Humanity In The Age Of AI
"We are either kings or pawns of men," said Napoleon Bonaparte. In his famous quote, he describes possibly the biggest challenge facing humanity as we move into a world driven by ever smarter, more manipulative technology. As technology advances, we are quickly becoming slaves to it, unaware of our intentional manipulation.
NASA'S 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails
The consequences of using the wrong exit out of a shopping center are minimal, but when it’s a firefighter trying to make her way out of a burning building, the stakes for tracking her precise location and orientation are high. A system is being developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) with funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to track first responders accurately and in real time in spaces—such as buildings made of steel and concrete—where GPS and other technologies fail. The primary goal of the new system—Precision Outdoor and Indoor Navigation and Tracking for Emergency Responders, or POINTER—is to save the lives of those whose job it is to save lives.
The Beauty of Mathematics
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The Ocean Could Contain A Near Limitless Supply Of Nuclear Fuel
Scientists believe they’ve found a viable way to extract uranium from the oceans, opening up a source of energy that could supply today’s nuclear power stations for 6,000 years. Researchers from Stanford University have developed a technique that, they believe, will give us the option to extract nuclear fuel from seawater. There is an enormous quantity of uranium in the oceans, around 4.5 billion tonnes, in the form of uranyl ions with a positive charge.
10 Myths You Shouldn't Believe About Psychopaths and Sociopaths
Dealing with a psychopath or sociopaths? We live with and among them. But there's a lot of misinformation out there. Here are some common myths, debunked.
Fifty-five years after first orbit, Glenn still inspires
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — John Glenn is continuing to inspire 55 years after becoming the first American to orbit Earth.
Facial-recognition software may help save Earth’s most endangered mammals
Lemurs are considered the world's most endangered mammal, but a team of researchers have devised a system called LemurFaceID, which uses facial-recognition software to spot lemurs in their natural habitat.
Mysterious Tully Monster was a weird creature but not a fish
The "Tully Monster" was probably not a vertebrate, scientists have said, contradicting the conclusions of two other high-profile studies published last year. The Tully Monster is an iconic 300 million year-old, soft-bodied fossil from the Mazon Creek fossil beds in the USA. It was first discovered by amateur palaeontologist Francis Tully in 1958, but many other specimens have been found since then.
Human Hibernation Could Halt Cancer, Making It Easier To Fight
A leading scientist has suggested that placing humans into a state of hibernation could be a powerful new tool for fighting cancer, in particular terminal cancers. Professor Marco Durante, from the Trento Institute in Italy, has suggested that if humans could be successfully placed into a hibernation state then it would stop the cancer in its tracks. In addition it would also make radiotherapy far more effective as inactive tissue responds better to this form of treatment.
Study: Struggling college students get a hand to graduate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting through college isn't easy, and it can be even harder for low-income and first generation students with few support resources. A new tool involving big data can help those at risk.