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What would happen if aliens contacted Earth

For decades we’ve been listening out for a message from space. Organisations like Seti analyse unusual radio signals to catch potential transmissions from an intelligent alien civilisation. But what would happen if they really heard one?<p>Nearly 40 years ago, radio astronomer Jerry Ehman was scanning …


This guy bought a $4.5 million house with the money he made from streaming 'Minecraft'

One major YouTube star you might not heard of is "CaptainSparklez." He has over eight million YouTube subscribers and averages several hundred thousand views per video. He's just 23-years-old.<p>And clearly he's making money off it, too. In fact, Maron just purchased a $4.5 million house in the …

Dining Rooms

Ancient DNA reveals 'into Africa' migration

<b>An ancient African genome has been sequenced for the first time.</b><p>Researchers extracted DNA from a 4,500-year-old skull that was discovered in the highlands of Ethiopia.<p>A comparison with genetic material from today's Africans reveals how our ancient ancestors mixed and moved around the continents.<p>The …


How safe can artificial intelligence be?

RoboSimian is much like a mechanical monkey that can morph between different postures<p><b>If Hollywood movies are your only guide to Artificial Intelligence, we face a terrifying future in which machines become so clever that they dominate or even destroy us.</b><p>And influential figures have added fuel to …

Artificial Intelligence

21st century with abundant intelligence augmentation and genetic enhancement

Let us consider a scenario beyond complete genetic sequencing of zygotes and optimal selection of embryos.<br>Advanced CRISPR gene sequencing seems …

How Jennifer Lawrence went from obscurity to the highest-paid actress in the world in 5 years

At just 25, Lawrence raked in $52 million this year alone.<p>But the Oscar-winning "Hunger Games" actress has come a long way since her humble beginnings in Louisville, Kentucky.<p>Let's look back at her meteoric rise from farm girl to Hollywood's top earner.<p><i>Additional reporting by Melia Robinson.</i>


Children's maths abilities hindered by anxious parents

Children with maths-anxious parents are more likely to struggle with the subject themselves, study finds<p>Maths-anxious parents are breeding a generation of innumerate children, new research has shown.<p>The study showed children learned less math over the school year and are more likely to be …

University of Chicago

When Success Leads to Failure

The pressure to achieve academically is a crime against learning.<p>I’ve known the mother sitting in front of me at this parent-teacher conference for years, and we have been through a lot together. I have taught three of her children, and I like to think we’ve even become friends during our time …

Self Control

7 everyday items that wouldn’t exist as we know them without GMOs

But in that time, we've taken to using them almost everywhere. Today, GMOs can be found in everything from the cotton in our T-shirts to the soda we sip at the movies.<p>Here are all the things that likely wouldn't look anything like they do today without some type of genetic modifications: