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Human Mutation Is Slowing Down

Mutation Station The rate of mutation in the human genome has slowed significantly over the past million years or so, according to new research — firming up the timeline of primate evolution. “The times of speciation we can now calculate on the basis of the new rate fit in much better with the speciation times we […]

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Amazon is Unleashing Its Own Army of Delivery Robots

Amazon Scout To absolutely nobody’s surprise, Amazon announced today that it will roll out its own network of delivery robots. Amazon’s diminutive new six-wheeled friend is called Scout. It’ll deliver your packages, according to the company, without a need for a pesky and demanding human. Scout is about the size of a small cooler, and rolls along at […]

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See the Centaur-Like Robot Designed to Handle Nuclear Disasters

Robot Work Responding to a nuclear disaster is no job for humans. Even while wearing protective suits, our bodies can’t handle the radiation. It could be a job for robots, though. Researchers in the U.K. are developing a centaur-like robot designed to work in settings too dangerous for humans to navigate — and it could […]

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See What Astronomers Are Calling “The Last Breath of a Dying Star”

Out With a Bang A new image shows a star, roughly 1,400 light years from Earth, preparing to die — and the moment is sad and beautiful. On Tuesday, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) released a new image of a star called ESO 577-24. Once a red giant, it is now an extremely hot dwarf star surrounded by a planetary nebula — […]

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New Research: Climate Change Causes Migration and Conflict

Out of Options If worldwide famine and mass extinction weren’t reasons enough to act on global climate change, a couple new reasons to save the planet just popped up. In ecology, animals faced with a critical change or the destruction of their habitat have three options: adapt, migrate, or starve. Now, as climate change has […]

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Boeing’s Flying Car Just Completed Its First Test Flight

Passenger Air Vehicle On Tuesday, aerospace company Boeing completed the first ever test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) — a flying car, basically — at a facility in Virginia. The prototype, which sports wings and a rear propeller, completed a takeoff and hovered to test its “autonomous functions and ground control systems,” according to an […]

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Xiaomi Teases Flexible Smartphone That Folds Like a Birthday Card

Weird Flex It’s official: Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi has confirmed that it’s working on a flexible smartphone. In a short clip posted to Chinese social media site Weibo today, Xiaomoi co-founder Lin Bin showed off an engineering sample of a smartphone with an astonishing display. The clip shows Lin folding the screen backwards on both sides, […]

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More Americans Believe in Global Warming Than Ever Before

Facing Reality Americans are coming to terms with the reality of global warming. That’s the conclusion of a new report from researchers from Yale University and George Mason University about Americans’ shifting attitudes toward global warming. They found that more Americans than ever before now think global warming is happening — and they’re increasingly worried about what it means for the […]

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Hurricane-Force Gusts Knocked Over SpaceX’s Starship Last Night

Hard Knocks Nature just dealt SpaceX a powerful blow. Tuesday night, wind gusts described by Business Insider as “hurricane-force” blasted the southern Texas facility where the company is building its massive Starship rocket. The gusts were powerful enough to break the rocket free of its mooring blocks, knocking it on its side and causing damage […]