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This NASA engineer has all kinds of insight into the real science of 'Star Wars'

"If one wanted to build a death star, you didn't build it by launching a bunch of stuff off a planet," Muirhead says, in a new video from Wired.<p>Instead of the Empire's way of putting together a massive planet-killing space station through slave labor and materials brought in from throughout the …

America’s secret arsenal

It’s one of the biggest secrets in the government: The U.S. has the most powerful cyberweapons on Earth. So what are they? And when will we use them?<p>To this day it remains one of the most sophisticated and mysterious offensive operations ever launched: Stuxnet, the computer virus specifically …

China has a bold plan for renewable energy

After all, the promise on June 3, 2014, by He Jiankun, the chairman of China's Advisory Committee on Climate Change, came only a day after the United States announced a similar plan. He said at the time that the reductions would begin in 2016 and result primarily from lower reliance on coal-fired …

Here's Why We’ll Eventually Have to Accept Designer Babies

Last week’s historic summit on human gene-editing has come to a close, and its organizing committee has given the go-ahead for scientists in the US …

Before We Condemn Islam, Let's Consider Our Own Faiths

Their scriptures may imply that God ordered genocide. Their extremists preach hate and destroy artifacts from other traditions. Most of the clergy insist that theirs is a religion of peace.<p>Yes, Christians are in a quandary these days.<p>If you are Christian, as I am, and find this shocking, welcome to …

British technology company to 'transform' air and space travel with pioneering new engine design

Reaction Engines says its invention will allow airliners to fly at five times the speed of sound<p>For a small technology company trying to revolutionise low-cost commercial space travel, the sale of a minority stake to aerospace giant BAE Systems could turn out to be the defining moment in its …

This is the biggest shift going on in artificial intelligence

Machine learning superficially mimics the interconnected structure of the human brain, but beyond that, it looks nothing like how humans think or reason.<p>But when Tech Insider asked 26 AI researchers whether AI has to mimic the human brain to be truly intelligent, many of them flat out said no. Many …

Neil deGrasse Tyson: 'The delusion is thinking that SpaceX is going to lead the space frontier'

<b>Sean O’Kane: At The Verge, we look at a lot of really crazy stuff that’s going to happen in the next 30, 40, 50 years: self-driving cars, electric cars, private space companies, maybe even private space travel. What do you think is most important or most exciting?</b><p>Neil deGrasse Tyson: I’m not good …

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There's Evidence Humans Didn't Actually See Blue Until Modern Times

This is very odd.<p>Human vision is incredible - most of us are capable of seeing around 1 million colours, and yet we still don't really know if all of …

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The rush to calculus is bad for students and their futures in STEM

Two years ago I taught a section of Calculus I to approximately 650 undergrad students in a large auditorium. Perhaps “taught” isn’t the right word. …

Education

Pi The Fibonacci Sequence

The relationship between mathematics and science has long been studied by philosophers, mathematicians, scientists, and historians. Since ancient …

Mathematics

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

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Can the planet handle China's new two-child policy?

Guardian sustainable business,Adaptation,Business case,Renewables,Environment,China's one-child policy,World news,China,Population,Asia Pacific,Global development<p>China has ended its one-child rule but, with an ever-increasing need for resources, it’s unclear if the world can sustain the expected …

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Why ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages

The story of a strange linguistic coincidence<p>Is there anything inherently “doggy” about the word “dog”? Obviously not—to the French, a dog is a <i>chien</i>, to Russians a <i>sobaka</i>, to Mandarin Chinese-speakers a <i>gǒu</i>. These words have nothing in common, and none seem any more connected to the canine essence …

6 Reasons to Upgrade to RebelMouse from WordPress

The huge gap between current CMS offerings and what the world needed occurred to me during my time as CTO of The Huffington Post. When we were …

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SpaceX Wants Future Astronauts To Look "Badass" in Space With New Sexy Suits

Spacesuits of the future are going to do much more than just keep us alive–they’re going to make us look damn good. Because clearly, the most …

Intelligent machines: Will we accept robot revolution?

<b>Would you share your home with a robot or work side by side with one? People are starting to do both, which has put the relationship we have with them under the spotlight and exposed both our love and fear of the machines that are increasingly becoming a crucial part of our lives.</b><p>In Japan they grow …

WIRED2015: Artificial intelligence is evolving, says Antoine Blondeau

Antoine Blondeau worked on the project that became Apple's Siri. Today he runs Sentient Technologies, the world's best-funded AI company. He was …

Ray Kurzweil: In The 2030s, Nanobots In Our Brains Will Make Us 'Godlike'

Once we're cyborgs, he says, we'll be funnier, sexier and more loving.<p>Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil predicts humans are going to develop emotions and characteristics of higher complexity as a result of connecting their brains to computers.<p>“We’re going to be funnier. We’re going to be sexier. …

Mars Mission in Jeopardy as Astronauts Can't Stand on Arrival

NASA has to solve a big problem before a manned Mars mission can go underway. Astronauts arrive unfit at the red planet to land and stand.<p>We all know …

Why We Should Land on Mars' Moon Before We Land on Mars

Rather than an expensive Apollo 8-style flyby or an audacious out-the-gates landing, NASA is mulling landing on the rocky, tiny moon first.<p>NASA wants to land a human crew on Mars in the 2030s. But to succeed with such an ambitious, expensive, long-timescale project, the agency needs a roadmap that …

Oddly gigantic supermassive black hole puzzles scientists

The supermassive black hole at the heart of a recently discovered galaxy is much larger than it should be, and astronomers don't know why.<p>The galaxy, known as SAGE0536AGN, lies about 2 billion light-years from Earth and contains roughly 25 billion times the mass of the sun. Galaxies of this size …

Artificial intelligence will make religion obsolete within our lifetime

After conquering the kitchen, the game show, and outer space, are our machines heading for religion next?<p>The singularity is a hypothesized time in …