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This algorithm decodes rat squeaks and could revolutionize animal research

Rats are social and chatty critters, but most of their chatter is above the frequency that human ears can hear. If researchers could listen to what rats are “saying,” ...

Is gallium nitride the silicon of the future?

The global electronics industry has been fueled by silicon from the get-go, but that may soon change. Products are slowly appearing that replace silicon with ...

Tiny meteorites are everywhere. Here’s how to find them.

Tons of tiny meteorites fall to Earth every day, but are next to impossible to find once they land. At least, that's what the science community thought. In this pilot ...

Can AI help crack the code of fusion power?

Practical fusion power, as the joke goes, has been “decades away...for decades.” But recent advancements in advanced algorithms and artificial intelligence ...

Your future tech may rely on deep-sea mining

As the demand grows for the metals that power electronics, we may have to look farther and farther for mining opportunities. The next big mining frontier is the ...

This is SpaceX’s very first human crew

This year, if all goes well, astronauts will launch to space on a private craft for the first time in history. It's SpaceX's big chance to show NASA that it can be trusted ...

Why doctors are worried about the Apple Watch EKG

The Apple Watch Series 4 learned a new trick: it can now perform an EKG, or electrocardiogram. It's a test that can detect heart problems, and it could save lives.

Training for Mars on an active volcano

There's no way to know what life at a Mars colony will really be like — but on the side of an active volcano in Hawaii, NASA has built the next best thing.

The kilogram has changed forever. Here’s why.

In November, scientists from around the world met in Paris to do something remarkable: they redefined the kilogram. This standard of measure was once based ...

How deaf researchers are reinventing science communication

Science is a language unto itself, and scientists rely on precise, standard terminology for common ground in their work. But for deaf researchers and students, ...

We survived a (simulated) space catastrophe

When astronauts go into space they need to be in peak physical fitness, but that doesn't mean they can't get sick. And when they do, there is no clinic or hospital ...

NASA’s InSight Mars landing: what it really took

After a six-month long journey, NASA's InSight spacecraft successfully landed on Mars. The probe will now begin to collect data on Mars' crust, mantle, and core, ...

The new supercomputer behind the US nuclear arsenal

Sierra” was just crowned the second-most powerful supercomputer on the planet. And while most of its peers use their power for climate simulations, ...

Supersonic air travel is finally coming back

Supersonic air travel is back. 15 years after the Concorde was grounded, everyone from aerospace companies to NASA to small startups is working to bring ...

What the world looks like to an algorithm

Artificial intelligence is governing more and more of our lives, but the way it sees and understands the world is completely different from you or me. For this video ...

We decoded NASA’s messages to aliens by hand

In 1977, twin golden records were sent into space on the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft. Still sailing through space at nearly 60000 km per hour, the records ...

Should your phone push you to take your pills?

There's a surprising problem in American health care that doesn't get discussed much: up to 50% of patients don't take long-term medication properly. “Medicine ...

How four rogue satellites could change the spaceflight industry

Earlier this year, a company launched four tiny satellites into orbit without permission. These “rogue satellites” caused an uproar in the space community, and in ...

Old nuclear bomb tests are still haunting us today

In 1946, the American military detonated a nuke underwater in the Pacific Ocean to see what would happen to abandoned warships nearby. In this video, we ...

Sea level rise is so much more than melting ice

While researching climate change, we heard something confusing: the sea level in New York City is rising about one and a half times faster than the global ...

Are diamonds still precious if we can make them in a lab?

Diamonds have always been extremely rare and valuable...but that might change soon. Over the past five years, the synthetic diamond industry has exploded, ...