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Bad News: The Moon Is Surprisingly Radioactive

Atomic Age For the first time, CNN reports, scientists say they’ve ascertained how radioactive the Moon is — a finding that could have implications for the future of human space travel there. The new data, collected by China’s Chang’e 4 rover, shows a lot more radiation than you’d deal with on Earth or even the International Space Station. But it’s...

The Air Force Is Getting a Laser That Detonates Landmines From Afar

Minesweeper The U.S. Air Force is working on new lasers designed to detonate landmines, bombs, and other hazards from nearly 1,00 feet away. The Recovery of Airbase Denied by Ordnance (RADBO) system does exactly what the name implies, C4ISRNET reports: If an airfield is blocked by mines or even just debris, the Air Force wants a way to clear it out...

MIT Trains Neural Network to Keep Patients Anesthetized During Surgery

Scientists at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a new AI algorithm that can actually control an anesthetized patient’s level of unconsciousness during a medical procedure like surgery. Trained on simulated patients during a simulated surgery, the algorithm learned how to administer doses of the anesthetic Propofol to keep patients...

NASA Is Using Its Astronauts to Help Promote a Cosmetics Company

Later this month, NASA is scheduled to launch an unusual payload — 10 bottles of a face cream by cosmetics company Estée Lauder. The idea is that NASA astronauts will take pictures of the bougie cream, which Estée Lauder will then use in a social media campaign, in a strange echo of the way influencers like the Kardashians take payments from brands...

Scientists: When People Experience Climate Change Firsthand, They Get Serious About It

Burnt Bridges In the U.S., something as scientifically sound as the reality of climate change long been a matter of serious political contention. However, a recent survey conducted by Stanford University researchers reveals that personally experiencing a climate change-related threat — in this case wildfires — can shrink partisan gaps and convince...

Scientists Claim to Have Proved That Crows Have Conscious Experiences

Fallen Pillar For the first time, scientists have found that crows are capable of subjective, conscious experiences and perceptions. It’s a big step forward in our understanding of animal cognition. Prior to this, we only knew of conscious perception among humans and other primates. The brains of animals like birds were considered too different from...

Space-Bound Cosmonaut: If I Meet Aliens, I Will Be Nice to Them

Come In Peace Cosmonaut Sergei Kud-Sverchkov, who’s heading to the International Space Station next month on a Soyuz rocket, got an interesting question at a press conference this week: What he would do if he encountered extraterrestrials in space. “I think that when meeting intelligence extraterrestrial life, we will exhibit friendliness, goodwill...

NASA Says It’s Almost Found the Leak on the International Space Station

Gas Leak NASA swears that it’s almost found the air leak on the International Space Station. Like, for real this time. The ISS actually began to leak air back in September 2019, Business Insider reports. But it wasn’t until last month that the leak sped up and NASA ramped up its investigation into the problem, isolating crewmembers into one of the...

Former Employee: We Made Facebook as Addictive as Cigarettes on Purpose

Big Tobacco Facebook’s former head of monetization, Tim Kendall, unloaded on the social media giant during a hearing about social media’s role in spreading extremist content — saying that his former employer, like big tobacco companies, worked to make its product as addictive as possible. “We sought to mine as much attention as humanly possible,”...

The Bananas Plan to Sprinkle Glass Over the Arctic

Bedazzled Arctic ice is rapidly melting, and that’s really bad news for the entire planet. Without its shiny ice, the Arctic reflects less sunlight, further heating up and melting even more ice in a vicious cycle. To protect what ice is left — and hopefully redevelop the ice we already lost — a Stanford engineer named Leslie Field wants to sprinkle...

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