Matthew Johnson

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'Extreme solar storm' could have pulled the plug on Earth

The date of 23 July 2012 could have been the day the lights went out, along with suddenly not-so-smart phones, computers, satellite transmissions, GPS navigation systems, televisions, radio broadcasts, hospital equipment, electric pumps and water supplies.<p>On that day an "extreme solar storm" did …

What if democracy is a fraud?

What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance?<p>What if democracy as it has come to exist in …

Study touted by feds says married women must 'calm down' in spousal spats

Maybe the federal government ought to stay out of marital fights, especially when its message to wives is to "calm down."<p>But that's exactly where the Department of Health and Human Services came down in a recent radio public service announcement, citing a study that says marriages are happiest when …

Yeti DNA: has the mystery really been solved?

Tales of the yeti, the "Abominable Snowman" of the Himalayas, have been recorded for centuries. Mountaineers tell of coming face-to-face with a hairy, ape-like creature that walks on two legs. There have been blurred photos and even the odd shaky home video. But no one has ever come close to …

An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it

Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks.<p>It doesn’t require health …

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Method of recording brain activity could lead to mind-reading devices, scientists say

“We’re now able to eavesdrop on the brain in real life,” said Josef Parvizi, the study’s senior author.<p>A brain region activated when people are asked …

Not just a map

What makes up a great map? That is a question I often ponder on. When I make my maps I always try to make more than just a map, I try to make a …