One of Argentina’s leading glaciologists is facing criminal charges in a controversial case that could set new standards over the legal liability of scientists for environmental pollution.   Argentinian geoscientist Ricardo Villalba stands accused of manipulating a national inventory of glaciers to exclude smaller glaciers from environmental protections, and thereby enabling repeated instances of cyanide
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The brain is really little more than a collection of electrical signals. If we can learn to catalogue those then, in theory, you could upload someone’s mind into a computer, allowing them to live forever as a digital form of consciousness, just like in the Johnny Depp film Transcendence.   But it’s not just science
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Anyone worried about the ability of artificial intelligences (AI) to mimic reality is likely to be concerned by Nvidia’s latest offering: an image translation AI that will almost certainly have you second-guessing everything you see online.   In October, Nvidia demonstrated the ability of one of their AIs to generate disturbingly realistic images of completely
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Everyone knows the internet is a hotbed for ridiculous conspiracy theories. From chemtrails to Flat Earth, it seems like conspirators are always accusing the government of hiding something.   Now, a new and completely unsubstantiated theory is taking hold. Far from being a result of wide-spread drought and climate change, online conspirators are claiming the
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The search for extra-solar planets has turned up some very interesting discoveries. Aside from planets that are more-massive versions of their Solar counterparts (aka. Super-Jupiters and Super-Earths), there have been plenty of planets that straddle the line between classifications.   And then there were times when follow-up observations have led to the discovery of multiple
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Scientists are reporting what could amount to be the firmest evidence yet of genetic links to male sexual orientation, in the first published genome-wide association study (GWAS) examining the trait. Researchers recruited more than 2,000 men of both homosexual and heterosexual orientation and analysed their DNA, identifying two genetic regions that appear to be linked
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Researchers at MIT have invented a temporary “tattoo” made from genetically programmed living cells. Their prototype looks like a stick-on patch with a pattern in the shape of a tree.   It’s divided into sections printed with a slurry containing live bacteria that fluoresce when they come into contact with particular compounds. When the skin under
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