News Index

"Humanity must have existed in the world of Cars at some point."

The world of Cars, examined

Mon, May 8th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

I really hated Cars 2 which not only lacked the charm of the original story, but was basically nothing more than a 1.5 hour long…


"With CRISPR, what lines do we absolutely not cross?"

Would you edit your child's genome?

Sun, May 7th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this PBS IDea Channel video, host Mike Rugnetta asks what ethical issues CRISPR will raise when used on humanity and what crossing those lines…


"It's becoming clear that as some point simulations will be indistinguishable from reality."

Are we living in an ancestor simulation?

Sat, May 6th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

PBS Space Time's Matt O'Dowd sits down with Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss whether or not we are in a simulation right now. Neil deGrasse…


"If we develop these anti-aging technologies, who will have access to them?"

Questions from the war on aging

Fri, May 5th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

For Biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey, aging is an engineering problem: for him the body is a machine and, much "like any machine, it can be…


"Facebook’s public relations spin is to give the impression that such targeting is not even possible."

Facebook accused of showing targeted advertising to vulnerable teens

Thu, May 4th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

After news came out that Facebook was showing targeted advertising to vulnerable teens, the social media giant was quick to explain that this was nothing…


"The unique DNA fingerprint of fusion genes could be their own undoing."

Using CRISPR-Cas9 to target cancer

Wed, May 3rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to New Atlas, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have used CRISPR-Cas9, the genome editing system, to target a cancer's "command centre," effectively reducing…


"We’re just a scant 16 years away from reaching a goal that has eluded every generation that came before us."

We're going to Mars

Tue, May 2nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

After Elon Musk explained how "incredibly depressing" it would be if our "future doesn’t include being [...] a multi-planet species," almost as if in cue,…


Everything You Need to Know About Cyborgs

But didn't have a brain connected to the internet to be able to ask

Mon, May 1st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

As you can probably tell, I love listening to Isaac Arthur. In his latest post he covers cyborgs, explaining what they are and especially since…


"Every saint and every sinner in the history of our species lived out their lives on a spec of dust suspended in space."

Comparing sizes in the universe

Sun, April 30th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this animation, Reigarw Comparisons gives you a a tour from the smallest particle all the way to the universe itself — and still taking…


"Have you ever pondered why we itch in the first place?"

Why we itch

Sat, April 29th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In Ted ED video, educator Emma Bryce explains why we feel itches and how scratching our skin is nothing more than an attempt at fooling…


"Frozen brains could be thawed and inserted into a donor body."

Brain transplants possible in three years

Fri, April 28th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Controversial Italian doctor Sergio Canavero, who is planning on the first head transplant in under a year (which looks entirely possible), wants to "begin trials…


"It’s appealing to imagine a world where artificial wombs grow babies."

Artificial womb successful

Thu, April 27th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to The Verge, researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia used what "look like oversized ziplock bags" filled with tubes and fluid to allow…


Google's Self-Driving Cars Giving Rides to the Public

Waymo deploys 500 self-driving minivans

Wed, April 26th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to Electrek, Waymo — the self-driving company formerly known as Google — is offering rides to the public for the purpose of data collection.…


"Academics who study basic income said the pilot gives a chance to see how the idea plays in a changed economy."

Ontario to test out UBI

Tue, April 25th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a pilot program to study UBI's effectiveness by providing 4,000 randomly picked low-incomes households with about $17,000 a year, "whether…


"This created a bubble, and like housing, that bubble has now burst."

Brick and mortar stores closing at record levels

Mon, April 24th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to Zero Edge, 2017 has already broken all records with 8,640 stores closing — Bebe stores being the latest casualty. And while high rents…


"You look in the mirror and see your body and your face and you think that’s you—but that’s really just the machine you’re riding in."

Elon Musk's wizard hat explained

Sun, April 23rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In his latest post on Wait But Why, Tim Urban explains everything you need to know about Elon Musk's latest venture, Neuralink, a company that…


Where AI is Currently At

And where it is going

Sat, April 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this video, professor Christian Bauckhage explains where AI is currently at and where it is heading. AI can create new art we have never…


Robot Hotel

It's a hotel staffed by robots, not a hotel for robots

Fri, April 21st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In Japan (where else?) you can spend a night at the Henna Hotel, a strange hotel staffed by robots. In this episode of Abroad in…


Religious Loophole to Turn Lights On and Off During Shabbat


Thu, April 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

During Shabbat, Orthodox Jews cannot turn on and off lights because a lightbulb "violates the Biblical prohibition against igniting a fire." While the various religious…


"Super-detailed scans of actual human brains that run as models on computers"

Brain emulations to run government and businesses in about 100 years

Wed, April 19th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Big Think brings to attention the work of Economist Robin Hanson, who believes that in a not-too-distant future not only will robots will be commonplace…