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10 Mind-Bending Implications of the Many Worlds Theory

In quantum physics—the scientific study of the nature of physical reality—there is plenty of room for interpretation within the realm of what is …

Woojer Is A Wearable Audio Device That May Forever Change How You Experience Music, Film And Video Games

A new personal audio device called Woojer launched on Kickstarter this morning, promising users a new level of immersion by actually allowing them to “feel the sound.”<p>As a music junkie and gamer I was compelled to investigate, especially after reporting on ViviTouch’s haptic-based headphone …

Lampedusa boat tragedy: Migrants 'raped and tortured'

<b>People traffickers tortured and raped African migrants whose boat later sank off Lampedusa with the loss of more than 360 lives, Italian police say.</b><p>The police have arrested a Somali man on Lampedusa accused of committing crimes with the armed gang.<p>Most of the victims on 3 October were Eritreans and …

North Africa

Second Google barge sighted: What could they be?

Not one but two secret floating barges have now been tied to Google, but what could they be?<p>In the past week, the Mountain View, Calif., tech giant was linked to a company that has leased out a hangar in the middle of San Francisco Bay where it is building a mysterious structure behind tight …

Google Glass

Big nanotech: an unexpected future

In my initial post in this series, I asked, "What if nanotechnology could deliver on its original promise, not only new, useful, nanoscale products, but a new, transformative production technology able to displace industrial production technologies and bring radical improvements in production cost, …

Ray Kurzweil's journey towards the end of dying

Can humans live forever? Ray Kurzweil, noted author, futurist, and Google's director of engineering, sees immortality as a series of bridges, each leg working to expand life a little longer. In an interview with <i>Maclean</i>'s, Kurzweil described taking 150 supplements per day, which he credits for …

Craig Venter: 'This isn't a fantasy look at the future. We are doing the future'

Craig Venter reclines in his chair, puts his feet up on his desk and – gently stroking his milk chocolate-coloured miniature poodle, Darwin, asleep in his arms – shares his vision of the household appliance of the future. It is a box attached to a computer that would receive DNA sequences over the …

What Will It Take To Find Life Elsewhere In The Universe?

The Hubble and James Webb space telescopes won't find life beyond the solar system. With funding and support, here's what might.<p>The sky was hazy and overcast above Cape Canaveral, Florida, on the morning of July 8, 2011. A light breeze from offshore cooled off an estimated 750,000 onlookers braving …

Universe

Stand up and fight, Mr. President!

The moment requires courage, conviction — and presidential leadership. How will President Obama respond?<p>Remarkable doings at the U.N. this week. Remember these days. They are going to change the way we understand the dynamic in the Middle East — what is possible and what not.<p>General Assemblies …

Wild Weather Tied To Unusual Jet Stream Activity

There has been a lot of extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere this year, including the recent torrential rains in Colorado, flooding in Europe, bitter cold in Florida and a heat wave in Alaska. And scientists say all of it is related to some odd behavior by the powerful air currents called the …

Latest MacArthur Geniuses Include Sound Savior

This year's 24 recipients of MacArthur Foundation "genius grants" include a physicist whose work was inspired in part by an NPR report he heard a decade ago.<p>As Carl Haber of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory explains in a video posted by the foundation with Wednesday's awards …

Watch This Weird, Gelatinous Material Heal Itself

A Jell-O-ey new solution to a major problem in materials science<p>This is a neat trick. After slicing a tube of gelatinous material in half with a razor, researchers stick the two pieces back together again. After they've sat together for two hours at room temperature, the pieces are impossible to …

The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.<p>According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all--our universe may have come from an entirely different source.<p>The Big …

Opinion

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FYI: Can Humans Survive In A Completely Self-Sufficient Closed Environment?

Not yet, though we've been trying to do so since at least the 1970s. Fabricating an environment that needs no power other than the sun and is a closed system (where waste gets broken down and reused) is extremely difficult.<p>One of the first attempts at a CELSS—Controlled Ecological Life Support …

Alien Life Arrives on Comets?—A Controversial Study

A sampling device launched into the Earth’s stratosphere by U.K. researchers in July has come back with what they say is evidence of alien life …

Paranormal

Scientists Find Life Buried Under An Antarctic Lake

Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey have announced that they’ve confirmed the presence of life in samples of mud from the bottom of a subglacial lake in Antarctica. The team’s findings have been published in the journal <i>Diversity</i>.<p>The research team conducted their work at Lake Hodgson, on the …