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You Won’t Live to See the Final Star Wars Movie | WIRED

Kathleen Kennedy has heard a lot of movie pitches. For decades she worked with Steven Spielberg, producing <i>E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial</i>, the <i>Indiana …

Company Plans To Resurrect Humans With Artificial Intelligence By 2045

A company has announced its intention to resurrect the dead by storing their memories and using artificial intelligence to return them to life. In …

Artificial Intelligence

How fast your heart beats predicts if you will die early

It’s enough to make your heart beat a little faster. A new study suggests that resting heart rate can be used as a ‘death test’ to predict your chance of keeling over in the next two decades.<p>Although doctors have known for some time that people with low resting heart rates are usually fitter and …

Heart Rates

Radiation superflares make Earth-like planet uninhabitable, research suggests

Kepler 438b, hailed as most habitable planet beyond our solar system, is regularly blasted with enough radiation to strip away its atmosphere<p>It was hailed as the most habitable planet ever found beyond the solar system. But now the distant world of Kepler 438b has started to look decidedly less …

Universe

MIT scientists have charted a course for Mars that they say beats NASA's by a landslide

It's a very different plan than the NASA astronauts in the latest sci-fi action film "The Martian" take.<p>Moreover, it's not what the real NASA describes in their outline for human exploration of Mars, called the Mars Design Reference Architecture 5.0.<p>But the US space agency might want to reconsider …

Space Science

Mysterious grooves on this moon point to almost certain death

One of the most striking features we see on images of Phobos is the parallel sets of grooves on the moon's surface.<p>They were originally thought to be fractures caused by an impact long ago. But scientists now say the grooves are early signs of the structural failure that will ultimately destroy …

The best and worst things to eat while traveling

Traveling can open you up to new experiences and cultures, but the changes in routine and diet can also take a toll on your body. We spoke with certified health coach Natalie Drugan to find out how to stay healthy and nourished in the air and on the road.<p>"The best way for travelers to stay safe and …

Immune System

How to use Google Maps when you have no phone service

This function isn't entirely new. You've been able to simply view an area of a map offline for a while, but now Google gives you turn-by-turn driving directions, the ability to search on an offline map, and local business information.<p>Here's how to use the new feature:

15 disturbing consequences of eating too much sugar

New guidelines announced today by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say people should cap consumption at 50 grams of sugar a day — about 4 tablespoons or a little more than a can of Coke.<p>The World Health Organization (WHO), meanwhile, suggests no more than half that amount for best results.<p>Yet …

QUIZ: Are you smart enough to be a NASA astronaut?

If you grew up in the US, then NASA's astronaut program is the one with which you're probably most familiar, but just how much do you know about the selection process?<p>Between 4,000 and 8,000 people apply during each round of NASA applications, but only eight to 35 are selected. And the next round …

Scientists say people who worry a lot have an important advantage

You may have a leg up on everyone else.<p>Specifically, you may be in a better position to deal with both good and bad news when it finally arrives.<p>That's according to new research led by Kate Sweeny, Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside, and cited in The New York Times. Sweeny and her …

NASA satellites reveal something startling about the future of food on Earth

And what better perspective than from space?<p>Climate change due to human activity is causing visible shifts on our planet, and NASA is uniquely positioned to observe these effects.<p>"If we continue on our current course, it's going to be hard to feed this planet because it's so hot," Ellen Stofan, …