Cars are getting pretty smart these days…maybe event too smart. No one will argue that having your own Kit (of Knighrider fame) would be a bad thing. You’d never be lonely again- always someone …er some car there for you when you need someone to exchange light witty banter with. But at the end of the day do you really want you car to be smarter than you, and a better driver? According to the experts, that’s where things are heading… and quickly.
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What day is it? Do days exist without calendars? Does time pass when there are no human hands left to wind the clocks?
- Howard Koch, Invasion from Mars, the 1938 radio play based on H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds
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Apparently, even killing dinosaurs was a job outsourced to India. New research suggests that a series of monumental volcanic eruptions in India may have killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Previously it was believed that the likely suspect was a meteor impact in the Gulf of Mexico. However, the volcanic eruptions in India, which created the gigantic Deccan Traps lava beds, are now the prime suspect in the most famous and persistent paleontological murder mystery. Scientists have recently conducted several new investigations and were able to hone in on the eruptions timing.
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MIT researchers have found a way to use a “tractor beam” of light to pick up, hold, and move around individual cells and other objects on the surface of a microchip like a scene out of a Star Trek sequel.
The idea of using light beams as tweezers to manipulate cells and tiny objects has been around for at least 30 years. But the MIT researchers have found a way to combine this powerful tool for moving, controlling and measuring objects with the highly versatile world of microchip design and manufacturing.
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For three million years, the human race has been at the top of the evolutionary ladder. Nothing lasts forever...
If you're a fan of truly bad "B" film classics and have never picked up a copy for whatever
reason, go with this one. For those of you that have never checked
out Species before, try a rental first and see if you join the cult
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A 53-million-year-old fossilized spider found
preserved in amber in an area of France known as the Paris Basin has been digitally dissected in stunning 3D using VHR-CT technique by a scientist at The University of Manchester.
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There's been a lot of talk over the last few years about the "Next Big Thing" in Internet search -the semantic web. While Google and Yahoo and other search engines do a good job of ranking web pages and providing relevant results to keyword searches, the truth is that they doesn't really understand what you're asking it in plain language.
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The world’s first meteorite auction was held in New York’s Bonhams auction house over the weekend. Among the purchases was an iron meteorite from Siberia which fetched $123,000 (£60,000). Even famous meteorite memorabilia was sold, such as Carutha Barnard's private mailbox in Claxton, Georgia, which was hit by a meteorite in 1984. The mailbox alone fetched an impressive $83,000 (£40,000).
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