A.I. Pilots Are Not The Solution To Preventing Airline Disasters

We're still trying to understand the horrific Germanwings tragedy. But already, some people are suggesting it could have been prevented if a computer had been flying the plane. But that's not the solution. We spoke to an expert about why an A.I. pilot would open up an entirely new set of risks and complications. » 3/27/15 11:45am Yesterday 11:45am

Ganymede's Bizarre Bulge Baffles Scientists

There's a strange bulge on the Solar System's largest moon, one that measures 375 miles wide and nearly two miles tall. Scientists aren't entirely sure why it's there or what caused it, but it may have something to do with the Jovian moon's subsurface ocean. » 3/27/15 9:20am Yesterday 9:20am

We Should Be Able To Detect Spaceships Moving Near The Speed Of Light

A pair of engineers say it's possible to detect the signatures of spacecraft traveling at relativistic speeds, and we can do so using current technologies. The trouble is, their new analysis also suggests that moving through space at ludicrous speed is more hazardous than previously thought. » 3/25/15 8:40am Wednesday 8:40am

Bird Experts "Horrified" To Discover Meat-Eating Rainbow Lorikeets

Like hummingbirds, Australian rainbow lorikeets eat pollen and nectar. In fact, they have a specialized tongue that allows them to do so. So imagine the surprise of bird experts after discovering of a population of lorikeets who have taken to eating meat. » 3/25/15 6:30am Wednesday 6:30am

It Should Be Legal To Hack Your DNA

A group of geneticists has called for a moratorium on research into modifying heritable human DNA — a practice that could lead to so-called "designer babies." But as scientists consider this drastic proposal, they should also recognize the potential benefits this technology could afford – and the risks of an outright… » 3/24/15 4:00pm Tuesday 4:00pm

Aussie Scientists Say This Is The Largest Asteroid Impact Area On Earth

Measuring 250 miles (400 km) wide, the now-buried crater in Australia was ground zero for a cataclysmic impact that occurred some 300 million years ago. But is it really the largest on Earth? » 3/24/15 9:40am Tuesday 9:40am

Jupiter May Have Destroyed The Solar System's First Planets

It is becoming increasingly obvious that our Solar System — with its inner collection of small rocky planets and an outer region buffeted by gas planets — is quite uncommon. According to a remarkable new study, the reason may have to do with Jupiter and an ancient migratory journey that kickstarted the destruction of… » 3/24/15 8:00am Tuesday 8:00am

Scientists Have Transplanted Mammoth DNA Into Elephant Cells

For the first time in over 3,000 years, the functional components of wooly mammoth DNA have been brought to life (albeit in a petri dish). The achievement represents an important step towards potential efforts to bring the extinct species back. » 3/23/15 12:20pm Monday 12:20pm

The 9 Weirdest Implications Of The Many Worlds Interpretation

According to the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics, we live in an infinite web of alternate timelines. It's a serious claim that carries some rather serious scientific, philosophical, and existential baggage. And here are the nine weirdest possible implications. » 3/23/15 10:00am Monday 10:00am

A Secret Nazi Hideout May Have Been Discovered In An Argentine Jungle

A new discovery suggests the Nazis made it further into the jungles of South America than previously realized. A team of Argentine archaeologists say they've stumbled upon a secret German lair built by the Nazis during the Second World War. » 3/23/15 7:40am Monday 7:40am