Art allows us to see beyond the boundaries of what’s currently possible. On sites like DeviantArt and Tumblr, artists share their stunning visions for life in space. Let’s take a trip through the wormhole to a future of space stations, colony ships and distant living quarters on dusty planets.
Across the country, a vigorous debate is taking place in federal and state courthouses about how privacy protections should apply to modern technologies. One of the most spirited issues in this debate is whether the Fourth Amendment requires law enforcement to get a warrant to track a person’s location via their cell phone. This week EFF filed two new amicus briefs that answer that question with a resounding yes.
Research involving human subjects is littered with a history of scandal that often shapes people’s views of the ethics of research. Often the earliest cited case is English physician Edward Jenner’s development of the smallpox vaccine in 1796, where he injected an eight-year-old child with the pus taken from a cowpox infection and then deliberately exposed her to an infected carrier of smallpox.
A snakebot recently crawled up my leg. The engineers sort of grinned while I grimaced, wondering if I should try to attack it or cry for help, an impulse that comes from watching too many scifi movies, I guess. I expect most robots to destroy me, but these snakebots are designed to do the opposite. And they could change robotics as we know it.
The earth’s biggest groundwater basins are being depleted far more quickly than previously believed, according to two new studies by the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
Not all of the big announcements coming out of the annual E3 video game conference in Los Angeles this week deal with flashy new virtual reality oraugmented reality. In fact, one of Sony’s bigger reveals centered around good old fashioned TV.
The Food and Drug Administration has given your precious trans fats three years to live — because the only real way to increase the health of Americans is to force them by law. According to the New York Times, Tuesday’s decision was “final” and will entirely “remove industrial trans fats from the American diet by 2018.” The sweeping change will reportedly reduce the annual number of heart attacks by as much as 20,000 — ultimately saving as many as 7,000 lives per year.