Probe That Paved The Way For Studying Gravitational Waves From Space Has Been Shut Off

A rendering of the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft.Image: ESA–C.Carreau Yesterday, the European Space Agency said goodbye to one of its spacecraft that has helped pave the way for a new method of studying the Universe: the LISA Pathfinder, a car-sized probe that has been testing out technology needed to detect ripples in the fabric of space-time — called…

FBI Issues Warning: Are Your Children’s Toys Spying On You?

Parents have been urged to steer clear of “spy toys” designed to snoop on innocent kids’ lives in terrifying detail. The FBI has issued an urgent notice concerning toys that are packed full of sensors, cameras and microphones to record a child’s words and GPS locators to track their whereabouts. “Smart toys and entertainment devices…

NASA-funded Citizen Science Project Discovers New Brown Dwarf

One night three months ago, Rosa Castro finished her dinner, opened her laptop, and uncovered a novel object that was neither planet nor star. Therapist by day and amateur astronomer by night, Castro joined the NASA-funded Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 citizen science project when it began in February — not knowing she would become one of four volunteers to…

New Study Shows the Amazon Makes Its Own Rainy Season

A new study gives the first observational evidence that the southern Amazon rainforest triggers its own rainy season using water vapor from plant leaves. The finding helps explain why deforestation in this region is linked with reduced rainfall. The study analyzed water vapor data from NASA’s Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) on the Aura satellite, along…

Mysterious Black Ring Appears In Sky Over England

Solid black rings have appeared in the sky this week, and nobody knows what they are. Weather experts were left baffled when the shape emerged near Birkenshaw on the M62. Kimberley Robinson was in the car with her roofer boyfriend Danny Cooper, 26, when she looked up and saw the mysterious black ring. She took photos…

Walmart Is Developing Camera Technology To Recognize Your Misery While You Shop

The days of being able to unhappily make your way through a Walmart with limited human interaction may soon be coming to an end. The retail giant is said to be developing facial recognition software designed to identify shoppers in checkout lines who appear to be unhappy or even angry. Once an agitated customer is…

YouTube Star Detained For Flattening Coins On Railroad Track

Photo Credit: AP An American expat in Thailand who is a YouTube star with 3.29 million subscribers is in hot water for posting a video of an age-old practice among kids: flattening coins on railroad tracks. Nathan Bartling, whose YouTube series is called My Mate Nate, was detained by police after a news conference with railway officials Monday in which…