Tag Archives: Bizarre Science

Why NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Flew Old, Slow Computers Into Orbit

It’s funny to think that your smartphone might be faster than a new spaceship, but that’s what one report is saying about the Orion spacecraft. The computers are less-than-cutting-edge, the processors are 12 years old, and the speed at which it “thinks” is … slow, at least compared to a typical laptop today. But according […]

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Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection, scientists reveal

Scientist leading ‘de-extinction’ effort says Harvard team could create hybrid mammoth-elephant embryo in two years. The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic engineering. Speaking ahead of the American […]

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Meet ‘Dark DNA’ – The Hidden Genes That May Change How We Think About Evolution

DNA sequencing technology is helping scientists unravel questions that humans have been asking about animals for centuries. By mapping out animal genomes, we now have a better idea of how the giraffe got its huge neck and why snakes are so long. Genome sequencing allows us to compare and contrast the DNA of different animals and work out […]

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US military reveals $65m funding for ‘Matrix’ projects to plug human brains directly into a computer

System could be used to give soldiers ‘supersenses’ and boost brainpower Will also allow radical new treatments for patients with sensory disorders  Four teams will focus on vision and two on aspects of hearing and speech The US military has revealed $65 of funding for a programme to develop a ‘brain chip’ allowing humans to […]

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STARSHOT: INSIDE THE LUDICROUS PLAN TO SEND A SPACECRAFT TO OUR NEIGHBOR STAR

As a species, we have made magnificent strides in robotic space exploration in the past decade. From exploring Pluto close-up for the first time to discovering our solar system is rife with underground liquid oceans, we now understand our little neighborhood of planets and moons better than ever before. It’s time to start talking about how we are […]

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The Mysterious Origin of Our Galaxy’s Gold

After long believing that exploding stars forged the coveted metal, researchers are now divided over which extraordinary cosmic event is truly responsible. Across history and folklore, the question of where Earth’s gold came from—and maybe how to get more of it—has invited fantastical explanation. The Inca believed gold fell from the sky as either the […]

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Researchers Reveal The Multi-Dimensional Universe Of The Brain

The human brain is a convoluted labyrinth of passages in constant flux – routes are being created, strengthened, and deconstructed on a daily basis. On top of this, there are billions of neurons communicating with each other all day, every day via these ever-changing passages. At their junctions, there are synapses – about 1 quadrillion of them. If […]

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Google Develops AI That Can Predict The Future

We’ve already learned today that Google is helping to make nuclear fusion a reality, but now there’s more news from the company – they’re teaching artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the future. To clarify, we’re not talking about Minority Report here. Instead, Google’s Deepmind division – which conducts AI research – is giving its AI algorithms […]

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Elon Musk Warns That AI Could Be A Threat To Human Civilization

Another month, another person warning us about artificial intelligence (AI). This time it’s everyone’s favorite human and definitely not a robot, Elon Musk. He was speaking at the US National Governors Association summer meeting in Providence Rhode Island on Saturday. “I have exposure to the very cutting edge AI, and I think people should be […]

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