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Just imagine an amazing future

When we imagine far off worlds, or make predictions of a future beyond the horizon of present day science and technology, and then make good of those imaginings, we create a self sustaining loop. By dreaming in the here-and-now of an as-yet unseen future, we change the present…

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The evolution of genius

We humans are limited only by our imaginations. Or are we? Lord Rees reckons limitations of human brain mean we may never understand the secrets of universe — human evolution may make fools of all of us…

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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…

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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…

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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…