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Here's The Mind-Boggling Reason We Probably Won't Meet Aliens While They're Still Alive

Space empires could rise and fall without us knowing.<p>The search for alien life goes on, but our chances of hearing from extraterrestrial beings that …

University of California

Carbon Nanotubes Makes Star Trek Replicators Real

These days the future looks more like <i>Idiocracy</i> or <i>Black Mirror</i> or <i>RoboCop</i> than <i>Star Trek</i>. Not even the excellent <i>Star Trek Discovery</i> can give us much …

Star Trek

Researchers are already building the foundation for sentient AI

Few sci-fi tropes enthrall audiences more reliably than the plot of artificial intelligence betraying mankind. Perhaps this is because AI makes us confront the very idea of what it means to be human. But from HAL 9000 to Skynet to the robots in <i>Westworld</i>’s uprising, fears of sentient AI feel very …

The enormous number which could 'create a black hole in your BRAIN if you attempt to memorise it'

There is a number which is so big that it could create a BLACK HOLE in your brain if you attemped to memorise it, scientists have claimed.<p>The …

Black Holes

The patriarchal race to colonize Mars is just another example of male entitlement

What does a midlife crisis look like in the 21st century?<p>Frittering away your life savings on a red sports car is so last century. Instead, today’s man who is grappling with the limitations of his mortality spends $90 million on a rocket to launch a $100,000 electric car, helmed by a robot by the …

Space Travel

The SpaceX Launch Was Actually Really Bad for the Environment

Is outer space destined for inequality?<p>The SpaceX Launch was unique in a lot of ways.<p>It marked the first time a private company sent a rocket that …

Space Exploration

Why Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch is utterly depressing

On Wednesday, two things happened. In Syria, 80 people were killed by government airstrikes. Meanwhile, in Florida, Elon Musk fired a sports car into space. Guess which story has dominated mainstream news sites?<p>The much-anticipated launch of Musk’s Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful ever …

Tesla

This new multiverse theory will blow your mind

You’ve read about them in sci-fi novels, seen them in sci-fi movies, and virtually entered them through sci-fi video games, but is there any way …

Life-like robot Erica, likely to have 'independent consciousness', will replace human TV newscaster in Japan

Erica's creator believes that she has a "soul." The robot is also expected to think and act on its own in the near future.<p>With life-like robots now …

Simple math shows how many space aliens may be out there

If you say you believe space aliens exist, I doubt your friends will be shocked. In a universe aglow with 2 trillion galaxies, you'd be supremely smug to think that Earth alone hosts clever creatures. One 2015 poll showed that 54 percent of Americans feel confident that intelligent aliens are out …

Universe

Dark matter killed the dinosaurs, says a noted cosmologist

Harvard's theoretical physicist Lisa Randall links the extinction of the dinosaurs to the mysterious "dark matter".<br>Read More

Don’t be fooled by the cute photos of the cloned monkeys – they will live a life of pain

The provoking photo of the two cloned monkeys, Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, says it all. Look at them clinging to each other nervously, their wide eyes …

Monkeys

Yes, NASA Astronauts Can Watch Movies in Space

Astronauts: they're just like you and me. They listen to music, drink coffee, and put their spacesuits on one leg at a time. Although their work days …

Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans

Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects. A new breakthrough could lead to futuristic, far out new uses for the technology and open the door to levitating much larger objects, including humans.<p>Engineers from the …

Breakthroughs