Tag: universe

  • Light in Space and New Laws for Robots

    If you could look at the night sky without stars, galaxies and everything else known to give off visible light, does the universe itself put out a glow? That's a question being addressed by the NOIRLab in Arizona, and the answer may surprise you. It certainly surprises Anthony and Jeff, who try to wrap their brains around new findings about light in the darkness. Then, Isaac Asimov's Three Laws for Robotics have been a part of science fiction and popular culture for decades. But now a new book proposes 4 additional laws to govern the creation of robots and AI. Jeff and Anthony take a look at these new laws to decide if they are a good idea. [more]

  • One Last One Fermi

    The sheer abundance of stars in the universe suggests that, somewhere, an intelligent lifeform should be warming itself on a distant planet. Even if life evolves rarely, ET should be phoning. Yet, by all appearances, humanity seems to be flying solo in our galaxy, and perhaps the universe. Many solutions have been proposed to solve this riddle, known as the Fermi Paradox. Researchers of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute believe It’s likely intelligent life doesn’t exist at all, outside of Earth. Jeff and Anthony think we're lacking supporting evidence of such. [more]

  • Black Hole Fun

    If you ever fell into a black hole, your body would most likely be ripped into shreds and become 'spaghettified' - At least that's the theory put forward by most physicists today. But a new study is challenging that claim by suggesting there may be some black holes that you could survive - although doing so may put you into a strange reality. These black holes would destroy your past life and trap you in a parallel universe with an infinite number of possible futures. Jeff and Anthony weigh their options. [more]

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