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14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change The World

<i>Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and accompanying infographics. We are reproducing the summary for emerging digital and communications technologies.</i><p>We have included predictions …

Newfound 'Hypervelocity' Star May Hold Clues About Milky Way's Dark Matter

The discovery of a super-fast star streaking away from the Milky Way may give astronomers a new glimpse at some of our home galaxy's most mysterious details, from its enormous central black hole to the invisible "halo" of dark matter at its far outer reaches.<p>The so-called "hypervelocity" star is …

Mysterious 'Magnetar' Likely Had a Star Companion (Video, Photos)

A single "runaway" star in a distant star cluster could explain how a massive supernova avoided collapsing into a black hole, leaving behind a …

Astronomers find odd gas giant exoplanet traveling far from its star

The planet is about 2,000 times the Earth-sun distance from its star, a record among exoplanets. That means it takes about 80,000 Earth years for the …

A Creationist Schism Is Tearing Apart A Christian College

The evolution-creationism debate has returned to Dayton, Tennessee—the site of the Scopes Monkey Trial. Except this time, the venue is not a …

Christopher Columbus's Flagship, The Santa Maria, Has Been Found

In what's being heralded as one of the most significant underwater discoveries in history, the wreck of Christopher Columbus's flagship, the <i>Santa</i> …

Are Religious Beliefs Going To Screw Up First Contact?

Are humans really prepared to meet an extraterrestrial civilization in this century? A new study suggests we're psychologically ill-prepared for this …

We've Finally Found Our Sun's Long-Lost Sister

For the first time ever, astronomers have identified a star that emerged from the same cloud of dust and gas as our own. Intriguingly, there's a …

How Iran Became One of the World's Most Futuristic Countries

When we think about futurism, often we imagine cutting-edge technologies like bionic arms or weather machines for colonizing Mars. But if we really …

The 10 Biggest Misconceptions About the First World War

This year marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, a conflict that still rouses considerable debate and controversy. It's also a war …

Unexplained Intergalactic Radio Bursts Confirmed At Arecibo

Back in 2011 and 2012, astronomers working at an Australian observatory picked up a series of fleeting but powerful radio signals. These signals have …

Universe

What's The Purpose Of The Universe? Here's One Possible Answer

It's tempting to think of the universe as a meaningless repository for celestial objects like planets and stars. But an intriguing theory suggests …

Scientists Detect A Particle That Could Be A New Form Of Matter

Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider have spotted a long sought-after exotic particle that's the strongest evidence yet for a new form of …

Physics

The Future Of War's So Bright, You Gotta Wear Shades

Dmitriy Rabochiy is a character artist currently doing some work with Blur. Over the last few years, he's mainly done stuff for games, mobile and …

Art

We've Found A Hidden Ocean On Enceladus That May Harbor Life

It's turning out that the outer reaches of the solar system may be more hospitable to life than we ever imagined. Gravity measurements made by …

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new …

There’s Actually A Giant Ocean Below Earth’s Crust, Journey To The Center Of The Earth Is Legit

What mysteries lie beneath the Earth’s surface? Some theories are awesome (<i>Journey</i> <i>to the Center of the Earth</i>); some are terrifyingly awesome (<i>Pacific</i> …

Scientists just created some of the most powerful muscles in existence

In a surprising breakthrough for the world of materials science, researchers have created some of the most powerful artificial muscles we've ever …

Nanotech

Stephen Hawking says there are no black holes

At least, not as we've defined them. In a new paper, Hawking says that one of the defining features of black holes — the complete inability of even …

Blood money: PulseWallet lets you pay with your veins

“Spread your fingers.”<p>“Capturing...”<p>“Remove your hand.”<p>Just like that, a machine called PulseWallet scanned the veins in my right hand and charged my credit card.<p>PulseWallet, or palm scanners like it, might soon call your local Starbucks home and provide one more way to pay for your Pumpkin Spice …

The truth about technology’s greatest myth

Many optimists believe that technology can transform society, whether it’s the internet or the latest phone. But as Tom Chatfield argues in his final column for BBC Future, the truth about our relationship with technology is far more interesting.<p>Lecturing in late 1968, the American sociologist …

These stars are so fast they can escape the Milky Way

Astronomers have discovered a surprising new class of solitary stars moving fast enough to escape the gravitational grasp of the Milky Way …

Universe

Augmented-reality contact lenses to be human-ready at CES

Anyone who has ever dreamed up a sci-fi future in which neon interfaces float in front of us and information exists not on screens, but projected onto our eyes, is likely watching the blossoming wearable technology market with great anticipation. With its iOptik system, wearables startup Innovega …

Augmented Reality

I am ready to subscribe to a gaming PC

From Steam Machines to whatever the hell Xi3 is trying to sell, it's an interesting time in the hardware business.<p>The idea of what a gaming PC can and should be is in question, and Razer's latest innovation may change how you'll pay for your system. Are we ready to subscribe to a gaming PC?<p>You will …

CES2014: ORIGIN PC Announces Amazing Customizable PC Case

ORIGIN PC is known for their awesome high-performance PCs. Today, ORIGIN PC has announced two amazing new case designs that will serve as the …

A Cybernetic Implant That Repairs Brain Damage

There may be an answer for people suffering from traumatic brain injuries. It's a device called a brain-machine-brain interface — and it has the …

The Brain

Scientists develop an 'elixir' that reverses a known cause of aging

To date, we know of only two things that can reverse the effects of aging: caloric restriction and extensive exercise. But in a recent experiment, …

Half-Cow, Half-Machine Artificial Heart Implanted in First Human

This week, French surgeons implanted a Carmat artificial heart in a human patient for the very first time. The device, which combines mechanical …

Prosthetic Hand With Sense of Touch Picks Stems From Cherries

Igor Spetic lost his hand on the job three years ago to an industrial hammer. But like Luke Skywalker, Spetic’s testing a new bionic hand. And though …

8 Ramen Recipes For The Starving Startup Entrepreneur

I’ve interviewed a lot of startup entrepreneurs and all of them have tales of frugality. Whether they’re living on couches or blow-up mattresses, buying only the cheapest and most vile bottom-shelf booze, or pilfering prophylactics from the bowl in the corner of the local dive bar—young founders of …