Do You Have A Magnetic Compass In Your Head?

Do You Have A Magnetic Compass In Your Head?Do human beings have a magnetic sense? Biologists know other animals do. They think it helps creatures including bees, turtles and birds navigate through the world.

How Driverless Cars Will Free Up Time For Work And Rest

How Driverless Cars Will Free Up Time For Work And RestOne of the most attractive things about driverless cars is their potential to free up the time spent driving from A to B. People travelling by driverless cars will be able to spend their time by working or reading, instead of focused on the road, driving.

Is It Ethical To Genetically Engineer People?

Is It Ethical To Genetically Engineer People?
Bioethicist Matthew Liao is open to genetic engineering in theory, but he says he was rather horrified to learn that twin girls had been born in China after a researcher genetically modified their embryos to resist HIV infection.

How Did Reading And Writing Evolve?

How Reading And Writing Evolved?
The part of the brain that processes visual information, the visual cortex, evolved over the course of millions of years in a world where reading and writing didn’t exist.

Rare Genetic Changes Are Linked To Autism And Other Psychiatric Disorders

Rare Genetic Changes Are Linked To Autism And Other Psychiatric Disorders
In most of the trillion cells that make up our bodies, 23 pairs of chromosomes store the vital strands of DNA needed to make our bodies grow and function properly. But if the amount of genetic material within our cells is a bit too much or too little, then this can potentially interfere with normal development.

Momo Challenge Shows How Even Experts Are Falling For Digital Hoaxes

Momo Challenge Shows How Even Experts Are Falling For Digital Hoaxes“An evil suicide game” was how one newspaper described the “Momo challenge”, a so-called game that supposedly involved children receiving a series of threatening and increasingly dangerous instructions from an anonymous contact on their smartphone.

Why Your Face Looks The Way It Does

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Is your face long? Wide? Big nose? Small ears? High forehead? It’s our faces that characterise how the world sees us, and how we recognise our close friends and family

Why Have We Become So Bamboozled By Numbers?

Why Have We Become So Bamboozled By Numbers?
Official figures are produced to serve particular ends. Their names are mere labels, with no connection to infallible underlying stable properties. Most of the time, the statistics that politicians and the media quote do not reveal scientific facts.

How Genes And Evolution Shape Gender Identity

How Genes And Evolution Shape Gender Identity

Mismatch between biological sex and gender identity, culminating in its severest form as gender dysphoria, has been ascribed to mental disease, family dysfunction and childhood trauma.

Why We’re Not As Stupid As We Have Been Led To Believe

Why We’re Not As Stupid As We Have Been Led To BelieveSuppose you toss a coin and get four heads in a row – what do you think will come up on the fifth toss? Many of us have a gut feeling that a tails is due. This feeling is called the Gambler’s Fallacy.

What Makes Smartphones Smart?

What Makes Smartphones Smart?Has there ever been an invention so integral to our lives, and so intimate, as the smartphone? Yet they are slippery things.

The Next Blockbuster Medicine Could Be Lurking Inside An Insect

The Next Blockbuster Medicine Could Be Lurking Inside An InsectFor thousands of years humans turned to nature to cure and soothe their ills. Modern science built on these ancient foundations and the “natural product discovery” programmes established by pharmaceutical companies provided us with medicines that could treat cancer, infections and more.

Communicating With Insects As Intelligent Fellow Beings

Communicating With Insects As Intelligent Fellow BeingsWhen we consider interspecies communication we usually think in terms of human-creature exchanges or interactions in which some kind of relationship has been established. But it is not uncommon for us to experience an interaction with members of the plant kingdom...

Why GPS Apps Make You Worse At Navigating

Why GPS Apps Make You Worse At NavigatingMany of us have had the experience of arriving in an unfamiliar city and needing to get to a specific destination – whether it’s checking in at a hotel, meeting a friend at a local brewery, or navigating to a meeting on time.

Are We Ready For Genetically Designed Babies?

Are We Ready For Genetically Designed Babies?The media is buzzing with the surprise news that a Chinese researcher, Jainkui He, has created the world’s first genome-edited twins.

5 Ways To Help Robots Work Together With People

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For most people today, robots and smart systems are servants that work in the background, vacuuming carpets or turning lights on and off. Or they’re machines that have taken over repetitive human jobs from assembly-line workers and bank tellers.

Psychic Science: The Link Between Science And Spirituality

Psychic Science: The Link Between Science And Spirituality
We connect to people around us in mysterious ways but science has proven that the heart is the biggest source of electromagnetic energy in the human body. They found there is an electromagnetic (energetic communication) between people.

How Humans Are Still Evolving?

How Humans Are Still Evolving?

The deepest dive recorded by the free-diving Bajau Laut people of Southeast Asia was to an impressive 79 metres, and the longest time spent underwater by them was just over three minutes.

What Is Augmented Reality, Anyway?

What Is Augmented Reality, Anyway?

Augmented reality systems show virtual objects in the real world – like cat ears and whiskers on a Snapchat selfie, or how well a particular chair might fit in a room.

Soon We'll Be On The Edge Instead Of The Cloud When It Comes To Smart Tech

Soon We'll Be On The Edge Instead Of The Cloud When It Comes To Smart Tech

Time travel to the UK in 2025: Harry is a teenager with a smartphone and Pauline is a senior citizen with Alzheimer’s who relies on smart glasses for independent living. Harry is frustrated his favorite online game is slow, and Pauline is anxious since her healthcare app is unresponsive.

New Findings Add Twist To Screen Time Limit Debate

New Findings Add Twist To Screen Time Limit Debate
Many parents want to know how much time their kids should be spending in front of screens, whether it’s their smartphones, tablets or TV. For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics had suggested a limit of two hours a day of TV for children and teens.

This Is What Really Happens When You Go Under The Knife

This Is What Really Happens When You Go Under The Knife
For those readers, who’ve ever had an operation – whether it was planned or an emergency – things in the real world probably felt very different to those familiar TV drama medical emergency scenes.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Make You Smarter

How Artificial Intelligence Will Make You Smarter

The future won’t be made by either humans or machines alone – but by both, working together. Technologies modeled on how human brains work are already augmenting people’s abilities, and will only get more influential as society gets used to these increasingly capable machines.

The Movie 2001 A Space Odyssey Still Offers Insight About The Future

The Movie 2001 A Space Odyssey Still Offers Insight About The Future
Watching a 50th anniversary screening of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” I found myself, a mathematician and computer scientist whose research includes work related to artificial intelligence, comparing the story’s vision of the future with the world today.

Diamonds Are More Than Just A Sparkling Gem

They’re made of carbon – but there’s something almost supernatural about diamonds. Just the word diamond invokes luxury, desirability and toughness. Yet when we think of the element carbon we are more likely to think of charcoal; soft, black, opaque, earthy, light-weight.

How Playing Sound Through The Skin Improves Hearing In Noisy Places

How Playing Sound Through The Skin Improves Hearing In Noisy Places

Hundreds of thousands of people with severe hearing loss depend on surgically implanted electronic devices to recover some of their hearing. These devices, known as auditory or cochlear implants, aren’t perfect. In particular, implant users find it difficult to understand speech when there is background noise. We have a new approach to solve this problem that involves playing sound through the skin.

Vital For Life, Heat And Power – What You Never Knew About Salt Water

Vital For Life, Heat And Power – What You Never Knew About Salt WaterYour tongue is a salt detector – it dissolves the solid salt crystals sprinkled on your chips to create an intense flavour sensation. But salt is way more important than just being a food additive. Salt water is literally the most common substance on the surface of Earth, and it’s really important – for life and for the planet.

What Are Deepfake Videos And Detecting Them In The Blink Of An Eye

What Are Deepfake Videos And Detecting Them Blink Of An Eye

A new form of misinformation is poised to spread through online communities as the 2018 midterm election campaigns heat up. Called “deepfakes” after the pseudonymous online account that popularized the technique – which may have chosen its name because the process uses a technical method called “deep learning” – these fake videos look very realistic.

What Teenagers Need To Know About Cybersecurity

What Teenagers Need To Know About Cybersecurity
Now that school is back in session, many high schoolers have new phones, new computers and new privileges for using their devices – and new responsibilities too. High schoolers today are more technology-savvy than average adults. While many people think that young people use their devices primarily for video games and social networking, the reality today is that high schoolers use technology for learning as much as for entertainment.

New Solar Cells You Can Print Out, Then Stick Them On Your Roof

New Solar Cells You Can Print Out, Then Stick Them On Your Roof
Australia’s first commercial installation of printed solar cells, made using specialised semiconducting inks and printed using a conventional reel-to-reel printer, has been installed on a factory roof in Newcastle. The 200 square meter array was installed in just one day by a team of five people. No other energy solution is as lightweight, as quick to manufacture, or as easy to install on this scale.

How We Are Designing A Solar Tarp To Generate Power From The Sun

How We Are Designing A Solar Tarp To Generate Power From The SunThe energy-generating potential of solar panels – and a key limitation on their use – is a result of what they’re made of. Panels made of silicon are declining in price such that in some locations they can provide electricity that costs about the same as power from fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. But silicon solar panels are also bulky, rigid and brittle, so they can’t be used just anywhere.

Can Science Answer All The Big Questions?

Can Science Answer All The Big Questions?
Science is like Michelangelo. The young Michelangelo demonstrated his skill as a sculptor by carving the ravishing Pietà in the Vatican; the mature Michelangelo, having acquired and demonstrated his skill, broke free of the conventions and created his extraordinary later quasi-abstractions. Science has trod a similar path.

Does Your PC Need An Update To Fight The Foreshadow Vulnerability?

Does Your PC Might Need An Update To Fight The Foreshadow Vulnerability?A newly discovered processor vulnerability could potentially put secure information at risk in any Intel-based PC manufactured since 2008. It could affect users who rely on a digital lockbox feature known as Intel Software Guard Extensions, or SGX, as well as those who use common cloud-based services.

How Ancient Cultures Explained Comets And Meteors

How Ancient Cultures Explained Comets And Meteors

Comets and meteors have fascinated the human race since they were first spotted in the night sky. But without science and space exploration to aid understanding of what these chunks of rock and ice are, ancient cultures often turned to myth and legend to explain them.

Did Orwell Know We Would Be Willing To Buy The Screens That Are Used Against Us

 

Did Orwell Know We Would Be Willing To Buy The Screens That Are Used Against Us
Sales of George Orwell’s utopian novel 1984 (1949) have spiked twice recently, both times in response to political events. In early 2017, the idea of ‘alternative facts’ called to mind Winston Smith, the book’s protagonist and, as a clerk in the Ministry of Truth, a professional alternator of facts.

Why Does Our Phone Battery Die So Fast?

Why Does Our Phone Battery Die So Fast?
Why do batteries die? And, why can they only be recharged so many times before they won’t hold a useful amount of charge? This same question has probably crossed the mind of every cellphone user trying to send one last text before the screen blinks off.

Why The AI Revolution Will Be Led By Toasters

Why The AI Revolution Will Be Led By Toasters
Will the intelligent algorithms of the future look like general-purpose robots, as adept at idle banter and reading maps as they are handy in the kitchen? Or will our digital assistants look more like a grab-bag of specialized gadgets...

Why Technology Puts Human Rights At Risk

Why Technology Puts Human Rights At Risk
Movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and Terminator brought rogue robots and computer systems to our cinema screens. But these days, such classic science fiction spectacles don’t seem so far removed from reality.

What Is The Summer Solstice?

What Is The Summer Solstice?

The summer solstice marks the official start of summer. It brings the longest day and shortest night of the year for the 88 percent of Earth’s people who live in the Northern Hemisphere.

Why We Are Not Prepared For The Genetic Revolution That's Coming

Why We Are Not Prepared For The Genetic Revolution That's Coming
When humans’ genetic information (known as the genome) was mapped in 2003, it promised to change the world. Optimists anticipated an era in which all genetic diseases would be eradicated. Pessimists feared widespread genetic discrimination. Neither of these hopes and fears have been realised.

I'm Crazy, You're Crazy, Each In Different Ways

I'm Crazy, You're Crazy, They're Crazy, All In Different Ways
Paramhansa Yogananda said: We are all of us a little bit crazy, but most of us don't know it because we mix only with people with the same type of craziness as our own. It is only when differently crazy people come together that they get a chance to find out the errors in their own types of craziness!

Smart Windows Could Combine Solar Panels And TVs Too

Smart Windows Could Combine Solar Panels And TVs Too
Imagine standing in front of a wall of windows, surveying the view. “Here is the video I wanted to show you.” At the press of a button, the view vanishes and the windows transform into a high-definition TV screen.

The Thinking Error At The Root Of Science Denial

The Thinking Error At The Root Of Science Denial
Currently, there are three important issues on which there is scientific consensus but controversy among laypeople: climate change, biological evolution and childhood vaccination.

The Hidden Data In Your Fingerprints

The Hidden Data In Your Fingerprints
Fingerprints have provided key evidence in countless cases of serious crime. But there are still some situations in which it can be difficult or impossible to recover fingerprints and this can cause a headache for forensic investigators.

Why Wind Energy Is Growing So Fast

Why Wind Energy Is Growing So Fast
The wind industry is growing quickly around the world, especially in China and the U.S., where the total amount of electricity generated by wind turbines nearly doubled between 2011 and 2017.

Robotic Automation: Three Urban Prototypes For Future Living

Robotic Automation: Three Urban Prototypes For Future Living
Before I started working on real-world robots, I wrote about their fictional and historical ancestors. This isn’t so far removed from what I do now. In factories, labs, and of course science fiction, imaginary robots keep fuelling our imagination about artificial humans and autonomous machines.

How To Resist Technology, Appalachian Style

How To Resist Technology, Appalachian Style
Appalachian attitudes about technology’s role in daily life are extremely sophisticated – and turn out to be both insightful and useful in a technology-centric society.

Living in a World of Technology and Less Personal Contact?

Living in a World of Technology and Less Personal Contact
Life’s intelligence, received through our inner guidance, is habitually interrupted or camouflaged by the mind’s chatter. A reflection of this same process is occurring worldwide, where we find ourselves in the midst of a highly magnified “technology takeover.” The universal use of technology, much like our addiction to thinking, has resulted in a constant current of information interrupting the “flow” of our life.

Why Selfies Make Your Nose Look Bigger

Why Selfies Make Your Nose Look BiggerResearchers have created a mathematical model that shows how selfies and other photos taken at close range can distort the appearance of the subject’s nose.

Tesla's Smart Virtual Power Plant Works With Real People Power

Tesla's Smart Virtual Power Plant Uses Real People Power
The South Australian government and Tesla recently announced a large-scale solar and storage scheme that will distribute solar panels and batteries free of charge to 50,000 households.

To Beat The 'Throwaway' Waste Crisis, We Must Design Loveable Objects – That Last

To Beat The 'Throwaway' Waste Crisis, We Must Design Loveable Objects – That Last
We live in a world drowning in objects: households with a television in each room; kitchen cupboards stuffed with waffle makers, blenders and cappuccino whisks; drawers filled to bursting with pocket-sized devices powered by batteries – batteries which themselves take a thousand times more energy to make than they will ever provide.

Don't Automate The Fun Out Of Life

Don't Automate The Fun Out Of Life
Imagine you are about to go on vacation. You have been looking forward to it for some time. But your robotic personal assistant has other ideas.

How To Avoid A Sucker Bet – With A Little Help From Math

How To Avoid A Sucker Bet – With A Little Help From Math

Sitting in a bar, you start chatting to a man who issues you a challenge. He hands you five red and two black cards. After shuffling, you lay them on the bar, face down. He bets you that you cannot turn over three red cards. And to help you, he explains the odds.

The Y Chromosome Is Disappearing – So What Will Happen To Men?

The Y Chromosome Is Disappearing – So What Will Happen To Men?
The Y chromosome may be a symbol of masculinity, but it is becoming increasingly clear that it is anything but strong and enduring. On the question of whether the Y chromosome will actually disappear, the scientific community, like the UK at the moment, is currently divided into the “leavers” and the “remainers”.

How Your Brain Blinks When You Change Focus

How Your Brain Blinks When You Change FocusWhen you shift your attention from one thing to another, your brain “blinks” between focusing on the two things, researchers report.

How to Free Yourself from the The Dark Shadows of Fear and Chaos

How to Free Yourself from the The Dark Shadows of Fear and Chaos
Usually, a lack of proper spiritual education and moral guidance in a society is a powerful factor that allows the dark shadows easy entrance into clouded human hearts. Many people, from all professions, are so cynical that they have given up the dream of a perfect society. These people have no true vision...

9 Signs Your Child May Be Addicted To Screens

9 Signs Your Child May Be Addicted To ScreensHow young children use screen devices, rather than how much time they spend using the devices, may be the strongest predictor of emotional or social problems connected with screen addiction, new research suggests.

What Happens In The Brain When It Makes A Decision?

What Happens In The Brain When It Makes A Decision?Decisions span a vast range of complexity. There are really simple ones: Do I want an apple or a piece of cake with my lunch? Then there are much more complicated ones: Which car should I buy, or which career should I choose?

10 Steps to Understanding Net Neutrality

10 Steps to Understanding Net NeutralityWhat is net neutrality, this policy Ajit Pai, President Trump’s chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has spent years criticizing? Here are some highlights of The Conversation’s coverage of the controversy around the concept of keeping the internet open...

Will Technology and Robots Take Your Job?

Will Technology Take Your Job? We all want to know how many jobs will be threatened by the rise of robots and technology. You might feel vulnerable if your job is one that could be affected.

Why Video Games Are The New IQ Tests

Why Video Games Are The New IQ Tests

Gamers won’t be surprised. We and our colleagues have discovered a link between people’s ability to play video games and their general intelligence.

Here’s When To Buy LED Light Bulbs

Here’s When To Buy LED Light BulbsA new study recommends replacing all incandescent and halogen light bulbs in your home now with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LEDs.

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