Brian Cauble

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Could we harness power from black holes?

It might seem like an absurd idea, but physicists have long pondered whether black holes could one day be tapped for energy, says Phil Ball. But how possible is it?<p>Imagine the scene: highly advanced civilisations get enormous amounts of energy from black holes, be it extracting it from collapsed …

Physics

Here's Who Makes The Money In This Country — And Who Pays The Income Taxes

The country's highest earners are taking home a bigger percentage of the national income than ever before.<p>This trend is hurting the economy — because the middle class consumers who spend most of the money in the economy don't have much money to spend. And middle-class folks are understandably …

Second DNA Code Discovered Hiding Within DNA: Scientists

A second DNA code has been discovered by a group of scientists, hiding within DNA, or the genetic code.<p>Information within the newly discovered second …

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Digital Microscope

More like cell-fies! Ha ha, right? Right?<p>Do you have $10 and a few minutes and a burning need for a microscope? You do.<p><i>But why would I need a microscope?</i> you say.<p>You do! Examine plant cells, check out the sharpness of your knives, or just take some awesome photos. It's easy to make and looks rad …

Microscopes

Faster-Than-Light Drive

Instead of using rockets or thrusters, a craft equipped with warp drive would move by distorting space.<p>The warp drive proposed by Miguel Alcubierre would achieve faster-than-light speeds by distorting space-time. The device would generate a field of negative energy that would squeeze or stretch …

Amazon: Threat or menace? | Salon.com

Amazon is the perfect narrative vehicle for exploring how the revolutionary changes ushered in by the Internet have remade our world. As Stone reminds us, from the very first moment any of us pointed and clicked our way to an online book purchase in the 1990s, Amazon embodied the utopian, …

Are Exoplanets Habitable?

As the catalogue of planets orbiting other stars (called exoplanets) known to us continues to grow, increasing discoveries of potentially ‘habitable’ …

Angry right gets mad when you accuse it of race-baiting!

Critics didn’t like my column saying the shutdown stemmed from 50 years of racism. I should have written even more<p>Reason’s Matt Welch is occasionally smart. Unfortunately, he’s still mad at me for calling him out on a really dumb column he wrote three years ago. Oops: “Calling him out”; I shouldn’t …

'Gravity' review: try not to scream

There’s a moment in <i>Gravity</i> when you suddenly realize you’re not safe. Sandra Bullock’s Dr. Ryan Stone is installing a component for the Hubble space telescope, wrapped in her bulky spacesuit. Mission Commander Kowalski (George Clooney) loops around her, showboating while he makes small talk with …

10 grammar rules you can forget: how to stop worrying and write proper

Guardian Style Guide author David Marsh set out to master perfect grammatical English – but discovered that 'correct' isn't always best. Here are the 10 grammar laws you no longer need to check<p>• Plus: five rules you should remember • What pop music can teach you about building sentences • A few …

The Nearest Stars

The Nearest Stars infographic from Space tracks the 53 closest stars to the earth. Their classification and distance is also included.<p><i>The nearest</i> …

Mann and Ornstein: “Brighter future for politics and policy requires a different Republican Party”

The Republicans have become a party beholden to zealots — with little respect for science, facts or compromise<p>From the perspective of November 7, the day after the election, change looked promising. Barack Obama won a second term with a clear majority and, in the process, became the first president …

Watch This Untrippable Robot Strut Its Stuff

Boston Dynamics' latest 'bot doesn't fall down easily.<p>Boston Dynamics, makers of some of the coolest, most terrifying robots around, have already showed off prototypes of their humanoid Atlas robot, but we haven't quite seen it in action like this.<p>Look at them hit it with that wrecking ball thing! …

The Real Tech Behind the Mind-Controlled Robots of 'Pacific Rim'

In the movie <i>Pacific Rim</i>, humans build giant robots to fight enormous monsters that emerge from the ocean depths. Only they're not strictly robots: …

Welcoming Your New Robot Overlords

Last year at the second annual Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions (BAASICS), I was invited to give a brief presentation …

Crabster Robot to Walk Along the Ocean Floor, Investigate Shipwrecks

As six-legged robots go, other than its nifty red and yellow paint job, the Crabster robot has a pretty standard look. It isn’t the biggest hexapod, …

This computer took 40 minutes to simulate one second of brain activity

And it required 82,944 processors, to do it — showing that we're still quite a ways off from being able to match the computational power of the human …

The Brain

Robot surgeons will worm into your brain to bust deadly blood clots

Vanderbilt University professors have developed a steerable robotic needle that can perform surgery on parts of the human brain that were previously considered too dangerous for physical intervention. Specifically aimed at relieving the effects of cranial blood clots, which have a 40 percent …

A look back at GE's decade-spanning search for a man-powered robot suit

In 1959, Robert Heinlein gave the world exoskeleton-clad soldiers in <i>Starship Troopers</i>. The idea of an augmented worker or supersoldier, though, wasn't limited to fiction. A year before <i>Starship Troopers</i> was published, GE engineer Albert Mosher had unveiled the first of a series of prototypes he …

Could Robot Aliens Exist?

Ask an astrobiological philosopher!<p>The existence of a race of sentient alien robots might be not just possible, but inevitable. In fact, we might be living in a "postbiological universe" right now, in which intelligent extraterrestrials somewhere have exchanged organic brains for artificial …

The military seeks help in developing an artificial human brain

The US military's research wing, DARPA, is seeking help with a new project that would allow computers to imitate the human neocortex, the region of …

Machine Learning

DARPA ATLAS Humanoid Robot is Here

Get ready for endless "Atlas Shrugged" jokes in the media. DARPA has made the first official news release showing video of their new ATLAS humanoid …

Robotics

Robot Security Guard Will Watch Old People While They Sleep

A new project aims to teach robots how to work alongside humans.<p>These eyeball-y robots, created by a consortium of European researchers, are designed to learn how to navigate dynamic human environments without running into people, knocking things over, or getting stuck. The "Lindas," as they've …

NASA-backed SpiderFab robot aims to build 3D-printed spaceship parts in orbit

NASA has always built its spacecraft on Earth, but aerospace startup Tethers Unlimited is hoping to change that process by developing a system that combines 3D printing and robotic assembly to build spaceship parts in orbit. NASA is kicking in $500,000 in funding to the project, called SpiderFab, …

How to Teach a Robot to Improvise

Drones are learning the difference between a car and a tree--and how to make their next moves<p>Self-piloted drones have become sophisticated enough to land on moving aircraft carriers, but put a single unexpected tree in the way, and they will crash. Now a five-university group that includes …

Should We Really Be Encouraging People To Buy Books?

Amazon's MatchBook service makes getting a printed book/Kindle copy bundle cheaper. But that takes us backward, environmentally speaking.<p>Yesterday, Amazon announced the new MatchBook service, which offers a deeply discounted Kindle version of a book when you buy a new copy of the physical version. …

The 1 percent played Tea Party for suckers

When the super-rich feel threatened, they foment grass-roots uprising on their behalf. Here’s why it always works<p>On Election Day, November 2, 2010, more than eight million Americans voted for congressional candidates who claimed to represent the Tea Party and its grassroots insurgency against the …

Researchers look beyond silicon to boost electronics speeds to 'almost instant'

Computer silicon can move electrons fast, but researchers want to make something even faster. A team at Oregon State University has been working for several years now on a new type of electronics that could transport electrons "almost instantaneously." They say that it could ultimately mean the …