Spooktacular Citizen Science

Shaker Village Treat yourself with citizen science this Halloween. Take a stroll through a pumpkin patch to look for insects or spend a night under the stars watching bats. Staying indoors? Map craters on the moon for NASA! Grab a few sweets from the candy dish and scroll through our editor's picks below. You're sure to find a project to enjoy. And that's no trick! Cheers! The SciStarter Team

Astronomers Record First Observation of an Interstellar Object

Astronomers have spotted an interstellar visitor for the first time. It's either a comet or an asteroid, and came speeding right through the heart of our solar system; after a hairpin turn around the sun, it's now on its way back out of our cosmic backyard. Scientists at the University of Hawaii's Pan-STARRS 1 telescope at Haleakala first spotted the quarter-mile-wide object on Oct. 19, and knew immediately that it was something different. "Its motion could not be explained using eithe

Saudi Arabia Grants Citizenship to Robot

Sophia has porcelain skin, defined cheekbones and quite a flashy smile. She's also a robot. Ahead of Wednesday’s Future Investment Initiative event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, officials granted this humanoid robot citizenship, making Sophia the first robot to receive citizenship anywhere in the world. The bot, made by Hanson Robotics, is modeled to look like Audrey Hepburn (does Sophia do Audrey justice?). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMrX08PxUNY Throughout the interview, Sophia f

In a Digital World, Why Do Hard Copies Remain Alluring?

Do you prefer a paperback or hardback to a download on your Kindle? Or maybe BluRays and CDs instead of MP4s? You’re not alone. Digital products might help us combat clutter, and satisfy that need for instant gratification, but when push comes to shove, a lot of people still prefer something they can hold in their hands. And sales for physical goods like books and movies seem to support that notion. So if digital is so much easier to store and tote around, what gives? “When something l

Impressive Eruption in the Solomon Islands

Over the last month, it has been Agung in Indonesia and Aoba in Vanuatu that have captured the media's attention. However, it has been a volcano in the Solomon Island that might be the most hazardous right now. So, what's going on at the two volcanoes that prompted massive evacuations? At Agung, the seismicity has begun to drop compared to the last month. Now, this doesn't mean it is getting any safer at the volcano. Some studies of previous periods of earthquakes prior to Agung's other e

This Could Be the First 1,000 mph Land Vehicle

A slim blue needle raced down a runway today in southwest England Thursday. Called the Bloodhound, the vehicle reached speeds of only around 200 miles per hour, but the team behind it has their sights set much higher. They hope to be the first to notch the 1,000 mph land speed record, a speed that today is only achievable in the skies. The demonstration was the Bloodhound's first public outing, and served as both a PR opportunity and a chance to get preliminary data on the vehicle's perfo

Hey Kim, Stephen Hawking’s PhD Thesis Also ‘Broke the Internet’

The PhD thesis of perhaps the world’s most famous living scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking, was recently made publicly available online. It has proved so popular that the demand to read it reportedly crashed its host website when it was initially uploaded. But given the complexity of the topic – “Properties of Expanding Universes” – and the fact that Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time is also known as the most unread book of all time, you might benefit from a summary of its main re

Robot Aces Water-to-Air Transition

Another day, another bioinspired drone. But this microrobot, powered through a wire tether, can launch itself through the air and into water — then blast itself back into the air. Harvard researchers have been working on bee-like robots for years, and a new study published Wednesday in Science Robotics shows more advancement. Scientists showed the little bot could successfully hover in the air, transition from air to water, swim, takeoff from the water and land on the water, according to

The Vultures of Eden

The last stronghold for some of Africa's most beleaguered species.

Project Wing Drones Test Home Delivery Down Under

If you get food cravings or need to grab some over-the-counter medicine, chances are that you live just a short walk or drive away from a convenience store or pharmacy as long as you live in a city or the suburbs. But the Aussie residents of a certain rural community face a 40-minute round trip in the car whenever they want to pick up some ingredients for dinner or even grab a cup of coffee. That situation made them the ideal first customers for backyard drone deliveries through Project Wing

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