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Singularity University: You, too, can study the future

Just how special is your intelligence? If you're a unique kind of smarty-pants, you can go to Singularity University, a program launched this week with the lofty intention of tackling "humanity's grand challenges."

Peter Diamandis, a promoter of personal space flight, got the idea while reading Raymond Kurzweil's 2005 book The Singularity Is Near , which discusses the merging and rapidly advancing areas of bio, nano and information technology...

February 4, 2009 — Jordan Lite
Expeditions

Heading home

Editor's note: Marine geophysicist Robin Bell is leading an expedition to Antarctica to explore a mysterious mountain range beneath the ice sheet. Following is the 20th of her updates on the effort as part of ScientificAmerican.com's In-Depth Report on the "Future of the Poles." The entire camp let out a sigh when the last survey flight landed.  Together we had sent the plane t on 52 missions, a distance equivalent to flying twice around the globe.  The survey data now fills two large aluminum boxes that will be shipped back to the U.S...

February 4, 2009 — Robin Bell

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