This brick-laying robot could put thousands of people out of a job

A construction robot capable of laying bricks five-times faster than a human worker is reportedly coming to the UK within the next few months, and the news has reignited the debate over the use of technology to replace employees on the worksite, according to recent published reports. Kn...

The White House Wants Scientists to Explore Geoengineering

With the executive branch about to be handed off to climate deniers and oil tycoons, the outgoing administration is urging scientists to explore any and all options for combating the threat of climate change—including engineering the atmosphere to stop it. Geoengineering, or hacking the...

Your Appendix May Not Be as Useless as You Think

New research suggests that the appendix, long believed to be a throwback to our evolutionary past, may serve an important purpose by boosting immunity and acting as a “safe house” for helpful gut bacteria. The appendix is an organ that has confounded scientists for centuries. The emine...

Here’s How Hidden Figures Surprised Me

Hidden Figures tells a kind of story that has become overly familiar—how black individuals managed to achieve in a system built to oppress them—but does it in a different way. Widely released to theaters this past weekend, Hidden Figures shines a spotlight on the heretofore unheralded c...

NASA’s Most Powerful Rocket Just Hit a Critical Milestone

Late next year, NASA is hoping to launch its Space Launch System—a powerful next generation rocket capable of exerting two million pounds of thrust. NASA engineers have now completed construction of a stand sturdy enough to test its enormous fuel tank. It’s an important milestone, and a...

Mutant Grass Is Terrorizing Oregon

You probably didn’t know that the state of Oregon is the self-professed grass seed capital of the world. Grass, it turns out, is a fairly lucrative claim to fame, accounting for more than a billion dollars in economic activity each year in the state. But genetically modified grass that ...

You Can Buy ‘Vintage Milk’ on Amazon

The internet is a vast place and somewhere, in its vastness, someone is trying to sell “vintage milk.” Boing Boing reports a few of their vintage milk finds from Amazon.com, like a fine $185 jug from Jim Pickrell (who has a hundred percent seller’s rating!). Seller Yog Sothoth (also a h...

Scientists create artificial womb that could help premature babies

An artificial womb developed by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia could help extremely premature newborns survive by closely replicating the conditions within the mother, according to a study published online Tuesday in the journal . According to the Associated Pr...

Study links diet soft drinks with stroke and dementia

The notion that diet soft drinks are healthier alternatives to sugary beverages took another hit last week, as a study published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal linked the artificially-sweetened products with an increased risk of both stroke and dementia. Led by Matt...

BrickerBot, the permanent denial-of-service botnet, is back with a vengeance

BrickerBot, the botnet that permanently incapacitates poorly secured Internet of Things devices before they can be conscripted into Internet-crippling denial-of-service armies, is back with a new squadron of foot soldiers armed with a meaner arsenal of weapons. Pascal Geenens, the resea...
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