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Quantum 'keys' keep secrets safe from code breakers - Futurity

Alexander Sergienko and other physicists are using quantum mechanics to keep encrypted messages safe from code breakers. Here's how it works.

Octopus Genome Offers Insights Into One Of Ocean's Cleverest Oddballs

Scientists have just sequenced the first genome of an octopus, and it was no trivial task.<p>"The octopus has a very large genome. It's nearly the size of the human genome," says Carrie Albertin, a biologist at the University of Chicago.<p>As technology to sequence DNA has gotten faster and cheaper, …

Biology

Eco-friendly 3D printed supercar | Reuters

A California automotive start-up is hoping their prototype supercar will redefine car manufacturing. The sleek race car dubbed ‘Blade’ didn’t come off an assembly line - but out of a 3D printer.<p>Kevin Czinger of Divergent Microfactories has spent most of his career in the automotive industry. One …

3D Printing

Taking flight: Cape parrot identified as new species

The taxonomy of the Cape parrot, <i>Poicephalus</i> <i>robustus</i> <i>robustus</i>, has long been controversial, particularly amongst conservation biologists and policymakers. But today, a team of South African scientists published a study that agrees with previously published morphological, ecological, and behavioural …

Parrots

Why the 2015 Perseid meteor shower is going to be especially awesome

The<p>Perseid meteor showermaximum is upon us, and this year especially, you don't want to miss it.<p>The annual August meteor shower is one of the most prolific natural light shows of the year with up to 100 shooting stars streaking across the sky per hour at its peak.<p>It's also the brightest of the …

Astronomy

This Salad Is Outta This World: Astronauts Eat Greens Grown In Space

In space, food is freeze-dried, prepackaged, and frankly not always very tasty. But on Monday aboard the International Space Station, astronauts got a rare treat: fresh lettuce.<p>The red romaine lettuce was grown by NASA's Veggie project, which has one goal — to bring salad to space.<p>"It's just one of …

Space Science

Scientists Film Entire Nervous System at Work for First Time

This image shows the nervous system of the fruit fly as it crawls backwards (left) and forwards (right) - the blue regions indicate areas that activate first, the red ones that activate last. Howard Hughes Medical Institute<p>Ever wonder what it would look like inside the brain and nerves of a …

Nature Communications

Why You're More Likely To Be Killed By a Bee Than a Bear

Our fear of bear attacks is far greater than the actual risk of being mauled or killed, experts say.<p>The fatal grizzly bear attack on a hiker in Yellowstone National Park last week is a tragic yet also extremely rare event, experts say.<p>On Monday, park officials released the hiker's identity as …

Astronomers Want Your Vote to Help Name 32 Alien Worlds

A global contest to name 32 alien planets has entered the home stretch.<p>The public can now vote on a list of proposed common names for the 32 exoplanets, as well as most of their host stars, in the International Astronomical Union's "NameExoWorlds" competition. Voting is open through Oct. 31, and …

Exoplanets

3D-printed brain tissue

In the latest effort to build an artificial laboratory model of the brain, Australian researchers have developed a novel method for constructing layered biological structures that looks just like cerebral cortex tissue using a handheld 3D printer.<p>Neuroscientists rarely get the opportunity to study …

Neuroscience

Why Elephants May Go Extinct in Your Lifetime

"You want to make purchasing ivory and owning ivory socially unacceptable," says National Geographic Society Chief Science and Exploration Officer Terry Garcia.<p>Likely buyers, on average, tend to fall into the low- to middle-income bracket, skew younger than average, and are somewhat more likely to …

Wildlife

Mysterious Sunken Ship May Have Belonged to the Baron de Rothschild

A mysterious sunken ship uncovered in the waters off Israel nearly 40 years ago may have belonged to a famous French baron, new research suggests.<p>By poring over records and documents from the 1800s, researchers were able to tie the wreck to the Baron de Rothschild (1845-1934), or Edmond James …

Archaeology

The portable Steam Machine will cost $299, gets late 2016 release date

The handheld, portable Steam Machine previously known as the Steamboy will go on sale on Nov. 10 for $299 — the same day other Steam Machines from manufacturers like Alienware and Cyberpower hit store shelves — but the device won't actually ship until late next year, according to its …

Steam Machines

Superdata: Hearthstone pulls in $20 million a month as it disrupts the card game industry

<i>Hearthstone</i>, Blizzard's popular digital collectible card game, pulls in about $20 million a month, split almost evenly between the PC and mobile versions of the game, according to analyst firm Superdata.<p>The information is detailed in the company's summary of its annual digital card games report.<p>How …

PlayStation Plus members get to vote on September's free PS4 games starting Aug. 13 (update)

Vote to Play, the Sony program that lets PlayStation Plus subscribers choose which PlayStation 4 games will go free on the service, will kick off this week with a voting campaign for September's lineup, the company announced today.<p>Three PS4 games are up for voting: League of Geeks' <i>Armello</i>, Ubisoft …

Google's Life Sciences division to build a miniature glucose tracker

A pin-prick from a finger stick is a daily ritual for about 10 percent of the American population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes. In most cases, the condition requires long-term medication and lifestyle changes …

The ESL details its anti-drug policy, addresses recreational marijuana use

Drugs have no place in esports — performance-enhancing or otherwise.<p>That's the message the Electronic Sports League (ESL) is sending with its newly …

SpaceX rocket explodes after launch - CNN Video

An unmanned SpaceX rocket on a resupply mission to the International Space Station exploded minutes after its launch. SpaceX said that an "anomaly" had caused the rocket to fail.

Space Exploration

David Cameron: 'Tunisia death toll likely to rise'

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that 18 British nationals have died in the Tunisia beach resort massacre and the "death toll is likely to rise still further".<p>Mr Cameron said a national minute's silence would be held on Friday 3 July at 12:00 BST.<p>Tunisia has made its first arrests over the …

David Cameron

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says humans will be robots' pets

Humans will be taken care of like pets should robots take over because AI will want to preserve us as part of nature<p>Apple’s early-adopting, outspoken co-founder Steve Wozniak thinks humans will be fine if robots take over the world because we’ll just become their pets.<p>After previously stating that …

Artificial Intelligence

A New Cold War In The Void Of Space

Through a satellite darkly<p>By treaty, outer space is a weapons-free zone. In the future that might not be the case. America’s defense establishment, including the Department of Defense as well as intelligence agencies, are building a center to plan for war in space.<p>There is already a military aspect …

NASA wants suggestions for where to land humans on Mars

The agency will hear proposals at a conference in October<p>In an open invitation to the entire scientific and human spaceflight communities, NASA has announced it will accept suggestions on where to land humans on Mars.<p>The agency will hear these proposals at a conference in Houston this coming …

Space Science

based Home Computer

Buying a computer used to be something you had to plan and save money for, at least if you wanted one that would last for a while and have the …