There have been some incredible images of the James Webb Space Telescope, the next generation telescope and successor to the Hubble. But we aren't really here to look at images of telescopes. We're here to learn some dope space stuff.
Science & Health
Despite sounding like an off-brand breakfast cereal, the genetic engineering technique CRISPR has infiltrated the vocabulary of the general public, stoking fierce ethics debates, imaginative renderings of the future, and even inspiring a novel and a J.Lo-backed TV series. That's because CRISPR truly is amazing, allowing human beings to alter genetic code with a level of precision never before achieved. And now there's actual video footage documenting just how amazing CRISPR really is.
When distant black holes (or neutron stars) collide, there's a lot scientists can tell from the way they send gravitational waves rippling through space. That includes their masses, their distance, and how their spins line up with one another. But one question they're still trying to figure out is, well, where are they?
Authorities say a California man who was arrested after crashing during a high-speed chase allegedly "thought it would be funny" to flash a laser at a police helicopter, Ars Technica reports. Such laser strikes are dangerous because they can disorient pilots and endanger their passengers and people on the ground. The FAA reports roughly 5000 laser strikes per year around the US, though this might be the most dramatic and idiotic case yet.
Sony recently announced that its robotic dog Aibo is back from the dead and will hit Japan early next year. But even a ¥198,000 ($2287) robot toy can't compare to the amazingly fluid motions of Boston Dynamics' new and improved SpotMini, which looks like a genuine (yet still pretty frightening) replacement for your loyal golden retriever.
64,000 Australia jobs depend on the health of the Great Barrier Reef, contributing $6.4 billion to the Australian economy.
But despite both the economic and obvious environmental benefits to keeping it in tip-top shape, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's second World Heritage Outlook report confirmed the Reef is at a "very high level of threat" from climate change and there is "real concern" that its condition is deteriorating.
Until seeing this video, from YouTuber Cody'sLab, I never realised just how badly I want to try and stand on liquid mercury.
Australian experts have spoken out about a recent US study that claimed to show artificial intelligence can identify people with suicidal thoughts - by analysing their brain scans.
It sounds promising - but it's worth pointing out only 79 people were studied, so are the results enough to show this is a path worth pursing?
NASA is currently developing a space capsule, called Orion, that will eventually carry a crew of four astronauts to Low Earth Orbit and beyond. Should something go catastrophically wrong during launch, an abort system will work to save the lives of the astronauts - but whoa, would they ever be in for a hell of a ride.
The cloud of radiation that swept through Europe in recent weeks originated at a nuclear facility in either Russia or Kazakhstan, according to a report put out France's nuclear safety institute. The levels of radiation were never dangerous - at least for Europeans living outside of the immediate area affected - but the exact cause of the incident is still unknown.
A small contingent of chunky, dove-like birds cautiously patter around a clearing in a park in suburban Sydney. Suddenly, a feral cat pounces out from some nearby brush, narrowly missing a flock member's feather plume-festooned head with a paw. In a panicked huff, the birds take flight, and the air fills with a series of creaking whistles. Amazingly, these noises don't come from the birds' mouths, but from the flapping of their wings. The birds - crested pigeons (Ocyphaps lophotes) - have long been recognised for their loud flying, but new research has revealed how they make the whistling and just what these strange sounds are for: the whistling wings function as an alarm, telling other pigeons that danger is near and to vamoose, and it's unlike anything known among birds.
In January, as the Obama era was winding down, both the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture quietly snuck through proposed regulations set to substantially overhaul the regulation of genetically engineered organisms for the first time in 30 years - and create drastic roadblocks to the development and commercialisation of genetically engineered foods.
Hindsight is 20/20. Maybe you'd be more productive if you didn't stay up until 3 am binge watching Stranger Things. Maybe you'd be a Nobel-winning scientist if you didn't smoke too much pot during undergrad and sleep through your lectures. Maybe the dinosaurs wouldn't have gone extinct if the giant meteor hit...somewhere else.