Here are the top science and tech stories of 2017
Keeping up with new developments in science, tech, and innovation during 2017 was a bit like trying to tread water during a tsunami.
From a dramatic solar eclipse and breathtaking advances in gene-editing technology to the detection of ripples in space-time predicted by Einstein more than a century ago, the stories just kept coming. Here’s a recap of seven we deem especially noteworthy.
The ability to detect gravitational waves could help astronomers piece together clues about everything from the evolution of the universe to the nature of dark matter, an elusive substance that is thought to make up 70 percent of the cosmos.
But don’t worry: Atlas isn’t designed to compete against humans in the gym, but to carry out search and rescue missions and perform tasks deemed too dangerous for humans.
December 29, 2017
Just in time too, as climate change is making wildfires worse.
A global treaty to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons, a category of extremely potent planet-warming gasses, has cleared a key threshold and will enter into force.
'SubT' challenge seeks new technologies to help first responders search and map tunnels and caves.
Machine learning pinpoints a sizzling-hot, rocky planet called Kepler-90i.
At times, the story of the seasteading movement seems to lapse into self-parody, but there are now companies, academics, architects and even a government working together on a prototype by 2020.
With no moonlight to obscure the view, this could be a good time to see some "shooting stars."