Credits: NASA / JPL / Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics / David Aguilar Artist’s impression. Planets orbiting a Sun-like star. Once, this was an astronomical axiom, perhaps even a cosmic holy grail: Find lots of oxygen in the sky of an alien world, and life is likely somewhere below. But now, a new study in the
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If we’re going to head out into interstellar space one day, we might want to go equipped with some heavy-duty degreaser. New research has found that the vast intervals of space aren’t always filled with dry dust, but often contain a mist of greasy molecules. And there’s a lot of space grease out there. The
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Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Reuters) – A science fiction-inspired robot hardwired to assist astronauts will launch from Florida early Friday morning to become the first personal, artificial intelligence-powered companion in space.  Bret Greenstein of IBM holds an artificial intelligence bot named CIMON, following a news conference at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, U.S., June 28,
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(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Whether we’re sipping it to get going in the morning or pounding it to stay awake later at night, our favorite psychoative drug is, as always, in high demand. Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day according to recent estimates—over three cups each on average—delivering a jolt upwards of 300 mg
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As summer starts heating up, scientists just published the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth. During the long, dark Antarctica winter temperatures dropped low enough to resemble other planets. The temperature they measured? A stunning negative 144 degrees Fahrenheit (-97.8 degrees Celsius). At that temperature, just a few breaths of air would induce hemorrhaging in
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