Cosmic Blasts May Cause Extinction Events

by Mark Aragona If two nearby stars collide, it’s possible that we won’t be around long enough to appreciate it. Scientists are finding evidence that radiation from massive cosmic events, such as star collisions, may have caused massive…

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Scientists Discover Inorganic Life

by Mark Aragona Can life evolve from non-carbon materials? At first glance this seems highly improbable, but as with many things recently science has been proving that thinking wrong. A research team headed by Professor Lee Cronin of…

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Introducing the Self-Driving Car

by Mark Aragona It’s not yet the level of KITT from the Knight Rider series, but it’s getting close. Germany’s Free University has created a pilotless car that can drive from one destination to another, without having to…

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Book Review: Robot Dreams by Isaac Asimov

by Mark Aragona The legendary Asimov is well-known for writing books by the hundreds, each brimming with ideas. More often than not, though, character takes a back seat to the hard science fiction topics, particularly in his “Foundation”…

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The Dimming Universe

by Mark Aragona You don’t feel it, you don’t see it, but the universe is slowly growing colder and darker. Using powerful Mopra radio telescopes, scientists in Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) have discovered that…

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Book Review: The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge

by Mark Aragona I have mixed feelings about “The Snow Queen”. On one hand, it offers a mélange of fantastic science fiction ideas. On the other hand, the love story holds very few surprises especially if you’ve read…

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Scientists Clone Glow-in-the-dark Dog

by Mark Aragona Cloning takes a turn for the bizarre when South Korean scientists breed Tegon, a female who beagle that glows in the dark. Born in 2009, Tegon was created by a research team in Seoul National…

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Flowing Water = Life on Mars?

by Mark Aragona Dark marks on the surface of Mars that may indicate the presence of flowing water have scientists abuzz anew with the possibility of finding primitive life on the Red Planet. A new search algorithm developed…

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Game Review: Bioshock

by Mark Aragona It’s the 1960s. You are the lone survivor of a plane crash, stranded in a mysterious tower in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Inside you find a bathysphere that takes you several fathoms into…

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Is the Internet Affecting Human Memory?

by Mark Aragona It seems that the human mind doesn’t want to work harder than it has to. Studies are showing that our easy access to search engines is affecting our ability to recall information: we are less…

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