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New South African Telescope Releases Epic Image of the Galactic Center

You’re looking at the center of our galactic home, the Milky Way, as imaged by 64 radio telescopes in the South African wilderness.<p>Scientists …

This luxury space hotel could be up and running in four years

Space<p>Got a spare $9.5 million?<p>If road trips, theme parks, and beach resorts just don’t do it for you, how about a stay in a swanky space hotel?<p>A Silicon Valley startup called Orion Span yesterday announced plans to open a luxury hotel in low-Earth orbit by 2022, and you can reserve a room for …

Star Trek

Babies can logically reason even before they can talk

Jean Piaget was wrong<p>One-year-old babies may not be able to speak, but they are able to think logically, according to new research that shows the earliest known foundation of our ability to reason.<p>Legendary psychologist Jean Piaget believed that we didn’t have logical reasoning abilities until we …

Stephen Hawking’s Beautiful Mind

<b>A brief history of Stephen Hawking</b><p>Stephen Hawking spent his scientific life exploring some of the deepest questions a human caught in the Einsteinian opera of space and time could ask.<p>Although Einstein himself never really accepted it, his general theory of relativity predicted that if enough mass …

Stephen Hawking

IBM has created a computer smaller than a grain of salt

If there's one downside to powerful computers, it's that they're too damn big.<p>Luckily, that's about to change. At least, if IBM has anything to say …

Technology (India)

If You’re Empathetic, It Might Be Genetic

Being able to identify and respond to other people’s emotions helps us maintain healthy relationships, and encourages helping behavior. Previous …

SpaceX Gears Up to Finally, Actually Launch the Falcon Heavy

<i>Update: At 3:45 PM Eastern on Tuesday, February 6, SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center.</i><p>After nearly seven …

Can You Train Yourself to Develop Supersenses? Here's What Science Says

We're down for this.<p>Wouldn't it be great to be able to hear what people whispered behind your back? Or to read the bus timetable from across the …

University of California

We Just Created an Artificial Synapse That Can Learn Autonomously

Mimicking the Brain<p>Developments and advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have been due in large part to technologies that mimic how the human …

A Mystery Space Plane Just Broke an Orbital Record - And We STILL Don't Know Why It's There

Conspiracy theories abound.<p>On 20 May 2015, the US Air Force launched a solar-powered, unmanned space plane into Earth's orbit to carry out its fourth …

Elon Musk's Neuralink will plug AI into your brain

And it might cure degenerative brain disease along the way.<p>Somewhere between rolling out new Teslas, launching re-usable rockets and digging a tunnel under Los Angeles, Elon Musk managed to start yet another new company. According to a <i>Wall Street Journal</i> report, Musk's latest project is called …

Artificial Intelligence

The next cyberattack could render your anti-virus and encryption software useless

But your devices are increasingly at risk from "side-channel" attacks, where an intruder can bypass traditional network entry points and use another way to compromise the device.<p>These side channels can involve measuring several of the device's characteristics, including its power consumption, the …

Elon Musk wants to put tiny electrodes in our brains to survive the age of AI

For humans to stand a chance in the age of artificial intelligence, we need to join the other team, at least in Elon Musk’s view.<p>The Tesla and SpaceX CEO dreams of humans evolving into cyborgs with augmented intelligence. That vision took a step forward on Mar. 27 when the Wall Street Journal …

Meet Nadia, the scarily ‘human’ chatbot who can read your emotions

Have you ever dreamt of gazing into the eyes of chatbot while explaining your frustration with a service? If so, that would be oddly specific, but you’d also be in luck, thanks to an ambitious New Zealand startup.<p>The company, which has the eerie name of Soul Machines, has created a virtual chatbot …

Should you install solar panels on your roof? Ask Google

In 2015, Google launched Project Sunroof, a map that shows which houses have enough sun exposure for solar panels to be a viable energy source. …

Solar Power

Apple's AR world could be getting closer

New reports suggest the Cupertino giant has assembled a team of augmented reality experts and engineers to work on a phone and headset.

4 Crazy Predictions About the Future of Art

The futurist has some wild ideas about where artificial intelligence is going.<p>Futurist (and current director of engineering at Google) Ray Kurzweil has made a lot of predictions about the future--and many of them have come true. In his 1990 book <i>The Age of Intelligent Machines</i>, Kurzweil foresaw …

When machines go rogue

What’s happening inside our algorithms? What happens when those algorithms control our cars and planes? Pretty soon, we may have no idea.<p>Midnight, …

Here's everything the Amazon Echo can do

Yuval Noah Harari: ‘Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so’

The visionary historian, author of two dazzling bestsellers on the state of mankind, takes questions from Lucy Prebble, Arianna Huffington, Esther Rantzen and a selection of our readers<p>Last week, on his Radio 2 breakfast show, Chris Evans read out the first page of <i>Sapiens</i>, the book by the Israeli …

Stephen Hawking

An astronaut has recorded a 'first of its kind' video of mysterious blue jets of electricity

We're used to lightning that shoots down from clouds, but a lesser-known form of electricity blasts up from cloud tops — and out toward space.<p>Called blue jets, these gigantic electrical discharges are rarely photographed. Typically, only pilots who fly over active thunderstorms see or photograph …

KiraKira CEO Suz Somersall on Launching a Generation of Female Makers

One of the running themes in HBO’s “Silicon Valley” is the extent to which the technology sector seems to be male-dominated. This trend is, unfortunately, also accurate in real life. As I researched the gender disparity in tech and startups, I came across plenty of pundits, journalists, and …

Behind The Scenes with the tech powering Cirque Du Soleil’s newest show, Luzia

When the folks at Cirque Du Soleil invited us to check out some of the technology behind its latest show, Luzia, I just couldn’t say no. I try to get to every Cirque show that comes to the Bay Area, so this was like getting a glimpse into Santa’s workshop.<p>They’ve built all kinds of incredible stuff …

adidas Unveils World’s First Performance Shoe Made From Biosteel® Fiber

- The adidas Futurecraft Biofabric features include being 100% biodegradable through a fully natural process - - adidas has partnered with AMSilk for …

You Can Make An Impact On The World With Your Business

“I believe that the greatest business opportunities are the greatest social challenges,” said Shiza Shahid, cofounder of The Malala Fund at the Under 30 summit.<p>This week, just under half of the population of the United States has been asking,”What can I do post-election?” But this desire to help …

The Startup Inside the Nonprofit: Where Tech Gives Back

What's the first thing that comes to mind when I say Silicon Valley or Tech Worker? Is it commuter shuttles crowding your streets, increasing rents, or long-lines at food trucks? What you may not see is the many tech workers from companies like Facebook volunteering their time to help disadvantaged …

July 25, 2018<p>The civil war and subsequent humanitarian crisis in Yemen have ballooned to catastrophic proportions. More than 22 million people – …

An Era for Women Artists?

Nearly half a century ago, a feminist art historian asked why there had been no great female artists. A new wave of all-women exhibitions revives the question—and suggests a new answer.<p>In a 1971 article in <i>ARTnews</i>, Linda Nochlin, a feminist art historian, asked a terrible, horrible, no good, very …

Art