Shannon Marie Gunckel

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10 Post-Human Entities Who Could Inherit The Earth

<i>Homo sapiens sapiens</i> has had a pretty good run for a species confident enough to name ourselves the “wise, wise guys.” But we are reaching a point …

Singularity

Bill O’Reilly: America will fall like Rome if the secular “rap industry” has its way

There’s nothing racist about singling out “the rap industry” as the engine of the American empire’s collapse<p>On Tuesday's edition of "The O'Reilly Factor," the eponymous host discussed a recent Pew study that stated that Christianity was on the decline in America -- and he blamed what he called "the …

Religion

Jeb Bush’s worst week yet: How his Iraq debacle could doom his White House hopes

The proto-candidate’s Iraq answers have been a hot mess, with no exit strategy in sight<p>Jeb Bush has had 12 years to come up with a decent response to questions about his brother's dumb war in Iraq. He has tens or hundreds of millions of dollars ready to go for a campaign, and dozens of the finest …

Government

American diagnosed with Ebola to be flown to US from Sierra Leone

Healthcare worker who contracted Ebola while fighting the outbreak in Sierra Leone is due to arrive at an NIH facility in Bethesda, Maryland, on Friday<p>An American healthcare worker who contracted Ebola while fighting the outbreak in Sierra Leone will be brought to the US for treatment, the National …

Disease

What You Need to Know About Genetically Engineered Food

Myths and facts about health, corruption, and saving the world<p><i>The facts about health, corruption, and saving the world</i><p>Hamblin<p>American farmers started growing genetically engineered (GE) crops (which are also commonly referred to as "GMOs") in 1996, and now plant 165 million acres annually. Food …

The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave

Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of …

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Drone warfare: life on the new frontline

Safely ensconced behind flickering computer screens, military personnel are waging war in lands thousands of miles away. But is there a hidden human cost to remote-controlled combat?<p>Just a three-hour drive from Washington DC on the scenic Virginia coast, Langley Air Force Base is home to one of the …

Military

Inside the mind of Vladimir Putin

Ukraine's rebels are supposed to be putting down their arms. What can we learn about their next move from the psychology of the man who rules Russia?<p>In June 2005, Vladimir Putin saw a diamond-studded Super Bowl ring on the finger of Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots. Kraft was in …

Winners and losers: A breakdown of the net neutrality vote

We're hours away from the Federal Communications Commission's vote on major changes to how the regulator handles broadband Internet and the companies …

First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims

Doctor plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body using procedures he believes will soon be ready<p>A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years.<p>Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor …

Data Protection

No one could see the color blue until modern times

It's about the way that humans see the world and how until we have a way to describe something, even something so fundamental as a color, we may not even notice that it's there.<p>Until relatively recently in human history, "blue" didn't exist, not in the way we think of it.<p>As the delightful Radiolab …

Linguistics

Streaming Music Showdown: Spotify vs. Beats

John Shearer—WireImage/Getty Images<p>Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images<p>Ethan Miller—Getty Images<p>Ethan Miller—Getty Images<p>Gary Gershoff—WireImage/Getty …

College Basketball

Hacking North Korea

It can be hard listening to the stories of people who have escaped from North Korea -- or, to give its official name, the Democratic People's …

North Korea

Yale physicists find a new form of quantum friction

Physicists at Yale University have observed a new form of quantum friction that could serve as a basis for robust information storage in quantum …

Mystery drones flown over Paris for second night

Authorities remain unable to catch the operators or determine whether the illegal flyovers are malicious<p>Unidentified drones have flown over Paris for a second night in a row in the latest mystery appearance of unmanned aircraft over the French capital.<p>The latest sightings follow a series of drone …

France
Climate Change

Here is the average penis length, according to science

Researchers polled over 15,000 men on the length and girth of their manhood, and the results are…surprising<p>The results of that age-old question are in: We know the length of the average human penis, and it is smaller than you'd probably expect it to be. Researchers have compiled all the existing …

The Study

Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

Artificial Intelligence could make us extinct, warn Oxford University researchers

Researchers at Oxford University have produced the first list of global risks ‘that pose a threat to human civilisation, or even possibly to all …

8 Ways You Can See Einstein's Theory of Relativity in Real Life

Photo Credit: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty<p>Slide 1 of 15<p>Profound implications<p>Relativity is one of the most famous scientific theories of the 20th …

Physics

DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your brain

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a brain-computer interface it hopes could inject images directly into the visual …

DARPA

Tech 2015: Deep Learning And Machine Intelligence Will Eat The World

Despite what Stephen Hawking or Elon Musk say, hostile Artificial Intelligence is not going to destroy the world anytime soon. What is certain to happen, however, is the continued ascent of the practical applications of AI, namely deep learning and machine intelligence. The word is spreading in all …

RoboCORE : Designed To Be The Heart Of Your Personal Robot (video)

Makers, developers and hobbyists that are interested in building their own robots maybe interested in any new hardware system called …

Rebecca Solnit: The Age of Capitalism is over

Rebecca Solnit assesses our poisonous fossil fuel dependency — and why we’re on the verge of a paradigm shift<p>It was the most thrilling bureaucratic document I’ve ever seen for just one reason: it was dated the 21st day of the month of Thermidor in the Year Six. Written in sepia ink on heavy paper, …

2014: The year we reinvented meat

Move over, cows and chickens<p>The companies that did the most to change the food system this year weren't the ones that got rid of the antibiotics in their otherwise undesirable offerings (à la Chick-fil-A) or that marketed themselves as more sustainable fast food alternatives (hello, Chipotle). …

The truth about free will: Does it actually exist?

Acclaimed philosopher Daniel Dennett explains why free will is much more complicated than many people believe<p><b>David Edmonds: One way to exercise my freedom would be to act unpredictably, perhaps not to have a typical introduction to a "Philosophy Bites" interview, or to cut it abruptly short</b> …

Anatomy of a 2014 villain: Bill Maher

Why BIll Maher’s horrible campaign against Islam was one of the lowlights of 2014<p><b>Background:</b> Bill Maher has forged his reputation on an outspoken brand of progressive views that blurs the lines between comedy and outright prejudice. He speaks often about freedom of speech, to the point where he …