A selection of general, astronomy and space science stories from Wired magazine.

Watch a Sporty AI Teach Itself to Dribble Better Than You

10 Aug 2018 at 8:00am
A simulated basketball player can teach itself through trial and error how to finely manipulate the ball, both while stationary and while running. Read more...

How NASA Will Watch the 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower

10 Aug 2018 at 7:00am
Every night, 17 video cameras scan the skies for meteors. Read more...

NASA's Parker Solar Probe Is Built to Survive a Brush With the Sun

10 Aug 2018 at 6:00am
Here’s how the Parker probe was engineered to withstand temperatures spiking to over a million degrees Fahrenheit. Read more...

The President Wants a Space Force. He Might Get One.

9 Aug 2018 at 7:02pm
Vice President Mike Pence's speech at the Pentagon laid out what a new US Space Force would do. It’ll cost $8 billion to start. Read more...

Native Tribes Are Taking Fire Control Into Their Own Hands

9 Aug 2018 at 1:57pm
On July 27, the US Forest Service signed a new plan for managing public forest lands that lets tribes like the Karuk continue their tradition of controlled burns. Read more...

What Termites Teach Us About Robot Cooperation

9 Aug 2018 at 8:00am
We imagine that the future of autonomous swarms is machinelike perfection, but moments of unpredictable, Three Stooges–like chaos are also likely to emerge. Read more...

Chicago's 'Wild Mile' Is a Habitat Made Almost Entirely From Scratch

9 Aug 2018 at 7:00am
The city's manmade North Branch Canal is polluted and lacks natural habitat. Enter 80 coconut-fiber “islands” that host wildlife and filter the water. Read more...

Scientists Take a Harder Look at Genetic Engineering of Human Embryos

8 Aug 2018 at 12:01pm
A year ago, a cell biologist announced that he had successfully used Crispr to edit human embryos for the first time in the US—but plenty of scientists didn't buy it. Read more...

Anki’s New Home Robot, Vector, Sure Is Cute. But Can It Survive?

8 Aug 2018 at 8:00am
It’s charming, it’s (relatively) smart, and it’s mobile. The question is: Can Vector succeed where other home robots have failed? Read more...

You Can Learn Everything Online Except for the Things You Can't

8 Aug 2018 at 7:00am
College is like a chocolate chip cookie, and courses—online or not—are the chocolate chips. Read more...

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