The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) aims to spur the development of humanoid robots that can complete the same tasks we mere mortals might engage in, but in more dangerous conditions. When the various [...]
An ambitious project that aims to send volunteers on a one-way trip to Mars unveiled plans for the first private unmanned mission to the Red Planet Tuesday, a robotic vanguard to human colonization that will launch in 2018.
Scientists may have figured out why Jupiter's Great Red Spot -- the massive storm that's two to three times the size of Earth -- has stuck around for so long, and the finding may give us more insight into similar vortices on Earth and the formation o...
TED Talks Beau Lotto's color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can't normally see: how your brain works. This fun, first-hand look at your own versatile sense of sight reveals how evolution tints your perception of what's rea...
How will the ways we work, play and love change over the next 10 — or 30 — years?
If nanotechnology continues to advance as experts expect, within 30 years it could give us ‘superhuman' abilities. For example, we could survive for hours without needing to breath.
Already, the electronic brains of the most advanced robotic models surpass human intelligence and are able to do things that will make some of us shudder uncomfortably. But what is your reaction going to be after learning about recent advances in rob...
Watch as Jason Silva talks about what the future holds in this powerful original series, The Future of Us.
Answering your hypothetical questions with physics, every Tuesday.
The latest science news out of Harvard and MIT sounds like a joke, but it's not. A team of physicists were fooling around with photons when they managed to get the particles to clump together to form a molecule, one that's unlike any other matter. An...
Understanding the size of Earth in comparison to the rest of our solar system.
Scientists at Washington University have achieved the first human-to-human 'Vulcan mind meld' where one person's brain controls another's body.
Scientists hope that by creating heavier and heavier elements, they will find a theoretical "island of stability," an undiscovered region in the periodic table where stable super-heavy elements with as yet unimagined practical uses might exist.
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman is a penetrating, page-turning, exploration of how our planet would respond without the relentless pressure of the human presence.