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2,400 years ago, Plato saw democracy would give rise to tyrannical leaders

Plato was not a fan of democracy. Many might consider this just a blip on the philosopher’s otherwise excellent political analysis. But his description of the “democratic man” does give pause for thought.<p>In the <i>Republic</i><i>,</i> written in 380 BC, Plato describes such the democratic man—by which he means a …

Political Science

2 space hotels could launch by 2021

Inflatable Space Stations<p>Since its founding in 1999, Bigelow Aerospace has focused on building inflatable space modules that provide habitats in …

Japanese scientists invent floating 'firefly' light

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese engineering researchers say they have created a tiny electronic light the size of a firefly which rides waves of ultrasound, and could eventually figure in applications ranging from moving displays to projection mapping.<p>Named Luciola for its resemblance to the firefly, …

Demonstration

The Future Machines of the Year 2100

Space elevators, tiny machine “swarms,” flying cars, and human/machine mind melds are just the beginning of the future.<p>In the year 1900, the world was in the midst of a machine revolution. As electrical power became more ubiquitous, tasks once done by hand were now completed quickly and efficiently …

Nissan Easy Ride brings autonomous taxis to the public in Japan

Do you want nothing more in life than to sit in the back seat of a last-generation Nissan Leaf while it drives through Japan without a human at the wheel? Well, today is your lucky day.<p>Nissan will begin a public test of its Easy Ride autonomous mobility service. It will operate self-driving Nissan …

16,000 scientists sign dire warning to humanity over health of planet

<b>(CNN) —</b> More than 16,000 scientists from 184 countries have published a second warning to humanity advising that we need to change our wicked ways to help the planet.<p>In 1992, 1,700 independent scientists signed the "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity." The letter warned that "human beings and …

Climate Change

We're About to Cross The 'Quantum Supremacy' Limit in Computing

One team is ahead of the race with 51 qubits.<p>The 4th International Conference on Quantum Technologies held in Moscow last month was supposed to put …

Seven things I have learned about writing software

It’s happening. Bit by bit, little by little, I’m morphing from an engineer into some kind of…<i>manager</i>. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I still write code every day; but I find myself spending more and more time in analysis and discussion, in meetings and calls, making higher-level decisions, trying to …

Computer Science

DARPA project aims to make modular computers out of ‘chiplets’

The Defense Department’s research arm has officially kicked off its effort to create a modular computing framework, with pieces pulled from a mix-‘n-match set of “chiplets.” Producing something this weird will take a village, the agency suggested — in fact, “an enormous village rife with …

Afropunk will make its African homecoming in Johannesburg this year

Can Afropunk make it in Africa?<p>The global festival of music, art and culture doesn’t arrive in Johannesburg for another six months, but its expansion to the continent already marks a moment in Afropunk’s coming-of-age.<p>About 12,000 people each day, from across Africa and around the world, are …

South Africa

How to feed and care for your wireless sensor networks

In addition to contributing to the exponential increase in data, security concerns, and strain on enterprise networks, the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating demand for upgraded wireless sensor nodes in the enterprise. And as IoT becomes more prevalent in the enterprise, the ease …

When does a car become truly autonomous? Levels of self-driving technology explained

Ford, Google, Tesla, and Apple are just a handful of the firms developing technology and vehicles for the ongoing push towards autonomous cars. The …

Ireland votes to stop investing public money in fossil fuels

Ireland just took a big step toward cutting coal and oil out of the picture. Its Parliament has passed a bill that stops the country from investing in fossil fuels as part of an €8 billion ($8.6 billion) government fund. The measure still has to clear a review before it becomes law, but it would …

Scientists Have Confirmed a Brand New Phase of Matter: Time Crystals

Constant motion without energy.<p>For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals - strange crystals …

Hackers copied US climate data to European servers during Trump's inauguration

As Donald Trump was sworn into office as the new president of the US on Jan. 20, a group of around 60 programmers and scientists were gathered in the Department of Information Studies building at the University of California-Los Angeles, harvesting government data.<p>A spreadsheet detailed their …

Donald Trump

China forces all app stores to register with the government

There are an estimated 601.8 million smartphone users in China, with almost three-quarters using the Android operating system over iOS. Strictly …

Apps

Uber acquires AI firm to boost self-driving car project

Uber’s mission to remove the last piece of "meat" from the ride-hailing machine is another step closer to reality with the acquisition of AI startup …

Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk reveals more about his plans to colonise Mars and robot miners in a Reddit AMA

Less than one month ago, Elon Musk detailed his <i>'Battlestar Galactica'</i> plan for colonising Mars. Now he has provided more details.<p>In a Reddit Ask Me …

Hollywood and Hacking: The 1980s - kid hackers, nerds and Richard Pryor

From <i>WarGames</i> to <i>Mr Robot</i> we've tracked a path from the rigorously accurate to the amusingly ridiculous. In the first part of this three-part series of …

HIV cure closer after trial clears virus in British man

The first patient being treated in a new HIV study has shown "remarkable" results, with no sign of the virus after initial treatment.<p>Immunologists at …

Immune System

Travel trouble? Here's why your airline flight is delayed

The massive outage that forced Delta to cancel thousands of flights this week showed how airlines face a relatively new vulnerability that could only get worse — an aging, complex web of computers that control every aspect of their operation.<p>When the systems fail, they can bring entire airlines …

Don’t Throw Away Your Glasses Just Yet, But A Zap To The Brain Could Improve Your Eyesight

Scientists from the Vanderbilt University in Tennessee have been carrying out research that has been able to improve human’s eyesight temporarily by …

The Brain

Would a ‘Meat Tax’ Be The Answer of Its Disastrous Effect on The Environment?

Meat consumption around the world has grown considerably in the past few decades which has had adverse effects on the environment and essentially our …

United Nations

Why Atos Origin Is Striving To Be A Zero-Email Company

Could you imagine banning email entirely from your business? It sounds incredible, even crazy in this digital age, but to Thierry Breton, CEO of the France-based information technology services firm Atos Origin, it was an essential tool for increasing his employees’ productivity. What follows is …

Employment

Brexit has wiped $2 trillion (and counting) off global stock markets

At the start of the week, most global stock markets are down, but they don’t look as bad as they did on Friday, the day after Britain voted to leave the European Union.<p>Then again, how could they? Friday, June 24 was the <i>worst day ever</i> for global stock markets, in terms of total value destroyed. …

Stock Markets

There’s a way to train our brains to cope with stress that changes chemistry “as much as any antidepressant”

Stress is often perceived as the villain of contemporary culture: the nagging tension that keeps us chained to our desks during the day, awake all night, and makes us dangerously unhealthy.<p>But Ian Robertson, a cognitive neuroscientist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the upcoming book ‘<i>The</i> …

Immune System

Luxembourg's spacecraft will test its asteroid mining tech

Luxembourg is pouring some of its wealth into the development and launch of a spacecraft that could make it even richer. The tiny European country has teamed up with California-based Deep Space Industries to create Prospector-X, an experimental spacecraft designed to test some of their …

The money in Silicon Valley has attracted a different type of tech worker, says Apple cofounder

In an interview with Mashable, Wozniak argued that Silicon Valley's transformation from a land of fruit trees to a paved office park has it mirroring Los Angeles and Orange County now.<p>It's also changed who is coming to Silicon Valley for work.<p>"I think the money that's been made has attracted a …

Silicon Valley

NASA to use the ISS as a testbed for inflatable living modules

NASA, perhaps more than anyone else, knows that there's only so much room for packing stuff onto a spacecraft. That's why it's testing expandable living modules on the International Space Station prior to sending them to Mars for work and living spaces. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will …

How 17 Lines of Code Took Down Silicon Valley's Hottest Startups

Yesterday at 2:35 PST, one developer clicked one button on a site that broke the codebase of some of the hottest startups in the country.<p>Rewinding a little bit, a few weeks ago a developer named Azer Koçulu got an email from a patent lawyer asking him to remove one of his open source project from …

Silicon Valley