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Cambridge researchers to study Terminator-like scenarios

Researchers at the University of Cambridge plan to create a committee dedicated to studying the risks of future technologies in hopes of preventing artificially intelligent robots from one day becoming humanity’s ultimate foe. The idea is a common theme in science-fiction and is the basis of popular movies like The…

NASA monitors massive dust storm on Mars

WASHINGTON — The US space agency says it is monitoring a massive dust storm on Mars that has produced atmospheric changes. It’s the first time since the 1970s that NASA is studying such a phenomenon both from orbit and with a weather station on the surface, NASA said on its…

Study: Drinking a soda per day increases cancer risk

Men who drink one normal-sized soft drink per day are at greater risk of getting more aggressive forms of prostate cancer, according to a Swedish study released Monday. “Among the men who drank a lot of soft drinks or other drinks with added sugar, we saw an increased risk of…

Study: Smoking tobacco ‘rots’ the brain

It’s well known that smoking cigarettes has many adverse affects on the body, but it may come as a surprise to some that it also has some pronounced effects on how the brain functions as well. In a study published Sunday in the scientific journal Age and Aging, researchers discovered…

WHO issues warning of SARS-like virus

WHO Issues Warning of SARS Like Virus in Middle East (via NewsLook) So far, the number of cases identified is small. But the fact it is so highly contagious, and has been brewing for months, has scientists concerned.…

Researchers find gene that can predict time of death

Researchers Find Gene That Can Predict Time of Death Researchers discovered a gene that determines what time of the day people die.…

Growing food in the desert: a solution to the world’s food crisis?

by Jonathan Margolis The scrubby desert outside Port Augusta, three hours from Adelaide, is not the kind of countryside you see in Australian tourist brochures. The backdrop to an area of coal-fired power stations, lead smelting and mining, the coastal landscape is spiked with saltbush that can live on a…

Rising CO2 ‘eating’ shells of sea butterflies

PARIS — Rising acidity is eating away the shells of tiny snails, known as “sea butterflies”, that live in the seas around Antarctica, leaving them vulnerable to predators and disease, scientists said Sunday. The study presents rare evidence of living creatures suffering the results of ocean acidification caused by rising…

Scientists create device that allows blind people to ‘see’ Braille

Scientists Create Device Allowing Blind to See Braille (via NewsLook) Scientists have created a device that allows the blind to see braille thanks to an implant in their eye.…

Ancient tombs discovered in Pakistan’s Swat reveals complex funeral rites dating back more than 3,000 years

Italian archaeologists say they have discovered a cemetery that reveals complex funeral rites dating back more than 3,000 years in Pakistan’s Swat valley, recently controlled by the Taliban. The Italian mission began digging in the 1950s at Udegram, a site of Buddhist treasures in Swat, the northwestern district formerly known…

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