Tech

  1. robots
    Neuroscience

    This brain region may be why some robots send chills down your spine

    Scientists may have traced the source of the “uncanny valley” sensation in the brain.

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  2. Deep Space Atomic Clock illustration
    Tech

    How NASA’s portable atomic clock could revolutionize space travel

    An atomic clock designed to enable self-driving spaceships and GPS-like navigation on other planets is about to take a yearlong test flight.

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  3. body-on-a-chip
    Life

    This body-on-a-chip mimics how organs and cancer cells react to drugs

    The multiorgan system could help test new and existing drugs for effectiveness and unwanted side effects.

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  4. diamond
    Particle Physics

    Diamond detectors could aid the search for dark matter

    Elusive dark matter particles could be spotted when they slam into electrons or atomic nuclei within diamond, scientists say.

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  5. solar satellite
    Astronomy

    50 years ago, scientists wanted to build solar panels on the moon

    In 1969, scientists proposed building solar panels on the moon to convert the sun’s energy into electricity that can be used on Earth.

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  6. Kibble balance
    Physics

    This tabletop device turns the quantum definition of a kilogram into a real mass

    The mini Kibble balance will measure 10 grams to an accuracy of a few ten-thousandths of a percent.

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  7. Astronomy

    Questions about solar storms, slingshot spiders and more reader feedback

    Readers had questions about solar storms, a robotic gripper, slingshot spiders and more.

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  8. atomic clock
    Physics

    A new optical atomic clock’s heart is as small as a coffee bean

    Optical atomic clocks are extremely good at keeping time, and they’re on their way to becoming pocket watches.

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  9. space flame
    Physics

    Spherical flames in space could solve the mystery of soot-free fires

    In microgravity, flames are sphere-shaped. Tests of fire on the International Space Station are helping show how gases flow within flames.

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  10. Artificial intelligence gaming illustration
    Artificial Intelligence

    AI can learn real-world skills from playing StarCraft and Minecraft

    By playing StarCraft and Minecraft, artificial intelligence is learning how to collaborate and adapt.

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  11. number sense
    Artificial Intelligence

    A new AI acquired humanlike ‘number sense’ on its own

    A new artificial intelligence seems to share our intuitive ability to estimate numbers at a glance.

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  12. flamingo lagoon
    Earth

    The search for new geologic sources of lithium could power a clean future

    Futuristic clean-energy visions of electric vehicles are driving the hunt for lithium.

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