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Space-age tires on Mars could mean no flat tires on earth someday

Space-age tires on Mars could mean no flat tires on earth someday

Eric Frederiksen

You think your commute’s rough? I don’t want to minimize your experience, but our space rovers have it much harder. It turns out that places like the Moon and Mars can tear up even our best hardware over time, as evidenced by this selfie capped by the Curiosity rover back in 2013 – just a year after it landed. But our scientists take this stuff and learn from it, and are already at work...

Innovative Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Driving The Plant-Based Food Revolution

Innovative Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Driving The Plant-Based Food Revolution

Kelly Holt

In 2016 Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, listed plant-based food technology as one of the top tech trends to watch. A man who built an enormously successful career predicting what the next game-changing technologies are, foresaw that plant-based food tech is one of the next revolutionary industries. What Schmidt’s prediction shrewdly captures is...

Surprise - that "alien megastructure" scientists spotted isn't a Dyson Sphere

Surprise - that "alien megastructure" scientists spotted isn't a Dyson Sphere

Eric Frederiksen

Remember that “alien megastructure” the Kepler Space Telescope found a couple years back? Scientists have a new theory for what it might be that explains the readings we’ve seen without having to rustle up a science-fiction concept from the 1930s. So what is it? Rings, of course. Tabby’s Star – the nickname for KIC 8462852 – was observed by so-called exoplanet hunters to be showing...

As Cassini begins its decent to crash into Saturn, 27-year veteran opens on feelings

As Cassini begins its decent to crash into Saturn, 27-year veteran opens on feelings

Ron Duwell

The Cassini spacecraft and its missions to photograph the gas giant Saturn, its rings, and its elaborate moon system have all been a universal success from beginning to end. NASA began development way back in the 1980s, launched the probe in 1997, watched as it entered orbit in 2004, and sat back to let the public marvel at the wondrous pictures it has captured. And now, at the end of...

Lyrebird AI claims to recreate any voice with just a one-minute sample

Lyrebird AI claims to recreate any voice with just a one-minute sample

Eric Frederiksen

“Is this real life, or is it Black Mirror?” is a question we’ve been having to ask a lot lately. As deep-learning technology gets better, as security breaches become more common, and the line between private and public blurs, we have to constantly question the ethics behind new technologies and the availability accompanying them. The latest such technology comes via Canadian AI company...