DARPA’s Pet-Proto Robot Learns To Navigate

“In this video, the Pet-Proto, a predecessor to DARPA’s Atlas robot, is confronted with obstacles similar to those robots might face in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). To maneuver over and around the obstacles, the robot exercises capabilities including autonomous decision-making, dismounted mobility and dexterity.” DARPA: Keeping you terrified of the future since 1958.

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Olaf Jansen And The Smokey God

Book Review: Olaf Jansen And The Smoky God

The Smoky God, written by Willis George Emerson and published in 1908, is a retelling of the strange adventures of Olaf Jansen. Allegedly based on a true account and papers shared by Jansen on his death bed, the book recounts, in swift detail, his voyage into Earth’s “inner world” through an opening at the North …

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New Study Suggests Humans Can “Sense The Future”

I’m not the biggest believer in the paranormal. I think most esoteric topics are interesting — time travel and witchcraft seem to be my current favorites — but I also think they usually have a rational, scientific explanation. That doesn’t mean weird things don’t happen. Take the “sixth sense,” for example. I have no doubt …

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Roswell Aliens?

Ends Of The World: First Contact

In Carl Sagan’s novel Contact, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) gets exactly what they’ve been, well, searching for: a communication from an alien civilization. In fact, they receive a series of communications. One is a repeating signal in the “universal language” of mathematics, the first 261 prime numbers. Another is a retransmitted broadcast of Adolf …

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The Large Hadron Collider As It Prepares To Eat Earth

Woman Tries (And Fails) To Shut Down Large Hadron Collider

A German woman has failed to successfully shut down CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), after taking her case to court and claiming that the particle accelerator would generate a black hole, swallowing Earth into oblivion. Her claim went before a German court on Tuesday, where it was rejected citing “no evidence to doubt the correctness of …

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Eisriesenwelt Cave Entrance

The Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves Of Austria

Located in Werfen, Austria, the Eisriesenwelt, or the “World of the Ice Giants,” is the largest ice cave on the planet. Officially discovered by scientist Anton Posselt in 1879, the Eisriesenwelt is a winding labyrinth of limestone and ice roughly 42 km (26 miles) long. Its first kilometer is filled with frozen stalactites and wondrous, …

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Ancient Geoglyph Discovered In Russia May Predate Peru’s Nazca Lines

An ancient geoglyph that likely predates the mysterious Nazca Lines of Peru has been discovered in Russia, near Lake Zyuratkul on the southern slopes of the Zyuratkul Mountains. It was found using satellite images, and even appears on Google Earth. You can check it out yourself at the following coordinates: 54.9425°N 59.1922°E. The strange monument …

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The Cosmic Computer

Scientists Search For Evidence That We Live Within A Computer Simulation

I’ve written about Nick Bostrom’s simulation hypothesis, and individuals such as Frank Tipler, who believe post-humans will create a universal simulation that will, in essence, grant us virtual immortality. You can read about both ideas in the article Simulated Reality At The End Of The Universe. We’ve even looked at the research of superstring theorist …

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Dimensions: A Line, A Loop, A Tangle Of Threads

“If you could revisit your childhood…which moment would you choose?” Here’s the teaser trailer for Dimensions, a new time-bending science fiction film about a young scientist who, after meeting an old professor and learning his strange theories on time travel, dedicates his life to the pursuit of making those theories a reality. I don’t know …

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A Shredded Galaxy

UK Scientists Hope To “Mimic” Black Holes In Lab

Before the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN finally began operation, there was a small movement to shut the project down, out of fear that scientists would inadvertently create a black hole that would swallow the entire planet. This obviously didn’t happen, and probably won’t. Now, however, perhaps we should cast our gaze over to …

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