25 wildlife photos that show nature at its most beautiful, weird, and brutal
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25 wildlife photos that show nature at its most beautiful, weird, and brutal

The Wildlife Photography Awards really is the gift that keeps on giving. A couple of months back we had the contest’s highly commended entries, then we had the overall winners, and now it’s time for the People’s Choice category. On Tuesday, London’s Natural History Museum — the organisation behind the …

Amazing handheld inverted fire tornado bubble
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Amazing handheld inverted fire tornado bubble

Dustin Skye’s mesmerizing bubble creations combine dexterity, patience, and precision. Here are step-by-step instructions of you want to make your own: Image: YouTube / Dustin Skye Continue Reading…

DeepMind's latest AI breakthrough can accurately predict the way proteins fold
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DeepMind’s latest AI breakthrough can accurately predict the way proteins fold

Alphabet-owned DeepMind may be best known for building the AI that beat a world-class Go player, but the company announced another, perhaps more vital breakthrough this morning. As part of its work for the 14th Critical Assessment of Protein Structur… Continue Reading…

Virgin Orbit targets launch window on December 19 for second orbital test launch
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Virgin Orbit targets launch window on December 19 for second orbital test launch

Virgin Orbit has announced the target timing for its next orbital flight attempt, which follows a demonstration launch earlier this year that went mostly well — right up until its rocket separated from the carrier launch craft and fired up its own engines for the crucial rest of the trip …

Modified 'stealth' virus could fight advanced cancers
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Modified ‘stealth’ virus could fight advanced cancers

Scientists have long explored using viruses to fight cancer, but that doesn’t work well for metastatic cancers (that is, those that have spread beyond the primary site) when your immune system will quickly neuter perceived threats. There might, howev… Continue Reading…

Scientists might know why astronauts develop health problems in space
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Scientists might know why astronauts develop health problems in space

People are more likely to develop health issues with extended time in space, such as cardiovascular and sleep disruptions. But why? Scientists might have an idea. They’ve published research indicating that mitochondria, the energy-producing “powerhou… Continue Reading…

Scientists find neutrinos from star fusion for the first time
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Scientists find neutrinos from star fusion for the first time

Researchers have effectively confirmed one of the most important theories in star physics. NBC News reports that a team at the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics has detected neutrinos traced back to star fusion for the first time. The sc… Continue Reading…

Computer generated faces all assume similar expressions in a row.
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Flexible expressions could lift 3D-generated faces out of the uncanny valley

3D-rendered faces are a big part of any major movie or game now, but the task of capturing and animating them in a natural way can be a tough one. Disney Research is working on ways to smooth out this process, among them a machine learning tool that makes it …

Computer generated faces all assume similar expressions in a row.
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Flexible expressions could lift 3D-generated faces out of the uncanny valley

3D-rendered faces are a big part of any major movie or game now, but the task of capturing and animated them in a natural way can be a tough one. Disney Research is working on ways to smooth out this process, among them a machine learning tool that makes it …

Amazed astronaut in SpaceX capsule shoots video of our planet
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Amazed astronaut in SpaceX capsule shoots video of our planet

Look at that. NASA astronaut Victor Glover blasted into Earth’s orbit aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon craft last week. Soon after, Glover and three other astronauts safely docked to the International Space Station. Glover, the first Black astronaut expected to have an extended, six-month stay on the space station, recently …