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  1. Tech

    Intel Wants to Save Steven Hawking’s Speech

    Stephen Hawking is one of the most well regarded scientists of our day, and for decades now he has relied on technology to allow him to speak. Hawking suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, and as his condition declines, so does the rate at which he can communicate. Now, Intel says they can use new technology to increase Hawking's ability to communicate, which has dropped to as little as one word per minute.

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  2. Science

    Paralympic Opening Celebrates Science, Includes Higgs Boson Discovery

    The opening ceremony for the 2012 Paralympic Games was held last night in London and included references to some very important scientific discoveries. This ranged from the Big Bang to what was apparently a representation of the recent discovery of what many are calling the Higgs boson particle. It's a bit hard to tell, though, given that the elusive particle was apparently represented by a bunch of silver umbrellas.

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  3. Science

    Stephen Hawking: CERN Discovery Will Win Higgs Nobel Prize, Lost Me $100

    Yesterday's announcement that CERN discovered a "Higgs-like" particle will surely be one of the most talked about scientific discoveries of the age. For most physicists, it means exploring a new channel of particle physics. However, for famed scientists Stephen Hawking, it meant something far more personal: Losing a $100 bet with University of Michigan physicist Godon Kane.

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  4. Weird

    Report: Stephen Hawking is a Regular at a Sex Club

    Radar Online is reporting that 70-year-old Stephen Hawking has been a regular at the Freedom Acres swingers club in California for around five years. According to the report, Hawking shows up to the swingers club with his nurses and assistants, then has naked women grind on him. For science, probably. He's Stephen Hawking, after all.

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  5. Science

    Stephen Hawking Understands Everything but Women

    In an interview with New ScientistStephen Hawking was asked what he thought about most during the day. In a classic, age-old form, he replied, "Women. They are a complete mystery to me." Possibly even more amusing, he wasn't making the fairly standard joke -- he was serious. A man who literally wrote the book on something as complex as Time doesn't understand women.

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  6. Science

    Stephen Hawking: Heaven Is a “Fairy Story”

    Physicist and bestselling author Stephen Hawking may believe in extraterrestrial intelligence and the theoretical possibility of time travel, but for him, the notion of life after death is a fiction too fanciful to accept. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Hawking referred to heaven as a "fairy story" and spoke in support of a humanist ethic that emphasizes making the most of our time on Earth rather than the promise of a hereafter. Hawking:

    I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first... I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
    In the interview, Hawking also lobbed this profound mindbender: "Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in." (Guardian via Doc Searls)

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  7. Tech

    Stephen Hawking Fills Us in on How to Build a Time Machine

    In a column for noted scientific journal The Daily Mail, accomplished physicist Stephen Hawking -- who's been more at ease talking about out-there topics of late -- writes an instructive DIY guide to time machine construction. Though he admits to past concerns that he'd be "labelled a crank" in stodgier scientific circles for his explorations into time travel, he now admits to an open fascination with the subject. The Daily Mail headline ("STEPHEN HAWKING: How to build a time machine") and dek ("All you need is a wormhole, the Large Hadron Collider or a rocket that goes really, really fast") may oversell the piece a bit, but its value is as a popular science primer. Like his remarks about alien overlords, if Hawking has to give some writers easy misconstruable headlines and pop-up jokes in exchange for a lively debate about science (and publicity for his new TV show, Stephen Hawking's Universe, which debuts on May 9th), so be it.

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  8. Entertainment

    Your Prescribed Dose of Neil DeGrasse Tyson

    Stephen Hawking was quoted last week on the possibility of alien life in the universe:
    If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans.
    This Tuesday, CNN had Neil Degrasse Tyson on, to weigh in on Hawking's bold pronouncement. Professor Tyson's responses are befitting of an arguable spiritual successor to Carl Sagan.

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  9. Science

    Stephen Hawking’s Alien Warning: Let’s not Contact them, After All

    Stephen Hawking: "If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans...

    We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet."

    In what I have to imagine will be one of the better headlines you are going to read today, scientist Stephen Hawking offers some sage advice on how to deal with an alien encounter.

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