NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (PNN) - February 18, 2016 - Killer robots that can execute without human intervention will become a reality within years unless there is a global agreement to ban them, warns a leading scientist.
SYDNEY, Australia (PNN) - February 9, 2016 - Scientists in Australia have developed a “bionic spine” which could enable people with spinal cord injuries to walk again by controlling a tiny paper clip-sized device implanted in the brain.
The device, to be implanted in three paraplegic patients in Melbourne next year, allows patients left paralyzed by injury or illness to subconsciously control equipment that can move robotic limbs.
LOS ANGELES, Kalifornia (PNN) - January 30, 2016 - During a panel talk about the ins-and-outs of filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival, director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), who will be directing Star Wars: Episode IX, teased an idea he's working on for his Star Wars movie: shooting in space.
He says to spread out into space to avoid Earth disaster.
LONDON, England (PNN) - January 21, 2016 - Humanity’s future is in peril thanks to so-called advancements in science and technology, claims Professor Stephen Hawking, who cited “nuclear war, global warming, and genetically-modified viruses” as deadly threats to our existence.
PASADENA, Kalifornia (PNN) - January 20, 2016 - Researchers are now pretty certain there's a ninth planet in the solar system.
Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, two CalTech scientists, say the new planet is about 10 times the mass of Earth and has an atmosphere of hydrogen and helium. Science magazine reports that the mysterious “Planet X” moves in distant orbit beyond Neptune.
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MONTREAL, Ontario, Canada (PNN) - January 27, 2016 - The engineer behind the Skreemr jet has unveiled another radical, much faster design for future air travel.
Charles Bombardier’s latest concept jet is capable of reaching Mach 24 - more than twice the speed of the Skreemr and 12 times faster than Concorde.
LONDON, England (PNN) - January 14, 2016 - The first genetically modified human embryos could be created in Britain within weeks according to the scientists who are about to learn whether their research proposal has been approved by the fertility watchdog.
Although it will be illegal to allow the embryos to live beyond 14 days, and be implanted into the womb, the researchers accepted that the research could one day lead to the birth of the first GM babies should the existing ban be lifted for medical reasons.
TOKYO, Japan (PNN) - January 6, 2016 - A mind-reading device that can decipher words from brainwaves without them being spoken has been developed by Japanese scientists, raising the prospect of telepathic communication.
Researchers have found the electrical activity in the brain is the same when words are spoken and when they are left unsaid.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (PNN) - December 26, 2015 - According to reports from two separate teams of researchers from Sweden and Mexico, two distant objects have been found lurking the outer edges of our solar system.
One of the objects, scientists say, could be a “super-Earth”, a mega-planet with an orbit six times greater than that of Pluto.