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  • Elon Musk: Artificial intelligence is ‘summoning the demon’

    Elon Musk just got biblical on the topic of artificial intelligence. In fact, he called it “our biggest existential threat”. This from a man working hard to make it possible for you to take a snooze behind the wheel during … Continue reading

  • Easter Island people sailed to the Americas long before the Europeans

    The ancient Polynesian people who lived on Easter Island, who were known as Rapa Nui, were believed to be isolated because of their location. The island is in the middle of the Pacific and 1,100 miles from its closest neighboring … Continue reading

  • Divers Try To Unlock Ancient Shipwreck Mystery

    Divers have discovered cargo from an ancient Greek shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy. The divers and archaeologists descended 410ft (125m) in a submarine into dark Mediterranean waters and found a pile of amphorae – large … Continue reading

  • Nobel Prize: How LEDs change the world

    Three scientists took home the Nobel Prize for physics Tuesday for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources,” according to the Nobel committee. Previously, the lights were limited to red and … Continue reading

  • Texas proposes textbooks that deny manmade climate change

    Texas has proposed re-writing school text books to incorporate passages denying the existence of climate change and promoting the discredited views of an ultra-conservative think tank. The proposed text books – which come up for public hearing at the Texas … Continue reading

  • Egyptian chronology and the Bible

    Egyptian chronology can be a challenging subject for biblical creationists. That’s because the secular, majority view about these chronologies extends further back than an objective reading of the biblical chronogenealogies allows for creation: a little over 6,000 years ago. These … Continue reading

  • Southwestern US Likely to Face ‘Megadrought’ this Century

    According to a study by researchers of Cornell University, University of Arizona and U. S. Geological Survey, the southwestern region is likely to experience a “megadrought” in future. The detailed findings were published in the Journal of Climate. The study … Continue reading

  • Humans would rather take orders from robots, scientists say

    According to a report from MIT, new research from the prestigious university’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) proposes that letting robots have control over human tasks in manufacturing is not just more efficient, but in fact preferred by … Continue reading

  • How Darwin Destroyed The Wolf Of Wall Street

    Michael Lewis made some noise, that much for sure. The March 31, 2014, publication of his high-frequency trading expose, Flash Boys, continues to reverberate. Questions abound. Is, as Lewis maintains, the market rigged? The New York AG thinks so, so … Continue reading

  • 2 Steps Closer to Landing on Mars

    Long-time readers of this Geekend column know I’m psyched about the idea of putting a person on Mars. I think it should be one of humanity’s top goals, not only because of the stunning achievement, but also because the attempt … Continue reading

  • Decline of monarch butterflies linked to modern agriculture

    The massive migration of monarch butterflies is amazing—the insects go from grazing on milkweed plants as caterpillars in the midwest to spending winters in Mexico. But Monarch populations have been on the decline for some time, with a variety of … Continue reading

  • Trending: Debating creation/evolution online

    The topic of creationism and evolution has long caused heated debates, and the conversation has found a new, more involved, battleground – social media. More than 170,000 people have shared a recent video which claims to “destroy” the case for … Continue reading

  • IBM’s Watson: Designed to Learn Like a Human

    by Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D. * On March 5, 2014, the IBM supercomputer “Watson” became a pioneer virtual chef, inadvertently showcasing the remarkably superior hardware and software found between our ears. This intelligent machine, named after IBM founder Thomas … Continue reading

  • Gecko-Footed Robot Fit For Outer Space

    By: Brian Thomas, M.S. Abigaille the robot can climb up smooth walls, but she leaves behind no residue, much like living geckos. Engineers at Simon Fraser University copied gecko design when they developed the robot’s tiny treads to navigate tight … Continue reading

  • Snail trail

    by David Catchpoole, Australia Creeping forward on a layer of goo, their tell-tale slimy pathway trailing behind them—the way snails move has long puzzled biologists. How is it that snails (and slugs) motor along on slime—the thicker the goo, the faster … Continue reading

  • 3-D Printing Is a Simplified Form of Biomimetics

    By David Coppedge One of the hottest industrial revolutions in progress is 3-D printing.  It can’t hold a candle, though, to biological materials construction. In a story on PhysOrg, Chad Henry of CSIRO proudly holds two large insect models he made with a … Continue reading

  • Raymond Damadian: b. 1936

    By David Coppedge On a given Sunday morning, in a small Bible Baptist church on Long Island, New York, sitting alongside his wife, you might find a quiet, unpretentious white-haired gentleman who changed the world.  Other than by his distinguished … Continue reading

  • Aerospace Engineer professes creation

    Robert Carter chats with Dr Dewey Hodges Dr Dewey Hodges has been a professor of aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta since 1986. A native of Tennessee, he received his M.S. (1970) and Ph.D. (1973) degrees in aerospace … Continue reading

  • DVD makers copy mantis shrimp eye design

    by Jonathan Sarfati We have already reported on the amazing mantis shrimp,1 highlighting its powerful punch due to a catapult mechanism—it can accelerate up to 10,600 g (humans pass out at 10g). Its superb colour vision system includes 12 primary colour receptors—four … Continue reading

  • Toddler Beats Artificial Intelligence Computers

    By David Coppedge Artificial intelligence, despite decades of work, still cannot match some of the mental capabilities of a 3-year-old.  Computers have no common sense. “To create a robot with common sense, mimic a toddler,” says a story on New Scientist.  … Continue reading

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