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WyzeCam brings a motion sensing 1080P security camera for just $26

Security is on everyone’s minds lately, and most would love to add security cameras around their house. The one drawback to adding these security cameras is either price for wireless or experience for wired. Most wireless cameras are quite expensive, like Nest Cam, Netgear’s Arlo, and others. …

Magic mushrooms can 'reset' depressed brain

<b>A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can "reset" the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest.</b><p>The small study gave 19 patients a single dose of the psychedelic ingredient psilocybin.<p>Half of patients ceased to be depressed and experienced …

China Might Ban the Gas-Powered Car

China is also throwing some shade towards oil.<p>The country is taking steps to set a deadline to end the sale of fossil fuel powered cars, according to …

We Can Now Harness The Tardigrade's Strangest Superpower - And Give It to Other Organisms

Turn them into living glass.<p>Tiny tardigrades - also known as water bears and moss piglets - have many strange properties, including being able to …

This Giant Group of Whales Is Definitely Up to Something

You may have heard the story of Whale 52, otherwise known as the world’s loneliest whale — the one that’s spent years swimming solo through the …

Watch The Sun Absolutely Destroy The Fastest Object in The Solar System

Mesmerising.<p>Any comet is cool, but a sungrazer comet has an extra claim to fame - it dives perilously close to the sun, within 850,000 miles …

Microsoft exec: 'AI is the most important technology that anybody on the planet is working on today'

Dave Coplin, chief envisioning officer at Microsoft UK, told an audience of business leaders at an AI conference that AI is "the most important technology that anybody on the planet is working on today."<p>Before we go any further, it's worth putting that claim into perspective.<p>There are a number of …

Researchers have shaved a lot of bugs in the name of science

Hair be gone<p>Last month, scientists in Belgium announced that they had discovered one of the mechanisms that lets Saharan silver ants venture out into the desert during the hottest hours of the day. As it turns out, the small hairs on their bodies are shaped like triangular prisms, allowing them to …

Suspected supernova baffles astronomers

Thought to be a supernova, an extraordinary bright light 3.8 billion light years away has puzzled astronomers. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope will be …

Hidden Fossil Collection Offers Unique Window Into Extinction

News<p>For nearly a century, thousands of fossils belonging to the massive creatures that once roamed North America — saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, lions — collected dust in a bell tower in the heart of the University of California at Berkeley.<p>But now, this enormous collection of bones — housed in …

Dell to Merge With Storage Company EMC

Dell Inc. formally announced Monday morning that it has agreed to acquire network storage giant EMC Corp. for approximately $67 billion.<p>Under terms …

How Ants Survive Flooding by Forming Giant Rafts

Weird & Wild<p>Behavior seen in South Carolina floods is often used as a last resort by fire ant colonies.<p>Weird & Wild<p>Like something out of a Victorian jungle story, big rafts of teeming fire ants have been seen this week floating in South Carolina on high water that has also ruined homes and …

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Sand Like You've Never Seen It Before

Once more unto the beach<p>To the naked eye, sand looks pretty uniform. Tiny beige specks of varying shades, collectively covering beaches and shores and deserts. But when you peek at it through a microscope, all of that changes. Gary Greenburg, a research affiliate at the University of Hawaii …

Has giant LIGO experiment seen gravitational waves?

An improbable rumour has started that the observatory has already made a discovery — but even if true, the signal could be a drill.

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New Skype update includes Android Wear support

Microsoft has been quick to support Apple Watch on many of its popular iPhone apps. Skype made its way to the Apple Watch earlier this year, and now Microsoft is bringing Skype to Android Wear today. The latest Skype 6.4 for Android update brings messaging, new Skype Mojis, and the ability to …

MacArthur 'genius' grant winner creates artificial leaves that photosynthesize

It took nature millions of years to figure out how to turn energy from the sun into chemical energy that can be stored for a cloudy day - a process known as photosynthesis.<p>It took Peidong Yang, a chemist at UC Berkeley, about 10 years to accomplish a similar feat with the help of semiconductor …

Office 2016 arrives with features meant to take on Google (and everyone else)

Office 2016 is out of preview today, and in a sentence, it represents Microsoft's most obvious effort yet to catch up with Google Drive. Though the new release looks generally the same as the last version, it's designed for sharing and collaboration in a way that Office 2013 really wasn't. In …

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Egypt 'violated international law' through mass home demolitions along Sinai border with Gaza

The large-scale destruction of more than 3,200 buildings in Rafah as part of countering the threat of smuggling tunnels was probably disproportionate, says Human Rights Watch<p>The Egyptian army may have broken international law by forcibly evicting more than 3,000 families as part of its campaign …

Huawei Honor 7 implements novel approach to camera processing

Huawei recently unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Honor 7, and like many of this year’s flagships, an increased amount of attention has been placed on development and marketing of the handset’s camera, which features a 20MP sensor and f/2.0 aperture. As well as the physical hardware, …

20 kilometer high space elevator tower planned

Ambitious plans to build a twenty kilometer (12.4 miles) tall space elevator tower have been announced by a Canadian space technology firm.<p>Although this distance is a mere fraction of that reached in space missions, Thoth Technology says its ThothX Tower will make a major cost reduction in space …

The Global Race To Build The Fastest Supercomputer

Last one to exascale is a second-rate world power<p>High-performance supercomputers can solve complex problems in climate science, aerospace design, biomedicine, and particle physics. But they are also used to develop new kinds of stealth technology, run complex ballistics models, and simulate nuclear …

CERN's Large Hadron Collider has discovered a new class of particle

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of the pentaquark, a class of subatomic particle consisting of four quarks and one antiquark bound together. Like the Higgs boson before it, the pentaquark's existence has been theorized for years, but experiments in the …

Stretchy conductive ink puts computing power on your clothes

Those dreams of having computers in your clothing might be more realistic than you think. Japanese researchers have developed a printable conductive ink that maintains a circuit even when you stretch fabric to three times its usual length -- you could have athletic gear with hidden activity …

Nanotech

Biological weapons and designer babies: 15 years of decoding humanity’s DNA

On 26th June 2000, the Human Genome Project announced that they had a sequence of the human genome. Here’s how our understanding of DNA has changed the world since<p>15 years ago, President Bill Clinton and Prime Minster Tony Blair announced that humanity’s code was definitively cracked: scientists …

Parrot brain is built to mimic what we say

Portions of the parrot brain—long overlooked by scientists—could explain why they’re able to imitate what people say.<p>Parrots are one of the few …

OneWeb strikes a $500 million deal to provide internet globally via satellite

OneWeb has closed a $500 million funding round to build a satellite system that it says will provide affordable broadband services across the globe.<p>The company has attracted investment from Airbus, Bharti Enterprises, Qualcomm, Coca-Cola, Virgin Group and others. It will use the funds to develop …

Building bigger brains | Sharon Darwish

A new study uncovers the role of a single gene that can control brain size and intelligence — of zebrafish and guppies<p>Bottlenose dolphins have an average brain mass of 1.6 kg, slightly greater than that of humans, and about four times the size of chimpanzee brains.<p>Although you couldn’t really …

FLIR's thermal camera is out for iOS, Android to follow

That second-gen FLIR One thermal camera we saw earlier this year is now available for iPhones and iPads, with the Android version shipping in July. If the last time you've heard about it was back in 2014, this might come as a surprise, as the first-gen camera was embedded in an iPhone 5/5s case. …

Earth is on track for a mass extinction, and humans are to blame, study says

Today's animal species are disappearing at a rate up to 100 times higher than they did in the past <b>--</b> and humans are responsible, a new study warns.<p>Since the year 1500, at least 338 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have become extinct, researchers reported Friday in the …

German Lasers Hit Moving Drone

Hitting a moving target is sort of an important thing for an anti-drone weapon<p>This ain't a laser light scene, it’s an arms race. Thanks to recent technological advances, wars of the future might see swarms of cheap and deadly drones flying through the sky. And when they do, cheap lasers may finally …