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Why A Real CHAPPiE Robot Would Be More Of A Mystery Than A Friend

The movie’s A.I. expert explains what it'll take to create the first conscious robot--and why it won't be what we expect<p>Neil Blomkamp’s new film <i>CHAPPiE</i>, which hits U.S. theaters this weekend, follows the unlikely transformation of a defective robot into a one-of-a-kind conscious machine. The movie …

Interstellar's fake black holes are helping actual scientific research

Computer simulations used for the movie are accurate enough to be used by astrophysicists<p>Whether <i>Interstellar</i> was a good movie or not is still up for debate, but what seems certain now is that it led to some good science. Last year, <i>Wired</i> magazineexplained how the visual effects team behind the space …

Watch a trailer for one of the best sci-fi movies in years

Don Hertzfeldt's latest film is a masterpiece; you'll have a chance to watch it next month<p>I have no problem throwing about hyperbolic claims when it comes to <i>World of Tomorrow</i>, the new animated short by Don Hertzfeldt that premiered at Sundance and won the Grand Jury Prize in the shorts competition. …

Science Fiction Movies

This RPG plays itself, so you don't have to bother

Say hello to <i>Dreeps</i>, a role-playing game, of sorts, for mobile phones.<p>Like many RPGs, it features a cute character exploring an alien world, interacting with objects, talking to people, getting into battles. The only major departure from standard norms is that, in this game, the player is not …

The Coming Boom In Brain Medicines

TONY COLES COULD have had any job he wanted in the drug industry. In five years at the helm of cancer drug developer Onyx Pharmaceuticals he increased its market cap eightfold by purchasing an experimental blood cancer drug for $800 million, developing it into a big seller and flipping the whole …

Happy Darwin Day. Will We Heed His Time-Tested Wisdom?

One area of science I know a wee bit about is evolution. This is because I focused on Darwin during my graduate studies at St. John’s College Santa Fe, where one rigorously reads, discusses and writes about the primary texts of the world’s greatest authors.<p>At St. John’s, I read <i>Darwin’s On the</i> …

​When Superintelligent AI Arrives, Will Religions Try to Convert It?

Like it or not, we are nearing the age of humans creating autonomous, self-aware super intelligences. Those intelligences will be part of our …

March 2015

No, Astrobiology Has Not Made the Case for God

Recently, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> published a piece with the surprising title “Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God.” At least it was surprising to me, because I hadn’t heard the news. The piece argued that new scientific evidence bolsters the claim that the appearance of life in the universe …

Universe

Why Destiny Was The Best And Worst Game Of 2014

Bungie’s <i>Destiny</i> has inspired some of the most ambivalent thoughts I’ve ever had while clutching a gamepad.<p>Some people have said it’s the sort of game you either love or you hate. For me it’s much more of a love-hate relationship. It’s exactly what I want out of a video game, and yet its pieces are …

Go places when you’re asleep with lucid dreaming

What if you could go to bed each night, fall asleep and have total control of your dreams? That is what happens when you lucid dream, and when it happens it’s as if you’re the architect of your own world, the director and star of your own movie.<p>You can change scenery, add characters and orchestrate …

Stealthy 10X Genomics Raises $55.5M To Beef Up DNA Sequencing

When scientists sequence a complete human genome today, some information gets lost in the shuffle. Now a San Francisco Bay Area startup called 10X Genomics has raised more than $55 million to start selling a new technology that is supposed to provide a more richly detailed picture.<p>It’s a big vote …

“Behold the glory of the p*ssy!”: My orgasmic meditation awakening

I never expected I’d feel so empowered lying naked below the waist next to a stranger with two fingers full of lube<p>Jill Hamilton<p>January 11, 2015 10:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>I was lying on the floor, naked below the waist with my knees apart, next to a stranger with two …

Astronomers Have Discovered Eight Potentially Habitable Planets

Astronomers have announced that they have discovered eight more planets that likely exist in temperature ranges where life could exist.<p>The astronomers began their research path by examining candidates for planets that had been identified by NASA’s Kepler mission. The candidates were analyzed using …

The Four Noble Truths

"I teach suffering, its origin, cessation and path. That's all I teach", declared the Buddha 2500 years ago.<p>The Four Noble Truths contain the essence of the Buddha's teachings. It was these four principles that the Buddha came to understand during his meditation under the bodhi tree.<p>The truth of …

Spirituality

Leo Tolstoy’s theory of everything

<b>Leo Tolstoy (Wikimedia)</b><p>Before writing some of the greatest novels in history, Tolstoy asked some of philosophy’s hardest questions<p>Irina Paperno<p>January 11, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “’Who, What Am I?': Tolstoy Struggles to Narrate the Self”<p>Tolstoy’s first diary, started on March 17, 1847, at …

Literature

Joan of Arc born at Domrémy

The Maid of Orléans was born on January 6th 1412: she has been an incarnation of French national identity and pride for six centuries.<p>The Maid of …

New Caliphate, Old Caliphate

As the jihadists of ISIS continue their brutal campaign to restore the Islamic caliphate, Conor Meleady draws parallels with the ultimately futile …

Religion’s sinister fairy tale: Extremists, the religious right, Reza Aslan and the fight for reason

<b>(Reuters/Chris Keane/AP/J. Scott Applewhite/HBO)</b><p>We must no longer ignore the propagation of apocalyptic fables that large numbers of people take seriously<p>Jeffrey Tayler<p>January 4, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p>I would like to thank Reza Aslan. In his recent Salon rebuttal to denunciations (including mine) of …

Religion

Elite: Dangerous Is The Ultimate 'Water Cooler' PC Game

Probably the highest praise I can pay Elite: Dangerous is that it’s been a genuine struggle forcing myself to stop playing long enough to write about it. That’s because of the limitless stories that happen so organically while pirating/space trucking/Han Solo’ing your way through Frontier …

Calendar of Programs

The Philae Lander May Have Found the Origins of Life on Earth

<b>The news:</b> The European Space Agency's Philae probe has discovered organic molecules on Comet 67P/C-G, reports the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>.<p>The discovery is …

Your eyes could help make a huge Higgs boson breakthrough

The discovery of the Higgs boson back in 2012 was a landmark moment for physicists -- but what happens when the elementary particle vanishes could be …

Space Time……….Can we really travel through time to the future or past?

Albert Einstein was the one who discovered that we can’t separate time from space, they are one thus the name space time. Einstein further …

Parliament begins formal discussions on N.K. human rights bills

South Korea's National Assembly on Monday began formal discussions on a set of long-pending bills on North Korea's human rights situation, apparently …

Are We Fit for the Future? Making the Case for Moral Bioenhancement

For the vast majority of our 150,000 years or so on the planet, human beings lived in small, close-knit groups, working hard with primitive tools to …

Supported Bridge Pose: cross over into quiet - Five-Minute Yoga

Crossing the bridge is one thing. Being the bridge is something else.<p><b>As quiet as a yoga practice may be, the mat is a busy construction site.</b> We make …

Space Time……….Can we really travel through time to the future or past?

Albert Einstein was the one who discovered that we can’t separate time from space, they are one thus the name space time. Einstein further …

Tech Trends Shaping The Future Of Medicine, Part 1

Enormous technological changes in medicine and healthcare are heading our way. These trends have a variety of stakeholders: patients, medical professionals, researchers, medical students, and consumers. They are important because of the impact they will likely have on all of us at one time or …