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Can We Live Forever?

March 20, 2012 4 comments

Throughout history, human beings have been trying to prolong their lives for as long as possible. After all, who wouldn’t like to live as long as possible, if not forever. According to Ray Kurzweil, the famed computer scientist, inventor and MIT graduate, immortality might be within our reach. Kurzweil claims that within the next 20 years, human beings might be capable of sustaining life through the use of “millions of blood cell-sized robots” called “nanobots” that would keep us young and healthy forever, traveling through our body repairing any injuries and curing disease.

ImageAlthough Kurzweil’s claims may come off as a bit absurd, research into nanotechnology has already been underway in recent years and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies puts the number of available nanotechnology-based consumer products at over 1,300. In addition, Kurzweil bases his predictions on “carefully constructed scientific models” that have proven accurate in the past, such as the prediction of the development of a worldwide computer network and a computer that could beat a chess champion.

If Kurzweil’s predictions for human immortality do someday come true, what types of implications do you think that would have? How would this effect human society? If you were given the chance chance to live forever would you do it?

Coming Soon: Immortality?

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Pictures in Science

February 26, 2012 3 comments

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I believe this is particularly true when it comes to science. What better way to get a non-scientific audience interested in the newest scientific discovery or technological innovation than through a captivating photograph without all the unintelligible technical jargon?

This is the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field.

This image was composited from data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope while it was aimed at a relatively modest portion of the night sky from September, 2003 until January, 2004. Those aren’t stars in the picture, every smudge and smear of light is an entire galaxy. In this picture alone, there are over 10,000 galaxies, each galaxy possibly containing anywhere from 10 million to a 100 trillion stars. As recent planet hunting research in our own Milky Way Galaxy has unveiled, it is believed that many of these star systems are also home to extrasolar planets. Let’s not forget that this is just one tiny fraction of the night sky. The observable universe is believed to contain over 100 billion galaxies. Daaang.

It’s pictures like these that really help you put things into perspective.

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