A newly deciphered Babylonian tablet reveals the path of Jupiter.
Credit: Trustees of the British Museum/Mathieu Ossendrijver
Each week we uncover the most interesting and informative articles around, here are 10 of the coolest stories in Science this week.
AI beats human game: Google's Deep Mind artificial intelligence system has defeated a professional Go player, solving one of the grand challenges in the field.
The truth about conspiracies: A physicist uses math to take on some of the biggest scientific conspiracy theories, including the myth that the moon landing was faked and that human-caused climate change is not real. If these conspiracies were real they would've been uncovered by now.
Addiction is a disease: A new review of studies proposes a model for how addiction affects the brain as a disease. Experts are hoping this model will improve the treatment of addiction.
[Full Story: Addiction Changes Brain Biology in 3 Stages, Experts Say]
Planet 9: Life on Earth has little to fear from the hypothesized Planet Nine, astronomers say.
[Full Story: Don't Blame 'Planet Nine' for Earth's Mass Extinctions]
Martian fungi: Some hardy Earth organisms may be able to survive on Mars, a new study suggests.
[Full Story: Fungi Survive Mars-Like Conditions On Space Station]
Rewriting history of math: An ancient clay tablet proves the Babylonians used complex mathematics to calculate the path of Jupiter. Scientists once thought this math technique was invented in medieval Europe.
Headless skeletons: A genetic analysis of headless skeletons, possibly belonging to Roman gladiators, is revealing more about the lives of these young men from York, England.
Mysterious sonic booms: The sonic booms that rattled residents of New Jersey up to Long Island, New York, yesterday may have been the result of flight testing of fighter jets at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland.
The Real X-Files: From flying frying pans to streaks of pale green light, here are the craziest UFO stories the CIA has to offer.
[Full Story: The Real 'X-Files'? CIA Reveals Weirdest UFO Stories]
All about a round Earth: A throwdown between a rapper and an astrophysicist centers on whether the Earth is a sphere, a scientific question that was supposedly settled in the third century B.C. Here's how we know it's a sphere.
[Full Story: Bad Rap: Why B.o.B Is Wrong About a Flat Earth]