Warp drive and stargate wormholes could be used for time travel to the past. That’s the surprising conclusion that controversial theoretical physicist and author Dr. Jack Sarfatti has reached from his research into dark energy and dark matter.
December 10, 2007
A program that can mimic online flirtation and then extract personal information from its unsuspecting conversation partners is making the rounds in Russian chat forums.
The artificial intelligence of CyberLover’s automated chats is good enough that victims have a tough time distinguishing the “bot” from a real potential suitor.
September 17, 2008
Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s new World Wide Web Foundation is looking for ways to give websites a label for trustworthiness once they had been proved reliable sources and help people separate rumor from real science.
June 26, 2009
Antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” originating in hospitals are now increasingly being found in cats and dogs, and in victims of bites.
Ironically, most animals probably acquired their infections originally from their owners.
April 17, 2008
Two leading researchers warn that the entry of big companies like Microsoft and Google into the field of personal health records could drastically alter the practice of clinical research and raise new challenges to the privacy of patient records.
Microsoft and Google have recently begun offering Web-based personal health records, in a new “personalized, health information economy” in which consumers tell physicians, hospitals and other providers what information to… read more
September 16, 2005
A massive global increase in the number of strong hurricanes over the past 35 years is being blamed on global warming, by the most detailed study yet. The US scientists warn that Katrina-strength hurricanes could become the norm.
May 8, 2009
The virus could infect more than a billion people by July and may not be slowed by summer temperatures in temperate countries, based on new data from Mexico and case numbers so far that reveals disturbing similarities with the last H1N1 pandemic, in 1918.
October 21, 2003
The Pentagon inside of a decade could be armed with a beam weapon that is near-instantaneous, gravity-free and truly surgical.
It could focus to such hair-splitting accuracy that it could avoid civilians while detonating munitions miles away or even cruise missiles at ranges of up to dozens of miles in good weather.
In clear air above the clouds, a high-powered laser could reach 500 miles to destroy rising… read more
April 6, 2011
The Marine Corps has developed a new X-47B robotic plane that looks like a cross between a stealth fighter and drone.
The X-47B can find its target by itself, with almost no human interaction, unlike current drones, which require remote pilots. It can also take off and land on the rolling deck of an aircraft carrier without human help.
There are more than 2,000 robots in… read more
November 29, 2010
The U.S. Army is designing new remote-controlled robots to handle a broader range of tasks, from picking off snipers to serving as indefatigable night sentries.
January 9, 2013
The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which hopes to put the first astronauts on the Red Planet in 2023, released its basic astronaut requirements on Jan. 8, setting the stage for a televised global selection process that will begin later this year, Space.com reports.
Anyone who is at least 18 years old can apply to become a Mars colony pioneer. The most important criteria, officials say, are intelligence,… read more
September 29, 2009
Silicon Valley researchers at Digital Space plan to turn software originally designed to search for evidence of extraterrestrial life to the task of looking for evidence of artificial life, using hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers in homes and offices.
The goal of the “EvoGrid” project is to detect evidence of self-organizing behavior in computerized simulations that have been constructed to model the first emergence of life in the… read more
June 3, 2004
Amid new warnings about a possible summer of terror, the U.S. government is preparing to spend $5.6 billion over a decade to coax pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs to fend off a biological or chemical attack.
By contrast, a single cholesterol drug — Lipitor — rakes in $9 billion in revenue each year.
A computer two millimeters square that contains almost all the components of a tiny functioning computer is the start of an effort to make chips that can put computer power just about anywhere for the vaunted “Internet of Things,” MIT Technology Review reports.