How Synthetic Brains Can Advance Robotics

Why try to create synthetic brains? Given the anxieties around artificial intelligence, why risk it?

NASA Sets Its Sites on Europa

NASA has decided on the nature and scope of a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, scheduled in the 2020s.
Origami Robot Courtesy of MIT

Self-Folding Origami Robots!

Origami robots can not only walk, but swim, climb, and carry twice their body weight—granted, the robot only weighs a third of a gram.

Before Broadband, Seeking Universal Access to the Telephone

Today's debates about low-income subsidizes for broadband echo early fights for universal access to telephone lines.

The Forgotten Pyramids of Sudan

Sudanese pyramids are far less well known by either archaeologists or the public than their Egyptian counterparts.

The Mercury Messenger Spacecraft: Going Out in a (Planned) Blaze of Glory

NASA's Mercury Messenger Spacecraft has crashed.

A Cosmic Mystery from a Microwave Burrito

The source of mysterious radio waves detected by two of world's largest telescopes has been traced to a microwave.

A New Engine Sends NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft on Its Way

Dawn spacecraft's mission to Ceres is made possible by a brand new ion engine that runs off individual atoms.

A Once and Future Digital Dark Age

At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Vint Cerf warned about an impending "digital dark age."

So You Want to Move to Mars?

A Dutch non-profit plans to send voyagers on a one-way trip to Mars