Lucas Mazagao

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The End Is A.I.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

<i>The second in a series of posts about the major myths of robotics, and the role of science fiction role in creating and spreading them. Previous and former topics, respectively: Robots are strong, the myth of robotic hyper-competence, and robots are evil, the myth of killer machines.</i><p>In 1993, Vernor …

Earliest Bird Pollinator Found in Germany

Fossilized 47 million years ago, it was the size of a hummingbird—but unlike any living species.<p>Today's hummingbirds ferry pollen from blossom to blossom, helping flowering plants reproduce. Their occupational ancestors, however, were birds of a different feather. According to a paper published in …

Rumors Of An Intergalactic Explosion Are Greatly Exaggerated

Tuesday afternoon, astronomers thought they saw a powerful explosion in the nearby Andromeda galaxy.<p>The Internet went wild with speculation about what it could be: Had two superdense neutron stars collided? Did a supermassive star explode?<p>"When I got up this morning and turned on my phone, I had a …