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Elon Musk Thinks Travel to Mars Can Happen Really Soon

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We’ve been hearing from real-life Tony Stark inspiration Elon Musk about his hopes for sending humans to Mars for a few years now. But in a new interview, the SpaceX founder shares a vision that’s far more grandiose than building a small base on the fourth rock from the sun. He envisions a Martian metropolis […]

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Playing Portal 2 Trains Your Brain Better Than Programs Made for That

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A recent study from Florida State University pitted Portal 2 against a piece of software specifically designed to train one’s brain. The result: Portal 2 was more effective at that sort of thing. The study, popularised by Popular Science and captured below via Gamasutra, had its 77 participants randomly assigned to play either eight hours […]

Scientists Have Developed an Inexpensive ‘Cloaking’ Device

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Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new technologies—to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester, not only overcomes some of the limitations of previous devices, but it uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a novel configuration. “There’ve been […]

Brain to Brain Instant Messaging

How Brain-To-Brain Instant Messaging Could One Day Replace Phones

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Decades from now, maybe we’ll forget about smartphones and start communicating via electronic telepathy. In a new experiment, scientists were able to show that one person could communicate to another–thousands of miles away–without typing or talking. The technology is rudimentary at the moment and a little more complicated than someone simply reading another’s thoughts. In […]