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How Dreams of Spacefaring Zombies Led to the Launch of Sputnik.

What, you think there’s enough room on Earth for everyone who has ever lived?

Early on a Saturday morning 60 years ago, the millennia-old dream of spaceflight came true as Sputnik 1 rocketed into orbit to become Earth's first human-made satellite. The mission notoriously shocked the world and minted a new era of human exploration, but what's less well-known is that Sputnik arose, in part, from a 19th century […]

By Rafael Martín Angie Harris Posted in Hacking, Internet, Technology on October 4, 2017 2 Comments 3 min read Continue reading
5 Years Cruising the World, They Still Living the Dream.

5 Years ago, Brian Trautman dropped the mooring lines of his boat Delos, and left the business World in Seattle behind him. He and his crew planned an epic trip across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand but when they finally got there, they weren’t ready to stop…Asia was beckoning. Asia at Sea talked to […]

By Rafael Martín Clifford Feest Posted in Philosophy, Science, Travel on October 4, 2017 2 Comments 12 min read Continue reading
Meet Aubrey de Grey, the Researcher Who Wants to Cure Old Age.

He believes that tackling the individual illnesses that haunt old people’s lives is a fundamentally flawed strategy.

Aubrey de Grey has been called many things. “Transhumanist” is one of them, but one he dislikes. “Immortalist” is the tag used to describe him and his colleague Bill Andrews in a documentary shown at South by Southwest this March, though de Grey rolls his eyes when someone drops the word “immortality.” The British gerontologist […]

By Rafael Martín Vicenta Koch Posted in Philosophy, Science on October 4, 2017 3 Comments 11 min read Continue reading
The Arctic Seed Vault puts apocalyptic talk of climate change in perspective.

Since 2007, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault has maintained a repository of the world’s agricultural heritage.

Since 2007, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault has maintained a repository of the world’s agricultural heritage. A series of tunnels bored into the side of a mountain, this vault is climate-controlled, secure against tectonic activity or sea-level rise, and designed to hold up to 4.5 million different seed varieties for centuries to come. Built 900km […]

By Rafael Martín Vicenta Koch Posted in Philosophy, Science on October 4, 2017 0 Comments 15 min read Continue reading
What the Near Future Is Actually Going to Look Like.

The biggest lie about the future is that it's going to look much different from today.

The biggest lie about the future is that it’s going to look much different from today. I mean, The Jetsons and Futurama are one thing, but in near-future portrayals—those shown in goofball blockbusters like I, Robot and Minority Report—the world is given a glossy, high-tech makeover. These futuristic landscapes suggest we’re about to see a […]

By Rafael Martín Mary Lind Fae Posted in Hacking, Photography, Science, Technology on October 4, 2017 One Comment 5 min read Continue reading
'Black Box' Software Could Be the Future of Cryptography

“Traditional encryption is about securing data” said Dr. Dan Boneh

Imagine trying to throw a dart at a bullseye that’s 200 feet away with only your bare hands. Now, add a blindfold to the equation. Theoretically, it might be possible. But practically, it’s pretty much impossible—about the same odds as trying to break a new form of software protection called indistinguishability obfuscation. Indistinguishability obfuscation—similar in […]

By Rafael Martín Omer Walsh Chaya Johns Posted in Hacking, Science, Technology on October 4, 2017 4 Comments 6 min read Continue reading

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