Curran Fernandez

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Antikythera Mechanism: 2,000 Year Old Computer Used by Ancient Greeks

In the early 1900s, divers looking for sponges in the Antikythera area between Crete and Greece came upon one of the most mysterious discoveries the …

Seafloor

UFO Spotted Over Vancouver (+Photo)

A photographer said he snapped a picture of a UFO flying over the North Shore Mountains in Vancouver, British Columbia.<p>The Vancouver Sun reported …

Scientists and policymakers: wave goodbye to the valley of death

Powerful metaphors are often used to describe the challenges of linking science to its application and use in the world. We often hear about the gap …

Building a new society in space

If any mission to the Moon or Mars is successful, how will people behave when they are free from Earth’s influence? Our space correspondent searches for answers.<p>I like Star Trek as much as the next person. Probably more. But one thing has always bothered me: life on the Starship Enterprise may …

Space Exploration

News 2050: Space tourist gives birth

What will dominate TV news headlines in 2050?<p>As part of the BBC's What If? season of programmes, we commissioned a week of news reports that take a light-hearted look at the future.<p>We kick off with a tale of the first birth in space and an unfortunate accident at the cryonics plant.<p>Have we got it …

News 2050: ‘Hypersonic take-off’

What will be the headlines of the future?<p>As part of the BBC's What If? season of programmes, we commissioned a week of news reports that take a light-hearted look at the future.<p>In the fifth instalment, The first flights at six times the speed of sound mean London and Sydney are just a few hours …

Ten extraordinary Pentagon mind experiments

The Pentagon's growing interest in the brain for everything from mind-controlled vehicles to advanced prosthetics.<p>It’s been 30 years since the first message was sent over initial nodes of the Arpanet, the Pentagon-sponsored precursor to the internet. But this month, researchers announced something …

The Brain

Why people act out of line with their beliefs

Ever been forced to defend a particular position and ended up believing it? You’ve succumbed to one of the most famous theories in social psychology.<p>If at first you don't succeed, lower your standards. And if you find yourself acting out of line with your beliefs, change them. This sounds like …

Psychology

Can you train yourself to get by on less sleep?

Margaret Thatcher did it. So did Salvador Dali. They survived the day with only a few hours of sleep. The question is whether you can force yourself to do the same.<p>We waste a third of our lives sleeping – or that’s how some people see it. When there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, you …

News 2050: All meat sales banned

What will dominate the news headlines of the future?<p>As part of the BBC's What If? season of programmes, we commissioned a week of news reports that take a light-hearted look at the future.<p>In the second of instalment, all sales of meat have been banned and the last prison on Earth is about to …

Tesla and the lone inventor myth

Why our simplistic view of science and our desire to make heroes does a great disservice to the thousands of people who have invented our modern world.<p>Who invented the internet? <br>To answer that seemingly simple question you basically have two options: you can go on for hours explaining the hundreds …

News 2050: ‘Digital eye unveiled’

What will be the headlines of the future?<p>As part of the BBC's What If? season of programmes, we commissioned a week of news reports that take a light-hearted look at the future.<p>In the fourth instalment, augmented reality contact lenses powered by the human body are unveiled, while cyborgs get legal …

The Host: The mind-bending enemy within

Truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to the extraordinary abilities of parasites to hijack other creatures minds... including our own.<p>Heads up. I'm starting with a spoiler. One of the most effectively scary movie moments I’ve ever seen is in the otherwise unmemorable 1979 When A Stranger …

Al Worden: ‘The loneliest human being’

What’s it like to be the most isolated human in all eternity? Our space correspondent meets Al Worden, command module pilot of Apollo 15, who holds that dubious honour.<p>Seven men in the history of humanity stand apart from the rest of us. These are the Apollo command module pilots who spent time …

Will we ever… communicate telepathically?

There’s tantalising evidence that technology could one day allow us to transmit thoughts telepathically between two brains. The question is how far can we go?<p>In a lab at Harvard Medical School, a man is using his mind to wag a rat’s tail<b>.</b> To send his command, he merely glances at a strobe light …

The Brain

What does it take to spark prejudice in humans?

How easy is it for the average fair-minded person to form biased, preconceived views within groups? Surprisingly easy, according to psychology studies.<p>One of the least charming but most persistent aspects of human nature is our capacity to hate people who are different. Racism, sexism, ageism, it …

Psychology

Northern Lights: More than just a pretty light show

Humans have been fascinated by this unpredictable, eerie light show for centuries. But it’s amazing how little we know about the science behind it.<p>The thermometer on the car is reading -22C. Outside, we are standing in snow up to my knees. We’re in a region called Inari in Finnish Lapland, inside …

Bitcoin and the illusion of money

The world’s “first decentralised digital currency” promises financial salvation, but what is it and can it really deliver?<p>Dubai. Greece. Spain. Portugal. Italy. Cyprus. Ireland. The list of countries needing financial bailouts seems to go on and on. And that’s before you include those banks in the …

Nasa Ladee mission: Solving a Moon mystery

Nasa's Ladee mission is part of a resurgence of interest in the Moon and it is all down to the fact that we barely understand our cosmic neighbour.<p>You would be forgiven for thinking that America lost interest in the Moon forty years ago, in December 1972, when Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan left …

More Than 78,000 People Sign Up for One-Way Trip to Mars

Two weeks into a nineteen week application period, more than 78,000 people have applied to become a settler of Mars in 2023.<p>Mars One, the nonprofit …

Mars

Quantum computer passes speed test : News blog

The world’s only commercially-available quantum computer has faced much controversy about whether it is actually faster or better than a conventional …

Living on Mars: What Would it be Like?

The Mars One mission to Mars—one-way—has attracted more than 78,000 applicants only two weeks into the application process.<p>So, if the mission is …

Why Are People Applying to Go To Mars and Never Come Back?

Over the past two-plus weeks, more than 78,000 people around the world have applied to be the first people to settle on Mars.<p>One-minute videos with …

'Dirty' stars hint at Sun's future

<b>Scientists have studied two dead stars that give us a glimpse, they say, of what our Solar System might look like a few billion years from now.</b><p>Our Sun will expand outwards when its nuclear fuel runs low and will ultimately blow off its outer layers.<p>Some of the inner planets will be consumed in the …

Universe

Henry Molaison: The incredible story of the man with no memory

A disastrous brain operation left Henry Molaison forever stuck in the same moment. But his amnesia proved a gift to science.<p>I first met Henry Molaison more than half a century ago, during the spring of my third year in graduate school. I have tried to resurrect the details of my interactions with …

The Brain

Fungus network 'plays role in plant communication'

Mycorrhizae are mutualistic - they both need and are needed by the plants whose roots they inhabit<p><b>Plants can communicate the onset of an attack from aphids by making use of an underground network of fungi, researchers have found.</b><p>Instances of plant communication through the air have been documented, …

Botany