Monthly Archives: May 2017

31 May 2017

Should We Fix Earth Before Colonizing Other Planets?

To be sure, it’s not difficult to observe Earth is facing some big problems – overpopulation, epidemics, and asteroid strikes to name a few. But before we flee this planet like an action hero jumping out of an explosion, let’s think about this for a second. Sure, it’d be great to have a backup civilization somewhere in case asteroids wipe out all life on Earth. And it would be one of the most exciting things humankind has ever done. But […]

28 May 2017

Can the Mind Manipulate the Universe?

The mind- matter duality – or can the mind manipulate the universe – has been a subject scientists have pondered for years. Theoretical physicist Lucien Hardy from the Perimeter Institute in Canada, has always asked questions, gathering information, looking for paradoxical thought experiments and provoking the world of quantum mechanics. He even devised his own Hardy Paradox back in 1992 studying particle interactions. In his latest paper, Hardy now basically refers back to French philosopher Rene Descartes, wondering if the […]

25 May 2017

New Advances Help Organs Survive Deep Freeze

Early work suggests nanoparticles may help rewarm cryopreserved tissue.    If scientists are to ever perfect the science of cryopreserving organs, they will have to succeed not only at protecting them at frigid temperatures, but also at bringing them back from their deep freeze. With current warming methods, even small tissues tend to crack or crystallize as they are warmed, leaving them useless. On Wednesday, however, researchers announced they had devised a technology that could rewarm larger pieces of tissue […]

24 May 2017

Comicon 2017

Comic-Con International: San Diego, the complete comic convention experience,  returns to the San Diego Convention Center in 2017, beginning with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 19, and running Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23. 2017 marks the 48th year for the show, making it the country’s longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention.

22 May 2017

Are You Ready For Computer DNA That Grows?

Computer DNA? Scientists say it’s possible to build a new type of self-replicating computer that replaces silicon chips with processors made from DNA molecules, and it would be faster than any other form of computer ever proposed – even quantum computers. Called a non-deterministic universal Turing machine (NUTM), it’s predicted that the technology could execute all possible algorithms at once by taking advantage of DNA’s ability to replicate almost perfect copies of itself over billions of years. The basic idea […]

17 May 2017

Int’l Symposium on Astronomy

The International Symposium, co-sponsored by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the European Astrobiology Campus (EAC,http://astrobiology-campus.eu/), is designed to bring education research in astronomy in general, and in astrobiology in particular, to the professional scientific community.

17 May 2017

Is There Any Such Thing as “Pure Energy”

Energy plays a tremendous role, not only in our technology-rich daily lives, but in fundamental physics as well. The chemical energy stored in gasoline gets converted into kinetic energy that propels our vehicles, while the electrical energy from our power planets gets converted into light, heat and other forms of energy at our homes. But this energy always seems to exist as merely one property of an otherwise independently-existing system.  The simplest, most familiar form of energy of all is […]

15 May 2017

The Road to Immortality

Here’s what happens. You are lying on an operating table, fully conscious, but rendered otherwise insensible, otherwise incapable of movement. A humanoid machine appears at your side, bowing to its task with ceremonial formality. With a brisk sequence of motions, the machine removes a large panel of bone from the rear of your cranium, before carefully laying its fingers, fine and delicate as a spider’s legs, on the viscid surface of your brain. You may be experiencing some misgivings about […]

12 May 2017

Will We Really Be Living On the Moon in Ten Years?

Most people would probably say yes, it’s quite possible there will be humans residing on the moon within the next ten years, and it will be relatively inexpensive too. Much of this is down to 3D printing, robots, and SpaceX. Whatever the reason, it’s a cool concept and one that deserves exploring. Out of a workshop came nine papers that have been prepared specifically for the task of setting up an alternative environment on the moon. Although all nine papers […]

11 May 2017

The Future of Work is Gaming

Look at economic data closely and the trends aren’t pretty: People with elite backgrounds are hoovering up an increasing share of new income and wealth. Automation is obviating more and more jobs. In the years to come, we’ll need new forms of employment. Let’s crystal-ball this: Will there be a new way for the working class of the future to earn a paycheck? Sure. Playing videogames. That’s the bold prediction of Edward Castronova, an academic at Indiana University who studies […]