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Humans are a greater threat to life on earth than any alien race


Aliens, intent on conquering planet Earth! Or are they? The stuff of science fiction recently got a sheen of dignity from Professor Stephen Hawking as he discusses the perils of peering into space, with an out-stretched hand. But if those aliens have walked any path similar to our own, history and humility will halt human hostility dead in its tracks…


Europa, Ganymede eclipse the Moon in space exploration race


The time of arrogant patriotism, harking back to a time of cold wars in low earth orbit, and an ego-centric (and a US-centric) view of the universe is long gone. Jupiter and the moons of Europa and Ganymede beckon. There’s serious science to be done, staring an international cast…


The myth of human consciousness and accidental AI


Intuition is a wonderful thing. But being self-aware is really over rated. Most animals apparently manage very well without a consciousness. So does it matter so much that we can blush? As for choice, such things might be nothing more than an intricate illusion…


DNA hardwired into the universe


The most fundamental question we as a species could possibly collectively ask is: why? Gifted as we are with the power to reason, we now stand on the threshold of a new understanding of not just life, but of the fundamental purpose of the universe itself — life might be the very reason the universe exists at all…


From dreamers to destroyers


Archimedes, da Vinci, Oppenheimer, von Braun. All great thinkers and inventors. All dreamers. But what else did they all have in common? Something very dark, but at the time, all very necessary…


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