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Renewed Hope in the Energy Transfer-Williams Deal Sent the 2 Stocks Soaring in May

<b>What:</b> Shares of both <b>Williams Companies</b> and <b>Energy Transfer Equity</b> climbed 20% and 12.7%, respectively, in May. The reason for the optimism about the two stocks was that it appears the proposed merger between the two companies will happen -- which benefits Williams -- and that the companies appear to …

In Chile, Solar Power Outgrows the Grid, So They’re Giving it Away

In a cautionary tale illustrating the complex challenges of integrating renewable energy into the electrical grid, spot electricity prices in Chile …

2016 June 3 - NGC 4631: The Whale Galaxy

<b>NGC 4631: The Whale Galaxy</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Martin Pugh<p><b>Explanation:</b> NGC 4631 is a big beautiful spiral galaxy. Seen edge-on, it lies only 25 …

This Crazy 'Einstein Ring' Has Just Been Discovered 10,000 Million Light-Years From Earth

Optical illusions in deep space.<p>Originally predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity, an Einstein ring is one of the rarest and most …

Digital forensics: from the crime lab to the library

Archivists are borrowing and adapting techniques used in criminal investigations to access data and files created in now-obsolete systems.<p>When …

Yes, The Pentagon Still Uses Floppy Disks For Nuclear Launches

And they're probably safer than newer technologies<p>A weird and totally true thing about the modern world is that whoever gets to be President of the United States has 7,100 nuclear warheads at their command. Theorized in the 1930s and first built and used in the 1940s, these weapons shape the outer …

Google wins Oracle copyright fight over Android code

Today, a jury in California's Northern District federal court declared that Google's use of copyright-protected code in Android was fair use, freeing it of any liability. Oracle, which controls the copyright on the code, had been seeking $9 billion for the use of the code.<p>The case centers around an …

U.S. Federal Courts

Astronomers Might Have Just Solved a Key Mystery About the Origin of Life

If a massive solar storm struck the Earth today, it could wipe out our technology and hurl us back to the dark ages. Lucky for us, events like this …

This guy saw his Microsoft coworkers struggle to manage their money, and it gave him the idea for a $150 million app

It was toward the end of the 2000s. Microsoft was making them all a lot of money.<p>But not all of their Microsoft colleagues were great at navigating the complicated world of stock-option vesting schedules, 401(k)s, and all the other stuff that goes into turning money into even more money.<p>That …

Computer science class fails to notice their TA was actually an AI chatbot

With all this talk about chatbots from Facebook and Microsoft, teaching artificial intelligence to be smarter has become a central topic of the tech world. But what about what AI can teach <i>us?</i><p>Ashok Goel, a computer science professor at Georgia Tech, put that question to the test when he added “Jill …

Artificial Intelligence

'Origami robot' can be swallowed in pill and then sent on missions in the human body

An ‘origami robot’ that can be swallowed in a pill and then sent on missions inside the body promises a revolution in internal treatment of the digestive system, scientists have claimed.<p>A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sheffield University, and the Tokyo Institute of …

A Magnetic Explosion In Space, Seen Up Close For The First Time

Four little probes tell the story of space weather<p>As part of NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission, four spacecraft have been cruising through the boundary where the Earth's magnetic field bumps up against the Sun's for the past year. Like sending sensors into a storm, the idea is to learn more …

Blisk is the browser every developer has been longing for

While Mozilla has already taken a decent stab at building the ultimate dev-friendly tool with its Developer Edition of Firefox, Blisk is the browser every Web builder needs in their life.<p>Designed specifically for developers and currently available for Windows, Blisk is a free Chromium-based browser …

IBM Just Made a Powerful Research Tool Available to Everyone for Free

IBM has a powerful new research project that anyone can use for free.<p>The business technology company’s research arm said on Wednesday that it’s …

Quantum Computing

Microsoft experiments with DNA storage: 1,000,000,000 TB in a gram

Reading and writing are a bit of a chore, but it keeps data safe for thousands of years.<p>Microsoft is buying ten million strands of DNA from biology …

We're More Attracted to People Who Just "Get" Us, According to Science

Feeling perfectly understood by another person is rare — which is probably why it's so gratifying, even sexy, when someone just innately gets us. …

Psychology

This Droplet of DNA Could Store 600 Smartphones Worth of Retrievable Data

To most of us, DNA stores the code of all living things.<p>But according to computer scientists, DNA may one day become the preferential storage medium …

Genetics

Science: This Psychological Trick Can Actually Make You Happier

This will work for every human. It doesn't matter what culture you're from.<p><i>What are some brain hacks that a neuroscientist or a psychologist knows that most people don't? originally appeared on Quora -</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique</i> …

Psychology

Now anyone can build their own version of Microsoft's racist, sexist chatbot Tay

Company releases open-source chatbot framework allowing developers to build their own versions of its disastrous Twitter bot experiment<p>Microsoft has released open source tools for people to build their own chatbots, as it set out its view of the immediate future of artificial intelligence as …

Artificial Intelligence

These Earbuds Will Give You Bionic Super-Hearing

<b>Correction appended Wednesday, March 2</b><p>The world is a prison. As I close my front gate, it slams like a heavy cell door securing itself shut. My …

Consumer Tech

No Cashier Required: To Shop at This Store You Just Need a Phone

At this store in Sweden, customers simply use their cellphones to unlock the door with a swipe of the finger and scan their purchases. All they need to do is to register for the service and download an app. They get charged for their purchases in a monthly invoice.<p>The 24-hour store is the …

Teens as young as 14 rescued from sexual exploitation during Super Bowl, FBI says

Seven teenagers, some as young as 14 years old, were rescued from forced prostitution in the San Francisco Bay Area during Super Bowl week, authorities announced Tuesday.<p>Some of the victims had previously been reported missing by their parents, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said. They …

Your future contact lenses could double as electronic displays

Forget Google Glass. Contact lenses could be used to browse the web and even monitor your health in the future.<p>Scientists have a proof of concept of …

Giant supernova in the sky smashes previous record, stuns scientists

There's breaking a record, and then there's blowing it to smithereens. Astronomers using relatively small telescopes around the globe have spotted the brightest supernova ever seen, shining about 20 times brighter than the 100 billion stars in the entire Milky Way galaxy — or, put another way, as …

Universe

How to Erase Everything You've Said to Google

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Doodling

Internet-connected homes open the door to hackers

It's nighttime in Saudi Arabia, so we can't see much when Aamir Lakhani hacks into a video stream. But the fact that we can see the video stream at all is startling.<p>Even more surprising, we are viewing it from the conference room of cybersecurity company Fortinet, 8,100 miles away in Sunnyvale, …

Internet of Things

Give Your Self-Confidence a Boost

People who have self-confidence are more likely to feel like they can achieve their goals and that they are capable of SEIZING THEIR LIFE. Those lacking confidence have the tendency to view life with a negative lens that distorts their perspective about self and what they can accomplish in life. We …

Mastering Your Motivation

A few years ago, as I sat through the presentation for a startup company, it wasn’t clear to me what was driving the business. There didn’t appear to …

Computer attack insurance rates rise after high-profile breaches

Just as you safeguard your home with insurance, companies get insurance to cover any problems with customer and corporate data. With hacking on the rise, that protection is getting harder to obtain and pay for.<p>A torrent of cyberattacks on US companies over the past two years has led cyber insurers …

Health Care