Could we be living in a computer game?

Everything around us seems real enough, but recently a growing number of scientists have started to wonder whether life is all just an incredibly sophisticated simulation.

Although the debate has been raging for years, Neil deGrasse Tyson recently gathered a group of eminent scientists in an attempt to put the theory to bed — or at least discuss ways to test it.

And the mathematical evidence seemingly points to the fact that our lives could be nothing more than an elaborate computer game-style existence.

Tyson gathered a group of scientists at the New York City's American Museum of Natural History…

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Human diseases caused extinction of Neanderthals

With the advent of agriculture around 12,000 years ago, humans were suddenly living in dense populations, becoming increasingly sedentary, and interacting with livestock. A far cry from hunter-gatherer life, these were ideal conditions for certain diseases to flourish and spread.

The longstanding view is that many of the major human infectious diseases that exist today arose during that time.

However, a recent study published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology now claims that not only were infectious diseases “as old as man,” it was a primary factor that hastened the end of our ancestors the Neanderthals.

The research indicates…

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China’s ‘Virtual Cremation’ Ride

So, how does it really feel like after dying? Man has always been curious about the afterlife and what really happens to his body after he dies.

So irresistible is the curiosity, in some instances, that some enterprising individuals have capitalized on it – in the Philippines, for example, some funeral houses have featured upright coffins where people can get in and feel how it is like in a coffin (and take “dead” pictures of themselves, of course!)

But that’s nothing compared to one unusual attraction at the Window of the World amusement park in Shenzhen, China, where people…

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Comets, asteroids paved way to ‘life’ in Mars?

A series of massive comet and asteroid impacts four billion years ago may have left Mars with perfect conditions for life, a new study has found.

“The ancient impacts could have melted subsurface ice on a cold and barren Mars, producing regional hydrothermal systems much like those in Yellowstone National Park that harbor extreme life today. It is believed a series of comets and asteroids as large as West Virginia caused the changes,” said Professor Steve Mojzsis of the University of Colorado.

“The study shows the ancient bombardment of Mars by comets and asteroids would have been greatly beneficial to…

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Scientists, insurers developing ‘death clock’

Of course, it’s impossible these days, even with the latest advances in science and technology, to know exactly when we will all give up the ghost.

Scientists from England, however, have teamed up with the insurance industry to create an algorithm which will accurately predict when customers will die.

The University of East Anglia, in partnership with British insurance firm Aviva, is launching a four-year study – funded by a £800,000 grant from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) – to determine life expectancy and long-term illness.

“People around the world are living longer,” said lead researcher Prof Elena…

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