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A star is about to plunge head first toward a monster black hole. Astronomers are ready to watch.

A star is about to plunge head first toward a monster black hole. Astronomers are ready to watch.

Sometime over the next few months, a massive star is going to take a deep plunge near a gigantic black hole in our galaxy. As it screams past the monster at terrific speed, astronomers all over the
Astronauts will soon be guided by a floating computer brain

Astronauts will soon be guided by a floating computer brain

The newest crew member boarding the ISS isn’t who — or what — you‘d expect.
Amazon Echo’s seemingly sentient Alexa trolling users with creepy, unprompted laugh

Amazon Echo’s seemingly sentient Alexa trolling users with creepy, unprompted laugh

Skynet, is that you? That was possibly the first thought among sci-fans who have been affected by the creepy malfunction that’s been sweeping through the Amazon Echo product recently. In the last few
When heaven and Earth collide: The fall of Tiangong-1

When heaven and Earth collide: The fall of Tiangong-1

Sometime over the next few weeks the small Chinese space station Tiangong-1 will re-enter Earth's atmosphere and (mostly) burn up.The big questions are where and when. Unfortunately, because we don't
Athletes Are Turning to Leeches to Try to Gain Wolverine-Like Healing Powers

Athletes Are Turning to Leeches to Try to Gain Wolverine-Like Healing Powers

After spending much of the 20th century relegated to the dustbin of quack medicine, leeches are now enjoying a renaissance in the doctor’s office. But although there’s solid evidence showing the
NASA Wants to Fly Your Name Into the Sun

NASA Wants to Fly Your Name Into the Sun

The fine folks at NASA are sending a spacecraft to the Sun, and they want to send a little piece of you along with it. Here’s how to get your name on the ultimate “fry” list. Read more...
NASA Juno spacecraft sheds light on Jovian atmospheric features

NASA Juno spacecraft sheds light on Jovian atmospheric features

NASA has the spacecraft Juno in orbit around Jupiter right now collecting scientific data about the gas giant and sending it back to Earth for study. The scientists say that the findings will improve
Trump Administration Stops Idaho’s Bid to Skirt Obamacare Rules

Trump Administration Stops Idaho’s Bid to Skirt Obamacare Rules

The Trump administration on Thursday rejected a plan by Idaho insurance regulators to sell health plans that don’t carry some of the consumer protections required by the Affordable Care Act.
Qatar Is Shipping In 3,000 Cows From California, Arizona and Wisconsin

Qatar Is Shipping In 3,000 Cows From California, Arizona and Wisconsin

The nine-month Saudi-led embargo of Qatar has an undisputed mascot for Doha’s defiance: the cud-chewing American cow.
Interior Department Won’t Say Whether Zinke Spent $139K on Office Door

Interior Department Won’t Say Whether Zinke Spent $139K on Office Door

Washington (AP) -- The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke.
How Science Has Undermined the Women of Science

How Science Has Undermined the Women of Science

On International Women’s Day, a look at two scientists who deserved more credit than they got.
Juno Probe Reveals Jupiter’s Octagonal Vortex Cluster and Deep Cloud Stripes

Juno Probe Reveals Jupiter’s Octagonal Vortex Cluster and Deep Cloud Stripes

NASA's Juno probe has been in orbit of Jupiter since 2016, sending back fascinating images and data from the solar system's largest planet. In the latest set of discoveries, Juno reveals the wild

An artificial intelligence expert explains why bots are inevitably racist

As the importance of artificial intelligence grows in the coming years, many experts have been raising red flags after finding that AI bots often quickly learn to be racist. Writing at

New Study: Twitter Users Spread Fake News Farther and Faster Than the Truth

A viral tweet spreading fake news about a non-existent terrorist attack on President Barack Obama once temporarily upset the stock market. When natural disasters strike, fake photos often flourish
China’s doomed space station will reach Earth’s atmosphere soon

China’s doomed space station will reach Earth’s atmosphere soon

Back in January, experts revealed that China’s first space station, the Tiangong-1, would be reaching the end of its life likely in March of this year. China, which launched the space station in 2011,
China’s doomed space station will reach Earth’s atmosphere soon

China’s doomed space station will reach Earth’s atmosphere soon

Back in January, experts revealed that China’s first space station, the Tiangong-1, would be reaching the end of its life likely in March of this year. China, which launched the space station in 2011,

Now’s your chance to send your name hurtling into the Sun’s atmosphere

Meanwhile in space: dusty donuts, 50 launches, and pizza storms on Jupiter. An artist’s illustration of the Parker Solar Probe near the Sun. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Send

Want a better sex life? Try getting better sleep

By Laurie Mintz, Professor of Psychology, University of Florida. Sleep affects sex, and sex affects sleep. It’s important to pay attention to both. VGstockstudio/Shutterstock.com One in 3 American
Brexit Bulletin: Last-Minute Treaty

Brexit Bulletin: Last-Minute Treaty

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How Fast Can Gravitational Wave Detection Get?

With machine learning and other algorithmic approaches, researchers are increasing the speed at which they detect the undulations of spacetime.