Today’s Kids Could Live Through Machine Superintelligence, Martian Colonies, and a Nuclear Attack
If humanity realizes the best possible future, we could quite possibly usher in an era of unprecedented human flourishing, happiness, and value. But if the great experiment of civilization fails, our species could meet the same fate as the dinosaurs.
Monster Icebergs Crowding Canada’s Coast Are Likely Harbingers of Climate Change
They’re a beautiful sight, and a looming reminder of our changing planet.
Can We Turn Our Intuition Into a Real-Life Superpower?
US military scientists are trying to identify where “gut feelings” come from in an effort to create the perfect soldiers.
This Kaleidoscopic Visualization Maps Earth’s Mysterious Magnetic Anomalies
Our planet is sculpted by hidden magnetic flourishes.
NASA Will Create the Coldest Spot in the Known Universe Onboard the ISS
This summer, NASA scientists will create the chillest zone in the known universe inside of cooler-sized payload, appropriately named the Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL). The small suite of instruments is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in August, on SpaceX CRS-12 mission, where it will leverage the station’s microgravity environment to create the coldest temperatures ever created or observed in the history of Earthling science.
The Real Threat Is Machine Incompetence, Not Intelligence
There is a real AI threat, but it’s not human-like machine intelligence gone amok. Quite the opposite: the danger is instead shitty AI. Incompetent, bumbling machines.
NASA Is Making New Robots That Can Control Themselves
NASA wants humans and robots to work together as teams. To ensure that, the space agency’s autonomous robotics group is currently developing new technology to improve how humans explore the solar system, and how robots can help.
Create a Snowstorm in a Bottle with an 18th-Century Weather Prediction Method
Swirling flakes in mixture of camphor, ethanol, and other chemicals were thought to predict coming weather.
Clouds On This Planet Could Be Made Of The Same Stuff As Rubies
Over 1,000 light-years from Earth is a monstrous gas giant of a planet—500 times more massive than our own—where clouds seem to be made from corundum, the same mineral that creates rubies and sapphires here on Earth.
The Future of Diabetes Treatment Could Come From Platypus Venom
Recent explorations by a team of Australian researchers into the contents of its venom have revealed another stunning trait of the already wonderful platypus: the critter contains an enhanced version of the hormone that regulates insulin secretion in animals’ guts, which could offer a new type of treatment for type 2 diabetes.