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Putting a computer in your brain is no longer science fiction

VENICE BEACH, Calif. — Like many in Silicon Valley, technology entrepreneur Bryan Johnson sees a future in which intelligent machines can do things like drive cars on their own and anticipate our needs before we ask.<p>What’s uncommon is how Johnson wants to respond: find a way to supercharge the …

Singularity

Star Trek Beyond Review

The voyage home.<p>Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the rebooted big-screen series, has a lot to live up to for both mainstream audiences and diehard …

Science Fiction

Why Star Trek Beyond had to destroy the universe – and make fans 'very angry'

If you want to understand how Star Trek has changed over its long lifetime, just look at how they stage an attack on the Starship Enterprise. In Gene Roddenberry’s original 1966 television series, a space battle would involve the cast staggering back and forth across the set, rarely in the same …

Science Fiction

Invisibility Cloaks May Be On Its Way, New Material Invented With The Ability To Make Objects Disappear

Researchers based in London have developed a new material that has been able to make test objects "disappear."<p>The newly developed material seemed to …

Nanotech

Lucasfilm just broke the internet by reintroducing this ‘Star Wars’ legacy character

Fans have been eating up all the brand new information coming out of Disney and Lucasfilm's Star Wars Celebration in London this weekend but they …

Science Fiction

” INCEPTION STYLE ” Memory Implants Are Coming our Way

It may sound like something out of the latest Science-Fiction movie ” Inception “, but scientists have now discovered a way to implant subliminal …

The Brain

Star Trek 4: Chris Hemsworth's return teased by J.J. Abrams

It shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise to learn that discussions on a potential fourth <i>Star Trek</i> movie have already begun. J.J. Abrams, director …

Chris Hemsworth

Some People Are Convinced NASA Is Covering Up a UFO That's About to Land on Earth

Open your eyes, sheeple.<p>One of the nice things NASA does is stream live footage from the International Space Station as it orbits the Earth 16 times a day. It's pretty calming stuff—until a UFO enters the picture. Then all bets are off.<p>On July 9, NASA was streaming footage from the ISS when …

July 4th

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New studies explore why ordinary people turn terrorist

Fierce combat erupted in February 2016 at the northern Iraqi village of Kudilah. A Western-backed coalition of Arab Sunni tribesmen, Kurds in the …

Would You Buy A Car That’s Programmed To Kill You?

The ethics of algorithms can seem like an abstract philosophical question, but in a few years, it’s going to be a very real issue, with life and death implications.<p>You are statistically incredibly more likely to die in a car crash than on an airplane, but people still fear flying more than driving. …

A Promising Anti-Ageing Drug Is About to Undergo Human Trials For The First Time

It begins...<p>Can we really hope to slow down the ageing process? The compound nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) has shown plenty of promise at …

Scientists Just Discovered Where HIV Began

Birthplace of the disease that won't die.<p>Diseases, while disastrous, often come and go in the public eye. We hear about ebola, but then another one …

Scientists Accidentally Created Nanorods That Harvest Water From The Air

This is so cool.<p>Incredible scientific discoveries happen all the time when researchers haven't been looking for them, and new nanorods that harvest …

NASA taking another stab at inflating space station room

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is taking a second crack at inflating an experimental room at the International Space Station.<p>Flight controllers, along with the astronauts, will try again Saturday to expand the world's first soft-sided compartment for space travelers. Thursday's effort was halted …

Space Exploration

New Test Could Tell Whether Comatose Patients Will Wake Up

The secret is in the brain's sugar consumption<p>To determine whether a patient that's in a coma will awaken again, scientists have devised a new test using positron emission tomography (PET).<p>In the study, the researchers used fluorodeoxyglucose PET to show how concentrated glucose is in the brain …

NASA's first expandable habitat failed to inflate on the ISS because of friction

The space agency ended the attempt after two hours<p>NASA's attempt at deploying the first inflatable habitat on the International Space Station failed yesterday because the habitat hit some higher-than-expected forces during its expansion, NASA officials said during a press briefing today.<p>NASA ended …

Finding aliens may be even easier than previously thought

But in recent years, efforts have begun to simplify the search for intelligent life. Thanks to the efforts of groups like the Breakthrough Foundation, it may be possible in the coming years to send "nanoscraft" on interstellar voyages using laser-driven propulsion. But just as significant is the …

Universe

Where's the Edge of the Universe?

<i>Paul Sutter</i> <i>is an astrophysicist at</i> <i>The Ohio State University</i> <i>and the chief scientist at</i> <i>COSI Science Center</i><i>. Sutter is also host of the podcasts</i> <i>Ask a</i> …

Astrophysics

Your Android smartphone will get rid of passwords this year

Project Abacus will use the phone's sensors to gather data about the person using it. Your typing patterns, walking gait, location, and face could all be matched against information Google knows about you.<p>The machine intelligence will calculate a "trust score" based on that data, determining how …

Android News

Consume responsible amounts of marijuana with a Keurig for weed

Just when you thought you had run out of ways to consume marijuana, in comes something newer and weirder.<p>CannaKorp has unveiled a new vaporizer, the …

Cannabis

NASA Invests In Suspended Animation, Growable Space Habitats, And More

To take us to Mars and beyond<p>NASA wants to put humans on Mars in the 2030s, and it's probably going to take some crazy ideas to get us there. Toward that end, the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program has just announced a second round of funding for 8 crazy, futuristic, brain-tickling …

1 In 6 People Has a Sex Fetish. A Neuroscientist Explains Why

This sex researcher has interviewed hundreds of people with peculiar erotic tastes. Here’s what she’s learned<p>You might think that fantasizing about being swallowed by a large animal sounds weird.<p>But a new study in the <i>Journal of Sex Research</i> finds that paraphilias—unusual sexual interests—are …

Finding habitable planets is one thing, finding life quite another

Vast distances and the problem of time make finding or contacting life beyond Earth very difficult<p>There appear to be more planets in space than …

Scientists have discovered a cell that does something they thought was impossible

Known as the "power house" of the cell, these little subunits within the cell provide the organisms with energy and were thus thought to be essential.<p>But it now seems that actually they might not be that essential, as researchers describe the first eukaryote known that lacks mitochondria.<p>Other …

Biology

Can Quantum Physics Solve Time Travel's Most Famous Paradox?

Maybe you can go back in time and kill your grandfather.<p>If you have ever sat down and thought about time travel for even half a second, you have grappled with the Grandfather Paradox. Of the many mind-boggling questions raised by the specter of time travel, it is probably the most common. What …

Quantum Mechanics

It's coming. The Internet of Eyes will allow objects to see.

In the near future, every inanimate object we interact with may not only have the ability to see, but could also improve our lives.<p>In order for this visibility to happen, objects will need the assistance of visual sensors and cameras.<p>Though hotly debated in privacy sectors, experts agree that …

Internet of Things