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Outer Limits
Outer Limits

Are We the Last Generation to Experience the Outdoors as We Know it?

Welcome to OUTER LIMITS, a Motherboard series that goes inside the outdoors.
Brian Anderson
10.23.17
life forms
life forms

A New Collection of Nature Illustrations Is a Window Into 19th Century Science

Gaze upon the dazzling prints of Ernst Haeckel, Darwin's artistic popularizer
Becky Ferreira
10.20.17
DeepMind
DeepMind

This AI Taught Itself to Play Go and Beat the Reigning AI Champion

DeepMind's new neural net learned to play Go without any human input and is a far better player than its predecessor.
Daniel Oberhaus
10.18.17
dolphin sex
dolphin sex

Scientists Inflated Dead Dolphin Dicks to Simulate Cetacean Sex

“The degree of coevolution is astounding.”
Kate Lunau
10.10.17
polar bear watch
polar bear watch

I Guarded an Arctic Base Against Polar Bears at the Frontline of the Apocalypse

The DEW Line was built in the fifties to warn of a nuclear threat. I guarded six workers there from polar bears.
Duncan Ferguson
9.28.17
Conservation
Conservation

Nearly Half of Canada’s Monitored Wildlife Populations Are In Decline

They include woodland caribou, lake whitefish, and swift fox.
Jacob Dubé
9.14.17
nanoparticles
nanoparticles

Scientists Used Nanoparticles to Turn a Window Into a Mirror and Back Again

For the first time, a reversible nanoparticle array can transition between a window and a mirror.
Daniel Oberhaus
9.11.17
big weather
big weather

This Space Station Footage of Hurricane Irma Shows Just How Massive It Is

Something about seeing it from above makes it all the more real.
Kaleigh Rogers
9.6.17
Conservation
Conservation

Hunt Moose to Save Caribou That Are Killed By Wolves, Scientists Say

Canada's caribou are under threat.
Jacob Dubé
8.29.17
penguin friends
penguin friends

These Penguincams Are the Break From Chaos Everyone Needs Right Now

It’s only a matter of time until these Gentoo penguins start vlogging.
Jacob Dubé
8.17.17
brave new world
brave new world

US Scientists Just Confirmed They’ve Genetically Modified Human Embryos

The researchers want to move onto clinical trials in humans and “monitor the birth of children."
Kate Lunau
8.2.17
rocks
rocks

Roll Your Blunts and Peer Inside These Gemstones

This is the only good place to escape.
Elizabeth Landau
6.26.17