Lots of machines can manufacture things. What about one that could produce everything, including itself? Visiting the man who taught a machine to replicate.
Determining that precise instant when life starts is a big subject in American politics, but it’s rarely discussed with much nuance.
Now that Congress has approved domestic wire-tapping, no one can prevent the U.S. from becoming a surveillance state. No one, that is, except for email@example.com.
In 2007 news headlines pointed many directions, but rarely long enough at the plague that’s creeping up our doorstep. Here’s the year of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus asureus—aka, the superbug.
Who says non-believers can’t get frisky like the faithful? Secular countries may be suffering declining populations, but atheists still have all the fun.
From economists to politicians, pundits the nation over argue organized labor is fast becoming extinct. If unions survive, it’s safe to assume not much will change when it comes to ground-level operations. People, after all, will be people. And robots will be robots.
As it turns out, the rules of science are more flexible than you’d think. When you tinker with the mechanics of the universe, however, you’d better be prepared for drastic repercussions.
Living in three dimensions can be hard enough, but 10? More than 10? Our man in Boston engages physicist and author Brian Greene in a fascinating conversation about string theory, science writing, and the type of nightmares that haunt contemporary physicists.
Life in Gotham becomes so insular occasionally, we wonder why scientists aren’t working on special inventions to make our lives easier. Luckily, the TMN engineers are on the case.
A new study on binge drinking from the Harvard School of Public Health slides off the stool, falls down, and admits that it really didn’t know what it was talking about earlier, with all that “research” business.
For good or ill, the first genetic engineering of a human embryo is one more mental adjustment in a year of Herculean mental adjustments. And 2001 started off so boring.