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What humans will look like in 100,000 years ?

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Homo sapiens have slowly evolved over thousands of millennia, but what happens when modern technology comes into play?

Visual artist, Nickolay Lamm of Pittsburgh, Pa., tried to answer that question. Interested in illustrating how humans would look like in 100,000 years, he asked science for the answers.

“Because I’m not expert in evolution, got in touch with Dr. Alan Kwan who gave me his educated guess at what we may look like,” Lamm told FoxNews.com in an email.

Working with Dr. Kwan, who has a PhD in computational genomics from Washington University, they established “one possible timeline” to future human evolution of sorts. It’s not science — just a “thought experiment,” Kwan has clarified — but it’s fascinating to think about.
Published on MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, these changes to modern-day humans were based on the assumption that by the 210th century, scientists will be able to modify human appearances before birth through zygotic genome engineering technology.

Kwan based his theories on the accepted idea that between 800,000 and 200,000 years ago, the Earth underwent a period of fluctuation in its climate, which resulted in a tripling of the human brain, as well as skull size. Scientists agree that the rapid changes in climate may have created a favorable environment for those with the ability to adapt to new challenges and situations.

This trend has noticeably continued, for British scientists have found that modern humans have less prominent features and higher foreheads than people during medieval times.

“My goal is to get people talking and thinking about things they otherwise wouldn’t have. For example, this ‘Future Face’ project is getting people talking about whether or not something like ‘Gattaca’ may happen,” Lamm told FoxNews.com, referring to the 1997 movie starring Ethan Hawke.

Some have criticized Dr. Kwan for appearing to ignore common scientific knowledge. Such 100,000 year projections are “fantasy,” Razib Khan, a geneticist, told Matthew Herper of Forbes.

“This is more of a speculative look than a scientific look into one possible future where human engineering replaces natural evolution in determining human physiology, but we have been very happy that our humble project has garnered so much attention and provided a platform for others share their own vision of the future,” Kwan said, according to Lamm.

12 Alarm Clocks You will Actually Obey in the Morning

Getting out of bed in the morning is probably the hardest part of the day. I have four alarms set every morning, 10 minutes apart. I still struggle to pick myself up after the last alarm, and removing myself from my wonderful blanket burrito is close to torture. Perhaps, it has something to do with the fact that my alarm is the default noise that comes on a phone. If I had one of these alarms, I might actually wake up on time every morning.

1. Carpet Alarm Clock

This alarm clock sounds at the time you’ve set it, but it won’t turn off until you stand on it. It literally forces you to get out of bed.
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2. Wake N’ Bacon Alarm Clock

If there is one thing that might possibly get me out of bed on time, it’s bacon. Or, you know, the potential for my alarm clock to burn down my apartment.
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3. SnūzNLūz Alarm Clock

This one is pretty brilliant. You set it up over Wi-Fi to donate money to charity if you oversleep. Most people value their dollar, and while I’m all for donating money, I’d rather do it under my own power than as a penalty for not waking up.
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4. Banclock Alarm Clock

If you’d rather save money than spend it, the Banclock is for you. It won’t stop going off until you put a coin in it.
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5. Danger Bomb Alarm Clock

This alarm clock wakes you up in the morning and forces you to cut the correct wire.
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6. Drill Sergeant Alarm Clock

Nothing like a drill sergeant yelling at you to wake you up in the morning.
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7. Sub Morning Alarm Clock

This one is pretty extreme. It keeps ringing until you submerge it in water.
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8. Silence Alarm Clock

This alarm clock wakes you up with movement rather than noise. Instead of loud music blaring, you wear a wristband, which will shake at your set time.
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9. Wake Up, Work Out Alarm Clock

Are two major setbacks in your life not waking up on time and not going to the gym? If so, this alarm clock can help you out. While it’s only a pound and a half, it forces you to do 30 curls before the alarm shuts off.

10. Throw Ball Alarm Clock

Sometimes you just get the urge to chuck your alarm clock across the room. For this version, that’s actually perfect. It’s designed to be tossed in order to stop the alarm.
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11. Blender Alarm Clock

If you’re a heavy sleeper, you might need something a little louder to wake you up. Well, how about the sound of a blender next to your head?
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12. Clocky Alarm Clock

If you’re guilty of hitting the snooze button one too many times, you may just need a Clocky. This little guys will jump off your nightstand and roll around the room if you hit snooze, forcing you to actually get up and chase it.
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Sunshine Solar Charger

If you’re looking for a greener way to power your smartphone, look no further than the Sunshine Solar Charger from XD Design. This eco-friendly charger powers your mobile devices using the power of the sun, so you can feel better about just how much you use your phone.

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The Sunshine Solar Charger looks just like a hi-tech floral bouquet, so it’s easy on both your eyes and your power needs. This green energy source features a 2600mAh rechargeable lithium battery that stores the energy collected from the sun, and transfers it to your mobile devices via USB. For greater efficiency, it features a set of five integrated solar panels, so you can quickly charge your devices without running out of power.

Whether you’re looking for an eco-friendly charging option, or need a power source for your smartphone while camping, the Sunshine Solar Charger will keep you connected.

8 Tiny Sculptures You Can Only See With An Electron Microscope  

When art and science collide, beautiful things happen. That’s the case with the Wim Noorduin’s nanosculptures. For the past few years, this Harvard materials scientist has been using basic chemistry to create beautiful forms so small, you need an electron microscope to see them.

These delicate flower-like forms are smaller than the width of a human hair, but that doesn’t make them any less beautiful. The simplicity of the process Noorduin takes to create them actually makes them even more impressive. He simply mixes chemicals in a beaker to create tiny colorful crystals that grow into a variety of shapes, though he’s developed ways to manipulate the process.

“Over the years, I’ve been growing thousands of these samples, and I’ve tried many ways to stack structures on top of each other, and to sculpt them while they’re growing,” Noorduin told The Creators Project recently. “I notice, of course, that with all these experiments, some things aesthetically simply work better than others. That’s how I started to develop a sort of style in which most of the structures started to look like flowers.”

It’s kind of a bummer they’re so small, actually. Electron microscopes are hard to come by! Then again, size doesn’t matter.

8 Tiny Sculptures You Can Only See With an Electron Microscope

8 Tiny Sculptures You Can Only See With an Electron Microscope

8 Tiny Sculptures You Can Only See With an Electron Microscope

8 Tiny Sculptures You Can Only See With an Electron Microscope

8 Tiny Sculptures You Can Only See With an Electron Microscope

8 Tiny Sculptures You Can Only See With an Electron Microscope

8 Tiny Sculptures You Can Only See With an Electron Microscope

8 Tiny Sculptures You Can Only See With an Electron Microscope

NASA Space Rover Drives On The Underside Of The Ice

NASA just completed a test of an early prototype-maybe just an early, early precursor-space rover that may be flown to explore the Jupiter moon Europa. What’s cool is that the rover is designed to float on the underside of the ice and “rove as if the underside of the ice is the ground.” Up is down, down is up.

NASA says that it’s the first time ever that an underwater, under-ice, untethered vehicle has been operated through satellite link. It’s one of the cool technologies that can help us better understand the world we live in now while preparing us for exploration of future worlds.

 

 

How Computer Memory Really Works

We talk about memory a lot when we discuss gadgets, and it’s no surprise: it’s one of the biggest indicators of performance in the gadgets we all use. But rarely do we stop and think about how it works at the very basic level.

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In this video, Dr Steve Bagley explains how logic gates-the simplest of digital systems-are used to store information in computer memory. When you stop and think about how many of those you need, and how small they can be made these days, it’s quite amazing.

The 8 Coolest New Tricks Your Nest Can Do

Late last night, Nest announced its Developer Program: An initiative that’s going to allow more than 5,000 developers to tinker and build new Nest functionality. To kick things off, it’s launching with a handful of partner-enabled features, from your Benz telling your thermostat when you get close to home to your LIFX bulbs flashing red if Protect detects smoke.

Keep in mind, this is just a sort of teaser-the real fun will come from the developers who now have access to Nest’s framework. And for now, many of these new features are only available with certain brands, which makes sense, since these are launch partners. We don’t all drive Mercedes-Benz, and we don’t all use Logitech remotes.

But remember: These launch features are just the first, Nest-produced partnerships. More are sure to come in the future.


Your washer and dryer will keep clothes fresh if you’re away.

If your thermostat notices you’re not home when a cycle ends, Whirlpool appliances will freshen them up when you get near to make sure they’re wrinkle-free. It’ll also delay cycles if your Nest tells it that it’s nearing a “rush hour” time when energy consumption is peaking.

The 8 Coolest New Tricks Your Nest Can Do


Your lights will flash red when there’s a fire.

Thanks to integration with LIFX, the Australian LED bulb startup, you can tell Protect to flash your lights red (or some other color) when something’s up. You can also tell it to do things like turn your lights on and off when your thermostat is in “away” mode.

The 8 Coolest New Tricks Your Nest Can Do


Nest will know when you wake up and go to sleep.

One of Nest’s partners in the new program is Jawbone-which means that for starters, you’ll be able to set your Nest to adapt to when you wake up and go to sleep. So if you like your house cooler when you sleep and warmer when you’re awake, or some other sleep-based pattern, Jawbone will talk to your thermostat so it adjust automatically.

The 8 Coolest New Tricks Your Nest Can Do


Protect can text your neighbor if there’s smoke. 

Using IFTTT-a framework that connects web apps-you can set up a nearly infinite number of alerts based around Nest. Want to let your neighbors know if Protect smells smoke? Just set up an IFTT alert for “If Protect detects smoke, text my neighbors.” And yep-you can set up alerts for Facebook and Twitter to. If you must.

The 8 Coolest New Tricks Your Nest Can Do


You can set your temperature from Google Now.

Say you want to set your temperature via your phone (or your Android Wear smart watch!). Wherever you are, just say “OK Google. Set Nest to 72 degrees.” This particular one won’t be available until the fall.

The 8 Coolest New Tricks Your Nest Can Do


Nest will know when you come and go from your garage door opener.

If you have a Chamberlain or LiftMaster garage door, you can ask it to let your Nest thermostat know when you come and go, and adjust to your every-day schedule that way. This one will be available in the fall, too.

The 8 Coolest New Tricks Your Nest Can Do


You can control your Nest using Logitech remotes.

Using Logitech’s universal remote, you can set your thermostat as you would normally.

The 8 Coolest New Tricks Your Nest Can Do


Nest will know when you arrive home in your car.

If you drive a Mercedes-Benz, first of all, congratulations. Second of all, your car can now connect with your Nest products-not only can you check them from behind the wheel, but Nest will start heating or cooling when you get near.

The 8 Coolest New Tricks Your Nest Can Do