David Ford

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Why Saturn's moon Titan is the best spot for an off-world colony

The cost of creating even a tiny extraterrestrial colony is far greater than the cost of fixing Earth’s problems<p>With the likes of Stephen Hawking, …

By 2030, this is what computers will be able to do

<i>Developments in computing are driving the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance. In this interview Justine</i> …

NASA's New Robot Will Offer Refueling and Repairs in Space

Restore-L will be the robotic handyman that satellites need.<p>All machines break down, and when it happens in space, performing repairs can be incredibly challenging. To help solve this problem, NASA has awarded a contract to build the Restore-L spacecraft, designed to grab other satellites in orbit …

Astronomers are relying on amateurs with telescopes to unlock the secrets of the cosmos

The hustle and bustle of daily life is a stark contrast to the tranquility of the night sky.<p>The stars are the same, year after year. So much so that many of the very names we use for the stars and constellations are thousands of years old. Ancient Greek and Arabic astronomers had almost exactly the …

Universe

A Planet Around Proxima Centauri Could Be Habitable, and It's Not Alone

Proxima Centauri is a tiny little star that, in the grand scheme of the universe, wouldn’t seem that notable except for two things: The first is that …

Scientists Think the Speed of Light Has Slowed, and They're Trying to Prove It

A controversial theory that would overturn Einstein’s theory of general relativity could soon be tested.<p>In 1905, a 26-year-old Albert Einstein changed physics forever when he outlined his theory of special relativity. This theory outlined the relationship between space and time and is founded on …

Has LIGO Already Discovered Evidence For Quantum Gravity?

When Einstein first wrote down the general theory of relativity in 1915, this brand new theory of gravity not only explained phenomena that Newton’s old one couldn’t, it predicted a whole host of new ones. In strong gravitational fields, clocks would run slower, light would shift its frequency, …

Quebec coalition of businesses and unions in favour of Energy East pipeline

A coalition of business groups and unions in Quebec is coming out in favour of TransCanada's Energy East pipeline project.<p>Representatives from several business federations and two large unions said today the pipeline will bring much needed economic development and jobs to the province.<p>The …

The Science of Swearing: Your Filthy Mouth Helps You Make Friends

Swearing actually serves a valuable social function, research shows.<p>Science has good news for the potty-mouthed.<p>Whatever your mother used to tell you, recent research actually shows that those with a broad knowledge of profanity, actually tend to have a larger vocabulary than those who never utter …