Planet Earth Report –“Stephen King’s ‘The Institute’ to Real-World Killer Robots”

 

Earth from the ISS

 

 

The “Planet Earth Report” connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our planet and the future of the human species.

Organoids Are Not Brains. How Are They Making Brain Waves?--Clusters of living brain cells are teaching scientists about diseases like autism. With a new finding, some experts wonder if these organoids may become too much like the real thing.

The First Fatal Car Crash –-Mary Ward, a naturalist and astronomer, decided to go for a ride in her cousin’s homemade automobile.

“The Invisible Extinction”Before the Dinosaurs, Earth Lost 3/4’s of It’s Life

China’s lunar rover has found something weird on the moon’s far side –The discovery prompted scientists to postpone other plans and focus instead on trying to figure out what the substance is.

AlphaZero –“The ‘Lucy’ of the Emerging AI Epoch”

Life Is Imitating Stephen King’s Art, and That Scares Him –In his 61st novel, “The Institute,” children with supernatural abilities are taken from their parents and incarcerated. Sound familiar?

Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill –Tomorrow’s wars will be faster, more high-tech, and less human than ever before. Welcome to a new era of machine-driven warfare.

 

Killer Robots

Are there any aliens out there? We are close to knowing for sure

The Cosmos –“Is a Conscious Universe” –The question that intrigued the great American quantum physicist John Archibald Wheeler in the last decades of his life was: “Are life and mind irrelevant to the structure of the universe, or are they central to it?”

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? –More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.

Smartphones Harmful

Hurricane Dorian Is Not a Freak Storm –-Its record-breaking power is in line with recent, worrisome trends

Gel that makes teeth repair themselves could spell the end of fillings

Quantum supremacy is coming. It won’t change the world –If quantum computers are to help solve humanity’s problems, they will have to improve drastically

The science of senolytics: how a new pill could spell the end of ageing

“47 Degrees Celsius” –The Death of Earth’s Ocean World and Silicon-Based Life

The hellish future of Las Vegas in the climate crisis: ‘A place where we never go outside’

Google says hackers have put ‘monitoring implants’ in iPhones for years

The Hemingway Scene That Shows How Humanity Works –The novelist Téa Obreht describes how a single surprising image in The Old Man and the Sea sums up the main character’s identity.

Planet Earth Report –“Top-Secret Drone Orbiting Earth to Douglas Adams Was Right”

Douglas Adams

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