Laura Yan

Laura Yan is a writer in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared in Wired, GQ, The Cut, Pacific Standard, Longreads, The Outline, and elsewhere.

AI Bots Can Defeat Elite Human Gamers in Dota 2 Tournament

The AI bots, trained on 180-days worth of games, can improvise and strategize, easily winning against human players.

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Chinese Hypersonic Aircraft Can Launch Missiles At 6X the Speed of Sound

China tested a hypersonic aircraft that can fly at 4,563 miles per hour and switch trajectories on the way.

Airport Employee Steals Plane, Does Tricks, Crashes

An airport employee believed to be suicidal stole a plane, looped through the air before crashing nearby

These Tiny Fireworms Light up to Make Love

Scientists are studying the biology behind this mesmerizing mating ritual, first spotted by Christopher Columbus.

This AI-Powered Robot Can Find Waldo Instantly

This AI-powered robot can pinpoint Waldo within seconds, thereby ruining Where's Waldo foreve

This Massive "Rogue" Planet is Our Solar Neighbor

Scientists are studying a rogue object with a mysterious aurora halfway between a brown dwarf and a planet.

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Scientists Just Transplanted Lab-Grown Lungs into Pigs

Eventually, could all human organ transplants be lab-grown too?

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What If the Earth Was Made Out of Blueberries?

A researcher details the growth of a steamy blueberry planet complete with shooting berries and geysers.

Researchers Are Baking Up 24-Hour Fossils

The artificial fossils look like real fossils, and even hold up under a microscope.

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Ex-NASA Engineer Made the Perfect Rock Skipping Robot

His little robot can make over 60 skips, and teach you how to skip rocks better, too.

Can Nuclear Waste Survive a 14,500 Mile Journey?

Researchers put a nuclear fuel container through an epic journey to see how safely it could travel.

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World's Largest King Penguin Colony Is Shrinking Mysteriously

Not only has the penguin population declined by almost 90 percent on this island, but scientists have no idea why.

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Grieving Orca Mom Has Been Carrying Her Dead Calf for Days

The orca's heartbreaking journey symbolizes the whales' threatened place in the world.

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Rising Temperatures Could Increase Suicide Rates in North America

A new Stanford study shows a strong link between hotter days and rising suicide rates

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AI Can Watch Your Eye Movements to Read Your Personality

According to new research, AI can now guess people's Big Five personality traits based on observing their eye movements.

This Robot Centaur May Be the Future of Search-and-Rescues

A centaur like robot brings both arms and wheels to rescue missions.

This Guy Built a Headset To See Like a Dolphin

A scientist designed a headset that let him experience the world through echolocation, and you can too!

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New Dental Tech Can Tell When You're Scared

Chairs at a high-tech dental center will record patient stress levels and attempt to standardize dentistry.

DARPA Is Hosting an Olympics for Tiny Robots

These littl bots will face off in tests of strength, ability and speed.

See Outtake Photos From the 1969 Moon Landing

Go behind-the-scenes with the astronauts of the Apollo moon landing in these archival photos.

This Origami Inspired Claw Will Gently Fold Around Jellyfish

A 3D-printed trap will capture and release jellyfish, octopus, and delicate sea creatures gently and safely.

What's Inside This 2,000-Year-Old Mystery Sarcophagus?

More importantly, why are people petitioning to drink its sewage juice?

This Massive Dust Storm Could Engulf Mars for Months

A giant dust storm has covered Mars's entire surface and could last until September.

Why Do Crows Have Sex with the Dead?

A researcher investigates the strange phenomenon of crow necrophilia.

Elon Musk is Mad His Mini-Submarine Didn't Help in Thai Cave Rescue

Elon Musk is NOT happy that a British diver called his miniature submarine a "PR stunt" with no chance of working.

Robots Made These Paintings and They're Very, Very Good

Robot painters made impressive paintings for the 2018 RobotArt contest.

When You See These GIFs, Do You Hear a Sound?

A growing online community is obsessed with these silent "loud" GIFs. Is it a form of synesthesia, or something else?

See Bones, Blood and Tissue in World's First 3D Colored X-Ray

The new X-Ray technology can capture the human body in uncanny detail.

Chinese AI Beats Doctors in Diagnosing Brain Tumors

The AI system could diagnose tumors more accurately (and faster) than 15 human physicians.

The Earth's Oldest Color is Bright Pink​

Scientists discovered the oldest known color emitted by a living organism. It's pink.