Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots

August 28, 2017

Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Googles Mustafa Suleyman suggests UN to obstruct exploit of destructive autonomous artilleries to prevent third age of war Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are announcing on the United People to restricts the proliferation and use of executioner robots. Tesla’s Elon Musk and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman are leading a group of 116 specialists from across 26 countries who are…

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This is the most dangerous time for our planet | Stephen Hawking

August 15, 2017

We cant go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the worlds great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20s is even more rarefied. And within…

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CRISPRd pigs offer hope for the human organ transplant shortage

August 11, 2017

Pig organs are the same size as human organs and function pretty much the same way, but pig to human transplantation has long been an elusive goal for researchers due to fear of activating dormant viral diseases in the pigs cells. But theres hope on the horizon, thanks to a new study out in Science today involving CRISPRd piglets. Researchers in the study used the gene-editing technology to effectively cut…

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How Far Weve Come: This Incredible Photograph From 1959 Shows What It Was Like When Magic 8 Balls Were So Big They Took Up An Entire Room

August 4, 2017

Ready for a blast from the past to completely blow your mind? While most people today take it for granted that a Magic 8 Ball fits easily in the palm of their hand, theres an older generation that remembers when that wasnt the case. Cant imagine it? Well, luckily theres photographic evidence. This incredible picture from 1959 shows what it was like when Magic 8 Balls were so big that…

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Jennifer Doudna: I have to be true to who I am as a scientist

July 3, 2017

Crispr inventor Jennifer Doudna talks about discovering the gene-editing tool, the split with her traitor and the complex ethics of genetic manipulation Crispr. The technology has the potential to eradicate previously incurable cankers, but too constitutes ethical questions about the probable unintended the effects of overwriting the human rights genome. Were you nerdy as small children? What got you hooked on discipline ? Yes, I was nerdy. My father-god was…

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Happy Asteroid Day! A conversation about peaceful, global scientific collaboration

June 30, 2017

Today is the 3rd annual Asteroid Day, and the first to be presented under the auspices of the United People, with live world-wide programmes raising awareness about asteroids Today, more than 1,000 local events in around 200 countries are being organised to celebrate Asteroid Day. Sanctioned by the United People in 2016, it is a global era of education to raise awareness about asteroids. In addition to the neighbourhood affairs,…

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Your raw emotions become mind-blowing art with live brainwaves painting

June 25, 2017

Imagine if you could turn your memories and emotions into compelling, abstract paintings. It’s basically every artist’s dream. SEE ALSO: There’s a camera that records every moment of your kid’s existence. Yay? A London-based creative technology studio, random quark, has found a way to visually represent emotions by scanning people’s brain activity to create awe-inspiring paintings. Equipping individuals with commercial EEG headsets in a room with dim lights and free…

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First response drones may soon come with defibrillators

June 15, 2017

A defibrillator-carrying drone could respond more quickly than traditional emergency response units.Image: Andreas Claesson In the perhaps not-so-distant future, drones could be first responders. That’s the conclusion from a report published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) following a simulated study involving drones carrying defibrillators in Sweden. SEE ALSO: Scientists are creating drones that fly in sync with each other Researchers for the study equipped an…

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ gets more screenings after Paris Climate Agreement fallout

June 4, 2017

In the wake of President Trump’s devastating decision on the Paris Agreement, the makers of An Inconvenient Sequel are adding extra free screenings of the film around the country on June 6. The documentary about climate change has been updated for its official July release to reflect recent developments regarding the Paris Agreement and what that means for the United States and the rest of the planet. SEE ALSO: 5…

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Space sperm produces healthy mice, raising prospect of future human settlement

May 24, 2017

Scientists say success of freeze-dried mouse sperm stored on international station could be significant for human reproduction when space age arrives Reproduction may be possible in space, Japanese researchers have said, after freeze-dried sperm stored on the International Space Station for nine months produced healthy offspring. The scientists said their findings could have significant ramifications for human settlements in space, which they consider likely. The average daily radiation dose on…

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