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In 5 Years, We Could All Have 'Digital Twins' That Make Decisions For Us

As a futurist and founder of the Acceleration Studies Foundation, Smart uses many names for the technology he predicts — digital twin, cyber-self, personal agent — but the concept stays the same: a computer-based version of you.<p>Using various strategies for gathering and organizing your data, …

Artificial Intelligence

NASA spacecraft approaches Mars to seek answers to lost water

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) - A NASA spacecraft designed to investigate how Mars lost its water is expected to put itself into orbit around the Red Planet on Sunday after a 10-month journey.<p>After traveling 442 million miles (711 million km) from Earth, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, …

The science behind the extraordinary vision of owls

Another cool thing about owl eyes is the iris color. The iris color is somewhat related to the time of day or night in which an owl hunts. PawNation …

Can Genetic Engineering Save the Florida Orange?

Genetically modified oranges might save Florida's blighted groves—if Americans will drink the juice.<p>Citrus greening, the plague that could wipe out Florida's $9 billion orange industry, begins with the touch of a jumpy brown bug on a sun-kissed leaf.<p>From there, the bacterial disease incubates in …

Forestry

The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy

In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Co. noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units and …

Inhabitat's Week in Green: hydroelectric house, human hamster wheel and a saltwater-powered car

Salt water covers the vast majority of the Earth's surface, making it one of the most abundant and under-appreciated resources on the planet. Taking advantage of this resource, Nanoflowcell has developed the world's first saltwater-powered electric car! The vehicle, known as the Quant …

Ancient DNA Sheds New Light on Arctic's Earliest People

First arrivals kept to themselves for thousands of years.<p>The earliest people in the North American Arctic remained isolated from others in the region for millennia before vanishing around 700 years ago, a new genetic analysis shows. The study, published online Thursday, also reveals that today's …

Solved: Mystery of Moving Stones in Death Valley

So-called sailing stones in California’s Death Valley National Park have perplexed tourists and scientists alike for their apparent ability to move …

Today's Design Secret

ELLE DECOR design experts reveal the tricks and tips behind the most beautiful rooms.<p>ELLE DECOR design experts reveal the tricks and tips behind the most beautiful rooms.

Design

The US military is spending $2.9 million to develop a soft robot suit for soldiers

Harvard researchers are building a flexible exoskeleton based off human musculature<p>It's no secret the US military is looking to enhance soldiers of the near-future with the kind of gear and weaponry seen usually in sci-fi (see the TALOS "Iron Man" project as one prime example). But it's latest …

Video: Jellyfish flame on the ISS

Fire in space doesn’t act like fire here on Earth. Untethered by gravity, flames in space curl themselves into tiny balls.<p>Eleanor Imster has helped …

Space

The Ozone Layer Is On The Mend

FTW<p>An international agreement to phase out use of chemicals that damage the ozone layer appears to be working. A new report finds that ozone-depleting substances in the atmosphere are down by 10 to 15 percent, and that the ozone layer is by and large getting thicker.<p>The reason is that nations have …

At last! NASA's Mars rover Curiosity finally arrives at Mt. Sharp

They’re here! After wandering in the Martian desert for 25 months,<p>NASA’s Curiosity rover has finally arrived at its promised land: the base of Mt. Sharp, the 3-mile-high mound in in the middle of Gale Crater.<p>The arrival marks the beginning of the Mars Science Laboratory rover's original mission: to …

Forests

A dream teaching method

In Brave New World, subjects such as Elementary Sex and Class Consciousness are taught by means of hypnopaedia, or sleep-learning. Wouldn’t it be nice, we sometimes think, if harder subjects, such as foreign languages or how to save for retirement, could be learnt while we sleep, even in this …

Teaching

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Bigger than T. rex, this dinosaur hunted in water - Futurity

The first known semiaquatic dinosaur had giant thighs, blade-like claws, interlocking teeth, and other "alien" features.

Neanderthals Lived in Small, Isolated Populations, Gene Analysis Shows

Genetic differences highlight how the path of these ancient humans diverged from ours.<p>Modern humanity's ancient cousins, the Neanderthals, lived in small groups that were isolated from one another, suggests an investigation into their DNA. The analysis also finds that Neanderthals lacked some human …

Owe

White matter might matter much more than we thought

Changes in the brain's myelin distribution might be an unrecognised form of neuronal plasticity.<p>Look up ‘myelin’ in any neuroscience textbook and you’ll find something along these lines: It is a fatty substance that forms a sheath around axons, and gives the fibre bundles their white appearance …

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

The word ‘epigenetics’ is everywhere these days, from academic journals and popular science articles to ads touting miracle cures. But what is epigenetics, and why is it so important?<p>Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects …

Science Beaker Terrarium Set / Industrial Decor / Flask Planters / Office Gift Set for Him

This unique chemistry terrarium set is the perfect accent to industrial chic decor. Made from 3 glass Erlenmeyer flasks planted with freshly collected Dicranum Mood Moss, an easy to care for plant perfectly suited for terrarium life. The tapered shape of the lab flasks keep moisture inside and …

Shopping

Fox News Now Classifies Climate Change As "Superstition"

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …

The True Story of Phineas Gage Is Much More Fascinating Than the Mythical Textbook Accounts

On Sept. 13, 1848, at around 4:30 p.m., the time of day when the mind might start wandering, a railroad foreman named Phineas Gage filled a drill …

Ebola outbreak an avoidable tragedy, say UK MPs

Commons committee report says hesitancy and lack of coordination over crisis suggests that emergency plans failed<p>The Ebola epidemic that has so far killed more than 2,200 people in west Africa was an “avoidable tragedy” that underlines the vital need for Britain and other international donors to …

Spinosaurus: A huge predatory dinosaur, built to swim

Dinosaurs ruled the land for millions of years. Now scientists have discovered a fearsome species that could have wreaked havoc in its prehistoric waters.<p>An unusual fossil whose parts were flung across two continents appears to be the first known semi-aquatic dinosaur, according to a report …

Dinosaurs
Wildlife

Twin solar storms arrive at Earth

‘Space weather’ experts say double event unlikely to cause problems but alert issued to power and communication networks<p>Twin magnetically charged solar storms will arrive at Earth on Thursday and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be …

The women with super-human vision

A tiny group of people can see ‘invisible’ colours that no-one else can perceive, discovers David Robson. How do they do it?<p>As Concetta Antico took her pupils to the park for an art lesson, she would often question them about the many shades she saw flashing before her eyes. “I’d say, ‘Look at the …

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