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The Navy, Futuristic Weapons and Seawater Fuel

I’m a peaceful guy. I like to see science and technology put to use in ways that help people. But at the same time, I realize that various militaries around the world have really driven technological and scientific development. If

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Testing Homeopathy

I find our world to be somewhat paradoxical. On the one hand, we have scientific projects uncovering the Higgs boson, discovering evidence of gravitational waves and looking for signs of dark matter. On the other, we have people practicing (and

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Peering into Dark Matter

I ran across news items about two different approaches scientists are hoping will lead to direct evidence of dark matter. Both are so cool that I couldn’t choose one over the other and so I’m going to talk about both.

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Robots vs Humans – Orientation

Thanks to science fiction, any discussion about robots is bound to include a reference to machines that subjugate mankind due to their superior intelligence and strength. But the truth is that machines have a long way to go before they

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Robotic Surgery for Astronauts

In this week’s video and podcast, we talked about the present and future of robotic surgery, alluding to the possibility of space-bound surgical robots to operate on astronauts in emergencies. We spoke in terms of possibilities, only to find out

Climate Change Isn’t the Future – It’s the Present

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued its latest report, an update to the 2007 report that warned us that not only was climate change poised to happen but also that human activity was the most likely cause

Newly Discovered Dwarf Planet

Yesterday, the journal Nature published an exciting report documenting a new discovery about what lies at the outer limits of our solar system – including a previously unknown dwarf planet, and the possibility of discovering even larger objects hovering in

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No Wheels? No Legs? No Problem: 3 Rolly Rover Designs

If you want to explore the terrain of Mars, or the surface of a foreign moon or asteroid, you need to know what you’re getting into. Destinations like these are bathed in lethal radiation, with no breathable atmosphere, likely in

Heat Vision Contact Lenses?

When it comes to the electromagnetic spectrum, humans are mostly in the (figurative) dark. We’re only able to perceive directly a thin slice — the visible spectrum of light. But technology lets us sense indirectly a much wider spectrum, including

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DNA Cage Match

A few weeks ago, I talked about how nanotechnology could help improve solar panels. I mentioned that scientists took inspiration from structures found in the eyes of moths. When it comes to the world of the very small, nature provides

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