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A historian says most science fiction has the same major flaw — except one legendary novel

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. — It's science fiction's job to entertain us, not sooth-say. Yet even older, tongue-in-cheek sci-fi works have predicted numerous technologies we now take for granted.<p>If there's one book or movie that best foretells what humanity could become, though, it's Aldous Huxley's 1932 …

Star Trek

Does Dark Matter Exist, Or Is Gravity Wrong? The Answer Lies Billions Of Years In The Past

When we look out at the luminous matter in the Universe — stars, galaxies, clusters of galaxies and the hot gas in and between them — it tells a couple of different stories. One is the story of how normal matter (based on atomic nuclei and electrons) comes together to emit, absorb and otherwise …

Dark Matter

Planes need to stop existing in a parallel universe when it comes to the climate fight

Curbing flight emissions is essential to meeting the Paris pact, but planes are completely absent from the text, face no legal fuel efficiency requirements or limits on CO2 emissions. But all that is about to change<p>In the coming weeks, the Paris climate agreement could be about to enter into force. …

5 Technologies For 2031

Look back to the year 2001 and it’s hard to imagine how different the world was. Global Internet penetration was just 5% then, compared to 50% today, and connection speeds were frustratingly slow. Mobile phones were fairly common, but were capable of little more than voice or text. Google was still …

Quantum Computing

How one app helped me avoid hours in line at the airport

Returning home from overseas after TNW Europe, I had to pass through Chicago’s O’Hare airport before making my way to Portland. If not for a pretty terrible app, I’d have missed my connection and been stranded.<p>After a 9 hour flight from Amsterdam, the flight crew announced that customs was a bit …

Look, Ma! No Mitochondria

Scientists have found a microbe that does something textbooks say is impossible: It's a complex cell that survives without mitochondria.<p>Mitochondria are the powerhouses inside eukaryotic cells, the type of complicated cell that makes up people, other critters and plants and fungi. All eukaryotic …

18 Amazing Active Vacations You Can Actually Afford

There’s something about using our vacation days that makes us loosen up—way up—on our otherwise healthy habits. Whether we’re downing margaritas and …

Trails

Glenn Greenwald, I’m sorry: Why I changed my mind on Edward Snowden

<b>(AP/Rick Bowmer)</b><p>After 60 years in public life, my first reaction to Snowden leaks was rage. I was wrong. So was most of the media<p>Hodding Carter III<p>May 23, 2015 2:29pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “After Snowden: Privacy, Secrecy and Security in the Information Age.”<p><i>T</i><i>he</i><i>r</i><i>e</i><i>get</i><i>s to be a point when the question</i> …

Surveillance

May 2015

With Prudential’s Thiam at Helm, Credit Suisse Could Be Banking on Asia

Tidjane Thiam’s failed bid five years ago to buy Asia’s most prominent insurance business gives a strong hint to where he will focus Credit Suisse after he’s appointed as expected to the CEO post, and why they picked him for the job.

Credit Suisse

NASA rocket's explosion: What happened?

<b>(CNN) —</b> When a rocket contracted by NASA burst into flames seconds after liftoff, its supplies for the International Space Station disappeared in an orange fireball.<p>The explosion also swallowed several experiments, many of them from schools.<p>The bad news: Everything in the rocket is gone.<p>The good …

Going up! Cosmic elevator could reach space on a cable made of diamonds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Want to ride an elevator into space? While the idea has been around for more than 100 years, a breakthrough in nanotechnology could mean we will be riding into space on a cable made of diamonds.<p>Scientists at Penn State University in the US released a research paper last month that showed …

Paleontologist Finds Dinosaur Paradise, Including First Dino Known to Swim

Nizar Ibrahim scoured the deserts of northern Africa to paint the most complete picture of a mid-Cretaceous ecosystem ever described.<p><i>Editor's note: Nizar Ibrahim is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, which honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a</i> …