For the first time, human beings have landed a spacecraft on a comet. Already, the scientific discoveries are beginning. But there was an even bigger discovery to be made: the recognition that scientists can be funny.
Keeping Wisconsin's roads clear of ice is a priority, but it's an expensive one. In an attempt to save money, the state has found an answer in cheese — or more specifically, the salt water that is left over from the cheese-making process.
Nearly all the mammals in Florida's Everglades are gone. Scientists think they know who's responsible: a large snake that doesn't belong there. Burmese pythons kept as pets have either escaped or been let loose when they grew too big.
The northern white rhinoceros is almost gone. Seven of them remain: four in Kenya, two in the United States, one in the Czech Republic. More than ten years have passed since the last of them reproduced. Fortunately, there's more than one way to make a rhino.
A stolen laptop can be a real problem. Think of all the personal information and documents that may be stored in it. And how would you ever find it again? Read how one man in California was able to photograph and identify the person who had his stolen laptop.
It used to be that automation was only something used in manufacturing. But now it's reaching offices. Companies are starting to use software to read and understand large numbers of legal documents. Think you'll never lose your job to a computer? Think again.
Dark skies do more than just inspire us. Having bright days and dark
nights is important to keeping our body chemistry (and that of plants
and animals) in balance. How bright are the city lights where you live? Scientists would like you to tell them.
Instead of creating a special database, Watson's creators fed it
encyclopedias, dictionaries, and works of literature and let the
computer find connections on its own. Using 2,880 processor cores, it's
able to answer quiz questions in seconds.
Each year, between 70 and 100 people around the world are attacked by sharks. But what sharks cannot see well, they are less likely to attack. Researchers in Australia say they have made a simple discovery that will help surfers and divers.