Futuromics, Science and Physics

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Building your own smart mirror is surprisingly easy

Take that, Snow White<p>Smart mirrors are straight from science fiction. They’re part of an optimistic vision of the future that imagines a world where screens and data are everywhere, ready to feed you whatever information you need at a moment’s notice.<p>But it turns out that building your own smart …

Raspberry Pi

$550 dock turns a smartphone into a medical lab

Smartphones can now be used as laboratory-grade medical testing devices thanks to new kit designed by the University of Illinois. The transmission-reflectance-intensity (TRI) analyzer attaches to a smartphone to examine blood, urine or saliva samples as reliably as large, expensive equipment, but …

University of Illinois

An 'absolutely phenomenal' discovery hints 4 Earth-size planets may orbit the closest sun to our own

• <b>Astronomers have detected what may be four roughly Earth-size planets orbiting Tau Ceti, the nearest sun-like star.</b>• <b><br>Two of the worlds appear to orbit within Tau Ceti's habitable zone, though a cloud of debris and asteroids may pose a threat to any life on them.</b>• <b><br>If the result is confirmed, independent</b> …

Exoplanets

Creating a Universe in the Lab? The Idea Is No Joke

Physicists aren’t often reprimanded for using risqué humor in their academic writings, but in 1991 that is exactly what happened to the cosmologist …

Physics

Goodbye to Grades? Mastery-Based Learning Is Becoming the New Standard

A new learning strategy could be the end grades as we know it. But the individualized learning could make this revolutionary way to teach better for students.<p>From New York to Vermont, and from Illinois to Idaho, a new kind of education standard is taking root. It's called mastery-based learning, …

Education

If you upload your mind to a computer, are you immortal or just a bot?

Immortality has gone secular. Unhooked from the realm of gods and angels, it’s now the subject of serious investment—both intellectual and financial—by philosophers, scientists, and the Silicon Valley set. Several hundred people have already chosen to be “cryopreserved” in preference to simply …

Singularity

Time Travel Is Possible Through the Whorfian Time Warp

It's the next best thing to a time machine.<p>The long-hypothesized time machine still eludes scientists, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to</i> …

Physics

DeLorean (Aerospace) Is Making a Flying Car That Really Won't Need Roads

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads,” Doc Brown says, before flipping down his reflective goggles and launching his nuclear-powered …

Aerospace

Lockheed Martin previews a future of tiny space telescopes

Current space telescopes are... big. You can't really avoid it given the need for giant lenses and bulky sensors. Lockheed Martin wants to fix that -- the aerospace firm has just released the first images from SPIDER (Segmented Planar Imaging Detector for Electro-Optical Reconnaissance), an optical …

Lockheed Martin

Trial to phase in hydrogen as fuel to begin in north-west

Carbon-free gas to be distributed to industrial users in Liverpool and Manchester, with plans to dilute methane for domestic use<p>Liverpool and Manchester are to be the testbed for an ambitious £600m project aiming to solve the thorny problem of how the government cuts the carbon footprint of the gas …

Energy

Google-born startup thinks it’s time for a ground-source heat pump renaissance | Ars Technica

Heating and cooling are holdouts in decarbonization and ripe for revolution.<p>Seeking to do for home heating systems what SolarCity did for solar …

Energy

Here’s Your First Look at Tesla’s Beautiful Solar Roofs

Sometimes a clean energy innovation is on par with the standard version, so choosing between the two can be tough. When it comes to Tesla’s newest …

Clean Energy

Can Artificial Intelligence Save Agriculture?

1 week ago - Joseph Byrum<p>Dramatic leaps in computing power have moved artificial intelligence (AI) from the realm of science fiction screenplays to …

Artificial Intelligence

Physicists Capture the Elusive Neutrino Smacking Into an Atom's Core

Every second of every day, trillions of tiny particles called neutrinos are raining down on your head. But unlike raindrops, hailstones, or bird …

Physics

Physicists Have Captured The First Spectral Fingerprints of Antimatter

A new chapter in antimatter research.<p>It's been about nine months since a team of CERN researchers succeeded in their goal of measuring the spectrum …

Physics

Dark energy tests prove science is right about the universe

The results are in: As best we can tell, the universe clumps and expands just how we thought it did. That confirmation comes from the first results of a five-year survey wherein researchers took dark energy into account, observing much more recent cosmic activity than previous methods allowed. The …

Space Science

Elon Musk hints at new battery breakthrough on the horizon

We rarely cover claims of “battery breakthroughs” because it’s extremely difficult to distinguish what has real potential and what is simply PR fluff.<p>No one has been harder on those claims than Elon Musk, but now Tesla’s CEO himself tentatively hints a promising upcoming battery breakthrough on the …

Batteries

Earth Overshoot Day: From this day on we're using an unsustainable amount of the Earth's resources

Today marks Earth Overshoot Day - the day by which the human race will have used more of Earth's natural resources than the planet can renew in the whole year.<p>Put simply, we use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate and this puts the Earth on an unsustainable …

Sustainability

Unanimous A.I. Uses Human Swarms to Make Scary-Accurate Predictions

Here's how the human hive mind can predict the future.<p>If ants, birds, fish, and bees can pool their collective intelligence to make decisions, why …

Paranormal

Reviewers of Tesla’s Newest Vehicle Are Unanimous: “The Model 3 Has No Competition”

A Peerless Ride<p>As the Tesla Model 3 launch was imminent, Jack Stewart of <i>Wired</i> wrote, “The arrival of Tesla’s Model 3 signals a new chapter in …

Model 3

Scientists edit disease-causing gene mutation in human embryos

<b>(CNN) —</b> Scientists are getting one step closer to snipping inherited genetic diseases out of human offspring using a gene-editing technique called CRISPR.<p>For the first time, scientists said, they corrected a gene mutation linked to inherited heart conditions in human embryos using the approach. A …

Capitalism's excesses belong in the dustbin of history. What's next is up to us

It’s time to dethrone capitalism’s single-minded directive and replace it with a more balanced logic, laying the foundations for a better, more equitable world<p>Back in February, a college sophomore called Trevor Hill stood up during a televised town hall meeting in New York and put a simple question …

Equality

Tesla's new Solar Roof is actually cheaper than a normal roof

Good news for those who have been eyeing Tesla’s new Solar Roof – the company just announced pricing for its photovoltaic tiles, and they come in at …

Clean Energy

Forget That Big Iceberg--A Smaller One in the Arctic Is More Troubling

The world saw headlines about one of the largest icebergs ever calved a few weeks ago. But a smaller one on the other end of the globe might have …

Climate Change

Meatless burger maker Impossible Foods lands $75M in fresh funding

Impossible Foods, the Bay Area startup aiming to replace meat with its now-patented plant-based substitute, plans to announce Tuesday that it has …

Startups

Why Americans Get Conned Again and Again

Their admiration for ingenuity and gumption leaves room for opportunists.<p>For decades, Donald Trump has been compared to the legendary showman P.T. Barnum. Trump himself has publicly embraced being likened to a man described by historians as “vulgar, childish, surely just a little crooked.” His …

Fraud

Genetic engineering creates an unnaturally blue flower

Blue flowers are rare in nature, and for good reason: the color is usually the result of mutations and quirks of acidity levels rather than an actual blue pigment. That makes genetically engineering a blue flower tricky, since you can't just make a straightforward tweak and expect a garden full of …

Biology

Facebook shuts AI system after bots speak their own language, defy human instructions

Days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that artificial intelligence (AI) was the biggest risk, Facebook has shut down one of its AI systems after …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists may have found a Neptune-sized alien moon

Astronomers have found an abundance of exoplanets, but no exomoons. Despite ongoing efforts, the tiny celestial bodies have just been too elusive to detect using modern technology. However, researchers might have just hit paydirt. They've used Kepler Space Telescope data to discover signs of what …

Telescopes