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

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 $80,000. …

Space Exploration

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 …

Johns Hopkins University

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 …

Physics

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 …

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 …

Genetics

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 …

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 …

Artificial Intelligence

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

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 Neuralink and its goal is to explore technology that can make …

Elon Musk

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 …

University of Michigan

Elon Musk’s next company wants to put tiny electrodes in our brains so we can 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 …

Singularity

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. …

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.

Augmented Reality

4 Crazy Predictions About the Future of Art | Inc.com

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 things like the internet's fast and widespread adoption, wearable devices, the …

Singularity

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, …

Artificial Intelligence

Here's everything the Amazon Echo can do

Smart Homes

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

Last week, on his Radio 2 breakfast show, Chris Evans read out the first page of <i>Sapiens</i>, the book by the Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari. Given that radio audiences at that time in the morning are not known for their appetite for intellectual engagement – the previous segment had dealt with …

Singularity

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 …

Geophysics

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 …

Rhode Island

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 …

Cirque du Soleil
Biodegradation
Graphic Design
Malala Yousafzai

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 …

Startups

January 4, 2018<p>By: GIWPS<p>This year, President Trump is mandated by Congress to create a strategy for implementing the Women, Peace and Security Act of …

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

The Crucial Reasons We Need To Elect More Women Of Color

Jessica Torres and her grandmother at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.<p><i>Jessica Torres is a communications strategist based</i> …