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Encounters With the God Particle: The Higgs boson, the pope, and the curious interaction between organized religion and big science...
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Salon From Ike to “The Matrix”: Welcome to the American dystopia Salon American society has been sliding toward the realm of dystopian science fiction — toward a nightmarish mishmash of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and Philip K.
Is it possible for this model of a hover bike to work with a full mass human? Of course, you would need more batteries in that case.
The flying bike is a mostly real thing. Mostly in that it actually flies – but not with a real person. Here is the developer’s site (Duratec) and a good review from Mashable where they add that the whole thing weighs 209 pounds. The claim is that the bike can not yet support the full mass of a real human and the demonstration only ran for 5 minutes.
You probably know what comes next, right? Now I will make an estimate of the battery size for this thing to actually work. And by “actually work”, I mean that it should be able to carry a normal adult for at least 30 minutes. I mean, who would want a flying bike that only runs for 5 minutes?
Terrafugia has designed the world's first practical flying car - it'll drive itself and have a flying range of 500 miles
Neuroscientist Henry Markram says he can build a supercomputer replica of the human brain. Now he has $1.3 billion to prove it.
Computers could take some tough choices out of our hands, if we let them. Is there still a place for human judgement?
Pads inside the helmet vibrate in the direction of nearby objects; walls; and big, burning things.
Each week Joshua Fruhlinger contributes This is the Modem World, a column dedicated to exploring the culture of consumer technology. I have many
What does de-extinction mean for biology and the environment?
These are stimulating times for anyone interested in questions of animal consciousness.
200 years ago, the Luddites tried to stop technological progress. They didn’t succeed.
Today, January 8, is Hawking’s birthday, yet on this day it’s worth examining just who and what we are really celebrating: the man, the mind, or … the machines?
In the debate of what intelligence truly means, columnist Marcelo Cicconet looks at the current state of artificial intelligence.
With billions of mouths to feed, we can't go on producing food in the traditional way. Scientists are coming up with novel ways to cater for future generations. In-vitro burger, anyone?
In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, writer Annalee Newitz talks about her book Scatter, Adapt, and Remember and why humans might evolve into aliens.
Rex, as he's called, has been put together by an expert team for a forthcoming Channel 4 documentary 'How to Build a Bionic Man' - in an effort to show just ...
Empathy research is thriving these days. Several new books enthusiastically champion an increase in empathy as a cure for humanity’s ills. This enthusiasm may be misplaced, however.
Have you loved R2-D2 and C-3PO since you were a kid? Do you have a soft spot in your in your heart for WALL-E? Did you used to play with Furbies and care for a Tamagotchi digital pet?
From the Darmouth Conferences to Turing's test, prophecies about AI have rarely hit the mark. But there are ways to tell the good from the bad when it comes to futurology
Researchers at the Mind Research Network in New Mexico--a non-profit, partially government-funded neuroscience facility--have discovered a way to predict
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The gravest danger of offloading work is not a machine uprising but a human downgrading.
BOOM times are back in Silicon Valley. Office parks along Highway 101 are once again adorned with the insignia of hopeful start-ups. Rents are soaring, as is the...
How our modular brains lead us to deny and distort evidence
Alex Renton imagines what two families – one rich, the other hard-up – might be eating in the future