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To Beat Go Champion, Google’s Program Needed a Human Army

To Beat Go Champion, Google’s Program Needed a Human Army

Lee Se-dol, a professional Go player from South Korea, was smiling amid other players despite losing four of five games against a Google computer program called AlphaGo.

Poisonous Prey Turned Into Hunter’s Defense

Poisonous Prey Turned Into Hunter’s Defense

Cnidarians, including corals and many jellyfish, feed and defend themselves with stinging capsules. Some sea slugs have evolved several lines of defense.

Elephants Are Very Scared of Bees. That Could Save Their Lives.

Elephants Are Very Scared of Bees. That Could Save Their Lives.

A bee’s sting won’t hurt an elephant’s tough hide, but bees can swarm and wound more sensitive places like the trunk, eyes and mouth.

Mars Is Frigid, Rusty and Haunted. We Can’t Stop Looking at It.

Mars Is Frigid, Rusty and Haunted. We Can’t Stop Looking at It.

A lunar eclipse, visible in Sumatra, Indonesia on Saturday, could be seen alongside Mars, which is the closest it's been to Earth in 15 years.

Already Anticipating ‘Terminator’ Ethics

Already Anticipating ‘Terminator’ Ethics

Fully programmable robots were on display at the Humanoids 2013 conference in Atlanta. The goal is to enable them to work effectively and even autonomously in emergency situations.

How Long Can We Live? The Limit Hasn’t Been Reached, Study Finds

How Long Can We Live? The Limit Hasn’t Been Reached, Study Finds

In Acciaroli, a hamlet in southern Italy, about one-in-60 residents are over the age of 90. A survey of about 4,000 Italians found that mortality rates in old age plateau around 105, suggesting that the ceiling for human lifespan has not yet been reached.

There’s No Place Like Home, Especially if It’s Made of Hemp

There’s No Place Like Home, Especially if It’s Made of Hemp

Russians sorting raw hemp fibers in the Kursk region in the 1960s. Hemp has been used as building material for millennia in Europe and elsewhere, but it’s only just starting to get wider recognition as a green construction option.

At 12, He Had a Viral Science Video. At 14, He Fears He Was Too Rude.

At 12, He Had a Viral Science Video. At 14, He Fears He Was Too Rude.

Marco Zozaya in March near his home in Mexico. He aspires to be a science communicator like Neil deGrasse Tyson, but faces the conundrum of internet audiences and algorithms that may prefer drama over scientific information.

An Incubator for Innovation

An Incubator for Innovation

From left, Daniel Riley, Etosha Cave, Ilan Gur and Steven Kaye of the Cyclotron Road program at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which has enrolled scientists who are starting energy-related research.

Clues to a Very Old Extinction and Pizza for War Zones

Clues to a Very Old Extinction and Pizza for War Zones

Fossils of extinct squidlike creatures called ammonites located in a rock layer very close to the boundary between the Permian and Triassic periods.

In Australia, Arsonists May Have Wings

In Australia, Arsonists May Have Wings

A whistling kite hovering over Queensland, Australia. Whistling kites are the so-called “firehawks,” said to spread bush fires to drive out prey.

Yes, They’ve Cloned Monkeys in China. That Doesn’t Mean You’re Next.

Yes, They’ve Cloned Monkeys in China. That Doesn’t Mean You’re Next.

Zhong Zhong, one of two cloned monkeys at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. They are the first primates cloned by transferring DNA into fetal cells.

Ancient Burial Pits Reveal Sophisticated Rituals

Ancient Burial Pits Reveal Sophisticated Rituals

Stone pendants and earrings recovered from the Lothagam North Pillar Site in Kenya, which is about 5,300 years old. It was used as a burial site for about 700 years. Then, abruptly and mysteriously, the burials stopped.

Drought and Drone Reveal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Signs of Ancient Henge in Ireland

Drought and Drone Reveal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Signs of Ancient Henge in Ireland

Signs of a henge, a man-made enclosure from thousands of years ago thought to serve as a gathering place, were photographed by a camera-enabled drone on Monday.

Rhino Embryos Made in Lab to Save Nearly Extinct Subspecies

Rhino Embryos Made in Lab to Save Nearly Extinct Subspecies

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, who died in March.


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