Tesla’s Autopilot reduces car accidents by 50%. Are you ready to give up the wheel?

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During a meeting with Norway’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk claimed that since ‘autopilot’ was rolled out, there have been 50% fewer car accidents.

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NASA reveals two new spectacular photos of Ceres

A false-color image of Haulani Crater shows evidence of recent landslides. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

NASA released a new set of images of Ceres – and they’re a sight to behold.f

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Lonely planet found in a family of stars

A young, free-floating world sits alone in space in this illustration. The object, called WISEA J114724.10?204021.3, is thought to be an exceptionally low-mass "brown dwarf," which is a star that lacked enough mass to burn nuclear fuel and glow like a star. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA astronauts have discovered a lonely planetary-like mass floating on its own, without a solar system. Imagine a galaxy, riddled with countless solar systems. Then zoom in slowly on a solar system – how do you picture it? There’s probably a star at the center, and several planets around it. That’s generally where we feel planets should be, rotating around

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For the first time in history, researchers restore voluntary finger movement for a paralyzed man

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Using two sets of electrodes, scientists have successfully restored finger movement in a paralyzed patient for the first time in history. The results could be the starting point to developing methods that would allow people around the planet to regain limb mobility.

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NASA just developed a way of detecting underground fungi – from space

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A team of NASA researchers has developed the first ever method for identifying and studying underground forest fungi from outer space, providing information that will help us better understand how forests will develop. Mycorrhizal fungi (underground fungus) are more similar to a city network than to individual organisms. They are complex intertwined networks that can spread for miles and miles

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Could supermassive black holes be lurking everywhere?

A sky survey image of the massive galaxy NGC 1600, and a Hubble Space Telescope closeup of the bright center of the galaxy where the 17-billion-solar-mass black hole -- or binary black hole -- resides.
Credit: ESA/Hubble image courtesy of STScI.

Astronomers have found a supermassive black hole in a completely unexpected area of space, a sparse area where massive galaxies are few and far between.

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Dust devil on Mars, as seen by Opportunity Rover

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NASA’s Opportunity rover beamed back this amazing photographed showing a dust devil swirling over the Martian surface. “This is one of the best dust devils that we have seen in Meridiani Planum,” said Ray Arvidson who’s Opportunity’s deputy principal investigator.

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Scientists discover gene variants that cut lifespan by up to 3 years

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Having a single copy reduces lifespan by up to one year, while individuals having both copies stand at risk of living three years less than they’d normally would.

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Something just smashed into Jupiter

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At this point, it’s pretty clear that a significant object smashed into Jupiter. The whole thing was captured on film below, more explanations after the video: Two weeks ago, on March 17, Gerrit Kernbauer, an amateur astronomer in Mödling, Austria, was recording Jupiter using a 20 cm telescope. It’s quite standard stuff, but Kernbauer got more than he expected.  At 00:18:33 UTC he captured

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Computer models confirm icy eruptions on Saturn’s Moon

This enhanced color view of Enceladus shows much of the southern hemisphere and includes the south polar terrain at the bottom of the image. Scientists at the University of Chicago and Princeton University have published a new study describing the process that drives and sustains this moon of Saturn's long-lived geysers. Photo by NASA/JPL

A few years ago, the Cassini spacecraft made a surprising discovery: there are geysers erupting on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, spewing water and ice to great heights. However, the process which causes these geysers remained unknown or controversial. Now, scientists at the University of Chicago and Princeton University have pinpointed a mechanism through which Saturn’s tidal forces exert constant stress and cause

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