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They’re a beautiful sight, and a looming reminder of our changing planet.

US military scientists are trying to identify where “gut feelings” come from in an effort to create the perfect soldiers.

Our planet is sculpted by hidden magnetic flourishes.

This summer, NASA scientists will create the chillest zone in the known universe inside of cooler-sized payload, appropriately named the Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL). The small suite of instruments is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in August, on SpaceX CRS-12 mission, where it will leverage the station’s microgravity environment to create the coldest temperatures ever created or observed in the history of Earthling science.

There is a real AI threat, but it’s not human-like machine intelligence gone amok. Quite the opposite: the danger is instead shitty AI. Incompetent, bumbling machines.

NASA wants humans and robots to work together as teams. To ensure that, the space agency’s autonomous robotics group is currently developing new technology to improve how humans explore the solar system, and how robots can help.

Swirling flakes in mixture of camphor, ethanol, and other chemicals were thought to predict coming weather.

Over 1,000 light-years from Earth is a monstrous gas giant of a planet—500 times more massive than our own—where clouds seem to be made from corundum, the same mineral that creates rubies and sapphires here on Earth.

Recent explorations by a team of Australian researchers into the contents of its venom have revealed another stunning trait of the already wonderful platypus: the critter contains an enhanced version of the hormone that regulates insulin secretion in animals’ guts, which could offer a new type of treatment for type 2 diabetes.

Egyptian, Canadian, Japanese, and French researchers are using highly sensitive muon panels to sense those elementary particles to find undiscovered caverns inside the giant pyramids.