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NASA's "ET Eyes" - Piercing the Mysteries of the Universe (A Weekend Feature)

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"Our personal window on the Universe is terribly small within a stunnng range of wavelengths. With our eyes we see wavelengths between 0.00004 and 0.00008 of a centimeter (where, not so oddly, the Sun and stars emit most of their energy). The human visual spectrum from violet to red is but one octave on an imaginary electromagnetic piano with a keyboard hundreds of kilometers long."

James Kaler, astronomer and author of "Heavens Gate: From Killer Stars to the Seeds of Life, How We are Connected to the Universe."

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The Emergence of a Global Brain - Will It Happen?

60909214_b4a00aaee8 (1)"It seems plausible that with technology we can, in the fairly near future create (or become) creatures who surpass humans in every intellectual and creative dimension. Events beyond such an event -- such a singularity -- are as unimaginable to us as opera is to a flatworm."

Vernor Vinge -SciFi great

The Singularity is an apocalyptic idea originally proposed by John von Neumann, one of the inventors of digital computation, and elucidated by figures such as Ray Kurzweil and scifi great Vernor Vinge.

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Steve Jobs: Google’s ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Mantra is "B.S." (VIDEO)

Steve-jobs-3g-iphone Following up on Apple's announcement of the iPad CEO Steve Jobs met with employees at Town Hall at One Infinite Loop Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters, for a rip raoring Q & A session. One Infinite Loop, Apple's street address, is a programming in-joke — it refers to a routine that never ends.

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The Eerie Silence: Should We Be Sending Messages Into Space? (A Weekend Feature)

Y203643394207973 If we should pick up signals from alien civilizations, Stephen Hawking, our century's Einstein, warns: "we should have be wary of answering back, until we have evolved" a bit further. Meeting a more advanced civilization, at our present stage,' Hawking says "might be a bit like the original inhabitants of America meeting Columbus. I don't think they were better off for it."

Mankind has always been driven by contradictory drives.  The relentless curiosity that pushes us forward and is directly responsible for our progress from caves to  cities.  The fear of change that tells us "hang on, these caves/cities are really nice, we don't want to risk losing them."  There isn't any greater potential threat to the status quo than the discovery of extraterrestrial life, which is why some people would prefer we didn't try.

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"Artificial Intelligence Will Leapfrog Human's By 2020" -Says SciFi Great (A Weekend Feature)


6a00d8341bf7f753ef01157001a3a1970c-800wiArtificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence after 2020, predicts Vernor Vinge, a world-renowned pioneer in AI, who has warned about the risks and opportunities that an electronic super-intelligence would offer to mankind.

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Ice in Chinese Ports “Exceeding Anything Experienced in 30 years” (From the "Weather is Not Climate" Dept)

001ec95974af0cc9b51007  Freak weather conditions and/or abnormal weather patterns have been reported in several parts of the world during recent months. One of the most glaring is a freakish build-up of sea ice in some major northern Chinese ports, the volume exceeding, it says, anything experienced in more than 30 years.

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Google Nixes Apple iPad

_u3c0355_1 Google's CEO Eric Schmidt rarely comments publicly on the competition, especially Apple, where he served until recently as a board director. When asked directly today about the iPad, though, he couldn't resist a a well-placed zinger .Schmidt was fielding questions from reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland when he asked "Whats the difference between a tablet and a large phone?" (referring of course to Apple's iPhone).

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"The Human Camera" -Scientists Explore One of the World's Most Extraordinary Brains

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A Daily Galaxy post, The Importance of Being Forgetful, featured the built-in neural process of forgetting, which discussed why the average human brain is equipped with the ability to filter through seemingly irrelevant details. While the average person may not have vast memory resources, it appears to be an evolutionary trade-off that allows the majority of us to focus on the most relevant facts.

However, some of the most incredible minds on Earth lack this ability to filter irrelevant facts, or perhaps it is more accurate to say that to a savant, the irrelevant IS relevant, and incredibly so. Somehow their brains are able to store and access incredible loads of information, even perceiving and relating to this information in an entirely different way.

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Earth's Moon: Created By a Massive Impact or Natural Nuclear Explosion?

Mcloud.max_thumbnail1.jpg8CCC02F4-E081-227F-DAB29AC4FD3140F8.jpgLarge  Was the Moon formed after the impact of a massive object with the Earth, or as a new theory suggests, by a natural nuclear explosion in the Earth's mantle? 

The problem with the impact hypothesis is that simulations calculate the Moon should be composed of 80% impactor and 20% Earth, whereas in fact the isotope ratios of light and heavy elements found in Moon rocks so far examined are virtually identical to those on Earth.

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