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The next US particle accelerator will be built on Long Island by 2031

Department of Energy / Brookhaven National Laboratory Work has begun to build a new particle accelerator at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory at Upton, Long Island. The new facility will form the backbone of the Electron-Ion Collider project, an initiative to learn the secrets of electrons. Assorted officials from New York and the …

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Astronomers detect signs of life in Venus’s atmosphere

SCIEPRO via Getty Images A team of astronomers believe they have found signs of life in the atmosphere of Venus, The New York Times reports. In two papers published today, the astronomers explain that they’ve detected the chemical phosphine in Venus’s thick atmosphere. They believe that the phosphine may have been produced by living microorganisms …

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Baidu’s Apollo Go robotaxi service arrives in Beijing

Baidu, Inc. Baidu launched its Apollo Go robotaxi service in the Chinese cities of Changsha and Cangzhou back in August, shortly after announcing that its autonomous driving computer is ready for use on the streets. Now, Apollo Go has also made its way to Beijing, making it the first autonomous car service operating in the …

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Cornell’s VibroSense makes appliances ‘smart’ by tracking their vibrations

Choreograph via Getty Images We’ve all been there at some point: you forget to go to the dryer when it completes a cycle, letting your clothes sit and collect wrinkles. That’s just one example of inefficient home appliance use, and it’s probably one that most people would like to avoid if they could. A new …

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Hitting the Books: Lessons learned from gaming with the King of Sweden

Video games have come a long way from their dim arcade origins. No longer a mere niche diversion for pasty, maladjusted youth, gaming is now an integral part of modern pop culture standing shoulder to shoulder with “classical” forms of media like films, televisions and literature. In his new book, The Dream Architects: Adventures in …

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Alphabet’s Loon balloons are helping scientists study gravity waves

MARTY MELVILLE via Getty Images In between beaming internet to people in developing countries and sometimes passing for UFOs, Alphabet’s Loon balloons have been busy helping scientists study how our planet works. A team led by Stanford professor Aditi Sheshadri recently published a report on gravity waves, ripples created by gravity when it pushes down on air forced up …

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Astronomers spot a super-rare class of black hole for the first time

Historically, the black holes that astronomers have found come in two distinct sizes: stellar black holes (aka collapsars), which are born from the implosion of dying stars and have a mass range of 5 to several tens that of their stellar mass, and supermassive black holes, which have a mass range of millions to billions …

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SpaceX makes first polar orbit launch from Florida in ‘decades’

SOPA Images via Getty Images While SpaceX didn’t pull off a doubleheader Sunday launch like it planned, the company still managed a rare feat. Instead of launching eastward like every other Cape Canaveral rocket, the Falcon 9 headed south toward Cuba, close to populated areas on Florida’s coast (via The Verge). The “SAOCOM 1B” mission …

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Elon Musk unveils V2 of the Neuralink brain-machine interface surgery bot

Just over a year since their last major announcement, Elon Musk’s Neuralink is finally ready to show off the fruits of its labor: a revolutionary brain-machine interface that could blur the lines between humanity and technology, as well as give our feeble fleshy minds a leg up against increasingly capable AIs.  “It’s important that Neuralink …

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Watch Elon Musk’s Neuralink reveal live at 6PM ET

onurdongel via Getty Images Last year Neuralink launched with lofty promises of developing chips and technology that will connect human brains to computers, and now the company is ready to show off its progress. Elon Musk said the webcast will include a look at a working Neuralink device, and V2 of its implantation robot. The …

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