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Breakthrough: NASA Confirms Electromagnetic Drive Produces Thrust in Vacuum

© Flickr / i be GINZ<p>Did NASA Mistakenly Create a Warp Field?<p>Scientists at Johnson Space Center, successfully tested the EM drive in a vacuum, …

17 Uncanny, Realistic Looking Versions of Famous Cartoon Animals

Cartoons have little in common with reality, but a common trope of the cartoon genre is the anthropomorphic animal with some basic verisimilitude to …

Paradox [HD] Time Travel Short Film - Tribeca Film Festival

Here's how China's leaders think about nuclear war

Now, after the Soviet Union devolved into a weakened Russian Republic, the rise of Chinese power has caused the United States to "rebalance" to the Asia Pacific region and toward China in particular. Ignored the first time around, understanding and responding to Chinese nuclear strategy are vital …

Geopolitics

‘Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War’ Comic Crossover Is Coming

In a weird bit of coincidence, two distinct properties associated with Chris Pine are about to join forces in a major comic crossover event. <i>Star Trek</i> and <i>Green Lantern</i> will combine for <i>The Spectrum Wars</i>, a joint venture between IDW Publishing and DC Comics.<p>According to CBR, the new title was …

US prisoners of war had parts of their brains and livers removed during WWII, new Japanese exhibit shows

A Japanese university museum will break taboo with an exhibition on the infamous live vivisections of American POWs during the Second World …

If aliens exist then they’re absolutely massive, scientist claims

<b>The alien of today would leave Marvin the Martian quaking in his tiny space boots.</b><p>That’s because, according to new research, they’re absolutely …

Japan tries to make password security sexy by resorting to manga tropes

'Taking your password this lightly is dangerous, m’lady.'<p>Cereal boxes have proven how effective cartoon characters can be in communicating with the young, and Japan's government is also getting in on the act by recruiting a set of typical manga characters to be its latest spokespeople. In a new …

How 'Star Wars' made the most of space junk

When he first lays eyes on the Millennium Falcon in the original <i>Star Wars</i> film, Luke Skywalker can't help but mutter "What a piece of junk!"<p>He wasn't kidding.<p>Airplane parts and other metal pieces from the scrap yard were used to create Han Solo's cosmic freighter, one of many iconic set pieces …

Star Wars

US prisoners of war subjected to live experiments during WWII, new Japanese exhibit shows

So I\'ve been reading Chinese newspapers lately and realised they love to demonize Japan, reminding people of Imperial Japan\'s treatment of it\'s …

Meet the Chinese Lumberjack Who Slept With an Alien

"If you can't find me," Meng Zhaoguo said over a cell phone whose signal faded from its isolation, "Just head to the last house on the logging commune lane. Or ask anyone who's around." Everyone knows the first Chinese person to allegedly be abducted by aliens.<p>With its surging economy, China is …

Unbelievable Technology: NASA Spider-Like Droids Could Build A Home For Mankind In Space

One of the consistently difficult hurdles for space exploration is cost. With dwindling governmental support the initiative has moved toward the …

Sci-fi’s right-wing backlash: Never doubt that a small group of deranged trolls can ruin anything (even the Hugo Awards)

Lazy democracy is like an open comments section — left unmoderated and unguided, the worst people take over<p>One of the false promises we’ve been made that people keep buying into is that the Internet is a “democratizing” force, that the digital world gives us instant access to the real vox populi, …

10 reasons Rand Paul will never set foot in the White House -- except on a tour

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is officially running for president, but his White House aspirations are just as clumsily implausible as an Ayn Rand plot.<p>The …

Gemini Cell by Myke Cole (A Shadow OPS Novel)

<i>Gemini Cell</i> is Myke Cole’s fourth novel and is set in the same milieu as his previous three <b>Shadow OPS</b> novels, but is completely separate from those …

How Alien Planets Can Change Each Other's Habitability Over Eons

A new study sheds light on how exoplanets in tightly-packed solar systems interact with each other gravitationally by affecting one another's …

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Artificial Intelligence

Update on Dawn spacecraft at Ceres

When will we see new images of the mysterious bright spots on Ceres’ surface?<p>NASA said yesterday (April 6, 2015) that the Dawn spacecraft has …

Astronomy

Why Is New York City Called 'Gotham'?

You’re likely most familiar with New York City’s “Gotham” nickname from <i>Batman</i> comics and movies, but the nickname actually predates the Dark Knight …

Ex Machina’s Director on Why A.I. Is Humanity’s Last Hope

Author: Angela Watercutter. Angela Watercutter Culture<p>Date of Publication: 04.07.15.<p>Time of Publication: 8:45 am. 8:45 am<p>Alex Garland has one thought …

Can Libertarian-Leaning Rand Paul Really Win the GOP Nomination?

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announced his candidacy for presidency on Tuesday. Will his unconventional appeal be enough to overcome traditional GOP …

Diverse destinations considered for new interplanetary probe

Solar Eclipses Are Slowly Disappearing, And There's Nothing We Can Do To Stop It

About twice a year, the Moon appears to pass in front of the Sun, giving rise to a partial solar eclipse if the alignment is imperfect, but leading to either a total or annular solar eclipse if the Earth, Moon and Sun all form a straight line in space.<p>It’s only by chance that the Moon and the Sun …

Space Travel

The Next Manhattan Project

Anticipating cutting-edge scientific research before it happens may be key to protecting against bioterrorism.<p>In June 2012, a team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin published a paper in the journal <i>Nature</i> about airborne transmission of H5N1 influenza, or bird flu, in ferrets. The …