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6 Ideas From 2015 That Will Change the World | Inc.com

Advances in science and technology move at an insane pace these days--and luckily, many of the great minds leading the charge are using their innovations for good.<p>Here are six ideas that wowed us in 2015.<p>1. Beaming the internet to the entire world.<p>Most people laugh nostalgically at the sound of a …

Space Travel

Segway plans to enter personal robotics market, swallows Ninebot, becomes first unicorn of 2016

Long the butt of endless jokes and victim of failed ambitions, Segway is not only still alive, but is now expanding.<p>The New Hampshire-based company announced today that it would launch a personal robotics business this year, in a press release that is woefully short on details.<p>The company infamous …

Robotics

There's one big difference between Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been very vocal regarding his fears surrounding evil AI. He has called for regulatory oversight to ensure "we don't do something very foolish" when it comes to AI.<p>And he's not afraid of hyperbole on the subject: "With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon," Musk …

Fascinatingly Filthy: How Bad Science Saved Lives in Victorian London

If you’re a fan of science or history, you know that many of the most important discoveries in medicine were made due to wild speculation, lazy lab …

ELON MUSK: I think we’ve got a decent shot of sending a person to Mars in 11 or 12 years

AP<p>Elon Musk has his heart set on Mars.<p>The billionaire entrepreneur seems to have his hands in every cutting edge tech field, and some of that tech is …

SpaceX is working on a 'pizza box' that should scare your internet company

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images<p>Bringing cheap, high-speed internet access to every inch of the Earth would change the world as we know it. And …

Space Travel

The Future of Car Ads Involves Taking Shots at Self-Driving Cars

There’s a little cognitive dissonance going on at Nissan.<p>A recent ad for the Infiniti Q50 begins with a shot of a man reading the newspaper in the backseat of a car. The guy gets visibly bored. As the camera pans to the front seat we see no one’s driving; in fact, both man and car are traveling …

Autonomous Cars

What will happen in 2016?

Never make predictions, especially about the future. So said Mark Twain, Yogi Berra or Niels Bohr – or possibly all three.<p>But if you must, there are really only two options: play safe and go for the obvious, or come up with forecasts so giddily optimistic that no one will take you seriously.<p>Using …

Geopolitics

UK Back Pages: Bale to Follow Benitez out of Bernabeu, Adidas Criticise Man Utd

Link to Media<p>Seven months into his return to Real Madrid, Rafa Benitez was unceremoniously shown the exit door on Monday evening. Naturally, several of Tuesday morning's back pages carry news of the Spaniard's dismissal and Zinedine Zidane's subsequent appointment:<p>The <i>Times</i>, meanwhile, claim that …

Soccer

Mark Zuckerberg’s personal challenge for 2016 is building an AI for his home

He’s learned Mandarin, read two books every month in 2015, and accomplished many of his resolutions from previous years. So what’s the next challenge for Mark Zuckerberg?<p>In a post on Facebook, the social network’s CEO wrote that 2016 is all about “invention.” In keeping with that idea, he’s …

Artificial Intelligence

Google will let you use Oculus and Cardboard VR headsets inside Chrome

We know how Facebook imagines it'll work in VR, but what about the rest of the internet? Google's Brandon Jones has announced that he's working on a way to add virtual reality support for Oculus Rift and Cardboard into Chrome. It's the second browser to champion WebVR, since the platform has been …

NASA predicts alien life will be found by 2025

DENVER – NASA’s top scientist predicts we’ll find alien life outside our planet by 2025. Tack on an additional 20-30 years and she says that life …

Glaciers of frozen water found on Mars

Scientists have discovered belts of glaciers consisting of frozen water equivalent to over 150 billion cubic metres - enough to cover the entire …

Kepler 438b is a ‘twin’ of Earth discovered this week and it’s only the beginning of human (or post-human) goals in space

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Space

Great Scott! Reverse-Causality Research Ends in a Quantum Muddle

One of the longest-running and weirdest examples of a crowdfunded scientific experiment is finally reaching the end of the road, and the results will come as a disappointment to anyone who wishes the "Back to the Future" movies could really happen: Quantum interference foils what once looked like a …

Quantum Mechanics

Big Bang theory could be debunked by Large Hadron Collider

Scientists at Cern could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely, with no Big Bang<p>The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the …

Physics

Hubble Space Telescope's Most Breathtaking Images of the Universe

In early April, publisher Taschen will be releasing a new book that collects the most breathtaking images of deep space taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. It's been 25 years since Hubble first launched into low-earth orbit and it remains operational today. It can take extremely high-resolution …

Cosmology

Sorry Einstein, 'spooky' quantum entanglement is real

Quantum mechanics is one of the best-tested theories in science, and it's one of the few where physicists get to do experiments proving that Einstein …

Quantum Physics

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Proving Einstein Wrong with 'Spooky' Quantum Experiment

Quantum mechanics is one of the best-tested theories in science, and it's one of the few where physicists get to do experiments proving that Einstein …

Quantum Physics

How To Build A Hovercraft From Styrofoam Plates

Just in time for Marty McFly's arrival in the future<p>If you believe the old Hollywood prophecies, Marty McFly will be hopping out of Doc Brown’s DeLorean on October 21st. And when he gets to the future, he’ll need a hoverboard. You can do your part to prevent a time paradox--just slap together this …

DIY

Sun Unleashes Its First X-Class Monster Flare of 2015

The sun unleashed its first super-powerful flare of the year on Wednesday, and the intense eruption was aimed directly at Earth, space weather experts say.<p>The monster X-class solar flare, the strongest category of sun storms, originated from a sunspot known as Active Region 12297 and peaked at …

Astronomy

The Philosophical Incoherence of “Too Many Worlds”

Phillip Ball has a long aggrieved essay about the Many-Worlds Interpretation, which is, as Sean Carroll notes, pretty bad. Ball declares that …

Quantum Mechanics

When parallel worlds collide ... quantum mechanics is born

Parallel universes – worlds where the dinosaur-killing asteroid never hit, or where Australia was colonised by the Portuguese – are a staple of …

Pictures of the Week 3.5.15

The Week in Review: Benefits of Coffee

Coffee drinkers received some good news this week from new research pointing to the benefits of the popular beverage. A new study from scientists in Korea found drinking between one and five cups of coffee every day is good for arteries.<p>Calcium deposits in arteries, which cause blockage, were at …

Supermassive Black Holes at the Edge of Space and Time

Astronomers have known about these objects for decades, but in the depths of cosmic time, it's hard to understand how they can grow so quickly -- or maybe not!<p>Thanks to the painstaking research conducted by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope in the 1990s, the consensus is that virtually …

Leonard Nimoy's final tweet is beautiful, and it broke my heart

My dad was — and is — a huge <i>Star Trek</i> nerd, and when I was a kid he'd excitedly show me episodes of the original series in syndication. It was a show that he watched in college, he'd say, explaining why Kirk was Kirk, Bones was Bones, and most importantly, why Leonard Nimoy's Spock was Spock. One …

Science Fiction