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Could Aliens have Created Life on Earth?

by Annalee Newitz

We know a lot about the history of life on Earth, but how it began is still one of our greatest scientific mysteries. One hypothesis is that life actually originated on another planet, and many scientists today take the idea quite seriously.

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Terrorists Attack Nanotech Labs with Bombs, claiming they fear NanoCyborgs and Gray Goo

by Annalee Newitz

A group of self-identified terrorists has sent several mail bombs to nanotechnology labs and researchers in Latin America, injuring two people earlier this month in the engineering department at the Monterrey Institute of Technology outside Mexico City. In an online manifesto, the group calls itself Individualists With Savage Tendencies (this a translation from the Spanish, Individualidades tendiendo a lo salvage, or ITS), and writes about how they are trying to stop a “gray goo” scenario where self-replicating nanobots destroy the world.



Will Armed Drones be Policing American Cities?

by Annalee Newitz

Could the next wave of Occupy protests be ripped apart by rubber bullets and tear gas launched by remote-controlled robots hovering overhead, steered by police officers miles away? It’s not a futurist scenario anymore. According to CBSDC:



What Cannabis actually does to your Brain

by Annalee Newitz

Archaeologists recently found a 2,700-year-old pot stash, so we know humans have been smoking weed for thousands of years. But it was only about 20 years ago that neuroscientists began to understand how it affects our brains.



Hard evidence that Giant Tyrannosaurs were Cuter than you ever thought possible

by Annalee Newitz

Imagine a tyrannosaur weighing one and a half tons, completely covered in soft, downy plumage. Even its tail is fluffy with feathers. Though we’ve known for a while that many dinosaurs were covered in feathers, a group of Chinese researchers have now provided direct evidence that gigantic, deadly tyrannosaurs might have looked a bit like wuffly birds.

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A science fictional map of San Francisco as an archipelago city

by Annalee Newitz

125 thousand years ago, San Francisco was an island. And soon it will be one again, thanks to rising sea levels.

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Men increasingly unsatisfied with science careers that don’t allow time for family life

by Annalee Newitz

In a survey taken of over 4,000 scientists across the globe, 70% of whom were men, researchers found that people consider science a “family unfriendly” career. Over half of survey respondents said that work clashed with family responsibilities several days per week. While women in the sciences have long complained of problems with work/family life balance, this is one of the first studies to reflect widespread male dissatisfaction with the same issue.

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Women can have orgasms from exercising, say scientists

by Annalee Newitz

A scientific study has now confirmed what many women have known for ages, which is that certain types of exercise can induce orgasm. Indiana University health researchers Debby Herbernick and Dennis Fortenberry have just conducted a study of hundreds of women who report “exercise induced orgasms” (EIO), or “coregasms.”

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Google rolling out the AR glasses from Vernor Vinge’s novel Rainbows End

by Annalee Newitz

In Vernor Vinge’s novel Rainbows End, the author imagines a near future where everybody wears computers knitted into their clothing, which are connected to augmented reality contact lenses or glasses.

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What does science fiction tell us about the future of reproductive rights?

by Annalee Newitz

If everything from technology to politics will be different in the future, then so will human reproduction.

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Further evidence that Twitter will not liberate the world

by Annalee Newitz

Though optimistic pundits have declared Twitter largely responsible for social uprisings like Arab Spring, the microblogging network is hardly going to usher in a more liberated future. It’s a business, after all, and it bends to the law like every other business does.

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Get ready for the Sexapocalypse – some say it’s already here

by Annalee Newitz

We are living through the golden years of apocalyptic storytelling, and nothing is immune from dystopia fever - even sex.

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French Company Used Industrial Fuel Additives in its Breast Implants

by Annalee Newitz

Thousands of women have had to get their breast implants removed after a French company, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), admitted that they had used industrial grade silicone in the implants. Not only was this class of silicone not approved for medical use, but some of it also contained fuel additives. Basically, PIP pumped some plastic bags full of silicone intended for use with fuels and food products - and then sold them as implants. Not surprisingly, the implants had a high breakage rate and many women had to get them removed even before news of the company’s misdeeds was made public in 2010.

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Does Newt Gingrich want to make Neuromancer come true?

by Annalee Newitz

U.S. Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich calls himself a futurist, and never tires of prognosticating.

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The Growing Evidence for Octopus Intelligence

by Annalee Newitz

Humans want to believe that they’re the smartest creatures on the planet. But the more we understand octopuses, the more it seems that we may not be alone in our ability to solve problems, make complex connections between ideas, and survive by wits alone. A growing body of evidence — a lot of it still anecdotal — suggests that octopuses show elements of human-like intelligence.

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