Ashley Currier Williams

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Why robots need personalities

If we give our robotic friends social skills and charisma, we could work together with machines to achieve things that neither of us could do alone.<p>Robots don’t just work in factories, says Heather Knight, so we shouldn’t just limit machines to automation. There are ways that we could work with …

Best space images of the month

Some of the most stunning cosmic pictures captured this month – from a lunar eclipse to an out-of-this-world selfie.<p><b>Best space images – February 2014</b><p><b>Best space images – January 2014</b><p><b>Best space images – December 2013</b><p><b>2013: An incredible year in space</b><p><b>Best space images – November 2013</b><p><b>Four decades of</b> …

What if we could rebuild New York City?

New York has, over the last few centuries, become one of the world’s most densely packed cities. But what if you could redraw the city’s map – and build it from scratch?<p>If we were designing New York today, how different would it look?<p>The new New York City would balance the relationship between the …

How we imagined a New York of the future

Over the years, many have dreamed about what a future New York might look like. BBC Future presents the best retro visions of the Big Apple.<p>New York City has often embodied the cutting edge of urban design; the limited space on Manhattan forced builders to think big. Those first skyscrapers ushered …

New York 2050: Connected, but alone

New York has always been a city that has looked towards the future, a city at the forefront of urban living. But what if a changing world forces the Big Apple’s citizens to retreat from its smoggy, polluted streets? In this exclusive piece of fiction, writer Tara Isabella Burton imagines a city …

The people with ‘animal powers’

By augmenting their bodies and minds to acquire animal-like abilities, some people are trying to sense a world that most humans cannot experience, says Frank Swain.<p>At the end of World War I, the aristocratic Horace Ridler returned to Britain from Mesopotamia a changed man. Turning his back on his …

Six reasons why space tourism matters

It’s easy to dismiss plans to take paying customers into orbit as a pursuit for the rich. But our space correspondent explains how it could benefit all of us.<p>Right now, one of the most exciting space facilities in the world is a World War Two hangar in the Mojave Desert in California.<p>The wooden …

Will we ever… detect other universes?

Is there anything outside our Universe? Many physicists think it’s possible, says Marcus Woo, but could we one day know for sure?<p>We think of our Universe as everything there ever was, is, and will be.<p>But according to some researchers, there might not just be many universes, but an infinite number …

Why ‘maker’ tech will make every home a factory

Will we one day plug together our gadgets like Lego? It’s one way ‘maker’ culture today could transform our lives tomorrow, says MIT Media Lab’s Joi Ito.<p>We’ve been told for some time that the future of manufacturing might be in our homes. But the promised era of 3D printing only scratches the …

How human culture influences our genetics

The way we eat, cook, explore and interact with others can influence our genes, says Jason G Goldman. So how will modern culture shape our children?<p>You shouldn't be able to drink milk. Your ancestors couldn't. It is only in the last 9,000 years that human adults have gained that ability without …

‘I have lived underwater’

Living underwater is seen by some as a futuristic utopia, but what’s it actually like? Rose Eveleth asks a man who eats, works and sleeps on the sea floor – the latest in her new series about the people who have already experienced the future.<p>The first night Deron Burkepile spent underwater was …

The human bone made from glue

The glue used by schoolchildren and woodworkers is now being whipped up to make artificial bone for surgery, as Liz Bonnin discovers.<p>Recipe for a new wonder material: add some glue to a food mixer, whip it up, add to oven…and wait.<p>That’s the process for a new type of bone for repairing the body. …

Internet of Things: The ‘ghosts’ that haunt the machine

A new age of connected machines will improve our lives in many ways. But one downside could be our devices overburden broadband and open up homes to hackers.<p>Houseplants sending emails reminding you to water them. Baths running for you as you walk through the front door. Driving around the city …

What makes great thinkers great?

Our picks of the week from around the web, including why it’s better to be interesting than true, and how many people it takes to colonise another star system.<p>Life after death<br>Hannah Bloch & Peter Miller | National Geographic | 8 April 2014<br>Bruno Frohlich specialises in “the noninvasive study of just …

The crashes that changed plane designs forever

The tragedies that were part of a long and fraught process that has helped make flying as safe as it is today.<p>At any one time hundreds of thousands of us are cocooned in pressurised cabins scything through the cold upper reaches of the troposphere. Soon enough, this figure will rise to a million: a …

As seen on #Cosmos: Supernova

As seen on #Cosmos: Supernova<p>A supernova is the explosion of a star. It is the largest explosion that takes place in space.<p>Supernovas are often seen in other galaxies. But supernovas are difficult to see in our own Milky Way galaxy because dust blocks our view. In 1604, Johannes Kepler discovered the last observed supernova in the Milky Way. NASA’s Chandra telescope discovered the remains of a more recent supernova. It exploded in the Milky Way more than a hundred years ago.<p>A supernova happens …

Private Moon Race Will Be Televised, Aims for 2015 Lunar Landing

A new generation may see a moon landing broadcast on live TV in the next couple of years.<p>Teams of engineers are rushing to put a robotic spacecraft …

Space Exploration

It’s Banned Books Week. Read a banned book!

It’s Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read, sponsored by the American Library Association. Every year, libraries and bookstores around the country use the week to highlight censorship by displaying books that are challenged and/or banned, and hosting events about the …

The First 10 Works of Fiction You Should Read If You’ve Never Read a Book Before

Recently, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver told reporters that — while he has written more than 20 cookbooks — he had never read a whole book until …

Literature