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Science & Physics Society & Culture

Reality is a consensus

We shape reality by actions that emanate from our minds.

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Environment Innovation Science & Physics Technology

Scientists create wood that could compete with concrete and steel

The super-strong wood that could…

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Science & Physics Society & Culture

The enduring myth of the alien invasion

What if we’re Guinea pigs in our own private zoological experiment?

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Personal Rants & Raves Science & Physics

Beyond belief

Easter came and went a bit like Christmas, in that we’re all for the festivities, the food and the fun, but just don’t talk about religion. Meanwhile, a man wearing an odd-looking dress and silly hat bemoans the fact we’re no longer taking him or his beliefs seriously, amidst on-going claims that a supernatural being created the world in seven days, or something…

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Science & Physics Technology

The dangers of drones and a Terminator apocalypse

OK, so at 8:11pm on April 19th, the military-designed artificial intelligence system called Skynet didn’t become self-aware and turn against its creators. And the real chances of a Terminator-style robotic armageddon any time soon? None, with a precision of several decimal places. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have to stop worrying just yet — just ask Britain’s Ministry of Defence.