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A future brain/cloud interface could give us all a collective super-consciousness

In “Star Trek” lore, the Borg are cybernetic organisms linked in a hive mind known as the Collective. They scour the universe looking for other creatures to forcibly convert to their collective consciousness using nanoprobes that can be injected into…

It's going to take a long, long time for Earth to get its biodiversity back

The good news? Animals and plants we lost to extinction will probably be back in some form or another. The bad news? We probably won’t be around to see it. In fact, it’s going to take about as long for…

This self-sustaining hurricane-proof city could be just what the world needs

In a world facing food scarcity, rising sea levels and looming natural disasters, hope may indeed float. It may even look like this: Each hexagonal platform in Oceanix City could house 300 people and operate like a village. (Photo: Bjarke…

A new study identifies the world's biggest liars

If a new study is any indication, affluent North American households really need to double up on fire extinguishers. There’s an epidemic of pants-on-fire BS. That’s the conclusion researchers at University College London’s Institute of Education came to after conducting…

Quantum 'nothingness' measured at room temperature

Need some extreme quiet time? We’ve got just the piece of high-tech quantum equipment for you. Thomas Corbitt of Louisiana State University and his team of researchers have managed to measure quantum “nothingness” for the first time, allowing them to…

Wooden high-rise trend reaches new heights in Norway

The wonderful world of superlatively tall wood buildings has just gained its newest title-holding champion in the form of Mjøstårnet (Mjøsa Tower), a handsome timber high-rise in the Norwegian town of Brumunddal topping out at 18 stories. Rising 280 feet…

Research suggests humans may have a magnetic sixth sense

In the “X-Men” comics and movies, the character Magneto is a powerful mutant capable of sensing and manipulating magnetic fields. Though his powers seem obviously fantastical — fodder for the superhero genre — a growing amount of research now suggests…

7 odd facts about pi

While sequential dates are appealing to number nuts and the superstitious, March 14 takes date-play a step further. The month and day (3/14) that represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter (3.14) has become an…

A new 'mathematically perfect' material could completely swallow sound

These days, silence isn’t just golden. It’s far much more precious and rare than that. Think diamond. Or plutonium, which reportedly goes for around $4,000 a gram. In fact, the way we’re going — with humans and their bustling cars…

Do we still need daylight saving time?

For nearly a century, Americans have been springing forward and falling back, and this year will be no different. Daylight saving time (DST) is the seasonal surprise that borrows an hour from our circadian rhythm in the spring and gives…