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NASA's Incredible, Futuristic, And Totally Real Plan To Establish A Human Colony On Venus

In fact, up in the clouds above its scorching surface, Venus is "probably the most Earth-like environment that's out there," Chris Jones of NASA told Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum.<p>Forget Mars and its frigid temperatures and thin atmosphere when we can live like gods, afloat in the clouds of …

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David Cameron warns of looming second global crash

PM says ‘red warning lights are flashing’ against a backdrop of instability and uncertainty, as G20 summit draws to a close<p>David Cameron: red lights are flashing on the global economy<p>David Cameron has issued a stark message that “red warning lights are flashing on the dashboard of the global …

Interrogating the entrepreneurial state

This week, Mariana Mazzucato will give the inaugural New Statesman/SPERI prize lecture for political economy. Her 2013 book, The Entrepreneurial State, has provoked widespread debate about the role of government in innovation. But do her arguments stack up as a guide to policy? Nesta’s Stian …

Understanding quantum tunnelling

Quantum tunnelling sounds like science fiction, and does indeed feature quite often in the genre. But it is real, and plays a role in nuclear fusion, chemical reactions and the fate of the universe. Here’s how it works<p>The recent claim from Stark Industries Lockeed Martin that a compact fusion …

How man’s best friend could hold the key to anti-ageing

Drugs added to pet food may extend lives of dogs and lead the way to protect humans against cancer and heart conditions<p>Scientists are targeting a new set of recruits to test anti-ageing drugs: pet dogs. And according to their plans, not any old pooch will do. The researchers want to concentrate …

Body upgrades may be nearing reality, but only for the rich

Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari says expensive human enhancements will lead to a society more unequal than ever<p>Homo sapiens were not always so special. In the ancient past, other human forms lived beside us. The Neanderthals in Eurasia. Small, hobbit-like humans in Indonesia. The mysterious …

Will Mars One’s volunteers get to live on the red planet? Yes, briefly

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology reckon settlers on Mars would all be dead within a few months<p><b>Name:</b> Mars One.<p><b>Age:</b> A year and a half since the mission was announced.<p><b>Appearance:</b> The most expensive portable toilets in the galaxy.<p><b>Oh. Are they like those fancy Japanese ones that play</b> …

Google X Moonshot Wants To Map A Perfectly Healthy Human Body

Baseline Study, a new Google X project, wants to unearth the secrets hidden in our biology.<p>Google X’s ambitious moonshot projects have included fantastical visions of space elevators and <i>Back to the Future</i>-style hoverboards. But its latest mission might be the stealthy research lab’s most important …