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Google, Facebook and Amazon race to blur lines between man and machine

Johnny Depp film Transcendence highlights battle for merging known as 'the singularity' – which is closer than we thought<p>Cinema audiences are subjected to a mind-boggling fusion of the human consciousness with computing power in Johnny Depp blockbuster Transcendence, but the sinister-seeming world …

Researchers Discover How to Design Non-Living, Living Material

There's an entirely new direction for materials coming to life—specifically, a hybrid that combines the best of non-living matter with living matter. …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Singularity

Why robot sex could be the future of life on earth

If self-replicating machines are the next stage of human evolution, should we start worrying?<p>When René Descartes went to work as tutor of young Queen Christina of Sweden, his formidable student allegedly asked him what could be said of the human body. Descartes answered that it could be regarded as …

Singularity

Can Andrea Rossi's Infinite-Energy Black Box Power The World--Or Just Scam It?

Rossi--a lone Italian inventor with no real credentials and a history as a convicted scam artist--has convinced a small army of researchers that his box can harness a new type of nuclear reaction. What if they're right?<p>On January 14, 2011, a 61-year-old Italian inventor named Andrea Rossi staged a …

Astronomers Wonder at Sight Never Seen Before—The Web That Holds Galaxies Together (Photo)

A stunning light shone from a quasar like a galactic flashlight, illuminating a wondrous sight never before observed—the filaments that bind galaxies …

Universe

McLaren's ultrasonic force field to replace windshield wipers

Windshield wipers are life-savers, but can also drive one to distraction with their incessant streaking and chattering. Well, the tyranny of the …

High-speed Rail

Meta Unveils Meta Pro, Its $3,000 AR Glasses Now Available For Pre-Order

Augmented reality startup Meta has spent the past few years making prototypes of wearable devices featuring see-through optics and a wide variety of sensor arrays. Now it’s starting production on its first generation of units for developers and taking pre-orders for a consumer-facing version of its …

Environment: News & features

Environment

Dark Matter May Have Already Been Found, Researchers Say

The mysterious dark matter that makes up most of the matter in the universe may already have been detected with superconducting circuits, researchers say.<p>Dark matter is currently one of the greatest mysteries in the cosmos — an invisible substance thought to make up five-sixths of all matter in the …

'Invisible' Bike Helmets Are A Real Thing Now

If so, then two Swedish industrial design students have solved your problem and have created an "invisible helmet" for cyclists.<p>Bike helmets are a very important safety feature, especially for those who cycle around a busy city where both drivers and pedestrians can be a problem. But there is no …

A Modern Update Of The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid

A Mexican architect has revamped the form of ancient Egypt and modern Vegas, angling in on a livable pyramid home.<p>In the pantheon of architectural forms, few carry the sense of timelessness and grandeur of the pyramid, forever associated with the great ones of Egypt. But the most colossal …

PICTURES: Amazon Is Building A Wild New 'Biosphere' In Downtown Seattle

Facebook's campus is a Disneyland-inspired recreation of downtown Palo Alto. Apple is working on a building that looks like a spaceship.<p>Amazon's new three interlocking dome buildings are part of a new 3.3 million square-foot new campus that will stretch across three city blocks in Seattle. The …

The 20 Most Amazing PCs Ever Made

The personal computer has been a popular household tool for several decades. I’ve been building my own for nearly as long, but aside from being powerful devices for all-manner of tasks, the ability to customize a PC to your personal needs is something that fascinates millions of people the world …

Faster-Than-Light Drive

Instead of using rockets or thrusters, a craft equipped with warp drive would move by distorting space.<p>The warp drive proposed by Miguel Alcubierre would achieve faster-than-light speeds by distorting space-time. The device would generate a field of negative energy that would squeeze or stretch …

Don’t panic! These cyborg roaches are trained for emergencies

Remote-control roach?<p>Hundreds of cyborg insects carrying radio transmitters like backpacks may one day scurry in to help emergency responders survey damaged or contaminated buildings after an earthquake, chemical spill or nuclear reactor accident.<p>The cyborg bugs could give responders "a quick …

Insects

New shape-shifting metals discovered

<b>A new shape-changing metal crystal is reported in the journal Nature, by scientists at University of Minnesota.</b><p>It is the prototype of a new family of smart materials that could be used in applications ranging from space vehicles to electronics to jet engines.<p>Called a "martensite", the crystal has …

Nanotech

The Plans to Use Nuclear Weapons to Blow Up Incoming Asteroids

For real.<p>When planetary scientist H. Jay Melosh attended a meeting between nuclear weapons designers from the United States and the former Soviet Union in May 1995, he was surprised by how eagerly the ex-Cold Warriors sought to work together against an unlikely but dangerous extraterrestrial …

Craig Venter Will Teleport Your DNA

In 2007 J. Craig Venter and his team sequenced an entire human genome—Venter's own—making scientific history. Three years later his team became the first to successfully create "synthetic life," and won a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Leadership Award. In his newest book, Life at the Speed of …

A plan to turn every lightbulb into an ultra-fast alternative to Wi-Fi

Current wireless networks have a problem: The more popular they become, the slower they are. Researchers at Fudan University in Shanghai have just become the latest to demonstrate a technology that transmits data as light instead of radio waves, which gets around the congestion issue and could be …

Wi-Fi

Real-life 'Iron Man' suit commissioned by US military

The technology in <i>Iron Man</i> is getting a step closer to reality thanks to the United States military. The Army has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, which would provide the wearer with superhuman abilities like night vision, enhanced strength, and protection from gunfire.<p>Each suit …

The world's fastest running robot is off the leash

A relative of Boston Dynamics' Cheetah robot, which last year managed to outpace the world's fastest man Usain Bolt on a treadmill, is now able to run outdoors untethered. Named the WildCat, the outdoor runner is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and is being …

Which neurons fire when this image tricks your brain?

Scientists have pinpointed the brain region responsible for “illusory contours”—when you perceive imaginary shapes and surfaces against a fragmented …

Neuroscience

Horizon System Provides a Revolutinary New Way to Travel

The Horizon System is a revolutionary new concept that aims to relieve the headache that comes from air travel. Created by several design students at the University of Glasgow, the Horizon has six pod-like trains that attach to the underside of the craft. The Skylink trains carry passengers from …

Trains

Need 70 days off your feet? NASA pays volunteers $18K to lie in bed

Bed rest study aims to simulate possible bone and muscle atrophy astronauts might experience during long space missions. Hopefully NASA will provide participants with lots of DVDs.<p>If you just can't get out of bed, NASA might have a mission for you.<p>A NASA study is recruiting volunteers to to lie in …

Space Exploration

Time Travel Is Possible But Only To The Future, English Physicist Says

We may be able to book our ticket to the future someday -- it'll just be a one-way trip.<p>In a presentation at the British Science Festival, particle physicist Brian Cox said that time travel is possible but only in one direction.<p>"The central question is, can you build a time machine? The answer is …