2019

By Joe Palca When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon 50 years ago, it was an inspiring moment for people around the world. But another kind of explorer is responsible for much of the modern enthusiasm for space exploration. “Since the days of Apollo, the greatest adventures in space have been these robots that …

AI Created a 3D Replica of Our Universe. We Have No Idea How It Works.
Jul 1, 2019

By Stephanie Pappas The first-ever artificial intelligence simulation of the universe seems to work like the real thing — and is almost as mysterious. Researchers reported the new simulation June 24 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The goal was to create a virtual version of the cosmos in order to simulate …

NASA Announces New Dragonfly Drone Mission to Explore Titan
Jun 28, 2019

By David W. Brown NASA announced Thursday that it is sending a drone-style quadcopter to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Dragonfly, as the mission is called, will be capable of soaring across the skies of Titan and landing intermittently to take scientific measurements, studying the world’s mysterious atmosphere and topography while searching for hints of life …

They turn to Facebook and YouTube to find a cure for cancer — and get sucked into a world of bogus medicine
Jun 27, 2019

By Abby Ohlheiser Mari pressed kale leaves through the juicer, preparing the smoothie that she believed had saved her life. “I’m a cancer-killer, girl,” Mari told her niece, who stood next to her in the kitchen. The pair were filming themselves for a YouTube video. Mari said she was in remission from a dangerous form …

NASA Set To Launch a Deep-Space Atomic Clock Tonight
Jun 24, 2019

By Kasandra Brabaw NASA is set to launch an incredible new atomic clock into orbit on a Falcon Heavy today (June 24) in a technology demonstration mission that could transform the way humans explore space. The Deep Space Atomic Clock, developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is a space-ready upgrade to the atomic clocks we use here on …

SpaceX and NASA Launch Is First Step to Renewed Human Spaceflight
Mar 4, 2019

By Kenneth Chang The first American spacecraft capable of carrying astronauts since the retirement of the space shuttles launched early Saturday. A successful mission could put NASA and the United States on the cusp of a renewed era of human spaceflight. There were no people on this demonstration flight, a SpaceX vehicle called Crew Dragon. …

Why Can’t NASA’s Curiosity Rover Rescue Opportunity?
Feb 14, 2019

By Rafi Letzter The Mars rover Opportunity has died, NASA announced yesterday (Feb. 13). A layer of dust likely coated its solar panels, preventing it from juicing itself up after a 2018 sky-blackening dust storm on the Red Planet. But why couldn’t NASA launch a rescue mission to get it working again? After all, Opportunity …

Opportunity did not answer NASA’s final call, and it’s now gone to us
Feb 13, 2019

By Eric Berger Late Tuesday night, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent their final data uplink to the Opportunity rover on Mars. Over this connection, via the Deep Space Network, the American jazz singer Billie Holiday crooned “I’ll Be Seeing You,” a song which closes with the lines: I’ll find you in the morning sun And …

Artificial intelligence could diagnose rare disorders using just a photo of a face
Jan 8, 2019

By Frankie Schembri Rare disorders often show up in someone’s appearance. Individuals with Noonan syndrome—a genetic condition that inhibits the body’s growth and development—can have wide-set eyes, for example, and those with Bain type intellectual disability—caused by a mutated gene on the X chromosome—sport almond-shaped eyes and small chins (see above). Now, researchers have trained …