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Can This Man and His Massive Robot Network Save America?

A Q&A with Zoltan Istvan, the 2016 Transhumanist presidential candidate.<p><i>The future is forged by pouring a stiff drink, kicking back, and taking a second to question everything. We here at Esquire.com love a crazy-idea-that-just-might-work, so this week, we're paying tribute to the forward-thinkers</i> …

Singularity

A former CIA chief told us what makes a great spy and why they missed on 9/11

Business Insider interviewed Royden before his scheduled talk at the Commonwealth Club last month, and covered a number of topics, including the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and what makes a great spy.<p>While CIA operatives must be sociable, professional, and discreet, spies — foreign nationals …

National Security

The history of medicine will seem blunt and random compared with what's coming next

"So much of medicine is just based on the average patient," Dr. Eric Green said in an interview at Smithsonian magazine's "The Future is Here" festival. "There are so many cases where you'll give a medicine to somebody and you know there's a 50-50 chance the medication is either not going to work …

Medicine

The Air Force's Secret Space Plane Will Launch Tomorrow

And it’s testing out its new Darth Vader-style engines<p>Tomorrow, the Air Force is scheduled to send its secret space plane back into orbit for undisclosed purposes. The two X-37Bs--unmanned, shuttle-like craft--have already spent over three and a half years in orbit. The Air Force, despite “air” in …

Space Exploration

NASA: Humans Are Closer To Making It To Mars Than Ever Before

NASA administrator Charles Bolden opened the Humans to Mars Summit at The George Washington University on Monday by telling an audience that the agency is on track to meet a goal set by President Obama five years ago of landing humans on the red planet in the 2030s.<p>“This plan is clear, this plan is …

Space Science

An Important Step in Artificial Intelligence

In what marks a significant step forward for artificial intelligence, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have demonstrated the functionality of a simple …

Artificial Intelligence

Air Force set to launch another mysterious X-37B space plane mission

The U.S. Air Force is set to launch the fourth flight of its X-37B space plane on May 20, and new details are unfolding about the upcoming mystery …

Senate Democrats Are Revolting Against Obama’s Trade Plan

Sen­ate Demo­crats are in full re­volt against the pres­id­ent and his trade agenda, jeop­ard­iz­ing a leg­acy-de­fin­ing pact strength­en­ing the …

New York Times

Seymour Hersh, Kathryn Bigelow and the problem with “Zero Dark Thirty”: “We’re getting the myth of history before getting the actual history”

Will we learn our lesson about learning history from Hollywood?<p>A few years ago, in the run-up to the Academy Awards, the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” became controversial, perhaps notorious, for its stance on torture. The political right – and loyalists of George W. Bush -- was upset that the movie …

Osama Bin Laden

What Is CRISPR/Cas9 and Why Is It Suddenly Everywhere?

The controversial gene editing technique is three years old, but just catching on in the mainstream now.<p>CRISPR/Cas9, a gene-editing technique that can target and modify DNA with groundbreaking accuracy, is both the newest darling and the newest villain of genetics research.<p>Invented in 2012 by …

Genetics

CRISPR: The Technology Behind Human Embryo Editing

The startling research paper detailing the first-ever attempt to edit the genome of human embryos has aroused a great deal of interest and some alarm, but the nature of the DNA editing technique, known as CRISPR, is not so widely known.<p>Also not so widely known is the technique’s peculiar history, …

Genetics

9 MLK Quotes the Mainstream Media Won't Cite

The Martin Luther King Jr. who is cynically trotted out every time racial unrest erupts in our cities is the MLK who can be conveniently used to prop …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Glenn Beck: ‘Thank God for Barack Obama’

<b>Glenn Beck</b> today actually uttered the words “Thank God for <b>Barack Obama</b>. Barack Obama has made me a better American.”<p>What drove him to say that? How …

Post May 7, get ready for a full frontal assault on UK democracy

<b>By Derek Bateman</b><p>A week to go and is there any doubt? Of course there is. This is an election, not an opinion poll and if there’s one thing we’ve …

Iran warns Congress it can’t stop a nuclear deal

Iran’s foreign minister issued a stern warning to Congress on Wednesday, saying the United States will isolate itself if lawmakers act to nullify a nuclear deal the administration is working to ­finalize with Iran.<p>Mohammad Javad Zarif, speaking at an event at New York University, dismissed …

South Asia

CERN: "Will This Summer's LHC Photon Collisions Reveal a New Theory of Space and Time?"

"It will be about another six weeks to commission the machine, and many things can still happen on the way," said physicist Albert De Roeck, a staff …

How It Works: The Large Hadron Collider

To chaotically combine particles, you need a lot of space ... and a lot of power<p>The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), famously upended physics with the discovery of the long-sought Higgs boson in 2012. But it was only operating at half power. Since then, …

Physics

New Research Discovers Secret of Frustrated Magnets

A new study from Princeton reveals surprising insights into the behavior of frustrated magnets.<p>An experiment conducted by Princeton researchers has …

Cern restarts Large Hadron Collider with mission to make scientific history

Physicists hope particle accelerator will explain dark matter, gravity and antimatter as it completes its test run following an upgrade<p>“Congratulations,” Rolf-Dieter Heuer, the straight-talking director general at Cern, a particle physics lab near Geneva, told thousands of staff from the control …

Physics

New nanoparticle gene therapy strategy effectively treats deadly brain cancer in rats

Nanoparticles have been used to successfully deliver a new therapy to cancer cells in the brains of rats, prolonging their lives, scientists report. …

Cancer

The Quantum Experiment That Simulates A Time Machine

Physicists have simulated a photon interacting with an older version of itself in an experiment that could help reconcile quantum mechanics and …

Quantum Mechanics

Falcon Heavy flight animation reveals SpaceX’s future vision

Elon Musk‘s SpaceX has just released a new flight animation video that reveals its vision of how it wants it next launch to proceed. Presuming, of …

Elon Musk

Why wormholes (probably) don’t exist

The test rig for the Dark Energy Camera (DECam) at Fermilab. I picked this image today because it kinda sorta looks like the wormhole-making machine …

Wormholes

One-Year Space Station Mission Will Involve Extensive Scientific Experiments

HOUSTON (NASA )PR) — “That’s one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind.” When Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon, many …

Space Exploration

Hawking's quantum universe

Hawking doesn't mention his hegemony in the paper, titled "Populating the Landscape: A Top Down Approach" and accepted for publication in the journal Physical Review D (PDF file). I just made that up. But the idea is that the current state of the cosmos arises from the sum of all possible …

Physics

Wild west physics: Bridging the gap between the study of 'outer space' and 'inner space'

The next frontier in physics may require teeny-tiny answers to big questions, and vice versa. Call it macro-micro physics: the study of the huge …

Quantum Mechanics

Graphene brings quantum effects to electronic circuits

Research by scientists attached to the EC's Graphene Flagship has revealed a superfluid phase in ultra-low temperature 2D materials, creating the …

Nanotech

Obama Seeks to Burnish His Climate Legacy, But Will His Oil and Gas Policies Haunt Him?

In at least three previous State of the Union speeches, President Barack Obama placed great emphasis on his “all of the above” energy strategy — one that includes both aggressive pursuit of renewables and, to the chagrin of environmental and climate activists, rapid growth of domestic oil and gas …

Climate