The Future

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality, or AR, is a highly interactive experience that essentially involves a real world environment whereupon the various objects that are part of the real world are "augmented" by computer ‘software and hardware generated’ perceptual information. This information can cross multiple sensory modalities, and can go on to include auditory, visual, haptic (touch), olfactory (smell)… Continue reading Augmented Reality

Humans, The Future

Smart Cities – Panasonic Promotes the Future

Most futuristic movies feature cities that have increased functionality, which has been obtained by applying technology to everyday life. Leading technology company, Panasonic, has already begun building these ‘smart cities,’ and have shown where they can be the way forward. Their creation, Fujisawa SSC in Japan, is the world’s first city which incorporates technology into… Continue reading Smart Cities – Panasonic Promotes the Future

Genetic Engineering

Designer Bodies – DNA Manipulation to Recreate Ourselves

Many people often wish that it was possible to recreate themselves to be ‘perfect,’ physically, mentally or both. To fulfil this desire, scientists are exploring how DNA manipulation can be used to change plants and animals, as well as redesign our human bodies and minds. DNA is the source code of all forms of life,… Continue reading Designer Bodies – DNA Manipulation to Recreate Ourselves

Humans, Threats to Mankind

Secret Laboratories – Hidden Experiments and Research

Throughout modern history there have been many experiments which have taken place without the knowledge of the general public. Many of these have been both unethical and unnecessary, and have been conducted for ‘the greater good.’ The majority of them are ordered by the government or military, of influential countries, and include: Porton Down, Britain… Continue reading Secret Laboratories – Hidden Experiments and Research

The Future

Space Exploration

Man has been looking to the stars since before recorded history. Most of our exploration has been through the use of telescopes and simple observation, but in the last hundred years, we have collectively begun to explore through manned spaceflights and with the use of unmanned satellites. There are space programs in many countries around… Continue reading Space Exploration

Humans, The Future

Electronic Tattoos

Science fiction has given birth to many new technological advancements simply by inspiring curiosity. As our technological knowledge has increased we have been able to explore even more possibilities. We have now reached a point where nano-technology has merged with 3D printing and bio-MEM research to create an entirely new playground for the physicists of… Continue reading Electronic Tattoos

Mythology

Fairies – Supernatural Friends or Foes?

Legends surrounding fairies have been passed down by written, and verbal means, for thousands of years. The term is now used to describe supernatural beings that perform specific tasks. In each society, other names have been used for fairies, such as the moira in Ancient Greece and the fata in Ancient Rome. These beings were… Continue reading Fairies – Supernatural Friends or Foes?

The Future, Threats to Mankind

Bacterial Evidence of Life on Mars – Meteorite AH 84001

Mars is the closest planet to ours in the Solar System, and several of the meteorites that have been found on Earth have been identified as pieces of rock from its surface. In addition, it is believed that there was once liquid water available on the planet. Scientists are always exploring the possibility that Mars… Continue reading Bacterial Evidence of Life on Mars – Meteorite AH 84001

Books

12 Classic Children’s Books Every Adult Should Read Before They Die

Watership Down - Richard Adams (1972) Set in the beautiful English countryside of the Berkshire Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a developer. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they leave the… Continue reading 12 Classic Children’s Books Every Adult Should Read Before They Die

Books, Films, Humans

Strange Cases of Memory Loss

Amnesia can take different forms, which include: long and short term memory loss, as well as the inability to form new memories. Researchers have spent a significant period documenting cases of amnesia, as well as the possible causes. During this time some of the strangest cases that have been recorded include: Ansel Bourne The inspiration… Continue reading Strange Cases of Memory Loss