Elon Musk Offers Ten Million Dollars to Keep AI Under Control

Elon Musk, the mastermind behind Tesla Motors, SpaceX and Hyperloop, will offer $10 million in grants to fund 37 research projects dedicated to keeping artificial intelligence “beneficial” and “under control”. With the mind blowing explosion of computing and the ever-growing interest in AI, we’re growing closer to the point where we have to ask ourselves whether we’ll still be in control and

No laughing matter: scientists study the effects of laughing gas

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a simple chemical composed of two nitrogen atoms and one oxygen atom (N2O). Despite being used as an anesthetic since the 1800s, the effects it has on the brain are not well understood. In a new study published in this week in Clinical Neurophysiology, MIT researchers reveal some key brainwave changes caused by the gas.

Remember the Tesla batteries that could take your house off the grid? Now, Tesla’s back with more

In March, we were telling you about Tesla Motors’ new development, a new battery that could take your home off the grid and eliminate one of the major problems associated with renewable energy – storing it. Now, Tesla is already rolling out the new generation with some remarkable feature. The coolest one? Liquid cooling!

Liberia in quarantine after new Ebola case kills a boy

Just as it seemed Ebola was gone for now, the disease starts to rear its ugly head again; a 17-year old was killed a month after Liberia was declared free of Ebola. Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined the Nedowein close to the capital of Monrovia, where the boy lived. The official announcement came quickly after. “Liberia has got a re-infection of

Rats dream of getting to a brighter future

It’s not just us humans that dream of a better future – rats do too. When rats rest, their brains imagine a favorable future such as a tasty treat, a new study by UCL researchers found.

SpaceX’s rocket on route to ISS explodes after launch

Today was a bad day for science after SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded shortly after taking off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is the second successive botched mission whose goal was to re-supply the International Space Station, and the third in the past 8 eight months. The Dragon Capsule was supposed to reach the space station with 5,200 pounds of space station cargo, including the first docking port designed for future commercial crew capsules and the custom tailored Microsoft HoloLenses for virtual reality.

Google’s self driving cars are already on the streets – monthly public updates will be made

Self-driving cars were one of those technologies that we sort of visualized as part of the future, much like jetpacks or hoverboards… but it seems like the future is already here, at least for driverless cars (you’ve got a lot to prove, Lexus!). Google’s cars are already hitting the street in California.

When supercomputers start to cook: meet Chef Watson

There are probably a million cooking apps out there, but none of them are backed by a supercomputer. Meet Chef Watson: a “cognitive computing app” that promises to revolutionize the way you cook and expand your gastronomic comfort zone.

Meet Mando Footloose – The Chainless, Foldable Bike that Runs Without a Chain

With an already saturated market for bikes, companies are coming up with more and more creative options, but it’s becoming more and more difficult for a particular bike to stand out. The Mango Footloose however does so, not only because it’s an electronic bike and it folds (that’s not extremely uncommon nowadays), but because it runs without a chain. First

Activating a single gene could reverse colon cancer growth

A new study on mice shows great promise for treating colon cancer – a simple genetic tweak can turn colorectal cancer cells into healthy tissue in a matter of days.

Blood donors in Sweden get a text message whenever they save a life

It’s one of the best ideas I’ve read in a long time – motivating people to donate blood, and telling them when they’re saving lives. Stockholm-based blood service called Blodcentralen has come up with the idea of giving donors an automatic message whenever they save a life.

Antibiotics could render appendicitis operation useless

When it comes to the appendix, things are still pretty unclear, but one thing’s for sure: if you develop appendicitis, you need surgery to have your appendix removed. But now, a new study found that antibiotics could eliminate the need for an appendectomy. The appendix is a blind-ended tube connected to the cecum. Its exact role and functions are still a

Pollinating Bees are Worth Billions, and We’re Still Not Protecting Them

Wild bees provide environmental services worth $3,250 (€2,880) per hectare per year – accounting for billions, globally. Writing in Nature Communications, study authors quantify how much bees are doing for us, and stress that despite all their immense value, we still don’t have a concrete plan to stop their numbers from dwindling.

Futuristic Urban Algae Folly Grows Food, Fuel, and Shade

It almost looks too futuristic to be true, but the prototype was already developed. London-based ecoLogicStudio has taken this innovative concept and made it a reality at the Milan 2015 Expo. Using only the Sun’s energy, the Algae Folly is the perfect intersection of technology, design… and food.

Melanoma rates in the US are double what they were 30 years ago

The rate of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, has more than doubled in the past three decades – and is on track to increase even more. With the Summer closing in, CDC researchers urge people to take more protection from ultraviolet rays.

U.S. military accidentally shipped live anthrax to nine states and South Korea

A US Army laboratory in Utah accidentally shipped live samples of anthrax, prompting immediate efforts to recover the samples and make sure that no one suffers. In total, 26 people have been put in post-exposure treatment, a defense official said.

Scientists 3D print eggs, trick birds into thinking they’re real

It’s more than just a nasty trick – scientists have actually 3D printed eggs to help them better understand bird behaviour. They were especially interested in bird perception and what particular characteristics make them identify real eggs from fake ones.

Tinder usage caused STD spike, officials say

It’s taking the world by storm, and allowing millions of people world wide to meet friends… and hook up. But for all the joy that is bringing to the world, Tinder also has its downsides – a new study reports the app has actually led to an increase of STD incidence.

Massive MIT study says solar is the future, but governments need to be supportive

A massive study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concluded that solar has the most chances to meet our planet’s long term energy demands, while also reducing greenhouse emissions. However, governments should be more supportive of the industry’s development.

Scientists develop tunable liquid metal antennas

For the first time, researchers have discovered how to control liquid metal inside antennas using voltage. This could add increase functionality to antennas, allowing them to perform more functions and have greater tuning flexibility. Researchers have been interested in liquid metal antennas for years now, but the main drawback was the fact that you could only tune them with an