In 2017, Machines Might Be Able to Read Your Mind

Last week, IBM released its annual “Next 5 in 5,” highlighting the top five innovations they believe will become a reality in the next five years. Their focus in 2011 is on five key areas: Energy, security, mind reading, mobile, and analytics. Wait. Mind reading? Indeed. IBM visualizes a future in which users will be …

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A Quick Trip To Europa

NASA is considering a 7-day mission to the Jovian moon Europa, which would commence in 2020 and allow us to explore its icy surface and the potentially life-bearing ocean underneath. Scientists have designed a mission that would involve sending two landers directly to Jupiter’s moon. They would be outfitted in such a way as to …

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Smallest Black Hole Discovered By NASA

NASA has discovered the “heartbeat” of what may be the smallest black hole ever recorded. The mass of the black hole places it “near the theoretical minimum mass required for a black hole to be stable,” and it was discovered by measuring the steady “heartbeat” of x-rays emanating from the binary star system IGR J17091-3624. Black …

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Light Particles Captured On Camera

Scientists have developed a “new imaging solution” that operates at a rate of one trillion frames per second, effectively allowing them to capture the propagation of light particles. What you see in the video is a short “burst of laser light” beaming through a [Coke] bottle.

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John Titor: Will Time Travel Be Discovered At CERN?

It’s been an exciting few months in the world of physics. Between faster-than-light neutrinos and a possible glimpse of the Higgs Boson, data coming out of CERN has many wondering where the future of science will take us. And as the potentially historic conference in Geneva approaches, I can’t help but remember what the alleged …

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Does The Higgs Boson Want To Be Found?

On December 13, 2011, physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) will announce their most recent findings regarding the Higgs Boson. Often referred to as the God Particle, the Higgs Boson is “the last elementary particle still unaccounted for in the Standard Model” of physics, and is assumed to give all other particles …

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Photo: The Floe

You know, for all the time we spend researching and exploring the cosmos, we’ve barely even scratched the surface of our own planet. Two areas we haven’t fully explored? The deep ocean, and Antarctica. In the coming month, I’ll be exploring a certain hypothesis regarding our Earth, something far outside the reaches of accepted science. …

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New MMORPG The Secret World Asks, “What If All Conspiracies Were True?”

While I’ve never found online roleplaying games entirely thrilling, I can’t help but be a little intrigued by Funcom’s upcoming hybrid MMORPG The Secret World. Set in modern day, The Secret World is an online game that supposes every conspiracy theory, every urban legend, is true. Players will work with ancient secret societies such as …

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2012: A Self-Fulfilling Apocalypse?

Since the dawn of humanity, we have wondered about our origins, mused upon our purpose, and worried for our end. Countless prophecies have come and gone without incident, natural disasters and technological catastrophes have either been avoided or survived. We are still here. And yet, next year, once again we’ll face the dark cloud of …

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How Far Have We Traveled Into Space?

Right now, NASA’s nuclear-powered spacecraft Voyager 1 is careening through dense solar winds on its way into interstellar space. It could take months, if not years, but eventually (barring any unfortunate turns) Voyager 1 will become the first human spacecraft to successfully leave our solar system. Video: NASA’s Voyager 1 to Go Where No Spacecraft Has …

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