Creating Synthetic Life

Synthetic genomics In May 2010, Craig Venter announced to the world that his scientific team had successfully created new life out of the digital universe. The first synthetic cell whose parent is a computer, was the culmination of 15 years of painstaking research. Declared as a revolutionary ...

Transcending Duality

At a crossroads The British naturalist and filmmaker Sir David Attenborough has said that humans are a plague on the Earth. The problems of climate change and population growth, in particular, will reach a crisis point over the next 50 years, according to some scientists. Things are looking very ...

The Race to Mars

The new space race Alongside America and Russia, the main contenders in the race to Mars include China, Japan, India and the European Space Agency, which all have sophisticated space programmes. NASA has had great success with previous Mars missions using its robot Rover, but pulling together ...

The Seventh Kingdom

The Genesis of AI Often we define technology in terms of anything invented after we were born, or simply the stuff that doesn't quite work yet. Rarely do we think of it having its own set of desires and wants. but amid the multitude of high-tech innovations that regularly hit the highstreet, ...