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How to Make a Robot Use Theory of Mind

Scientifc America - 7 hours 56 min ago
Researchers give AI the ability to simulate the anticipated needs and actions of others

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Astronomers identify some of the oldest galaxies in the universe

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2018-08-16 18:32
Astronomers have found evidence that the faintest satellite galaxies orbiting our own Milky Way galaxy are among the very first galaxies that formed in our universe.

Hubble paints picture of the evolving universe

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2018-08-16 14:30
Hubble and other space and ground-based telescopes, astronomers have assembled one of the most comprehensive portraits yet of the universe's evolutionary history.

Sprawling galaxy cluster found hiding in plain sight

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2018-08-16 13:21
Scientists have uncovered a sprawling new galaxy cluster hiding in plain sight. The cluster, which sits a mere 2.4 billion light years from Earth, is made up of hundreds of individual galaxies and surrounds an extremely active supermassive black hole, or quasar.

This Scientist Chases Wildfires to Better Predict Fire Behavior

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-08-16 12:00
To know what a wildfire might do next, researchers need to know how an inferno interacts with the atmosphere

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Structurally 'inside-out' planetary nebula discovered

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2018-08-16 10:19
Researchers have discovered the unusual evolution of the central star of a planetary nebula in our Milky Way galaxy. The finding sheds light on the future evolution, and more importantly, the ultimate fate of the Sun.

Prize-Winning Images of the Brain

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-08-16 08:00
Check out this year’s winners of The Art of Neuroscience competition

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Are Blockchains the Answer for Secure Elections? Probably Not

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-08-16 06:45
As midterm political campaigns shift into full gear, start-ups are pushing for blockchain-based voting

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Study of material surrounding distant stars shows Earth's ingredients 'pretty normal'

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2018-08-15 19:05
The Earth's building blocks seem to be built from 'pretty normal' ingredients, according to researchers working with the world's most powerful telescopes. Scientists have measured the compositions of 18 different planetary systems from up to 456 light years away and compared them to ours, and found that many elements are present in similar proportions to those found on Earth. This will have implications for finding Earth-like bodies elsewhere.

Iron and titanium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2018-08-15 13:05
Exoplanets can orbit close to their host star. When the host star is much hotter than our sun, then the exoplanet becomes as hot as a star. The hottest 'ultra-hot' planet was discovered last year. A team has now discovered the presence of iron and titanium vapors in the atmosphere of this planet. This detection was made possible by the surface temperature of this planet, which reaches more than 4,000 degrees.

An Entirely New Type of Antidepressant Targets Postpartum Depression

Scientifc America - Wed, 2018-08-15 11:00
The steroid drug is intended to help women who suffer from the hormone-driven condition

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Can Talk Therapy Help People Who Are Unable to Experience Joy?

Scientifc America - Wed, 2018-08-15 06:45
Researchers are developing new treatments for a depression symptom called anhedonia

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Early opaque universe linked to galaxy scarcity

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2018-08-14 15:09
A team of astronomers has made a surprising discovery: 12.5 billion years ago, the most opaque place in the universe contained relatively little matter.

Are Boys Better Than Girls at Math?

Scientifc America - Tue, 2018-08-14 09:00
Colleen Ganley, assistant professor of developmental psychology, answers

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Is Gravity Quantum?

Scientifc America - Tue, 2018-08-14 08:00
The ongoing search for the graviton—the proposed fundamental particle carrying gravitational force—is a crucial step in physicists’ long journey toward a theory of everything

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Can Offshore Wind Turbines Succeed in the Great Lakes?

Scientifc America - Tue, 2018-08-14 06:45
Ice jams and bird and bat deaths will determine the answer

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Historic space weather could clarify what's next

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2018-08-13 11:33
Scientists have discovered an underlying repeatable pattern in how space weather activity changes with the solar cycle - having analysed solar activity for the last half century.

Earth mini-moons: Potential for exciting scientific and commercial opportunities

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2018-08-13 10:42
The detection of 'mini-moons' -- small asteroids temporarily captured in orbit around Earth -- will vastly improve our scientific understanding of asteroids and the Earth-moon system. Small and fast-moving, they have evaded detection by existing technology, with only one confirmed mini-moon discovery to date. The advent of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope could verify their existence and track their paths around our planet, presenting exciting scientific and commercial opportunities.

Record-Breaking Signal May Help Solve the Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts

Scientifc America - Mon, 2018-08-13 09:00
The CHIME telescope could soon deliver thousands of additional detections of the mysterious cosmic outbursts

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Earth Has a Hidden Plastic Problem--Scientists Are Hunting It Down

Scientifc America - Mon, 2018-08-13 06:45
Trillions of tiny particles generated by our plastic-reliant society are polluting environments worldwide

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