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The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2017

The trouble with the future is that it never seems to arrive. That’s why we call it the future. We consequently have this bad habit of taking the …

Is this mysterious space rock actually an alien spaceship?

The ‘Oumuamua’ asteroid has some wondering...<p>It’s in the news because people want to know if it’s a rock or a rocket.<p>The “it” in question is a weirdly oblong asteroid that goes by the barely pronounceable moniker Oumuamua. It was first seen about a month ago by Pan-STARRS, a collection of …

Astronomy

Saudi Arabia grants citizenship to robot Sophia

Saudi Arabia claims to be the first country to have granted citizenship to a robot. But the decision has garnered mockery from social media users as …

King Abdullah

Here's The Reason Your Old Devices Feel So Slow And Make You Want to Upgrade

And what you can do about it.<p>Plenty of misconceptions and conspiracy theories surround this topic. Internet searches for 'iPhone slow' spike after …

Software

Sex robot molested, destroyed at electronics show

The past year has seen a proliferation of sex robots, with plenty of accompanying controversy.<p><i>Robots, drones, flying cars? How Americans feel about</i> …

A neuroscientist who studies decision-making reveals the 6 most important choices you can make

Turns out, humans are pretty lousy decision-makers. We fall victim to bias, let emotions cloud our judgment, and tire of making choices pretty quickly.<p>But Cerf has also learned that making a handful of really smart choices at the right moment can eliminate the need to make hundreds of smaller, …

The Brain

Quantum Internet Is 13 Years Away. Wait, What's Quantum Internet?

A year ago this week, Chinese physicists launched the world’s first quantum satellite. Unlike the dishes that deliver your Howard Stern and cricket …

Get them while they're young: Astronomers catch exploding supernova early (Update)

For the first time, astronomers have observed a cosmic event in great detail that they only had glimpses of before: a supernova and its explosive …

Big History

6 Amazing Body Changes When You Give Up Carbs

Simple carbs, such as those found in cookies, candy and chips, are <i>The Bachelorette</i> of the food world. They’ll give you a quick thrill — but you know …

The John Coltrane Record That Made Modern Music

50 years after his death, John Coltrane—and specifically his final free jazz record Interstellar Space—is still making its mark on jazz, electronic, and hip-hop artists today.<p>Today, exactly 50 years will have passed since the death of John Coltrane, one of the most groundbreaking and technically …

Science Uncovers The Origin Of The First Light In The Universe

When we look out at the Universe today, highlighted against the vast, empty blackness of the sky are points of light: stars, galaxies, nebulae and more. Yet there was a time in the distant past before any of those things had formed, just after the Big Bang, where the Universe was still filled with …

Dark Matter

The Quantum Rule That Makes Existence Possible

A new podcast, to cover an incredible story of why we can exist at all.<p>“Already in my original paper I stressed the circumstance that I was unable to …

It’s all relative — why scientists understand time in a completely different way.

Imagine time running backwards. People would grow younger instead of older and, after a long life of gradual rejuvenation — unlearning everything …

The 1 Sure Way to Get People to Like You, According to Brain Scans

Psychological testing, brain scans, and the school of hard knocks agree that this is how to get people to like you.<p>Many people in business--including and especially entrepreneurs--seem to think that you can talk your way into being both well-liked and more successful. Nothing could be further from …

Harvard

Here's What Scientists Mean When They Say the Universe Could Be a Giant Hologram

The Holographic Universe<p>For decades now, scientists have been investigating the possibility that our Universe is, or once was, a giant hologram, …

Physics

Eisenhower’s stellar advice for how to make decisions

Dwight D. Eisenhower served as the US Army general and the 34th president of the United States. The author of "Art of Manliness," Brett McKay shares some insights of how the former president set his priorities when making decisions. The following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>Often times throughout</i> …

Time Management

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Matthew McConaughey

Scientists 3D-printed ovaries and made mouse babies

Scientists from Northwestern University have developed a bioprosthetic ovary using 3D-printing technology and produced living, breathing mouse offspring from them.<p>Northwestern’s Feinberg school of medicine and McCormick school of engineering came together for the project using 3D-printing …

Here's how to remove Facebook from your life and never miss a beat

So you've decided to dump Facebook.<p>But you're worried. Worried about missing out, struggling to stay connected, or getting left behind by the almost …

You Must Listen to This: 9 of the Juiciest Old Hollywood Stories Uncovered by Karina Longworth

On the third anniversary of Longworth’s beloved podcast, the Old Hollywood historian remembers the scandalous tales that took her by surprise.<p>Even in a culture obsessed with the future, <b>Karina Longworth’s</b> Old Hollywood podcast [<i>You Must Remember This</i>] (http://www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com/) has …

Why Do We Have Blood Types?

The story of an amazing discovery.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in …

Stephen Hawking Thinks There's A Way Out Of A Black Hole

You've heard the concept that energy cannot be created or destroyed. Physicists have believed that <i>information</i> followed those same rules. Einstein's …

Physics

Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it

When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees "Solarfri" posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means …

Language Learning

What if America Voted Like France?

Our history would be surprisingly different if America’s elections worked like Sunday’s French vote—or like Britain’s.<p>When an election ends, the question we most often ask is “why?” Did Barack Obama put together a “coalition of the ascendant”—newly powerful numbers of blacks, Hispanics, …

Al Gore

The Failed Experiment That Changed The World

In science, we don’t simply perform experiments willy-nilly. We don’t put things together at random and ask, “what happens if I do this?” We examine the phenomena that exist, the predictions our theories make, and look for ways to test them in ever-greater detail. Sometimes, they give extraordinary …

Physics

Unlock YouTube's hidden Dark Mode to save your eyes

If you've ever tried to watch YouTube when it's dark out, you know that the typical bright white of the video service's page can be a bit blinding. Enter "Dark Mode," a hidden feature that turns the light surfaces black or dark gray so you can get on with those cat videos without all that …

Jeff Bezos outlines his methods for “high-velocity decision-making”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants his $430 billion publicly traded company to behave with the urgency of the startup it once was.<p>To make sure he acts quickly, he follows a set of guidelines for “high-velocity decision-making” he laid out in his annual letter to shareholders. He urges his employees to …

Management