Introducing Neuromorphics: a Smarter Computer Chip used to Build a Smarter AI

March 10, 2017
One of the biggest barriers to the implementation of useful artificial intelligence in our culture is the limitations imposed by our computer hardware: modern computer chips have their circuits arranged in a two-dimensional layout, running programs that are meant to... continued

Looking for Life in the Unlikeliest of Places: The Asteroid Belt

March 9, 2017
As researchers continue to realize the extent of the tenacity of life on (and around) Earth, the possibility of simple lifeforms being found in what would once would have been considered the most unlikely of places is now being entertained.... continued

Ancient ‘Atlantean’ Metal Discovered in 2,600-Year-Old Shipwreck

March 7, 2017
In 2015, a 2,600-year-old shipwreck discovered off the coast of Gela in southern Sicily was found to contain 39 ingots of a mysterious alloy that archaeologists believe is the ancient metal known as orichalcum, a metal that Plato described as... continued

‘Are We Alone in the Universe?’: Winston Churchill’s Scientific Essay on Extraterrestrial Life

March 2, 2017
"I, for one, am not so immensely impressed by the success we are making of our civilization here that I am prepared to think we are the only spot in this immense universe which contains living, thinking creatures, or that... continued

Oil Giant Shell Knew of the Dangers of Global Warming 26 Years Ago

March 1, 2017
Oil company Shell has joined Exxon-Mobil as one of the big oil giants that knew about the dangers of global warming decades ago, and, like Exxon, subsequently worked to bury the issue. An educational video produced by Shell in 1991,... continued

A New Search for the Tomb of Queen Nefertiti has been Launched

February 28, 2017
The hunt is back on for the still-undiscovered tomb of ancient Egypt's Queen Nefertiti, after the search for the controversial monarch stalled in 2016 due to a disagreement as to whether or not hidden chambers had been found in the... continued

New Solar Cell Manufacturing Process Makes for Low-Cost, Printable Solar Power

February 25, 2017
As our culture makes the shift away from carbon-intensive energy sources, alternative sources like solar energy from photovoltaic cells are becoming an attractive option. However, while the cost of producing solar cells has been decreasing steadily in recent years, they... continued

Radioactive Contamination has been Detected over Europe, but its Source Remains a Mystery

February 24, 2017
Last January, France's Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) detection stations began detecting the presence of radioactive iodine-131 in the air across Europe. While the concentrations of the radioactive substance are still well within accepted safety limits, its... continued

NASA Announces a Treasure Chest of Earth-Like Planets Orbiting a Nearby Star

February 23, 2017
NASA has announced the discovery of a family of 7 Earth-like exoplanets that are orbiting a nearby star, an ultracool dwarf called TRAPPIST-1. The observations were made using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, building on earlier findings announced last year by... continued

New Experimental Medication Promises to Slow Aging, and Extend Life

February 22, 2017
Our medical science has become quite adept at extending the human lifespan, leading to the presence of centenarians as commonplace in our culture. However, the race to find ways to keep the population healthy as it grows older – to... continued