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DeepSqueak is a machine learning A.I. that reveals what rats are chatting about

[embedded content] Just as Aquaman can talk to fish, so too can researchers at the University of Washington chat with rats. Or, at least, they can better understand what rats are squeaking about thanks to a deep learning artificial intelligence (A.I.) system with the ingenious name “DeepSqueak.” Since rats are frequently used in medical experiments, the […]

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Chandra X-ray telescope uncovers evidence of the universe’s missing matter

An illustration of the Millennium simulation, which uses supercomputers to formulate how the key components of the Universe would have evolved over cosmic time. Illustration: Springel et al. (2005); Spectrum: NASA/CXC/CfA/Kovács et al. There’s a puzzle that has been taxing astronomers for many years: Where is all of the matter in the universe? You might […]

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White spots on Ceres are evidence of ancient ice volcanoes erupting

This mosaic from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, of Cerealia Facula combines images obtained from altitudes as low as 22 miles (35 kilometers) above Ceres’ surface. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA/PSI NASA’s Dawn spacecraft went dark last year, but data collected by the craft is continuing to be used to make discoveries about the dwarf planet Ceres that it orbited. Ceres […]

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InSight has placed its heat probe, will dig 16 feet beneath the surface of Mars

NASA’s InSight lander set its heat probe, called the Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3), on the Martian surface on February 12. NASA/JPL-Caltech/DLR Having placed its seismometer onto the Martian surface and covered it with a heat shield to keep it safe, NASA’s InSight mission has moved on to deploying its second instrument. New images […]

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NASA’s ‘Refabricator’ lets astronauts recycle 3D-printed tools to make new ones

Christmas has come and gone, but that hasn’t stopped the International Space Station from gifting itself a pretty awesome new gadget to usher in 2019 in style. Called the Refabricator, it’s an integrated recycler and 3D printer that was just installed onboard the ISS. It is designed to turn recyclable plastics into 3D printable material. […]

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After a record-setting 15 years, NASA ends Opportunity rover’s tour of Mars

Opportunity self-portrait NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell NASA has officially called it quits on its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, eight months after last hearing from the lander. The space agency has been attempting to make contact with the rover since communications went dark following an intense dust storm in 2018. Having issued more than 1,000 recovery commands, this week […]

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Caltech’s bird-inspired robot uses thrusters to help stay on its feet

[embedded content] With their delicate and gangly legs, birds aren’t necessarily the first animal you’d think of when designing a new robot that looks to nature to create effective walking abilities. But birds, with their ability to flap their wings, possess a method of stabilizing themselves that’s not available to many other animals. That’s what […]