Duuuuude. What Happens If the Earth Gains Consciousness?

Duuuuude. What Happens If the Earth Gains Consciousness?

By asking visitors to imagine what life would be like on an Earth that has attained consciousness, the show—a collaboration between all the artists involved—is inviting them to view the current environmental crisis through an oddball transhumanistic lens.

A Breakthrough for Chronic Wasting Disease?

A Breakthrough for Chronic Wasting Disease?

Photo © Lisa Ballard A new paper published in the journal PLoS ONE finds household bleach can deactivate Chronic Wasting Disease prions.

The Pursuit of Creativity Can Make Algorithms Much Smarter

The Pursuit of Creativity Can Make Algorithms Much Smarter

Stanley is a pioneer in a field of artificial intelligence called neuroevolution, which co-opts the principles of biological evolution to design smarter algorithms.One day Stanley spotted something resembling an alien face on the site and began evolving it, selecting a child and grandchild and so on.

The Quest to Get Photos of the USSR's First Space Shuttle

The Quest to Get Photos of the USSR's First Space Shuttle

On November 15, 1988, the Soviet Union's first space shuttle, the Buran, blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in present-day Kazakhstan.After bedding down in sleeping bags inside the hangar for a few hours, Jonk and his three-man team spent the next two days exploring and photographing the two shuttles.

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

Disconnecting third-party apps and services from Facebook, Twitter, and Google usually only takes a click or two from the pages we've just linked to, but bear in mind that this won't actually close down your unused accounts—it just means they can't get into your main accounts quite as easily.

The English Rose, in All Its Frankensteined Glory

The English Rose, in All Its Frankensteined Glory

So in 2017, Stephenson began shooting his new photo book The English Rose . At first, he thought he'd plant one of each of David Austin's roses in his garden, then photograph them the next summer when they bloomed.

Neal Stephenson's Latest Book Dodges Its Scariest Premise

Neal Stephenson's Latest Book Dodges Its Scariest Premise

That road, in usual Stephenson fashion, includes a wealth of concepts that help flesh out the near future of Fall —the one outside of Bitworld, at least.

Adam Savage on Lists, More Lists, and the Power of Checkboxes

Adam Savage on Lists, More Lists, and the Power of Checkboxes

As I move through the day building out my top scope, I keep crossing off each item in turn, and as the list of checkboxes starts to color in, I can see, in a physical, graphical form, how I’m doing.

Brain-Machine Interfaces Could Give Us All Superpowers

Brain-Machine Interfaces Could Give Us All Superpowers

Taryn Southern, the co-director of the film, says she began thinking about the brain just as shows like Black Mirror and Westworld , which play on the relationship between humans and technology, began their ascendency.

‘If You Want to Kill Someone, We Are the Right Guys’

‘If You Want to Kill Someone, We Are the Right Guys’

He suggested that Amy could be killed at home and agreed that her house could be burned to the ground—for an additional 10 bitcoin, or $4,100.“Not my wife,” Stephen replied, “but I was thinking the same thing.” The next day he scraped together the money.

Instagram's New Shopping Feature Works Like a Digital Mall

Instagram's New Shopping Feature Works Like a Digital Mall

Enter the Explore tab and you’ll find, in addition to personalized interests like “Food” or “Travel,” a section for “Shopping.” It’s filled with shoppable posts from brands or accounts you follow, plus ones Instagram thinks you’ll like based on your browsing behavior.

How to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient in 4 Easy Steps

How to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient in 4 Easy Steps

Read on for a few tips on how to improve your home's energy efficiency, save money, and reduce your environmental footprint this year.

NASA to host media briefing on new ice-monitoring mission – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA to host media briefing on new ice-monitoring mission – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 22, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat-2), which will fly NASA’s most advanced laser altimeter to measure Earth’s changing ice.

World Shipping Industry Agrees to Reduce Carbon Emissions 50% by 2050

World Shipping Industry Agrees to Reduce Carbon Emissions 50% by 2050

Shipping and aviation are two sectors that were not covered by the United Nations climate agreement, a deal struck in Paris in 2015 to cap global warming at "well under" 2.0 degrees Celsius by the end of this century.