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Why You Shouldn’t Fear Artificial Intelligence

Written by on January 24, 2015 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Why You Shouldn’t Fear Artificial Intelligence

Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have warned us of the dangers of Artificial Intelligence, but is AI really going to be the downfall of humanity?

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Could Curry Banish Bad Memories? Turmeric Prevents Fear Being Stored In the Brain, Scientists Claim

Written by on January 20, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Could Curry Banish Bad Memories? Turmeric Prevents Fear Being Stored In the Brain, Scientists Claim

Scientists found that curcumin, a compound found in the root of the Indian spice, prevented new fear memories being stored in the brain. It also removed pre-existing fear memories, researchers found. Scientists hope findings will contribute to the development of treatments for psychological conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

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BIG Discovery ~ Speed of Light Not So Constant After All

Written by on January 18, 2015 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
BIG Discovery ~ Speed of Light Not So Constant After All

Light doesn’t always travel at the speed of light. A new experiment reveals that focusing or manipulating the structure of light pulses reduces their speed, even in vacuum conditions. A paper reporting the research, posted online at arXiv.org and accepted for publication, describes hard experimental evidence that the speed of light, one of the most important constants in physics, should be thought of as a limit rather than an invariable rate for light zipping through a vacuum.

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New Glasses Transform The Way Colorblind People See The World

Written by on January 15, 2015 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
New Glasses Transform The Way Colorblind People See The World

An estimated 32 million Americans experience some degree of colorblindness, according to the Wall Street Journal. New eyewear, which range from $325 to $450 and address red-green colorblindness — the most common form — have the potential to help four in five people with the condition by making everyday, outdoor tasks easier.

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Have We Found Alien Life? Microbes That Eat and Breathe Electricity Have Forced Scientists To Reimagine How Life Works—On This Planet And Others

Written by on January 13, 2015 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Have We Found Alien Life? Microbes That Eat and Breathe Electricity Have Forced Scientists To Reimagine How Life Works—On This Planet And Others

From the mightiest blue whale to the most humble microbe, every organism depends on moving and manipulating electrons; it’s the fuel that living matter uses to survive, grow, and reproduce. The bacteria at USC depend on energy, too, but they obtain it in a fundamentally different fashion. They don’t breathe in the sense that you and I do. In the most extreme cases, they don’t consume any conventional food, either. Instead, they power themselves in the most elemental way: by eating and breathing electricity.

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Scientists Say They’ll Soon Extend Life ‘Well Beyond 120’

Written by on January 11, 2015 in Sci-Tech, Science with 1 Comment
Scientists Say They’ll Soon Extend Life ‘Well Beyond 120’

Fixing the ‘problem’ of aging is the mission of Silicon Valley, where billions are pouring into biotech firms working to ‘hack the code’ of life – despite concerns about the social implications

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From Pygmies To Hipsters, Scientists Find Music Really Is Universal

Written by on January 8, 2015 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
From Pygmies To Hipsters, Scientists Find Music Really Is Universal

Whether enjoyed by a hipster in a dive bar in downtown Montreal or at a Pygmy ceremony in the depths of the Congolese rainforest new research has found that music can emotionally affect different groups in precisely the same way.

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Neuroscientists Peel Back the Veil of Human Imagination

Written by on January 1, 2015 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Neuroscientists Peel Back the Veil of Human Imagination

neurological imagining may soon be able to tell us whether someone is actively in the process of recalling memories rather than constructing a new narrative.

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Top 10 Science Breakthroughs of 2014: Rosetta, DNA Breakthrough, Ancient Cave Art, Minibots, Brain Implants, and More

Written by on January 1, 2015 in Archaeology, Earth & Space, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Top 10 Science Breakthroughs of 2014: Rosetta, DNA Breakthrough, Ancient Cave Art, Minibots, Brain Implants, and More

When looking back at 2014’s biggest moments, don’t forget to take a look at the biggest innovations in science. From monumental gains in space exploration to DNA and ancient dinosaurs, intrepid intellectuals made great discoveries. RT’s Lindsay France has more.

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These Infrastructure Advances in the Rest-of-the-World Will Blow Your Mind

These Infrastructure Advances in the Rest-of-the-World Will Blow Your Mind

While we’re “debating” torture, access to basic health care and the veracity of climate change, the rest-of-the-world is simply advancing transformational infrastructure like you would not believe. In Switzerland, the world’s longest rail tunnel — straight through the Alps — is about to open. Italy now boasts Europe’s fastest high-speed train — capable of speeds up to 400 km/h (249 mph) — that will cut travel times between Rome and Milan — about the distance between Washington, D.C. and Providence — to two hours and some change. Meanwhile, Amtrak still has no concrete plan — and no government support — to bring true high-speed rail to our most densely-populated, north-south corridor. Our “high-speed” Acela train runs slower than most “regional” trains in Europe and Asia.

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Pew, Pew, Pew! NASA Space Lasers to Map Earth’s Forests in 3D

Written by on December 28, 2014 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Pew, Pew, Pew! NASA Space Lasers to Map Earth’s Forests in 3D

A new laser instrument developed for the International Space Station is expected to generate incredible 3D maps of Earth’s forests. The instrument called Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) uses lidar, a special kind of laser technology, to create detailed 3D maps and measure the biomass of forests.

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Mind Over Matter: Imagining Exercise Produces Stronger Body and Mind

Written by on December 25, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Mind Over Matter: Imagining Exercise Produces Stronger Body and Mind

New research suggests muscles respond to simple thoughts of exercise; simply imagining exercise can trick the muscles into delaying atrophy and even getting stronger. It’s further proof that brain and body, which evolved together, are more intwined than separate.

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First Scientific Report Shows Police Body-Worn-Cameras Can Prevent Unacceptable Use-Of-Force

Written by on December 25, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
First Scientific Report Shows Police Body-Worn-Cameras Can Prevent Unacceptable Use-Of-Force

As President Obama pledges investment in body-worn-camera technology for police officers, researchers say cameras induce ‘self-awareness’ that can prevent unacceptable uses-of-force seen to have tragic consequences in the US over the past year—from New York to Ferguson—but warn that cameras have implications for prosecution and data storage.

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Scientists Discover How Red Wine ‘Miracle Ingredient’ Resveratrol Helps Us Stay Young

Written by on December 23, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 3 Comments
Scientists Discover How Red Wine ‘Miracle Ingredient’ Resveratrol Helps Us Stay Young

A substance found in red wine may protect the body against age-related diseases by stimulating an ancient evolutionary defence mechanism that guards human cells against genetic damage, scientists said.

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Invisibility Cloaks: “We’re Closing In… It’s Well Within the Laws of Physics” – Michio Kaku

Written by on December 21, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Invisibility Cloaks: “We’re Closing In… It’s Well Within the Laws of Physics” – Michio Kaku

“We don’t have the Harry Potter invisibility cloak yet. However, we’re closing in and we now realize that it’s well within the laws of physics.”

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