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Stephen Hawking's birthday: The pioneering astrophysicist's most terrifying quotes

Astrophysicist Professor Stephen Hawking has turned 74, celebrating his birthday on 8 January. His has been a life of miracles and stunning …


Researchers Appear to Be One Step Away from Metallic Hydrogen

Sometimes, chemistry torpedoes your view of the world. Take hydrogen, for example. Scientists are extraordinarily close to turning the universe’s …


10 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Get Smarter

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Silicon Valley

The US Marines won’t be using Google’s robot dogs because they fail a pretty basic test

Before we see the robots coming for us, it seems we’ll be able to hear them coming.<p>Boston Dynamics, the robotics company owned by Google’s parent Alphabet, has been working with DARPA, the Pentagon’s research division, to build an autonomous robot that could carry supplies for troops. DARPA first …


This scientist scanned his brain 2X a week for 18 months - Futurity

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning for a year and a half, Russell Poldrack climbed into an MRI machine and scanned his brain. He explains why.

The Brain

This is the future of China

The country has an aging population, and that creates a series of problems ranging from slower growth to reduced savings. The country's challenging demographics have been described as China's 'fundamental' problem.<p>China recently revised its one-child policy, in part to try to up reproductive rates. …


Should Human Stem Cells Be Used To Make Partly Human Chimeras?

An intense debate has flared over whether the federal government should fund research that creates partly human creatures using human stem cells.<p>The National Institutes of Health declared a moratorium in late September on funding this kind of research. NIH officials said they needed to assess the …


Which Weather Disasters Of 2014 Were Influenced By Climate Change?

We are our own worst enemy<p>First and foremost, let's get something out of the way: weather and climate are not the same thing. Climate is a long-standing pattern of temperature, precipitation and other atmospheric conditions in a given area, while weather looks at those same parameters over a much …