The Android of Your Dreams

I’m a big fan of robots. Or, you know, of dismantling them and setting them on fire. I just stumbled upon this video of Tara the Android, though. Perhaps she’ll help me better accept our robot cousins. Turn over a new leaf, that sort thing. Never mind.

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The Demon Core

A plutonium core is, simply put, the heart of an atomic bomb. During the development of the first atomic bombs at Los Alamos, Nevada in the 1940s, scientists performed experiments on these cores to assess their critical mass, or the point at which they would “go critical” and experience a nuclear chain reaction. This was …

The Megalithic Art Of Newgrange, Ireland

When we think of the landmarks of antiquity, we often visualize the Great Pyramids of Giza, or the druidic circle, Stonehenge. But like Scotland’s Callanish Stones, the prehistoric monument at Newgrange predates those cultural wonders by hundreds of years. Located in Eastern Ireland, Newgrange is actually one of many prehistoric sites, including Knowth and Dowth, …

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Zombie Bees Are Coming To Get You, Barbara!

I don’t want to freak anybody out but, uh, Zombie Bees. Apparently, honey bees in California and South Dakatoa are falling victim to a particular type of parasitizing fly, called Apocephalus borealis, which lays eggs in their bodies and causes them to wander away from their hives and, eventually, die. Now, researchers wonder if this …

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A Journey to the Center of the Milky Way

Humans once thought Earth was at the center of the universe. Oh, how wrong we were. “This zoom sequence starts with a view of the Milky Way. We zoom in towards the crowded central region, in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). By shifting to an infrared view we see through the dusty clouds in …

The “Big Rip,” Coming Soon(er) To A Universe Near You

Most physicists thought, if it happened, the “Big Rip” would occur in about 20 billion years. That’s when they predicted our constantly expanding universe would tear itself apart, driven by a mysterious force known as dark energy. But now Chinese cosmologists claim, with a “95.5% confidence level,” that we may only have about 16.7 billion years left. …