News Archive

‘Spaun’ — The Virtual Brain that Turns Thought into Action; Matrix/Termimator, Star Trek Gain (M/T+3=36%, ST+1=80%)

Posted November 30th, 2012 Scientists create functioning, virtual brain that can write, remember lists and even pass basic IQ test  Photograph by: Getty Images , Getty Images By Margaret Munro (The Vancouver Sun) Chris Eliasmith has spent years contemplating how to build Read More >

The End (of the World) Is Not Near; Armageddon/Waterworld Plummets, Soylent Green Regains Top Spot as #1 Threat to Mankind (A/W-5=85%)

Posted November 29th, 2012 NASA: There will be a year 2013, so plan accordingly It’s time to end all the end-of-times chatter. NASA and others are working to dispel the 2012 end-of-the-world rumors. Some say this photo from the Hubble telescope is evidence of a planet Read More >

Genetic Scientists Decode Wheat Genome in Order to Build a Better Loaf of Bread; Soylent Green Sinks, Star Trek Soars (SG-2=87%, ST+1=79%)

Posted November 28th, 2012 Wheat genome decoded in part Scientists have unlocked key parts of the crop’s genetic code. By Samantha Stainburn (Global Post) Scientists from the United States, United Kingdom and Germany have completed the most comprehensive analysis to date Read More >

Rising Temperatures, Severe Storms, Melting Artic Ice: Climate Change Continues Unabated; Armageddon/Waterworld Overtakes Soylent Green as #1 Threat to Mankind, Star Trek Drops (A/W+2=90%, ST-2=78%)

Posted November 28th, 2012 2012 set to be ninth warmest year on record – UN report The impact of climate change on icebergs and glaciers. UN Photo/Mark Garten (UN News Centre) 28 November 2012 – Temperatures this year are the ninth highest on record since 1850 despite Read More >

Nuclear Powered Engine Prototype Could Help Man Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before; Star Trek Rises (ST+1=80%)

Posted November 27th, 2012 New Nuclear Engine Could Power Deep-Space Exploration By Adam Mann (Wired) Researchers have tested a small prototype of a nuclear-reactor engine design that could one day power deep-space exploration probes. The proposed design is based on a Read More >

Rising Global Temperatures Could Release Greenhouse Gases Trapped in Permafrost and ‘Radically Alter Ecosystems and Cause Costly Infrastructural Damage’ According to UN Environment Program; Armageddon/Waterworld Spikes (A/W+1=88%)

Posted November 27th, 2012 UN: methane released from melting ice could push climate past tipping point Doha conference is warned that climate models do not yet take account of methane in thawing permafrost Frozen ground in Siberia. Permafrost covers nearly a quarter of the Read More >

‘Human-Induced Carbon Dioxide’ Raises Ocean Acidity, Damages Marine Life and Threatens Global Food Supply; Soylent Green Rises, Star Trek Drops (SG+1=89%, ST-1=79%)

Posted November 25th, 2012 Rising acidity levels threaten ocean’s food chain, study finds (The Sydney Morning Herald) The shells of some marine snails in the seas around Antarctica are dissolving as the water becomes more acidic, threatening the food chain, a study Read More >

Deadly New Virus Elevates Twelve Monkeys (TM+2=59%)

Posted November 23rd, 2012 Coronavirus: SARS-like virus confirmed in Qatari man The new virus, which was by Britain’s Health Protection Agency in September has killed two people in Saudi Arabia with the total number of confirmed cases now rising to six. By Alexander Read More >

European Nations Make Multi-Billion Dollar Commitment to Space Exploration Despite Struggling Economies; Star Trek Takes Off (ST+1=80%)

Posted November 22nd, 2012 One giant leap for Europe? Cash-strapped countries decide on their space program’s future. ESA’s Ariane 5 rocket launches from French Guyana. (P. Baudon/AFP/Getty Images) By Barry Neild ( LONDON, UK — In space no one can Read More >

U.S. Government Promotes ‘Production of Cell-Culture-Derived Flu Vaccines’ to Prepare Against Future Pandemics; Star Trek Gains, Twelve Monkeys Falls (ST+1=79%, TM-2=57%)

Posted November 21st, 2012 1st Flu Vaccine From Cell Culture Wins FDA Nod By John Gever ( SILVER SPRING, Md. — A seasonal influenza vaccine produced in cell culture, rather than chicken eggs, has been approved by the FDA for people 18 and older. To be Read More >