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That word "cyber" -- I do not think it means what you think it means

Today, cyber means war. But back in the 1990s, it meant sex — at least, the kind of sex you can have in a chat room. Why did the word change, and …

Language

12 Real Life Inventions That Science Fiction is Neglecting at its Peril

Inventions

How Medical Nanotech Will Change Humanity Forever

Futurists have long speculated that nanotechnology — the engineering of materials and devices at the molecular scale — will revolutionize virtually …

Nanotech

The next world war will be fought by enhanced humans

U.S. spy agency predicts a very transhuman future by 2030

Singularity

IETF proposal to Prism-proof the Internet

A new draft proposal at the Internet Engineering Task Force by Phillip Hallam-Baker sets out a work program to harden the Internet against …

Gone Home: A Brilliant Example of How Less Can Be More in Video Games

A new, small-budget game tells surprisingly moving story about coming of age, sexuality, and the '90s.<p><i>Gone Home</i> takes place in an empty house in the Pacific Northwest, dauntingly large and littered with fresh artifacts of its inhabitants’ lives. The main character is Katie Greenbriar, who’s …

Report Suggests Nearly Half of U.S. Jobs Are Vulnerable to Computerization - MIT Technology Review

Rapid advances in technology have long represented a serious potential threat to many jobs ordinarily performed by people.<p>A recent report (which is …

Worth reading: NYT on jailed 'journalist-agitator' Barrett Brown, and silence surrounding his case

"Barrett Brown makes for a pretty complicated victim," writes David Carr in his recent profile of the Dallas-based journalist "obsessed with the …

Your phone can recognize you by the way you walk

SAN FRANCISCO — Intel research executive Genevieve Bell showed that a smartphone can recognize who is holding it by the way the person walks.<p>The device uses its accelerometer and gyroscope to recognize the pattern of the way you walk, whether you are in high heels or sneakers. It recognizes your …

Tearing Away the Veils: The Communist Manifesto

<i>The following essay is the introduction to the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of the</i> Communist Manifesto<i>, published this March.</i><p>Today, in the …

The Oakland Futurist

I’m reading Nexus, by Ramez Naam. I like the book so far, except for the early chapters, which are a little creepy and repetitive. But one of the …

Microphone turns your fingertip into a speaker

A new invention from Disney Research engineers lets your body transmit sounds as electrical signals<p>Touch your finger to someone's ear, and they'll hear your recorded message whispering to them.<p>Turn your body into another kind of wonderland: A new invention from Disney Research lets you record …

Israel’s unfettered access to NSA data

Documents show U.S. special relationship with Israel includes passing information on U.S. citizens’ communications<p>The NSA's sprawling surveillance dragnet, which daily collects data on millions of U.S. citizens' online and phone communications, is troubling enough. Now it has been revealed that not …

After the meltdown: Is another mortgage bubble coming?

Executives from all of the top 25 subprime lending firms are working in the mortgage business five years later<p>Andy Pollock rode the last subprime mortgage wave to the top then got out as the industry collapsed and took the U.S. economy with it. Today, he’s back in business.<p>Pollock was president and …

Great video simulation of a person aging 60 years

I'm not sure how Anthony Cerniello made this video of Danielle aging 60 years in five minutes, but it is amazing. (Thanks, Matthew!)

Internet Pranks Are Getting Rapey-er Every Day

YouTube pranksters have long flirted with the fine line between poor taste and out-right crime (some doing a better job of it than others), but two …

This girl ages into an old woman before your eyes without you noticing

Stop what you're doing, set aside five minutes of your time and watch this from start to finish (<b>no skipping around</b>). It's stunning. Easily one of …

3DS Max

Violence Against Homeless People Is On The Rise

Violence against homeless people has been increasing recently, according to a new report.<p>Earlier this year, a survey of 250 homeless people living in …

Can The “GitHub For Science” Convince Researchers To Open-Source Their Data?

By Gabe Stein and Matt Mankins10 minute Read<p>Nathan Jenkins is a condensed matter physicist and programmer who has worked at CERN, the European …

You'll Come Out Of This Illusion Exhibit Questioning Everything

It's disorienting to walk into a room where nothing is as it seems. Your doctor might be grimacing even though your test results are fine. Or …

This Celestial Caterpillar May Not Become A Stellar Butterfly

IRAS 20324+4057 is a mouthful, and it's about 4,500 light years away, but it's also a star on the move. It's expanding to form a new star, but it's …

Why You Can’t Travel Back in Time and Kill Hitler

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Science Fiction

Does Space Go On Forever?

Infinity is one of those mind-boggling concepts that even manages to confuse some of the smartest scientists. But when it comes to the universe, is …

There's a dark side to the universe that we never see

When did we start believing in Martians? Why did we stop?

Today, we have rovers busily studying the surface of Mars, but 100 years ago, it wasn't uncommon for people to believe that intelligent Martians …

Lauren Davis

There's something weird going on with our galaxy's planetary nebulae

This weird, hourglass-shaped structure is a planetary nebula, the not entirely accurate name given to the clump of gas that forms after a dying sun …

Big History

The NSA Can Probably Break Tor's Encryption Keys

When it turned out that the Firefox JavaScript Tor vulnerability shenanigans were originating from the NSA not the FBI, it was pretty clear that the …