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Star Wars lightsaber colors, explained

Today is Star Wars Day, according to some marketers who work at Disney. You can celebrate by choosing your own lightsaber color.<p>This chart shows all of the known colors in the <i>Star Wars</i> universe,along with what we know about the characters who typically use them.<p>Research for this chart comes from …

Star Wars Day

Scientists develop new 'kill switch' to destroy genetically-modified organisms that escape

Genetically modified organisms hold a lot of promise for creating hardier crops and faster growing fish, but even supporters are concerned about invasive organisms running wild. If a faster, better, stronger strain of bacteria escaped the lab, how would we stop it? Now, scientists have come up with …

Genetics

Scientists Have Created an Organic Farm That Stores More Carbon Than It Emits

Is this how we make agriculture more sustainable?<p>Agriculture contributes approximately 35 percent of the planet's greenhouse gas emissions, but …

Farming

Facebook is planning to test its 747-sized internet drones this summer

Facebook's ambitious plan to bring internet to the entire world with a fleet of broadband-beaming unmanned aerial vehicles has taken a step closer to fruition. The company's vice president of engineering, Jay Parikh, told <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> that Facebook is planning "a real test flight" of its …

Wall Street

Google to build robot surgeons with Johnson & Johnson

Pair have entered collaboration to develop robotic tools for surgeons<p>Google is to team up with healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson to build robotic surgeons in the Silicon Valley giant's latest foray into healthcare.<p>The tech giant will work with J&J medical device division Ethicon to develop new …

Human embryo modifications must be halted, scientists urge

Warning suggests there could be safety and ethical concerns if moratorium isn't imposed<p>The emerging ability to modify human embryos in a way that …

Amazon Cloud Drive can now store unlimited files for $60 a year

Amazon is making cloud storage a whole lot more affordable. It's overhauling the pricing structure for Cloud Drive today to offer two unlimited storage plans — neither of which is very expensive. For $11.99 per year, Amazon is offering unlimited photo storage and 5GBs of storage for anything else …

Cloud Computing

Is This Sky Garden The Workplace Of The Future?

The way we work is changing. Most people don’t need to show up for work at a stodgy office building at 9 a.m. anymore. We work in coffee shops. We work from home at odd hours. We stand up while we work. And if interior designers Sean Cassidy and Joe Wilson have their way, we’ll grow our own food at …

The Workplace

'Designer babies' debate should start, scientists say

<b>Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.</b><p>Dr Tony Perry, a pioneer in cloning, has announced precise DNA editing at the moment of conception in mice.<p>He said huge advances in the past two years meant …

Genetics

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

In Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley, hedge fund manager Joon Yun is doing a back-of-the-envelope calculation. According to US social security data, he says, the probability of a 25-year-old dying before their 26th birthday is 0.1%. If we could keep that risk constant throughout life instead …

Peter Thiel