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Google's AI lets you search for alien planets at home

Google has unlocked its planetary AI algorithm. In December, NASA announced it had found two exoplanets hiding in sight. The discovery was made by a neural network trained to search the data of the Kepler spacecraft. Kepler was launched in 2009 to search for exoplanets circling distant stars. Astronomers recognize exoplanets based on changes in the brightness of stars. When …

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What condemned the pterosaurs? | science

Sixty-six million years ago, life on Earth had a very bad day. At that time, a huge asteroid crashed into today's Yucatan Peninsula, triggering one of the worst extinction organisms of all time. This, of course, was the disaster that wiped out the dinosaurs. But it was not just the "terrible lizards" that were lost. The world also saw the …

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Sunstorm is to strengthen the Northern Lights of Earth on Wednesday

The Northern Lights shimmer over the Lofoten in Norway. A geomagnetic storm can amplify the Northern Lights on 14 and 15 March 2018. Credit: Shutterstock A small solar storm will reach Earth on Wednesday (March 14) and could reinforce the planet's auroras so they are visible from the northernmost parts of the US, Space Weather officials said. States in the …

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Russian boffins blow up small asteroids with a tiny laser … to find out how to destroy the real thing • The register

The next time a giant asteroid threatens the earth, Russia may know how many megatons of explosives are needed to blow it to pieces. Boffins from the Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have modeled the impact of a nuclear explosion on an Armageddon asteroid by building miniature space rock models and …

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Design flaw could have caused SpaceX missile explosion in 2015: NASA

A design flaw may have caused a SpaceX missile to explode in June 2015 in the air. This is from a NASA report released on Monday. The unmanned rocket was on its way to the International Space Station to supply 4,000 pounds of supplies. Only 139 seconds after launch, it exploded over Cape Canaveral, Florida, and SpaceX concluded that the …

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