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Is it time to worry about human cloning again?

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Is it time to worry about human cloning again?

When Barbra Streisand revealed to Variety magazine that she’d had her dog cloned for $50,000, many people learned for the first time that copying pets and other animals is a real business. That’s right: you can pay to clone a dog, a horse or a top beef bull and get a living copy back in a matter of months. The story that sent shivers up my spine, though, came out a few days later. It was about Monni Must, a Michigan portrait photographer who paid to clone Billy Bean, a Labrador retriever that had belonged to her oldest daughter, Miya....

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Here’s why putting a missile defense system in space could be a bad idea

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Here’s why putting a missile defense system in space could be a bad idea

A beefed-up missile defense system might seem like a good idea in a time of heightened nuclear tensions. But such enhancements could have dangerous consequences. The current U.S. missile defense system isn’t all it was cracked up to be, performing unreliably in tests, physicist and missile defense expert Laura Grego argued April 14 at a meeting of the American Physical Society. Enhancing the system’s power, however, by building missile defense in space, for example, might put the world on a slippery slope to space warfare, she warned. The worries come against the backdrop of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile...

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Boeing May Try To Race SpaceX To Mars

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Boeing May Try To Race SpaceX To Mars

Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster in space could be set for an unexpected reunion with its billionaire owner, courtesy of Boeing. That's according to Dennis Muilenburg, the CEO of SpaceX's rival who made the lighthearted comments during an interview at a Politico Space Forum. Muilenberg said "we might pick up the one out there and bring it back", as he challenged Musk in a race to Mars, reports Daily Mail. The Boeing boss believe he can get humans on the red planet in 10 years, a similar timeframe to that outlined by Elon Musk. Aerospace giant Boeing is working...

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Slovenian Man Claims Homemade Time Machine Took Him to 4400 CE

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Slovenian Man Claims Homemade Time Machine Took Him to 4400 CE

Here we go again. Either a man in Slovenia has developed an operational time machine or the teachers in Ljubljana are doing a better job than others around the world at teaching creative writing. In what has come to be the standard modus operandi of alleged time travelers, this one covered his face, had his voice distorted and use only a first name. However, unlike most others, he showed his “homemade” time machine so that intrepid copycats might join him in traveling to the 45th century. Grab some computer parts and duct tape, get ready for a huge electric bill...

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Can AI Really Solve Facebook's Problems?

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Can AI Really Solve Facebook's Problems?

Congress interrogated Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for two days this week over his company’s privacy policies—and its apparent inability to prevent the misuse of its social media platform by some promoting hatred, terrorism or political propaganda. Throughout Zuckerberg’s apologies for not doing more to protect users’ privacy and curb the spread of false and misleading information on the site, he repeatedly reassured lawmakers that artificial intelligence would soon fix many of Facebook’s problems. Whether or not he has a strong case depends on how his company specifically plans to use AI—and how quickly the technology matures over the...

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