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Pity the poor meat bags. They are doomed if a growing number of scientists, engineers and artists are to be believed.
Prof Stephen Hawking has joined a roster of experts worried about what follows when humans build a device or write some software that can properly be called intelligent.
Such an artificial intelligence (AI), he fears, could spell the end of humanity.
Similar worries were voiced by Tesla boss Elon ...
Scientists have set out the detailed scientific goals of a proposed UK-led mission to the Moon.
Its principal aim is to survey the Lunar South pole to learn more about the geology of the Moon and see if a human base can be set up in the future.
It will also drill 100 metres below the surface and also assess whether it is feasible to have observatories on the far side of the Moon.
To many, the launch of Nasa's next generation crew capsule, Orion, evokes the excitement of the Apollo era.
It's beefier and uses cutting edge technologies, but Orion strongly resembles the Apollo command ships that ferried astronauts to the Moon and back in the 1960s and 70s.
But there's something missing. In the 1960s, Nasa had a very clear target: the Moon. Somehow, Orion has been tagged the "Mars ship". But there is no tangible race ...
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Zig-zag patterns found on a fossilised shell in Indonesia may be the earliest engraving by a human ancestor, a study has claimed.
The engraving is at least 430,000 years old, meaning it was done by the long-extinct Homo erectus, said the study.
The oldest man-made markings previously found were about 130,000 years old.
If confirmed, experts say the findings published in the journal Nature may force a rethink of how ...
A chimpanzee is not entitled to the same rights as people and does not have to be freed from captivity by its owner, a US court has ruled.
The appeals court in New York state said caged chimpanzee Tommy could not be recognised as a "legal person" as it "cannot bear any legal duties."
The Nonhuman Rights Project had argued that chimps who had such similar characteristics to the humans deserved basic rights, including freedom. ...
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