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NASA’s Goddard Director Explains What Really Matters In 2016’s Extraordinary Temperature Data

For the third consecutive year, NASA and NOAA have announced record high temperatures. It’s upsetting yet unsurprising, given the dearth of fucks we seem to give about the state of our planet. As Gizmodo previously reported, temperatures were 0.07 degrees F (0.04 degrees C) higher last year than they were in 2015—but…

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Rae Paoletta

January 20th

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NASA’s Goddard Director Explains What Really Matters In 2016’s Extraordinary Temperature Data

For the third consecutive year, NASA and NOAA have announced record high temperatures. It’s upsetting yet unsurprising, given the dearth of fucks we seem to give about the state of our planet. As Gizmodo previously reported, temperatures were 0.07 degrees F (0.04 degrees C) higher last year than they were in 2015—but…

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Rae Paoletta

January 20th

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Scientists built an AI that is smarter than most adults

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Computers can already hold a massive amount of instantly-retrievable data in a manner that puts most humans to shame, but getting them to actually display intelligence is an entirely different challenge. A team of researchers from Northwestern University just made a huge stride towards that goal with a computational model that actually outperforms the average American adult in a standard intelligence test. 

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Mike Wehner

January 20th

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This smartphone accessory can diagnose cancer

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The smartphone case you slap on the back of your mobile phone might protect it from bumps and scrapes, and maybe even give it a bit of added battery life with a built-in power supply, but there's no OtterBox or Mophie that can hold a candle to a new accessory built by a team of medical researchers looking for a cheap and effective way to analyze DNA. The bulky add-on was developed by an international team of scientists headed by UCLA professor Aydogan Ozcan, and it is a powerful tool in the worldwide battle against cancer.

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Mike Wehner

January 19th

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Scientists built an AI that is really, really good at ‘Ms. Pac-Man’

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Retro games like Ms. Pac-Man were created to pit a computer opponent against a living, breathing human, but in recent years they've become fantastic testbeds for artificial intelligence testing. That is, forcing a computer to play against the game's own programming and see just how things pan out. It might sound like fun and games, but researchers led by a Cornell engineering professor take it pretty seriously, and now they've developed an AI that is better at Ms. Pac-Man than any computer before it.

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Mike Wehner

January 19th

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New species of moth named for Trump, thanks to ‘yellowish’ mop

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With a mop of yellow-white scales on its little head, a newly-identified species of moth has been named for Donald Trump— a move that its discoverer hopes will highlight the importance of conservation.

The new moths are native to both California and, somewhat ironically, Mexico. Some of the specimens first came from a museum at the University of California, Davis, and eventually, through DNA testing and other analysis, Vazrick Nazari, the evolutionary biologist who made the discovery, realized it was a new species. Its name? Neopalpa donaldtrumpi.

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January 19th

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Something in space is killing off entire galaxies

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When we think about the survival of the human race we often focus on making sure our planet stays alive and habitable, but out there in the depths of space there are entire galaxies being killed off in a manner that is utterly perplexing scientists. A new paper (PDF) from researchers working at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research addresses the odd and extremely troubling trend and attempts to propose an answer for what exactly is leading literally thousands of galaxies to die premature deaths.

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Mike Wehner

January 18th

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There’s something weird happening on Venus

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Mars may be the focus of many current space exploration efforts, but scientists studying Venus have just discovered something very strange: a massive structure that seems to extend almost the entire length of planet. The long, curved shape is rotating along with the planet, suggesting that it's fixed to the planet, while the planet's extremely thick clouds are speeding around it at over 200 miles per hour. 

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Mike Wehner

January 17th

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Japanese rocket suffers catastrophic failure

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Japan's ambitious plan to launch a pint-sized rocket equipped with a satellite has come to an abrupt end after the rocket suffered a communication failure and ended up plummeting back to Earth. The tiny rocket was launched from the Uchinoura Space Center at approximately 8:30 on Sunday morning with its microsatellite payload which it hoped to send into orbit. 

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Mike Wehner

January 17th

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Here’s the battery that could have saved the Galaxy Note 7

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was absolutely the most publicized example of faulty battery technology in the history of mobile phones, but exploding batteries aren't exclusively a Samsung problem. A quick Google search will produce news stories about defective batteries in phones from Apple, LG, Sony, Nokia, and every other major manufacturer. Lithium-ion batteries are simply not a perfectly reliable power source, and while the Note 7 was an extreme example, every manufacturer could benefit from batteries that are able to extinguish themselves if they get a bit too hot. Now, science has delivered exactly that.

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Mike Wehner

January 17th

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