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One of The Biggest Evolution Experiments Ever Has Followed 68,000 Generations of Bacteria

And it's still going.<p>Scientists have spent the past 30 years carefully tracking evolution across more than 68,000 generations of <i>E. coli</i> bacteria - …

Biology

Where Gravity Is Weak and Naked Singularities Are Verboten

Recent calculations tie together two conjectures about gravity, potentially revealing new truths about its elusive quantum nature.<p>Physicists have …

Brand New Maths Could Finally Explain How Disturbances Propagate Through Space-Time

There's a disturbance in the force.<p>The Universe as we know it is made up of a continuum of space and time - a space-time fabric that's curved by …

After 20 Years, NASA Finally Finished Building The James Webb Space Telescope

Now it's ready for the final tests before launch in 2018<p>Twenty years ago, scientists began assembling a next-generation telescope that would be the successor for the Hubble. Now, NASA engineers have announced that construction of the James Webb Telescope (JWST) is finally complete. The telescope, …

Universe

I Got a $600 Brain 'Reboot' and It Changed My World

NAD+ therapy can supposedly increase your energy, focus, and metabolism, improve your cardiovascular health, and help you detox from alcohol and drugs. All this, of course, sounds incredibly unlikely—so I thought I'd see for myself.<p>This post originally appeared on VICE UK.<p>It's good to be skeptical …

Physicists Have Calculated That We're *Probably* Not The Only Advanced Civilisation Ever in The Universe

It's "astonishingly likely" humanity is not unique.<p>Trying to find an answer to the question of whether humanity is all alone in the cosmos is what …

Astronomers Measure How Fast a Supermassive Black Hole Is Spinning

Black holes may be massive, but they are also extraordinarily compact. That combination of properties makes them challenging regions to evaluate …

AI Visionary Eliezer Yudkowsky on the Singularity, Bayesian Brains and Closet Goblins

I’m perpetually astonished by smart people who believe things I find preposterous. For example, geneticist and National Institutes of Health Director …

DNA Assembly Tech is Making The World’s Smallest Data Storage

Storing information on microscopic media<p>Researchers at France's Institut Charles Sadron and Aix-Marseille Universite have built binary data into a strand of synthetic polymer, a minuscule chain of chemical information about 60,000 times thinner than a strand of hair.<p>This technology promises to take …

Nanotech

Smarter regulation for the sharing economy

Technology-based sharing platforms are touching more and more people’s lives, but policy and regulation can struggle to cope with new technologies. We need to rethink our notion of the sharing economy in order to make better regulation<p>The technology-enabled sharing economy is an increasingly …

Sharing Economy

This Futuristic Concrete Heals Itself With Built-In Bacteria

A solid idea<p>Concrete has been a go-to building material since Roman times. It’s durable, easy to make, and relatively inexpensive. There’s just one problem: It has a tendency to crack.<p>There are a lot of different reasons that concrete cracks, but in general, it gets stressed either from the load …

Engineering

Astronomers Catch Mysterious Radio Blast From the Distant Universe

Coming from far beyond the galaxy, an extremely energetic blast of radio waves has been snared by astronomers lying in wait. Lasting for just a few thousandths of a second, the burst is the first of an enigmatic class of objects to be observed in real-time, astronomers report today in the <i>Monthly</i> …

Universe

Body upgrades may be nearing reality, but only for the rich

Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari says expensive human enhancements will lead to a society more unequal than ever<p>Homo sapiens were not always so special. In the ancient past, other human forms lived beside us. The Neanderthals in Eurasia. Small, hobbit-like humans in Indonesia. The mysterious …

Radical New Quantum Theory Says Other Universes Affect Our Own

Parallel universes have long been a staple of science fiction. But according to a radical new theory of quantum mechanics published Oct. 23 in the journal Physical Review X, other universes are real--and they exist in vast numbers.<p>What's more, the scientists behind the theory say the other …

Google makes us all dumber: The neuroscience of search engines

As search engines get better, we become lazier. We’re hooked on easy answers and undervalue asking good questions<p>In 1964, Pablo Picasso was asked by an interviewer about the new electronic calculating machines, soon to become known as computers. He replied, “But they are useless. They can only give …

What’s Homomorphic Encryption And Why Did It Win A MacArthur Genius Grant?

The complicated encryption method lets users run programs without actually decrypting them. Paul Ducklin, a security researcher working for Sophos, …

Stanford Engineers create tiny radio for IoT

Stanford Engineers have created a radio the size of an ant. The tiny transmitter can send out signals that may not reach far, but have bigger …

Internet of Things

Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet into a Robotic Hivemind

Robo Brain isn’t exactly feasting on the internet. That implies a level of choice, or agency. What’s happening to Robo Brain is closer to force-feeding, as researchers from four different universities regularly cram its cloud-based computational system with data collected from the internet. So far, …

Robotics

New Quantum Theory Could Explain the Flow of Time

Coffee cools, buildings crumble, eggs break and stars fizzle out in a universe that seems destined to degrade into a state of uniform drabness known …

Radical New Theory Could Kill the Multiverse Hypothesis

Author: Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine. Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine Science<p>Date of Publication: 08.25.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. …

Here's How Supermassive Black Holes May Have Grown So Big In The Early Universe

Black holes may have grown incredibly rapidly in the newborn universe, perhaps helping explain why they appear so early in cosmic history, researchers say.<p>Black holes possess gravitational pulls so powerful that not even light can escape their clutches. They are generally believed to form after …

Brain-Inspired IBM Chip Puts Traditional Computers To Shame

Crossing a traditional computer with a biological one, the brain, is no easy task — but researchers at IBM have been hard at work doing just that. On Thursday they announced the results of 10 years of research and $53 million in DARPA funding. The company's new brain-inspired chip achieves …

Demonstration

IBM Unveils a 'Brain-Like' Chip With 4,000 Processor Cores

The human brain is the world's most sophisticated computer, capable of learning new things on the fly, using very little data. It can recognize …

Get ready for virtual reality — here's why it will soon be our norm

Unless you’ve been living in a cave this past year, you’ve probably already heard that Virtual Reality (VR) is coming at us – and fast.<p>Thanks to Facebook’s recent acquisition of VR company, Oculus Rift, for $2 billion there’s no doubt VR technology is going to change the way we work, play, and …

Are We Living In the Event Horizon Of A 4D Black Hole?

The Big Bang has a lot of problems. For one, the usual laws of physics break down in a singularity. It’s bizarre and chaotic; anything could happen. Which makes cosmologists wonder why it would evolve into something as well-ordered as the universe we see around us. As Niayesh Afshordi put it in</i> …

A Mathematical Proof That The Universe Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Cosmologists assume that natural quantum fluctuations allowed the Big Bang to happen spontaneously. Now they have a mathematical proof<p>One of the …

Facebook’s Oculus Buy Will Force A New Social Future

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Brett G. Durrett is the CEO of IMVU, the leader in 3D Social Chat, featuring the world’s largest catalog of virtual goods with over 16 million user-generated products.</i><p>Some reacted to Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR less than enthusiastically, but the announcement is one …

The Next 20 Years Are Going To Make The Last 20 Look Like We Accomplished Nothing In Tech

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, for example, believes that by 2040 artificial intelligence will be so good that humans will be fully immersed in virtual reality and that something called the Singularity, when technology becomes so advanced that it changes the human race irreversibly, will occur.<p>Kevin Kelly, …

10 New Innovations That Could Change the World

<i>New TechTank Blog Posts Are Available Here</i><p>Since 2001, the MIT Technology Review has released their list of the 10 most important technological …