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“Super-intelligence is a serious danger for humanity, possibly even more dangerous than nuclear weapons.”

Hacking democracy

Sun, February 26th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

With artificial intelligence taking more and more roles in society, crunching all those Big Data numbers we produce, this lengthy Scientific American essay raises its…


"When it comes to growing intestines, the first inch is the hardest."

Lab grown guts

Sat, February 25th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Intestines now join kidneys, brain matter "and a few other kinds of tissue" that can be grown in a lab. While there is no mention…


"Would we be forced, one day, to give machines rights?"

If robots become self-aware, do they deserve rights?

Fri, February 24th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

If artificial intelligence reaches a point where machines become self-aware, do they deserve rights? In their usual nutshell style, Kurzgesagt takes us down a food-for-thought…


Documentary on Toronto's Subway at the End of the Service Day

The Last Train

Thu, February 23rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this short documentary, Matt Knarr interviews travellers taking the very last train of the day before the vomit comet service takes over. A documentary…


“It will be very disruptive and very quick.”

The robots are coming to take your job, very very soon

Wed, February 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

American businessman Marc Cuban warned that "automation is going to cause unemployment and we need to be ready for that," after pointing out that the…


“The cost of carbon fibre could drop, dramatically and be seen in far more applications.”

Australians figure out how to mass produce carbon fibre

Tue, February 21st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to techAU, CSIRO and Deakin University may have found a way to mass produce carbon fibre, a material known for being both light and…


“Mark Zuckerberg's manifesto [...] is a scary, dystopian document.”

Facebook wants to run like a country, except you have no idea how it works

Mon, February 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

On Bloomberg, Leonid Bershidsky calls Mark Zuckerberg's manifesto a "scary, dystopian document" designed for a place that causes anxiety, addiction, stress, and the need to…


“We could set up a small lunar base for $10 billion or less, and we could do it by 2022.”

And that's five years from now

Sun, February 19th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this slightly dated article on Popular Science, Sarah Fecht believes that in just a few years humans could potentially set up a fully-functional and…


"It's the equivalent of being able to see a grapefruit on the surface of the Moon."

The Event Horizon Telescope

Sat, February 18th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Using the Event Horizon Telescope, researchers are hoping to take a picture of Sagittarius A*, a huge black hole at the centre of our galaxy.…


Leningrad's “Kolschik”

Truly bizarre

Fri, February 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Directed by Ilya Naishuller, this bizarre music video for Russian band Leningrad shows disaster striking a circus... in reverse. It's pretty graphic.


“We’re only producing the product that the consumer wants — muscle.”

Breakthroughs in lab-grown meat

Thu, February 16th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Futurism brings to attention a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports in which researchers highlight two significant breakthroughs in lab-grown meat: the ability to…


“A new material that is capable of turning different types of energy into electricity.”

Perovskite crystal can convert heat, light, and movement into electricity

Wed, February 15th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Researchers from the University of Oulu in Finland have discovered a type of perovskite crystal called KBNNO that can convert heat, light and movement into…


"Renewable are no longer ‘alternative.’ Rather, fossil fuels are increasingly ‘legacy.’"

Renewables will seriously disrupt traditional energy companies

Tue, February 14th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

On Medium, David M. Bank has an essay on the growth of clean energy, noting that even legacy energy companies are aware of the transition.…


"It could help usher in a new cycle-centric transport paradigm across the country.”

China builds world's longest elevated bike path

Mon, February 13th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Web Urbanist reports that China has built the world's longest elevated bike path in the sub-provincial city of Xiamen. The bicycle path, which is well…


"Robots with legs can go a lot of places that wheels cannot.”

Self-driving delivery truck pulls up, two-legged robot jumps out with your package

Sun, February 12th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Popular Mechanics brings to attention this video from the Oregon State University, where a bunch of really young and incredibly smart kids have put together…


"Smart glasses with liquid lenses that can automatically adjust their focus.”

Always puts into focus what you are looking at

Sat, February 11th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The Smithsonian brings to attention the work being done by the University of Utah on prototype "smart glasses" that, by using liquid lenses, are capable…


"90% of British civil service workers have jobs so pointless, they could easily be replaced by robots."

Automation in government and banks, and higher insurance rates for the self driving car

Fri, February 10th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Monetary Watch reports that Bank of America is testing out peopleless banks, putting teleconferencing in its place, effectively reducing the number of people needed to…


Man Has Been Looking for the Loch Ness Monster for 25 Years

The Loch Ness Watchman

Thu, February 9th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

As part of its Human Condition series, Great Big Story looks at Steve Feltham, a man who has been searching for the Loch Ness monster…


One-Time Injection Could Reduce Cholesterol Levels Forever

Gene editing for better living

Wed, February 8th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to New Scientist, recent tests on mice has demonstrated that by injecting a CRISPR Cas 9 protein and a guiding RNA sequence, they were…


Detroit is Disappearing

GooBing Detroit

Tue, February 7th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Downright fascinating and overly disturbing, the GooBing Detroit website collects online images showing the rapid deterioration of Detroit's neighbourhoods: from pristine houses and manicured lawns…