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 …

Meet Siren, The Digital Human Of Your (Uncanny) Dreams

Meet Siren, The Digital Human Of Your (Uncanny) Dreams

During last week’s Game Developers Conference in San Fransisco, Epic Games revealed one of their latest projects: Siren, a “digital human.” It’s actually some fairly realistic CGI, streamed directly into Epic Games’ Unreal Engine. They worked alongside Tencent, Cubic Motion, and 3Lateral to bring Siren to life, as well as Vicon, who provided her “lifelike …

MIT's Fish Robot Goes for a Swim

Video: MIT’s Fish Robot Goes for a Swim

If there’s one thing I really think the world could use more of right now, it’s robot fish. Thankfully, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has delivered. According to IEEE Spectrum, their roboticists have developed an intriguing new “soft robotic spy fish,” which scientists are now using to explore the ocean without disrupting its …