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  • Alien Civilizations May Be Trapped on Their Home Worlds
    by Victor Tangermann on March 2, 2024 at 1:30 pm

    Rocket Failure The Drake equation, formulated by late astrophysicist Frank Drake in 1961, explores the question of why we still have yet to encounter an extraterrestrial civilization in our galaxy. The equation takes a number of different factors into consideration, including the number of stars that have planets orbiting them, the rate of star formation,

  • Microsoft Copilot Tells User Suicide Is an Option
    by Sharon Adarlo on March 2, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    Unlawful Robot Microsoft's Clippy, the animated paperclip-shaped chatbot of olde, was at times presumptuous — popping up unsolicited with unhelpful suggestions — but Clippy never told us to kill ourselves! Bloomberg News says that's what reoprtedly happened with Microsoft's new artificial intelligence chatbot, Copilot, which told a user with PTSD a […]

  • Satellite Spots Circular Holes in Clouds Over Florida
    by Victor Tangermann on March 2, 2024 at 12:30 pm

    Sky Hole Punch NASA's Terra satellite has captured a stunning image of "fallstreak holes" or "hole-punch clouds," scientifically known as cavum clouds, hovering over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. The massive, sinkhole-like objects vaguely resemble droplets of water, floating thousands of feet above the surface. Their appearance has repeatedly been […]

  • Microsoft Is Draining an Arizona Town's Water Supply for its AI
    by Maggie Harrison Dupré on March 2, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    AI Thirst A massive Microsoft data center in Goodyear, Arizona — allegedly built for use by both Microsoft and OpenAI — is guzzling the desert town's water to support its cloud computing and AI efforts, The Atlantic reports. Powering AI demands an incredible amount of energy. Worsening AI's massive environmental footprint is the fact that

  • Woman Takes Grey Market Ozempic, Lands in Hospital
    by Noor Al-Sibai on March 2, 2024 at 11:30 am

    While trying to slim down a bit for her wedding day, one woman decided to take some compounded semaglutide — and it landed her in the emergency room. That woman, whom Healthline refers to as Amy Jenson to protect her privacy in its report, learned she was nearing prediabetic levels of A1C when paying a visit

  • CVS and Walgreens to Begin Selling Abortion Pills
    by Noor Al-Sibai on March 2, 2024 at 11:00 am

    As anti-abortion activists continue to roll back access to the lifesaving procedure, the two biggest pharmacy chains in the United States plan to start selling the abortion pill mifepristone. Both CVS and Walgreens confirmed to the New York Times that they've been certified under new Food and Drug Administration guidelines, which were issued last year, to

  • Climate Change on Track to Unearth Buried Nuclear Waste, Officials Warn
    by Victor Tangermann on March 1, 2024 at 9:30 pm

    Unearthed Scientists are worried that rising global temperatures could cause buried nuclear waste, which dates back to the Cold War, to resurface. According to a January report by the US Government Accountability Office, as spotted by ABC News, waste beneath former nuclear weapons testing sites could be unearthed as soon as 2100 if temperatures continue

  • Russia Confirms Small But Growing Leak in Space Station
    by Victor Tangermann on March 1, 2024 at 8:41 pm

    Pfft Russia's space agency says that air is continuing to leak from its segment of the International Space Station and that specialists are monitoring the situation. Fortunately, the leak isn't posing any danger to any of the station's crew. The news comes after NASA's ISS program manager Joel Montalbano told reporters during a Crew-8 mission

  • Mom Stunned to Get Text Message From Son After He Died at the Hospital
    by Noor Al-Sibai on March 1, 2024 at 7:35 pm

    A stunning mixup at a Canadian hospital led a family to mourn their son's untimely death — until he texted his mother. As the CBC reports, Heather Insley had already decided to donate the organs of her son, Sean Cox, when she received a mysterious text message from a number she didn't know claiming to be

  • The Earth's Crust Flipped Upside Down in This Spot, Scientists Find
    by Victor Tangermann on March 1, 2024 at 6:29 pm

      In 2010, scientists detected unusual seismic waves under Granada, Spain, which eventually led to a surprising finding: an oceanic slub that had completely flipped upside down as it was being pushed beneath its neighbor. As detailed in a paper published in the journal The Seismic Record, the team found that the "Alboran slab," which

 

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