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Half of Americans Think Climate Change Is a Sign of the Apocalypse

What a new report on theology and global warming means for public policy<p>Snowmageddon, snowpocalypse, snowzilla, just snow. Superstorm Sandy, receding shorelines, and more. Hurricanes Isaac, Ivan, and Irene, with cousins Rammasun, Bopha, and Haiyan.<p>The parade of geological changes and extreme …

6 Strange Body Hacks That Are Actually Useful

Some people choose not to accept those limits.<p>Neil Harbisson was born without the ability to see color. Now, he can perceive more than 360 colors and even discern the infrared spectrum. Kevin Warwick, the U.K.-based cybernetics professor and author of "I, Cyborg," was the first person to implant a …

The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus

Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet.<p>Why worry about building a colony on Mars when instead you could float one high above the surface of Venus? Science fiction writer Charles Stross recently revived the idea of building a …

Odds Remain Against Earth Being Hit By Lethal Supernova

Science fiction authors have long had a field day with the potential catastrophic destruction brought on by the follow-on effects of a nearby star going supernova.<p>Type 1a supernovae, the ones used as cosmological distance indicators in the detection of such mysterious forces as dark energy, are the …

Scientist Offers $10,000 to Climate Change Deniers With Hard Evidence

Image: Shutterstock<p>A physics professor is offering $10,000 to the first person to present scientific evidence that proves man-made climate change …

Climate Change

How To Make A New Planet Home

Three simple steps for an intergalactic exit plan<p>The recipe for creating a habitable planet turns out to be surprisingly simple: Just add water—and atmospheric gases. Mars has both, relics from four billion years ago when the planet was warm and wet. “When it comes to Mars, and only Mars, the …

Inventions

The AI That Wasn’t: Why ‘Eugene Goostman’ Didn’t Pass the Turing Test

The Internet was ablaze Monday with the news of a computer passing the infamous Turing test—but not so fast. It really didn’t pass at all.<p>A computer …

Computer passes 'Turing Test' for the first time after convincing users it is human

A ''super computer'' has duped humans into thinking it is a 13-year-old boy, becoming the first machine to pass the ''iconic'' Turing Test, experts say<p>A ''super computer'' has duped humans into thinking it is a 13-year-old boy to become the first machine to pass the ''iconic'' Turing Test, experts …

Artificial Intelligence

SPHERE's First Image Looks Like The Eye Of Sauron

A new instrument built to view exoplanets—planets outside our solar system—has captured its first images, including this dust ring around a nearby …

Explosion From the Sun Could Deal Us a ‘Glancing Blow’

A massive formation on the sun made of super-hot magnetic plasma erupted this week in an explosive solar storm captured on video by NASA spacecraft.<p>The huge plasma tendril, known as a solar filament, erupted on Wednesday, blowing part of itself out into space in what astronomers call a coronal mass …

Astronomy