hitchBOT's Epic 3,800 Mile Journey Across Canada Has Officially Begun

And so it begins: A child-sized robot named hitchBOT is currently making its way across Canada. Alone and immobile, hitchBOT will have to reach the West Coast by relying on others to get it there. Here's how you can follow hitchBOT's adventures. » 7/28/14 11:51am Today 11:51am

"Colossally Poor Timing" of Asteroid Caused Dinosaur Extinction

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh say the dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out had it happened slightly later or earlier in history. » 7/28/14 8:00am Today 8:00am

This is frightening. Incidents like these are certainly not helping the situation — what is now on record as the worst ebola outbreak in history. It also shows how, after reaching a certain critical mass, it's next to impossible to contain an epidemic. » 7/25/14 12:39pm Friday 12:39pm

Over 90% Of Human DNA May Be Completely Worthless

Geneticists at Oxford University are making the astounding claim that a mere 8.2% of our DNA does something biologically important. That means upwards of 90% of the human genome is "junk" — a discovery that could dramatically hasten genetic research. » 7/25/14 8:40am Friday 8:40am

New Evidence Suggests Tyrannosaurs Hunted In Packs

One of the most frightening creatures to ever terrorize this Earth just got scarier. The fossilized remains of tyrannosaur tracks found in British Columbia are providing the strongest evidence yet that these predators travelled and hunted in family groups — a conglomeration the researchers are calling 'a terror of… » 7/24/14 1:00pm Thursday 1:00pm

Researchers Test A Prototype Of An Alien-Hunting Robotic Ice Drill

Recent discoveries of active under-ice oceans on Europa and Enceladus have kindled speculation that life may exist at the outer reaches of our solar system. But to prove it, we're going to have to employ devices like the one recently tested by Stone Aerospace researchers in Alaska. » 7/24/14 12:24pm Thursday 12:24pm

How Artificial Superintelligence Will Give Birth To Itself

There's a saying among futurists that a human-equivalent artificial intelligence will be our last invention. After that, AIs will be capable of designing virtually anything on their own — including themselves. Here's how a recursively self-improving AI could transform itself into a superintelligent machine. » 7/23/14 11:30am Wednesday 11:30am