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Friday, 22 August 2014
Whether you trust it or ignore it, Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites in the world and accessed by millions of people every day. So would you trust it any more (or even less) if you knew...
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Soon self-driving garbage trucks will pick up trash without any human intervention. When I was a boy three men were needed to pick up our family's trash: a driver, and two other guys who emptied...
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Microorganisms can be found on the ISS surface thanks to high-precision equipment. An experiment of taking samples from illuminators and the ISS surface has brought unique results, as scientists had...
Thursday, 21 August 2014
By understanding the secret of how lizards regenerate their tails, researchers may be able to develop ways to stimulate the regeneration of limbs in humans. Now, a team of researchers from Arizona...
Thursday, 21 August 2014
In a finding that has implications for life in other extreme environments, both on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system, researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) this week...
Thursday, 21 August 2014
It may sound overly simple, but just five processes can define us as animals: eating, metabolism, reproduction, dispersal and death. They might not seem like much, but, thanks to a mathematical...

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Having written (for a Times diary) a few sentences about consciousness in robots, I settled back to study readers’ responses in the online commentary section. They added little. I was claiming there...