From Monterey Bay to Europa

JPL’s Steve Chien with several of the underwater drones used in a research project earlier this year. Chien, along with his research collaborators, are developing artificial intelligence for these drones. / Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech If you think operating a robot in space is hard, try doing it in the ocean. Saltwater can corrode your robot and[…]

Archaeologists Uncover Name of First ‘Mayor’ of Ancient Philipopolis

The newly discovered 1st century AD Roman inscription in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv provides invaluable information about ancient Philipopolis and the Roman Province of Thrace. Photo: Plovdiv24 By Ivan Dikov / 11.28.2016 Archaeology in Bulgaria A missing fragment from an Ancient Roman inscription from the 90s AD has been discovered by archaeologists in the southern Bulgarian city[…]

Misinformation on Social Media: Can Technology Save Us?

Sharing election hashtags: Dots are Twitter accounts; lines show retweeting; larger dots are retweeted more. Red dots are likely bots; blue ones are likely humans. / Clayton Davis By Dr. Filippo Menczer / 11.27.2016 Professor of Computer Science and Informatics Director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research Indiana University, Bloomington If you[…]

Rick Joyner: ‘If You Look At The Disciples That Jesus Chose, They Were All Donald Trump’

By Kyle Mantyla / 11.28.2016 On his most recent “Prophetic Perspectives on Current Events” program, televangelist Rick Joyner declared that President-elect Donald Trump is a “tough as nails” leader who is also deeply compassionate and religious …. not unlike the disciples whom Jesus chose. Joyner said that he met with Trump once before the election[…]

Enhanced CRISPR Lets Scientists Explore All Steps of Health and Disease in Every Cell Type

esearchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge have created sOPTiKO, a more efficient and enhanced inducible CRISPR genome editing platform. Today, in the journal Development, they describe how the freely available single-step system works in every cell in the body and at every stage of development. This new approach will[…]

Danish Company Turns Shipping Containers into Affordable Floating Student Apartments

11.23.2016 Urban Rigger, a housing and architect firm in Denmark, has come up with an eco-friendly way to provide affordable and comfortable accommodations to cash-strapped students living in big cities. Their innovative “container dorms” are made up of modified shipping containers floating on a platform in urban harbors. For many students, having to save money[…]

An Ethical Double Standard for Trump?

By E.J. Dionne, Jr. / 11.30.2016 Washington Post Columnist Republicans are deeply concerned about ethics in government and the vast potential for corruption stemming from conflicts of interest. We know this because of the acute worries they expressed over how these issues could have cast a shadow over a Hillary Clinton presidency. “If Hillary Clinton[…]