Can mankind survive mass extinction?

Scientists have warned that the human race may be just as likely to disappear as a rare animal species.

When we consider the possibility of a major disaster wiping out a large percentage of life on Earth we tend to take it for granted that our own species would go on, especially given our dominance of the planet and our unique ability to employ technological solutions to complex problems.

According to a new report by scientists from the University of Leeds, mankind may be no more likely to survive a mass extinction than a species of animal that is currently…

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Experts call for ban on AI weapons

More than 1,000 top experts among them Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and hundreds of other scientists, engineers and researchers have called for a full ban on autonomous weapon systems.

In fact, they have written an open letter this week designed to encourage a complete ban on AI weapons and killer robots before their development sparks a new arms race across the globe.

Entitled "Autonomous Weapons: an Open Letter from AI & Robotics Researchers", the document details the opinion held by many that autonomous weapon systems pose an existential threat that could ultimately lead to humanity being wiped off the face…

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Scream Research Could Lead to Scarier Alarms

The sound of a person screaming is so powerful that it instantly activates the brain’s fear circuitry, new research documenting the “acoustic signature of screams” finds.

Different types of screaming — including wails from distressed babies — all have a property called roughness, which refers to how fast a sound’s volume changes. Duplicating that quality, outlined in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology, could lead to everything from scarier films to new and improved alarm sounds.

 “If you ask a person on the street what’s special about screams, they’ll say that they’re loud or have a higher pitch,”…

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Ghosts More Likely to Be Male

PARANORMAL experts who specialized in ghost hunting have revealed that in a study of 337 cases of people who have reported encounters with the dead, many of the apparitions were of people who have died violently, particularly males.

If the apparition was of someone who died violently, it was more likely to appear to a stranger. On the other hand, apparitions of people who died naturally were more likely to appear to a friend or family member.

Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson, a psychologist at the University of Iceland, investigated the cases in the 1980s by conducting interviews with the people who…

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Replying to alien signals could lead to earth’s end

Last week, Professor Stephen Hawking and a number of other prominent scientists announced the launch of a new $100 million initiative designed to find evidence of intelligent extraterrestrial life.

The endeavor will be one of the most thorough and extensive ever undertaken and will focus on picking up signs of radio signals that might have been sent by someone else out in space.

However, a noted Australian scientist now wants others to think twice before replying to signals from outer space, pointing out that while listening for alien messages could help us learn more about our place in the universe,…

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