Author Archives: George Dvorsky

Robots Have Started Teaching Other Robots New Skills

In an important advance that takes us one step closer to the inevitable robopocalypse, MIT researchers have developed a system that teaches robots how to acquire new skills—and then teach those skills to different types of robots.

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News, Technology | Comments Off on Robots Have Started Teaching Other Robots New Skills

Massive Lava Waves Detected on Jupiter’s Moon Io

Io is the closest thing we have to hell in our Solar System, a Jovian moon that features hundreds of active volcanoes and expansive lakes filled with lava. New observations suggests that the largest of these lakes, Loki Patera, produces enormous waves … Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on Massive Lava Waves Detected on Jupiter’s Moon Io

Cotton Swabs Send Thousands of Kids to the ER Every Year

New research from Nationwide Children’s Hospital shows that around 12,500 kids are treated in US hospital emergency departments each year for injuries caused by cotton tip applicators. That’s about 34 each day. In most cases, the swabs were used for cleaning, but as this study shows, it’s simply not worth the risks.…

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on Cotton Swabs Send Thousands of Kids to the ER Every Year

Extended Space Travel Causes an Inevitable Drop in Physical Fitness

Another day, another study showing how awful microgravity is to the human body. In the latest research, scientists have found that long term exposure to space inhibits the movement of oxygen through the body, reducing an astronaut’s ability to perform strenuous tasks.

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on Extended Space Travel Causes an Inevitable Drop in Physical Fitness

Australian Biosecurity Officers Just Destroyed an ‘Irreplaceable’ Plant Collection

A box of rare daisies dating back to the mid 19th century has been destroyed by Australian biosecurity officials after a paperwork mix-up. Upsettingly, it’s the second such incident to happen in Australia in recent months.

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on Australian Biosecurity Officers Just Destroyed an ‘Irreplaceable’ Plant Collection

A Deer Was Caught Gnawing on Human Remains and the End Is Nigh

Deer are generally considered one of the more benign creatures of the forest, going about their herbivorous ways in peace. But as new research shows, there’s a dark side to these ungulates. Using camera traps, forensic scientists have captured unprecedented photos of deer munching on the skeletal remains of a human…

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on A Deer Was Caught Gnawing on Human Remains and the End Is Nigh

Swearing May Be Your Best Option When Trying to Open That #$@&%*! Jar

Here’s a cool bodyhack to remember next time you’re embroiled in battle against a jar lid that refuses to budge: use your go-to expletive. This trick was recently uncovered by Keele University psychologists whose experiments suggest that swearing might make people stronger—at least for tasks requiring short and…

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on Swearing May Be Your Best Option When Trying to Open That #$@&%*! Jar

This Brain Scanning Technique Can Measure Your Baby’s Pain

Babies can’t tell us how much pain they’re in, which poses a problem for healthcare practitioners who are trying to manage their care. A new technique that uses non-invasive brain scans overcomes this frustrating limitation by providing what may be the first objective measure of infant pain.

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on This Brain Scanning Technique Can Measure Your Baby’s Pain

Lunar Colonists May Make Bricks From Moon Dust and Sunlight

Scientists with the European Space Agency have shown that it’s possible to make durable bricks using simulated Moon dust and concentrated sunlight. A similar approach may eventually allow lunar colonists to 3D-print their own habitats and structures using materials found on the Moon.

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on Lunar Colonists May Make Bricks From Moon Dust and Sunlight

Science Reveals the Right Way to Treat a Man O’ War Jelly Sting

Stings from Portuguese man o’ war jellyfish are as common as they are dangerous, yet there’s a lack of consensus over the best way to treat these painful pricks. New research published in the journal Toxins reveals that stings from the man o’ war (Physalia species) shouldn’t be treated any differently than stings from…

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on Science Reveals the Right Way to Treat a Man O’ War Jelly Sting

Science Reveals the Right Way to Treat a Man O’ War Jelly Sting

Stings from Portuguese man o’ war jellyfish are as common as they are dangerous, yet there’s a lack of consensus over the best way to treat these painful pricks. New research published in the journal Toxins reveals that stings from the man o’ war (Physalia species) shouldn’t be treated any differently than stings from…

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on Science Reveals the Right Way to Treat a Man O’ War Jelly Sting

A Second Giant Crack Has Appeared on Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

A 80-mile-long crack along Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf has remained stable since February, but scientists have now detected a new branch, one that’s extending about six miles from the main rift. It seems like only a matter of time before the 2,000 square mile ice shelf plunges into the sea.

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on A Second Giant Crack Has Appeared on Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

Stunning Blue-Eyed Albino Orangutan Rescued From Captors

A conservation group has rescued an incredibly rare albino orangutan from villagers on the Indonesian part of Borneo island, who were keeping the blue-eyed, white-haired primate in a cage. Sick, dehydrated, and exhibiting signs of a bloody nose, it cou… Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on Stunning Blue-Eyed Albino Orangutan Rescued From Captors

This Artificially Intelligent Speech Generator Can Fake Anyone’s Voice

The human voice, with all its subtlety and nuance, is proving to be an exceptionally difficult thing for computers to emulate. Using a powerful new algorithm, a Montreal-based AI startup has developed a voice generator that can mimic virtually any person’s voice, and even add an emotional punch when necessary. The…

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News, Technology | Comments Off on This Artificially Intelligent Speech Generator Can Fake Anyone’s Voice

This New Dinosaur Looked an Awful Lot Like a Chicken

Meet Jianianhualong tengi, a distinctly chicken-like dinosaur that lived 125 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period. This newly discovered species of dinosaur now represents the earliest known common ancestor of birds and closely related bird-like dinos, with a feathering pattern associated with aerodynamics.…

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on This New Dinosaur Looked an Awful Lot Like a Chicken

Scientists Just Found a Completely New Kind of Symbiotic Relationship

In a scientific first, researchers have discovered a bizarre inter-species relationship in which salamanders and algae cozy up together to share cells. Scientists aren’t entirely sure why these two very different organisms have adopted such an intimate arrangement, but the discovery could represent a completely new…

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on Scientists Just Found a Completely New Kind of Symbiotic Relationship

Widely-Reported Study on Fish and Microbeads Might Have Been Faked

A headline grabbingstudy published in Science last year that warned about the effects of plastic microbeads on larval fish is on the verge of being retracted. In a case involving missing data, shoddy research methods, and outright fabrication, it’s one of the most egregious examples of scientific fraud we’ve seen in…

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on Widely-Reported Study on Fish and Microbeads Might Have Been Faked

If You Could Only Die in Sudden Accidents, How Long Would You Live?

Imagine a world in which the only possible way to die was through a sudden accident, such as a car crash, falling down the stairs, or getting struck by lighting. How long could we expect to live in such a world? According to an eye-opening simulation, … Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on If You Could Only Die in Sudden Accidents, How Long Would You Live?

Barking Mad Head Transplant Doctor Claims He’ll Revive Frozen Brains in Three Years

An Italian neuroscientist who says he’s planning to perform the world’s first head transplant later this year has told a German magazine that he intends to thaw a cryogenically preserved brain and transplant it in a donor body within three years. It’s a preposterous claim given the current limitations of medical…

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on Barking Mad Head Transplant Doctor Claims He’ll Revive Frozen Brains in Three Years

Key Mutations Show How Tibetans Thrive at High Elevations

At altitudes of 15,000 feet, Tibetans live in environments that would incapacitate most humans. New research has uncovered several genetic mutations that appear to be responsible for these high-altitude superpowers—including a trait inherited from an extinct human species.

Read more…


Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on Key Mutations Show How Tibetans Thrive at High Elevations