Boston Dynamics Shows Off “Parkour Atlas” Robot

There was a time when you may have looked at Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot and thought, hey, I could outrun that. It was a lumbering hunk of metal, after all. Sure, it could open doors and go for quiet walks in the freshly fallen snow, even lift 10-pound boxes. But in a robot apocalypse scenario? …

Algorithm Helps Discover Even More Unexplained Radio Bursts 3 Billion Light Years Away

AI Discovers Even More Unexplained Radio Bursts 3 Billion Light Years Away

Repeated and unexplained radio pulses from deep space have led astronomers to consider some intriguing possibilities. On August 26, 2017, the Breakthrough Listen program detected a number of fast radio bursts (FRBs) originating from the ‘repeater’ object FRB 121102, located about three billion light years away. Astronomers observed 21 FRBs in total, all within one …

Japan’s Space Agency Successfully Lands Rovers On Asteroid

I don’t know if anyone noticed, but this website erupted in a nightmare the other day. Stranger Dimensions went down for nearly a full 24 hours. I’m talking down. I had to use a backup from August 11 to get things running again. Let’s just say it was a fun and enlightening experience, and it’s …

Robot Dinosaurs Manage Front Desk At Japanese Hotel

Robot Dinosaurs Manage Front Desk At Japanese Hotel

There’s a hotel in Japan staffed by robots. But not just any kind of robots. As you walk up to the front desk, you might feel a bit confused when you see the two gesticulating robot dinosaurs greeting you in a handful of languages. Don’t worry; they’re wearing bellboy hats, so you’ll know they’re employees …

Engineers Developing "Self-Eating" Rockets That Don't Leave A (Space) Mess

Engineers Developing “Self-Eating” Rockets That Don’t Leave A Mess

You probably can’t tell from all the way down here, but Earth is developing a pretty big space debris problem. In fact, Ziggy tells me that, right now, there are at least 17,852 man-made objects floating around up there, and those are just the ones we can track. Start counting the smaller pieces of debris …

If Aliens Are Out There, Maybe They Should Run

If Aliens Are Out There, Maybe They Should Run

Where are all the aliens? asks Russian theoretical physicist Alexander Berezin in his new paper, titled “‘First in, last out’ solution to the Fermi Paradox.” It’s a question we’ve long pondered, and perhaps one of the greatest — in a universe so vast, and with so many seemingly habitable planets, why have we yet to …