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Could we harness power from black holes?

It might seem like an absurd idea, but physicists have long pondered whether black holes could one day be tapped for energy, says Phil Ball. But how possible is it?<p>Imagine the scene: highly advanced civilisations get enormous amounts of energy from black holes, be it extracting it from collapsed …

Physics

Why Living Cells Are The Future Of Data Processing

Biocomputers make maps, run logic gates, perform binary calculations and more.<p>Not all computers are made of silicon. By definition, a computer is anything that processes data, performs calculations, or uses so-called logic gates to turn inputs (for example, 1s and 0s in binary code) into outputs. …

Freeze-drying the dead could help save the planet

"This is going to revolutionise the cremation industry," says Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak; biologist, former chemical plant process technician, wife of …

The Future Of Shopping: Shelves That Track The Age And Gender Of Passing Customers

The ultimate in creepy-yet-inevitable marketing tech has arrived: supermarket shelves that track the age and gender of passing customers.<p>Supermarket giant Mondelez International, whose portfolio includes iconic brands like Chips Ahoy, Ritz, and Nabisco, is now testing shelves with integrated …

Space: The Real Reason We Don't Yet Live Among the Stars

The man in the photo below is Gene Cernan, the last human to walk on the moon. Cernan left the moon in December of 1972 – more than forty years ago – …

Moon Missions

Scientists 'Eavesdrop' On A Brain

Just remove some skull and add some electrodes and you've got a mind wiretap.<p>A team of researchers from Stanford say they've created a system to "eavesdrop" on the brain, allowing them to monitor a person's brain activity while that person moves around (and thinks) in a normal environment, instead …

The Brain

China's Cockroach Farms Are A Glimpse Into Our Protein Future

The environmentally friendly way to farm<p>You've heard the arguments. Insects are cheap to grow, easy on the environment, and high in protein and minerals. In contrast, livestock such as pigs and cows are expensive, produce noxious chemicals such as methane and ammonia, and take up land and grains …

The thorium-powered car: Eight grams, one million miles

Laser Power Systems from Connecticut is developing a method of propulsion that uses thorium to produce electricity to power a car engine.<p>Thorium is …

Energy

6 Questions Your Future Self Would Ask You Right Now

I used to cry myself to sleep every night. I walked around the cold city of Chicago feeling lifeless, numb and bored with life. I would obsess over my day, and feel tremendous guilt and anxiety tied to my eating disorders, drug addictions, poor choices in men, and misery about staying in a job I …

Let's play God: The scientific experiments that might save the world (or destroy it...)

Two years ago this month, in a disused Norfolk airfield, a small group of scientists were preparing to undertake one of the more controversial …

Latest space tourism trip uses balloon to take passengers 100,000 feet up

You may soon have a less expensive way to get into space. A new space tourism venture plans to bring visitors 30 km (about 100,000 feet) into the stratosphere in what is essentially a space-ready air balloon for $75,000. The capsule won't technically be in space — and that's not high enough to …

Japan says space cannon to be fired at asteroid is on track after successful test

Japanese scientists, readying to blast a crater in an asteroid to find out what it is made of, say they have successfully tested their new space …

Glow-In-The-Dark Paths Could Be The Future Of Street Lighting

Particles absorb light during the day, then emit a blue glow at night.<p>Evening visitors to Christ's Pieces park in Cambridge, England are basking in the glow of a whole new type of street light. Starpath, a new type of resurfacing material being tested within the park, absorbs ultraviolet light …

Particles

Ara is a Motorola Project to Make Phones as Customizable as Android

If you thought Motorola and its Moto X Maker helped you customize a unique smartphone, then prepare for even more. The Google-owned company has just announced Ara, a hardware platform that is entirely open to customization — essentially letting tinkerers develop their own smartphones.<p>“We want to do …

Omni, reboot: an iconic sci-fi magazine goes back to the future

In 1998, classic science fiction magazine <i>Omni</i> closed up shop. Created in 1978 by <i>Penthouse</i> mogul Bob Guccione and partner Kathy Keeton, it had published some of the biggest names in science fiction — William Gibson, Robert Heinlein, and Orson Scott Card, to name a few — and given scientists like …

20 Medical Technology Advances: Medicine in the Future - Part II. - The Medical Futurist

As I mentioned in the first part of this series, the job of The Medical Futurist is to give a good summary of the ongoing projects and detect the …

The 2080 Census: The World As We (Don't) Know It

Census data from the past is really hot. When the National Archives posted details from 72 years ago — the 1940 census — online recently, millions of Americans stampeded the website to try to learn more about their past.<p>But imagine how cool it would be if, by some twist of time, the National …

Meet the companies that are going to get rich from global warming

A warmer, wetter world won't be bad for these industries<p><i>Gates being installed by construction crews at the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne, a $1.1 billion flood protection project outside New Orleans.</i> (Credit: US Army Corps of Engineers/Flickr)<p>Climate change is already making its presence …

Fiction in 2043: Looking back from the future

In the story of Rip Van Winkle, a British-American colonial villager living on the east coast of America in the 1760s falls asleep only to wake 20 years later, having slept through the American Revolution. Perplexed and disturbed by the new world he finds, he has nonetheless been spared the …

Explaining the Hyperloop, in Basic Terms

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop transportation system may seem complicated, but it’s really quite simple.<p>Earlier today, PayPal co-founder and Tesla CEO Elon …

Incredible Technology: How to Live on Mars

<b>Editor's Note:</b> <i>In this weekly series</i><i>, SPACE.com explores how technology</i> <i>drives space exploration and discovery.</i><p>If humanity hopes to establish a lasting …

Space Exploration

Outlook for Energy

Hunky Plumbers Are Coming To Snake Your Drain In The Liquid-Plumr “House Call Sweepstakes”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7fz0jpuLkM<p>How many innuendos can Liquid-Plumr pack into one commercial? How about “Snake your drain,” “Flush your pipe,” and “‘Finish off the rest”–and that’s only the beginning. After the success of last year’s Double Impact commercial, featuring two hunky …

Plumbing

10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s

Two decades is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but owing to accelerating change we can expect to see the emergence of some fairly disruptive …

The pill that texts the doctor - from inside your body

Technology of business reporter, BBC News<p>As a species, the human race is messy.<p>We can be inconsistent, disorganised, mendacious, unpredictable and frequently bad at making the right decisions about what's really in our best interests.<p>Which means that being responsible for people in vulnerable …

Digital Health