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The End Is A.I.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

<i>The second in a series of posts about the major myths of robotics, and the role of science fiction role in creating and spreading them. Previous and former topics, respectively: Robots are strong, the myth of robotic hyper-competence, and robots are evil, the myth of killer machines.</i><p>In 1993, Vernor …

Science Can Turn Cow Poop Into Clean Water

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Scientists at Michigan State University say they have developed a system that turns cow manure into …

12 Exceptions To The Rule That You Shouldn't Drink Red Wine With Fish

The rule of thumb for pairing wine with food is red wine goes with meat and white wine with fish. This well-known statute is strictly observed the world over -- but are there ever exceptions?<p>Like most culinary rules, if you understand why they exist you can usually break them, within reason. For …

Indian girls found hanging after gang-rape

Two teenage girls have been found dead, hanging from a tree in a northern Indian village after they were gang-raped by five men, police said on Thursday.<p>A post-mortem report indicated that the sisters, previously reported to have been cousins, from the low-caste Dalit community, aged 14 and 15, …

Watch Science Explain Why Bacon Smells So Amazing

Here's a video that uses chemistry to explain why that bacon-scented alarm clock might be onto something. The chemistry experts behind YouTube channel Reactions offer an animated display of <b>Why Bacon Smells So Good</b>: Basically, bacon's Maillard reaction — which occurs when sugars break down and cause …

Three arrested after girls are gang-raped and left hanging from tree in India

A police officer and two other people have been arrested after two teenage girls were gang-raped and left hanging from the branches of a mango tree in a northern Indian village, authorities said Friday.<p>The shocking attack on the girls -- two cousins aged 14 and 16 -- sparked outrage in the village …

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposes strict limits on gun sales

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed a slate of tough gun control measures that would subject gun shops to strict monitoring, including video surveillance of all purchases, in an effort to stem violence in a city beset with an unusually high number of gun deaths.<p>The restrictions came after a …

KPCB Internet trends 2014

The latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report includes:<p>1. Key Internet trends showing slowing Internet user growth but strong smartphone, tablet and mobile data traffic growth as well as rapid growth in mobile advertising.<p>2. Emerging positive efficiency trends in education and …

George Smoot: We mapped the embryonic universe

Front-page headlines and worldwide excitement greeted the announcement last month that a telescope at the south pole had appeared to detect the signature of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time first predicted by Albert Einstein, from the very earliest moments of the universe. The discovery, …

A bottle of wine a day is harmless? The evidence suggests otherwise

Both the Daily Mail and the Independent reported over the weekend that a bottle of wine a day might not be bad for you. The articles quote a retired Finnish professor, Kari Poikolainen.<p>Among his reported claims are that moderate drinking is less harmful than being teetotal, and that it’s only after …

'Don’t worry, I’m not contagious' – and other microbiological delusions

It’s that strange time of year when, despite springtime breaking out all over town – tulips, apple blossom, sunshine, the works – everyone in the known universe appears to be ill.<p>I myself have been bouncing back and forth between gastroenteritis and colds for the past month. Despite being a …

A Majority of Americans Still Aren't Sure About the Big Bang

A new poll confirms what has long been true: A majority of Americans aren't convinced the Big Bang is a scientific fact.<p>A majority of Americans don't believe in even the most fundamental discovery of 20th century physics, which 99.9 percent of members of the National Academies of Sciences do: that …

Science and God: Can They Co-Exist? | The Takeaway | WNYC

Can science and God co-exist? For centuries, science and religion have been at odds, with some fearing that the more scientists uncover, the more …

Introducing the Higgs Boson and Its Siblings!

What does your weight on a bathroom scale, the expansion of our universe today, and the Big Bang have in common? If modern ideas in physics are correct, they are all caused by a new family of particles called "spin-zero bosons." Like coats of paint on a wall, these particles represent new fields …

Why is Mars near the moon on eclipse night?

A total eclipse moon has to happen at full moon. Outer planets are always near the full moon in their month of opposition. Mars reached opposition …

Using Black Holes to Measure Dark Energy, Like a BOSS

Thanks to something called “dark energy,” our Universe is expanding. We don’t understand much about it yet, but a project called BOSS is aiming to …

Sperm can pass trauma symptoms through generations, study finds

A study in mice shows that trauma might be inherited through altered gene expression in sperm<p>Researchers have put ample effort into identifying genes that help explain why cancer or heart disease run in some families. But scientists still don't know if some genes can explain why the children and …

Starwatch: Mars at its closest

Mars comes closer to the Earth on 14 April than at any time since early 2008. Even so, it appears only 15.2 arcsec across through our telescopes and we need good observing conditions, and some patience, to appreciate its surface detail. Just don't expect as sharp a view as that in our Hubble image …

New Books Party: books received this week

Below the jump, I mention the books that I received recently. They are gifts, review copies that arrived in the mail, or that I purchased in London. These are the books that I may review in more depth later, either here or in print somewhere in the world.<p>When I get new books, I like to share them …

See Mars at Its Best and Brightest, Live on the Web

Mars is literally at center stage on Tuesday night, and you can watch the show on the Web.<p>The Slooh online observatory is offering a free live feed from its telescope on the Canary Islands starting at 10 p.m. ET, featuring the Red Planet at opposition. That's the time when Mars lines up so that …

Rebel Toy Company Launches New Quest to Turn Princesses Into Engineers

NEWARK, California — When GoldieBlox tried to launch its line of engineering and building toys for girls, VP of Sales and Marketing Lindsey Shepard …

The 5 Comics You Have to Read This Month

It's not always easy figuring out what comics to read every month. So let's keep it simple: If you're only going to pick up a couple of titles, …

Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system

Peter Higgs, the British physicist who gave his name to the Higgs boson, believes no university would employ him in today's academic system because he would not be considered "productive" enough.<p>The emeritus professor at Edinburgh University, who says he has never sent an email, browsed the …

A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses

Author: Joshua Davis. Joshua Davis Business<p>Date of Publication: 10.15.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>You can read a version of this story in …