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Tomorrow’s Wars

Militaries have traditionally been among first institutions to adopt new technologies. This is generally due to their large budgets, and the fact that a lot of research occurs within the military structure. In the past, success in battle relied largely on numbers. Now, a smaller, better-equipped force can easily dominate a larger, less advanced one. … Continue reading Tomorrow’s Wars

Animals Apparently not as Dumb as They Act

When asked what the largest difference between humans and animals is, most people would respond that humans are leaps and bounds ahead of even our closest relatives in terms of intelligence. Indeed, until recently the very idea of comparing human and animal intelligence was considered insulting. However, new research into animal behavior and psychology, combined … Continue reading Animals Apparently not as Dumb as They Act

Jealous of London’s Tube, the US plans a Bigger, Better Version

In the near future, tubes might be used to bring you more than just internet. Cleaner and quieter than cars, faster than jets, and cheaper than trains, evacuated tube transport just might be the transportation solution we’ve been searching for. At first glance, it seems like a ridiculous concept dreamed up by some flaky futurists. … Continue reading Jealous of London’s Tube, the US plans a Bigger, Better Version

Concept Weapons of Mass Destruction

World War II was brought to a screeching halt at 8:15 A.M. on August 6, 1945 when the United States debuted the world’s first weapon of mass destruction in Hiroshima. The absolute destruction of this city, and Nagasaki a few days later, were the first and last time that nuclear weapons have been used in … Continue reading Concept Weapons of Mass Destruction

Inorganic Biology

One of the most burning and perplexing questions in biology today is: just what is life? While on the surface it seems obvious, the line between life and non-life is much blurrier than it seems. At the microscopic level, it becomes nearly impossible to distinguish the processes of life from other chemical reactions that are … Continue reading Inorganic Biology

The Little Engine That Could (Take us to Mars)

In 1977, a NASA scientist named Franklin Chiang-Diaz began work on a new type of electrical propulsion system, the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, or VASIMR engine. The engine works by using radio waves to heat a plasma of argon or krypton atoms and using magnetic fields to blast them out of the rear of the craft, … Continue reading The Little Engine That Could (Take us to Mars)

This is Your Brain on Happy

Traditional psychology tends to focus on the problems of the mind, treating it like it was any other organ in the body; only paying attention to it when something went wrong. Numerous studies have been done on depression, anxiety, and phobias, but very little was known about their opposites. “I’m in a department of psychiatry, … Continue reading This is Your Brain on Happy

We Can Rebuild You, We Have the Technology

Recent advances in medical technology are taking us to astounding new places. As our understanding of human biology gets better and better, we will not only be able to heal the sick and disabled, but augment our senses and increase our abilities as well. Here are three technologies that promise to not only aid the … Continue reading We Can Rebuild You, We Have the Technology

Your Future Avatar

New advances in computer and neuroscience are making immortality more possible than ever. That is, if one Russian media-mogul’s vision of the future comes true. At the three-day Global Future 2045 conference in February, Dmitry Itskov announced his plan to make himself immortal by his consciousness out of his brain and uploading it into a … Continue reading Your Future Avatar

JavaScript on the Rise

TIOBE’s Programming Community Index for Q1 2012 shows a strong rise in the popularity of the ubiquitous JavaScript programming language. It’s the first time since the index was established that JavaScript has surpassed both Perl and Python in popularity. Google’s own JavaScript alternative Dart in turn dropped to position 78 in the ranking, and Google’s … Continue reading JavaScript on the Rise