Futuromics, Science and Physics

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A Bizarre Physics Law Is Making Superfluid Helium Behave Like an Actual Black Hole

"It points to a deeper understanding of reality."<p>Of all the laws of physics, this is arguably one of the strangest - scientists have discovered that …

Physics

Could We Protect Mars-Bound Astronauts With A Magnetic Bubble?

Could a synthetic magnetic bubble, like a mini-magnetosphere, protect a crewed mission to Mars from cosmic radiation, and would the energy cost be prohibitively high?<p>As much as some folks are keen on sending people to Mars as soon as possible, it’s become obvious that protecting any astronauts from …

Space

The Singularity: US Navy calls on gamers to help it plan for the rise of the machines

'Technology has advanced to the point that we can see the Singularity on the horizon,' Dr. Eric Gulovsen said.<p>The US Navy is calling on gamers to …

Singularity

Trump’s Budget Would Break American Science, Today and Tomorrow

You can go ahead and assume President Trump’s proposed federal budget will never be the <i>actual</i> federal budget. Members of Congress from every …

Science

Scientists Create a New Form of Matter That Breaks Laws of Physics

A new kind of matter – dubbed a “time crystal” – has been created by two teams of scientists in a feat once considered theoretically …

Quantum Mechanics

The Big Bang – or the Big Bounce? By Sean Carroll

The physicist explains new theories around the origin of the universe

Cosmology

Nanowire retinal implant could restore sight with better resolution

Advances in bionic eyes over the past few decades have given blind and visually impaired people new hope of restoring some of their vision. Now …

Cyborgs

SpaceX is pushing hard to bring the internet to space

For months, SpaceX has been quietly meeting with the FCC to advocate for one of its least-known projects. According to recent disclosures, the company met with FCC officials twice in recent weeks: first with a wireless advisor on February 28th and again on March 10th with Chairman Pai himself. The …

SpaceX

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

Igor Mordatch is working to build machines that can carry on a conversation. That’s something so many people are working on. In Silicon Valley, …

Machine Learning

Cure For HIV, AIDS Found? Scientists Discover 'Holy Grail' Biomarker Capable Of Eliminating Virus Reservoirs

A medical research breakthrough at the Institut de Génétique Humaine in France may have brought the international scientific community one step …

Medicine

Let the 10th Doctor Teach You Einstein's General Relativity in 3 Minutes

Who better to explain space-time?<p>On 14 March 2017, the world celebrated what would have been Albert Einstein's 138th birthday. But while all of us …

Physics

Ray Kurzweil predicts computers will be as smart as humans in 12 years

12 years.<p>That’s how long Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil thinks it will take for computers to reach human levels of intelligence.<p><b>Singularity Is Coming</b><p>“By 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence,” Kurzweil said in an interview at the SXSW Conference with Shira Lazar and Amy …

Singularity

‘Airpocalypse’ smog events in China linked to melting ice cap, research reveals

Stagnant weather caused by fast-melting Arctic ice helped create conditions for China’s recent extreme air pollution events, scientists say<p>Climate change played a major role in the extreme air pollution events suffered recently by China and is likely to make such “airpocalypses” more common, new …

Climate Change

Canada Is Finally Getting Its Own Spaceport

The proposed launch facility would be the first place Canada could launch rockets into orbit on their own soil.<p>Currently, when Canada wants to launch rockets, they have to ship them all the way down to a spaceport in Virginia first. But by the end of the year, Canada should have a much simpler …

Canada

NASA's Adorable Origami Bot Could Explore the Caves of Mars and Beyond

Small and possibly crucial to the future of space exploration.<p>At some point, some humans somewhere will take off on a voyage for Mars. Sooner rather than later, a space agency (probably NASA) will investigate the icy worlds of Europa and Enceladus for life. To help with these investigations, NASA …

Space Exploration

These Dusty Clouds Create a House of Mirrors in Outer Space

If you peer off into the cosmic region where the nebula vdB 31 lies, you might think you’ve entered a carnival fun house. vdb 31 is located about 470 …

Astronomy

Bringing Energy Efficiency into the 21st Century

<i>In April 2016, RMI hosted its third annual eLab Accelerator. Described as a boot camp for electricity innovation, the four-day intensive work session</i> …

Renewable Energy

Tasmanian Sea Glows In The Dark In Worrying Climate Change Warning

Good for Instagram, bad for the planet 🌏<p>A recent flurry of Instagram posts has confirmed that bright blue, glow-in-the-dark oceans have appeared on the northwest Tasmanian coastline for the first time.<p>The water along the shoreline near Preservation Bay and Rocky Cape, has in recent days become …

Climate Change

This Sci-Fi Airship Future Might Not Be Far Off

Hailing an Uber or a self-driving car won’t be possible if all the roads are underwater, but author Kim Stanley Robinson thinks there will still be …

Science Fiction

The AstroRad Radiation Shield: The New Protective Vest for Deep Space Travel

Exposure to radiation has always been a concern for those traveling in deep space. However, with thanks to a new type of vest called AstroRad, those …

What if Quantum Computers Used Hard Drives Made of DNA?

You’ve heard the hype: The quantum computer revolution is <i>coming</i>. Physicists say these devices will be fast enough to break every encryption method …

Quantum Mechanics

SpaceX wins its second Air Force launch contract, beating out the United Launch Alliance

SpaceX has beat out the United Launch Alliance to win its second launch contract from the US Air Force. The contract, valued at $96.5 million, entails launching the Air Force’s third GPS III satellite sometime in 2019.<p>It’s the second time that SpaceX has won a launch contract from the military, but …

SpaceX

Mysterious ‘rogue planet’ is spotted floating through space near solar system

Don’t panic, but scientists say that a strange ‘rogue planet’ wandering through space near our solar system may be even more mysterious than we …

Astronomy

Cambridge scientists use light and plants to make cheap, clean hydrogen

Everyone from startups to car companies as big as Toyota have seen the potential of hydrogen as a clean fuel source for vehicles, since its only …

Chemistry

Zero 2 Infinity Conducts First Flight Test of Bloostar Balloon-Assisted Launcher

WASHINGTON — Spanish high-altitude balloon specialist Zero 2 Infinity completed its first test flight of Bloostar, a balloon-assisted small-satellite …

Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2029

Kurzweil’s Predictions<p>Ray Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering, is a well-known futurist with a high-hitting track record for accurate …

Artificial Intelligence

What are the chances of life on another planet?

In an infinite universe, most scientists agree, the odds of life existing on a planet besides Earth are pretty high. It is unlikely, however, that …

Astronomy

The Crazy Plan to Restore a Woman's Fertility—and Defy the Limits of Nature

Over the course of seven years, Sezenia Tzeni endured seven rounds of in vitro fertilization. Typically, women undergo only three or four IVF …

Fertility

Google's DeepMind AI learns like a human to overcome 'catastrophic forgetting'

Forgetfulness is a major flaw in artificial intelligence, but researchers have just had a breakthrough in getting 'thinking' computer systems to remember.<p>Taking inspiration from neuroscience-based theories, Google’s DeepMind researchers have developed an AI that learns like a human.<p>Deep neural …

Artificial Intelligence