By Stephanie Pain
IF THERE’S one thing most people know about the ancient Romans, it’s that they spent a lot of time in the bath. As the Roman Empire expanded, public baths proliferated across the newly annexed territories....
By Aviva Rutkin
Machine minds are often described as black boxes, their decision-making processes all but inscrutable. But in the case of machine intelligence, researchers are cracking that black box open and peering inside. What they find is that...
You can take your pet too
Murray Ballard, from the book 'The Prospect of Immortality'
By Helen Thomson
OK, I want give cryogenics a go. How do I sign up?First you need to check if it is legal in your country. Many countries have legislation that...
Come to the dark side, we have right-handed light
By Jacob Aron
A new kind of camera lens is illuminating a hidden mirror world by revealing the “handedness” of light in the pictures it takes. The lens could one day...
Boom, the plastic’s gone – that’s the theory anyway
Erwin Zwart/The Ocean Cleanup
By Joshua Howgego in The Hague
They’re calling it “Boomy McBoomface”. A bizarre object afloat in the North Sea looks like a string...
If we make a run for it, will the automated cars avoid us?
By Hal Hodson
A car is driving when suddenly everything changes. The choice is stark – plough ahead into a pedestrian or swerve and slam into a wall. It’s a nightmare...