Category Archives: Science news

Russia | Russia’s robot news anchor gives human TV presenters hope

by Trevor Mogg

Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So

Government usually isn’t the place to look for innovation in IT or new technologies like artificial intelligence. But Ott Velsberg might change your mind. As Estonia’s chief data officer, the 28-year-old graduate student is overseeing the tiny Baltic nation’s push to insert artificial intelligence and machine learning into services provided to its 1.3 million citizens.

Venus is not Earth’s closest neighbor

Quick: Which planet is closest to Earth? Ask an astronomer or a search engine, and you’ll probably hear that though the situation changes frequently, Venus is the closest when averaged over time. Several educational websites, such as The Planets and Space Dictionary, publish the distance between each pair of planets, and they all show that Venus is nearest to Earth on average. They’re all wrong. NASA literature even tells us Venus is “our closest planetary neighbor,” which is true if we are talking about which planet has the closest approach to Earth but not if we want to know which planet is closest on average.

Ancient flowing rivers on Red Planet found – alien search launched

By Anders Anglesey

Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) revealed images taken from the Red Planet’s surface, which show trenches and valleys – something they claim hints at signs of ancient water flow.

The team argued that while Mars is now cold and dry, this was not always the case.

NASA’s New Mars InSight Weather Station Detects Bizarre Infrasound

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NASA’s first 24 hour Mars weather station has detected an unexplained, low-frequency infrasound. The infrasound was detected some 72 hours ago as it swept past a suite of detectors atop the InSight Mission lander, Cornell University planetary scientist Don Banfield told me.