The Many Ways That Science Met Science Fiction Last Week

Monday, 12 May 2014 - 5:11PM
Weird Science
Artificial Intelligence
Monday, 12 May 2014 - 5:11PM
The Many Ways That Science Met Science Fiction Last Week

Yet again the past week has seen science meet science fiction in the coolest ways imaginable. There were some giant leaps made in the field of genetics which have expanded our understanding of DNA a little further than a simple X or a Y. A team of M.I.T scientists have successfully created a massive 3D modelling of our Universe that is so complex it would have taken your computer 2000 years to calculate!

 

In slightly weirder news, a study has revealed how a strange species of dementor wasps are able to control the minds of their prey with a simple sting. Once in the clutches of the wasp's venom, the victim's mind is controlled and forces it to return to the wasp's nest where its body is then used to incubate wasp eggs. Elsewhere, scientists have developed a new kind of plastic material that has the ability to regenerate and heal itself in a fashion that even Wolverine would be proud of.

 

Finally, Stephen Hawking is a little bit nervous about the potential ramifications of humanity's latest advances in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Hawking fears that the manufacturing of intelligent machines could one day see the downfall of the human race as we know it.....sounds like someone has been watching too much Battlestar Galactica! 

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