This robot scientist has conducted 100,000 experiments in a year

Science is exciting in theory, but it can also be dreadfully dull. Some experiments require hundreds or thousands of repetitions or trials — an excellent opportunity to automate. That’s just what MIT scientists have done, creating a robot that performs a certain experiment, observes the results, and plans a follow-up… and has now done so 100,000 times in the year it’s been operating. The field of fluid dynamics involves a lot of complex and unpredictable forces, and sometimes the best way to und...
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Bad luck may have caused Neanderthals' extinction – study

Homo sapien invasion may not have prompted Neanderthals’ demise 40,000 years ago Perhaps it wasn’t our fault after all: research into the demise of the Neanderthals has found that rather than being outsmarted by Homo sapiens, our burly, thick-browed cousins may have gone extinct through bad luck alone.The Neanderthal population was so small at the time modern humans arrived in Europe and the Near East that inbreeding and natural fluctuations in birth rates death rates and sex ratios could have f...
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This Is Our Best Glimpse Yet of an Interstellar Comet

A telescope in Hawaii has captured a close-up view of comet 2l/Borisov—only the second known interstellar visitor to our Solar System. Read more...
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This Newly Discovered Cretaceous Mammal Had Really Freaky Ears

Paleontologists in China have discovered the fossilized remains of a rodent-like creature that featured an auditory system unlike anything seen before. Read more...
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Scientists spot black hole so huge it 'shouldn't even exist' in our galaxy

Astronomers have discovered a black hole in the Milky Way so huge that it challenges existing models of how stars evolve, researchers said Thursday. The Milky Way is estimated to contain 100 million stellar black holes but LB-1 is twice as massive as anything scientists thought possible, said Liu Jifeng, a National Astronomical Observatory of China professor who led the research. "Black holes of such mass should not even exist in our galaxy, according to most of the current models of stellar e...
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Heliogen’s Solar Farm Could Drastically Reduce Global Emissions

Backed by Bill Gates, clean energy company Heliogen has developed a concentrated solar energy source that could eliminate carbon-emitting industrial processes—essentially “transforming sunlight to create and replace fuels.” The advancement would allow heavy machinery to forego fossil fuels and employ those created from the process (like hydrogen or syngas), ultimately reducing global carbon emissions by 10%. The technology at the center of Heliogen’s innovative idea …
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Climate Change: Are we passing some key 'tipping points'?

Irreversible climatic changes could be triggered in a few decades say some scientists but not everyone agrees.
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Climate emergency: world 'may have crossed tipping points’

Warning of ‘existential threat to civilisation’ as impacts lead to cascade of unstoppable eventsThe world may already have crossed a series of climate tipping points, according to a stark warning from scientists. This risk is “an existential threat to civilisation”, they say, meaning “we are in a state of planetary emergency”.Tipping points are reached when particular impacts of global heating become unstoppable, such as the runaway loss of ice sheets or forests. In the past, extreme heating of ...
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How Servant's Composer Made a Creepy Show Even Creepier

Apple TV+’s mysterious Servant —from M. Night Shyamalan and Tony Basgallop—begins streaming tomorrow. The unsettling atmosphere of the show is achieved in part due to its fantastically moody score. Today, io9 is debuting an exclusive track from the show and we got to talk to composer Trevor Gureckis, too.Read more...
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Go Champion Retires After Realizing AI Is 'an Entity That Cannot Be Defeated’

One of the world’s top human champions of Go has decided to retire from playing the strategy game professionally, citing AI as a reason he feels he can no longer compete. Read more...
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Go Champion Realizes AI Has Rendered His Life Meaningless: ‘There is an Entity That Cannot Be Defeated’

One of the world’s top human champions of Go has decided to retire from playing the strategy game professionally, citing AI as a reason he feels he can no longer compete. Read more...
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The System For .gov Domains Is an Open Target for Fraudsters

You’d think it would be hard to talk the federal government into giving you some random town’s .gov email address. You’d hope the process would be rigorous. But as one hacker explained to security researcher Brian Krebs , securing a government-endorsed top-level domain is actually frighteningly easy. Read more...
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A Bomb Cyclone and Powerful Winds Will Screw Thanksgiving Travel

There are many things to be thankful on Thanksgiving. This year, the weather for most of the U.S. is not one of them.Read more...
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Harley Quinn's Showrunners Discuss Mining the Mundane Aspects of Supervillainy for Comedy

DC Universe’s very adult Harley Quinn animated series is almost here and we’re so ready for it. But Harleen isn’t the only DC Comics character set to get wild. Are you ready to see what the Legion of Doom’s breakroom is like?Read more...
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NYC City Council Approves Ban on All the Good E-Cig Flavors

New York City is poised to bar all flavored e-cigarettes and e-liquids, meaning it would be sayonara for all the good vape flavors—and yes, that means menthol too.Read more...
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Expedition Titan uses mixed reality to turn Saturn’s mysterious moon into a thrill ride

It's doubtful anyone alive today will get to ride through the ice volcanoes of Saturn's largest moon — but you can do the next best thing at Seattle's Pacific Science Center, thanks to a mixed-reality experience called Expedition Titan. The walk-through production is the latest showcase for Hyperspace XR, a startup-in-residence that's pioneering the frontiers of mixed reality at the science center. That frontier is associated with other labels of immersive experiences, including ...
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'Infrasound' May Soon Help Scientists More Accurately Predict Tornadoes

New research results show how sound below the range of human hearing can help scientists predict and track tornadoes. Read more...
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Wednesday's Best Deals: Nintendo Switch Bundles, Travel Deals, Sony Sound Barand More

A Marshall speaker Gold Box , egg bites tray , Switch Lite bundle , and an ABH eyeshadow set lead off Wednesday’s best deals from around the web. Read more...
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42 Researchers Stranded in Antarctica After Icebreaker Broke Down

A team of 42 French researchers are stranded on an Antarctica research base after a busted propeller prevented an icebreaker ship from taking them home.Read more...
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How Science Fiction Ruined Smart Glasses

When you picture a pair of smart glasses, chances are you’re envisioning something slick. Perhaps, a stylish pair of aviators that with either a discreet tap or voice command, will immediately pull up an array of information based on whatever you’re looking at. In any case, you probably imagine someone like James Bond…Read more...
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It Took Five Years to Perfect the Recipe for This Transparent Eraser

To many, Japan seems like a technological wonderland that’s at least a couple of decades ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to innovation. That even applies to something as seemingly mundane as office supplies, as is evident by this new see-through eraser that enhances precision by providing an unobstructed… Read more...
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Apple Is Apparently Working on AR Headphones

At this point, it’s no secret that Apple’s working on augmented . However, a patent reveals that the company is also tinkering around with augmented audio in headphones.Read more...
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This Wired Article From 2007 About Throwing Away Your Mobile Phone Makes Some Good Points

Everyone gets frustrated with their mobile phones at some point, leading many of us to fantasize about throwing our shit into the ocean and just living without one. And back in the ancient world of 2007, that was a much more reasonable possibility. A Wired article from July 31, 2007 made the case that there were…Read more...
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The Closure of the West's Largest Coal Plant Could Be a Test For the Green New Deal

The sun has set on the Navajo Generating Station, which burned its last pile of coal earlier this month. Economics finally caught up with the West’s largest coal plant, forcing it to shutter as cheap natural gas and renewables made it irrelevant to the energy grid.Read more...
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"Magic Mushroom" Ingredient Inches Closer to Becoming a Depression Treatment

A future where a key ingredient of psychedelic mushrooms called psilocybin is regularly used to improve our mental health is none too far off. This month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a “breakthrough therapy” designation to a non-profit company developing psilocybin as a treatment for clinical…Read more...
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Your Joy-Con Are Holding You Back: Grab This Wireless GameCube Controller For Just $34

PowerA Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch (Gray) | $34 | AmazonRead more...
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Pick Up a Nintendo Switch Lite Plus Pokemon Shield For $30 Off

Nintendo Switch Lite and Pokemon Shield Bundle | $230 | eBayRead more...
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A handful of recent discoveries has transformed our understanding of Earth-like planets in the galaxy. Here's why Earths might be common.

There could be up to 10 billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy alone. That's good news for astronomers seeking alien life.
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Mark Ruffalo Has Big Plans for the Hulk's MCU Future

J.J. Abrams reveals the runtime of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker . James Wan teases his next horror adventure. It’s bad news this Turkey Day for MST3K fans. Plus, new pictures from Nancy Drew amp up the lens flare, Barry succumbs to Bloodwork in a new Flash teaser, and Oliver Queen fights for the multiverse as Arrow…Read more...
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Our Favorite Cheap 4K TV Looks Even Better With Quantum Dot Technology

“Quantum dot” technology sounds like a fake invention, something made up by a well-meaning marketing team. Well, it is, and it isn’t. Although different companies have different brand names for their own recipes, quantum dot displays are a real innovation that allows TVs to show off a wider range of colors, and…Read more...
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