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Galactic Garbage Can: There's 400,000 Pounds of Trash on The Moon

In total, the moon hosts more than 400,000 pounds of man-made material. But is this trash a problem, or just the cost of doing space travel?

This Neuroscientist Is Trying to Upload His Entire Brain to a Computer

Randal Koene wants to move humanity from Earth to the The Cloud, making us part-robot and completely immortal.<p>Humans, if you hadn't already noticed, have stopped evolving. As David Attenborough recently reminded us, our species is the first – by our free will – to remove itself from the process of …

Oceanus Procellarum: What formed this huge lunar feature?

There’s an old phrase: “To someone with a hammer, everything is a nail.”<p>Asteroids are the ultimate hammers. After all, an asteroid impact can …

15 Charts, Graphs, And Maps That Will Shape The Future Of Information

The latest, greatest data visualizations<p>We are awash with data, and it keeps piling up: Some analysts estimate the amount of digital information in the world now doubles every two years. The growing tidal wave will require automation—a shift some have called the Industrial Revolution of data—to …

Earth's Moon is a Hollow Space Station: the Evidence

The Moon is the eye in the sky to the inhabitants of Earth. It provides us with the natural tidal cycles which are said to maintain the equ...<p>Cosmos, …

The future of AI? Helping human beings think smarter

<i>This article was taken from the December 2014 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online,</i> …

Stephen Hawking: 'Artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race'

Normally when you hear someone predict that artificial intelligence will spell the end of the human race, you take it with a pinch of salt - but when …

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

14 innovations that improved the world in 2014

These aren't just gadgets that charge your devices faster or "groundbreaking" apps — they have potential for lasting impact. They can change the …

HOTEL 22: The Dark Side Of Silicon Valley

He settles himself in for what is going to be a long night - taking off his scuffed leather shoes and resting his head against a window opaque with condensation.<p>Jimmy, 47, has had the same routine for the last three years since losing his job as a chef at Microsoft.<p>He gets on the bus at midnight …

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language — and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly. We …

Essential reading: the irreconcilable tension between cybersecurity and national security

Citizenlab's Ron Diebert lays out the terrible contradiction of putting spy agencies -- who rely on vulnerabilities in the networks used by their …

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<b>(Permission to reprint or share this article is granted, with a citation to this Web Page: http://www.mindingtheplanet.net)</b><p><i>This paper provides an</i> …

The Identity Crisis Under the Ink

Americans—particularly Millennials—are getting more tattoos than ever. Is a shifting, increasingly uncertain culture to blame?<p>Some weeks ago, during a bleary-eyed subway ride to work, I found myself staring at a young woman on the other side of the car. She wore business attire with a North Face …

The Physiological and Psychological Aspects of Sending Humans to Mars

<b>Physiological and Psychological Aspects of Sending Humans to Mars</b><p>Challenges and Recommendations<p>By Professor Antonio Paris<p>St. Petersburg College,</b> …

Will Your Next Best Friend Be A Robot?

Robots can already vacuum your house and drive your car. Soon, they will be your companions.<p>The Japanese crowd sits hushed and somber as the character on stage turns away from his co-star, an actress seated on the floor in front of a small table. He lowers his head, then turns to face the audience …

Tour the Coolest Converted Grain-Bin Dwelling on the Prairie

Move over shipping container architecture, the latest grain-bin house proves that homes converted from the bulky agrarian staple can also look sleek and satisfying. When retired art teacher Kate Morris inherited 250 acres of Montana prairie land from her father, she finally had the chance to build …

How Did Brains Evolve?

Humans have asked where we come from for thousands of years, across all cultures. But only recently have we started to address the mystery of the …

Ancient genetic program employed in more than just fins and limbs

Hox genes are master body-building genes that specify where an animal's head, tail and everything in between should go. There's even a special Hox …

Biohackers Are Turning Meals into Math Across the World

An offshoot of Silicon Valley’s ‘Quantified Self movement’, biohackers are using technology to precisely track what they consume and how it affects them. They don’t just want to look good; they seek peak physical and mental performance. But where is...<p>Dave Asprey doesn't eat breakfast. Instead, he …