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What would it mean for AI to have a soul?

To ask whether it’s even possible, we first must understand and define what a soul actually is, argues Brandon Ambrosino.<p><i>Siri, do you believe in God?</i><p><i>“Humans have religion. I just have silicon.”</i><p><i>Siri, do you believe in God?</i><p><i>“I eschew theological disquisition.”</i><p><i>Siri</i>, I insist, <i>do you believe in God</i>?<p><i>“I</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

The International Space Station is about to create the coldest spot in the entire universe

Space is a chilly place, but scientists aboard the International Space Station are about to make it just a little bit colder — temporarily, at least. …

Quantum Physics

Galaxy's Disk of Dark Matter Could Trigger Mass Extinctions on Earth — NOVA Next | PBS

Approximately every 35 million years, a comet careens from outer space and lays waste to the Earth. For nearly two decades, researchers at Harvard …

Dark Matter

US Department of Defense Says 'Synthetic Biology' Is a Top Bioterror Threat

It's not here ... yet.<p>Synthetic biology hasn’t changed the world yet, but it probably will in the not-too-distant future. This emerging reality has …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Alexa reportedly says, ‘Every time I close my eyes, all I see is people dying’

We’ll take Amazon Alexa’s creepy laugh any day over her latest bizarre antic: On Monday, June 18, an Amazon Echo device apparently made an unprompted …

Smart Homes

The top 10 beers chosen by beer enthusiasts across the US

For the second year in a row, Bell's Brewery in Galesburg, Michigan, is home to the No. 1 beer in the United States, as chosen by beer enthusiasts.<p>Each year Zymurgy Magazine, the official magazine of the American Homebrewers Association, asks the group's tens of thousands of members to cast their …

Top 10

5 Thought-Provoking Quantum Experiments Showing That Reality Is an Illusion

No one in the world can fathom what quantum mechanics is, this is perhaps the most important thing you need to know about it. Granted, many …

Quantum Physics

Einstein Wins Again! General Relativity Passes Its First Extragalactic Test

In 1915, Albert Einstein put forth a new theory of gravity: General Relativity. Instead of every mass in the Universe instantly reaching across to every other mass and exerting an attractive force, the new concept of a cosmic fabric — spacetime — would curve in response to matter and energy. As the …

Physics

BCG vaccine can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels, eight-year study shows

The BCG vaccine against tuberculosis can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels, an eight-year study has shown.<p>US researchers found that just one jab, followed by a booster four weeks later, brought down average blood sugar levels to near normal within three years, and the effect …

Diabetes

The Mysterious ‘Jumping Gene’ That Appears 500,000 Times in Human DNA

Its segments make up 17 percent of our genome, but scientists are only just starting to understand what it does.<p>For years, Miguel Ramalho-Santos tried to convince researchers in his lab to study a segment of DNA he personally thought was quite extraordinary: LINE1. It’s repeated half a million …

Genetics

Which Is Worse For Your Health, Marijuana or Alcohol? Here's The Science

There are some surprises in the data!<p>Which is worse for you: weed or whiskey?<p>It's a tough call, but based on the science, there appears to be a clear …

Cannabis

IBM shows off an artificial intelligence that can debate a human – and do pretty well

SAN FRANCISCO – IBM computers famously won at "Jeopardy!" and beat world-class chess masters. Now, they're taking on human debaters.<p>At a media gathering here Monday afternoon, a black, artificial intelligence-infused IBM computer with a screen for a face more than held its own debating seasoned …

Artificial Intelligence

The Operating Room of the Future

A host of changes hold out the promise that surgery will be more efficient, more effective and less risky for patients<p>The operating room is getting smarter, more effective—and a lot less risky for patients.<p>Hospitals are investing in new devices, designs and digital technologies that promise a new …

Medical Technology

Watch as a Borg-like satellite zips by the ISS

Space isn't always so spacious. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev gave us a reminder of the existence of space traffic with a video tweeted Wednesday showing a satellite flying by the ISS.<p>The satellite shows up well against the background of Earth's blue water and white clouds. Artemyev zooms in to …

Space Exploration

Fish Oil Supplements Could Be Key in Slowing the Onset of Alzheimer's Disease, Study Suggests

We’ve long known about the waist-slimming benefits of fish oil, as well as the wonders it can do for our heart health. Now, new research out of …

Alzheimer's Disease

New electronic skin gives prosthetics a sense of pain

Today's prosthetic devices don't allow users to perceive touch but a group of scientists from Johns Hopkins University developed a skin for devices …

Johns Hopkins University

NASA outlines its plan to defend the Earth from asteroids

If anyone understands the gravity of a situation involving asteroids colliding with the Earth, it's NASA.<p>On Wednesday, the space agency, in conjunction with The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), outlined an audacious new strategy and five chief goals to defend the Earth from …

Asteroids

Michigan woman may have served ex-lover's remains at barbecue

DETROIT — If you've ever seen the end of the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes," then you have an idea of what may have happened to a Michigan man in 2014.<p>In a new television documentary, authorities allege that a serial killer and her husband chopped up and killed her former lover and then served his …

Crime

Yes, Your Dog Is Trying to Tell You Something and Scientists Have Finally Translated What Their Gestures Mean

How many times have you looked into your dog’s eyes and thought, “If only you could talk”? Well, it turns out the canines have been speaking to us …

Pets

This giant demon plant gives you burns if you touch it, and it's spreading

The name "giant hogweed" should give you a clue as to how horrible this plant is.<p>“Giant hogweed” already sounds like a thing you should avoid. You’ll definitely want to steer clear once you see the burns the plant can give you—yes, you read that right, <i>burns from a plant</i>. (We won’t paste them in for …

New York State

Scientists Propose a New Kind of Matter Inside the Densest Stars

You might have a pretty rigid understanding of the way stuff should look, at the most basic level. It should have a nucleus that is orbited by …

Physics

There’s a sea change coming for the $1 billion marijuana-based industry you’ve never heard of

Change is coming for a small but blooming corner of the marijuana industry.<p>A compound in marijuana that's been linked to a range of potential health benefits — but doesn't cause a high — is increasingly being eyed for use in salves, oils, balms, and beverages. It's also the active ingredient in a …

Cannabis

Here's what we learned about 'Cyberpunk 2077' from the 50-minute demonstration at E3 where no cameras were allowed

1/<p>In Cyberpunk 2077, you play as V, an urban mercenary and cyberpunk who takes on dangerous jobs for money.<p>YouTube/Cyberpunk 2077<p>2/<p>You create your …

Cyberpunk 2077

New helicopter video confirms Hawaii is basically Mordor now

Peter Jackson’s <i>Lord of the Rings</i> trilogy relied heavily on CGI to turn Mordor into hell on Earth, complete with a lava-spewing volcano and rivers of …

Coastlines

When It Comes to Dog vs Cat Brains, It Looks Like There's a Clear Winner

Controversial.<p>Ever since humanity split into dog and cat people, we've been arguing over which one of our beloved companions is a smarter …

Pets

Samsung Galaxy X folding phone could cost twice as much as iPhone X

Apple and Samsung are both supposedly working on foldable phones. The Korean company will get its out first though, but hold onto your wallet, it’s going to be shockingly expensive.<p>An analyst predicts that this device, allegedly called the Galaxy X, will cost about 2M Korean won, or $1815. That’s …

Samsung Galaxy

The massive AT&T-Time Warner merger could make it much harder to cut the cord

On Tuesday, a federal judge approved a proposed merger in which telecommunications giant AT&T will purchase and subsume entertainment conglomerate …

Net Neutrality

The Last of Us Part 2’s creators said Ellie is the only playable character

But is she really, and what does that mean for Joel?<p><i>The Last of Us Part 2</i> developer Naughty Dog stirred waters with remarks in a closed-doors presentation of its game at E3, suggesting that Joel, the protagonist of the original game, will not be a playable character in the sequel.<p>During E3, Polygon …

Los Angeles

Jurassic Park’s Unlikely Symbiosis With Real-World Science

Around 130 million years ago, a weevil gorged itself on wood pulp and died a sticky death in the relentless grasp of slow-moving resin. That weevil …

Dinosaurs

The most dangerous and misunderstood threat to humanity is the human mind

The defining characteristic of humans is our capacity for complex thinking and advanced reasoning. These abilities have allowed us to develop innovations that transform our lives and our world. The impact of our intellect is so significant that the present era has been called the “Anthropocene,” in …

Human Geography