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Curious Kids: What’s going to happen to the Sun in the future? Will it explode?

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Curious Kids: What’s going to happen to the Sun in the future? Will it explode?

Curious Kids: What’s going to happen to the Sun in the future? Will it explode? The Sun is currently middle-aged, having celebrated its 4,568,000,000th birthday at some point in the last million years. Flickr/ChopWood CarryWater, CC BY-SA Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland This is […]

Robots, aliens, corporate drones – who will be the citizens of the future?

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Robots, aliens, corporate drones – who will be the citizens of the future?

Robots, aliens, corporate drones – who will be the citizens of the future? Shutterstock Will Slocombe, University of Liverpool In the 1940s, science fiction author Olaf Stapledon gave a talk to a school about the future. Addressing his audience as “you citizens of the future”, […]

Why looking for aliens is good for society (even if there aren’t any)

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Why looking for aliens is good for society (even if there aren’t any)

Why looking for aliens is good for society (even if there aren’t any) Shutterstock Ian Crawford, UCL The search for life elsewhere in the universe is one of the most compelling aspects of modern science. Given its scientific importance, significant resources are devoted to this […]

Booze in space: how the universe is absolutely drowning in the hard stuff

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Booze in space: how the universe is absolutely drowning in the hard stuff

Booze in space: how the universe is absolutely drowning in the hard stuff Mine’s a Star-opramen. Studioloks Alexander MacKinnon, University of Glasgow A cold beer on a hot day or a whisky nightcap beside a coal fire. A well earned glass can loosen your thinking […]

What an artificial intelligence researcher fears about AI

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What an artificial intelligence researcher fears about AI

What an artificial intelligence researcher fears about AI Will the robots come to control us? Peshkova Arend Hintze, Michigan State University As an artificial intelligence researcher, I often come across the idea that many people are afraid of what AI might bring. It’s perhaps unsurprising, […]

Curious Kids: what started the Big Bang?

In the beginning, the Universe expanded very, very fast. Flickr/Jamie, CC BY-SA

Curious Kids: what started the Big Bang?

Curious Kids: what started the Big Bang? In the beginning, the Universe expanded very, very fast. Flickr/Jamie, CC BY-SA Steven Tingay, Curtin University This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like […]

NASA Listens in as Electrons Whistle While They Work

Space is not empty, nor is it silent. The region around Earth is filled with magnetic field lines and trapped energetic particles, zooming about in a high-speed dance around the planet (shown here in an illustration). Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Brian Monroe

NASA Listens in as Electrons Whistle While They Work

NASA Listens in as Electrons Whistle While They Work Space is not empty, nor is it silent. While technically a vacuum, space nonetheless contains energetic charged particles, governed by magnetic and electric fields, and it behaves unlike anything we experience on Earth. In regions laced […]