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Solar flare flurry footage released by Nasa – video

Nasa images from its Solar Dynamics Observatory show the sun producing solar flares. A mid-level flare was registered in the last week of August, but the activity continued, with more than six further flares registered by the SDO. A solar flare is a burst of radiation that cannot penetrate the …

Five-year-olds to be taught computer programming and foreign languages

Children aged just five to seven will be required to create and debug simple computer programs in the first two years of school, as part of lessons designed to stop English pupils falling behind their peers in other countries.<p>Primary school children will be given compulsory lessons in computer …

Whole organ 'grown' in world first

<b>A whole functional organ has been grown from scratch inside an animal for the first time, say researchers in Scotland.</b><p>A group of cells developed into a thymus - a critical part of the immune system - when transplanted into mice.<p>The findings, published in Nature Cell Biology, could pave the way to …

Immune System

Scientists grow whole organs inside animals for the first time

Researchers have had success growing organs in controlled lab environments, but repeating that feat inside a complex, messy animal body? That's more than a little tricky. However, researchers at the University of Edinburgh have managed that daunting feat for the first time. They've grown thymus …

Turn any bike electric with the Barak e-bike kit

E-bike expert Micah Toll has created a DIY kit that allows anyone to turn any bike electric.<p>The electronic bike is on the rise, but, like anything new, it's going to set you back a pretty penny to buy one off the rack -- up to thousands of dollars in some cases. Luckily, there's also a growing …

Electric Vehicles

9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes | Inc.com

Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of "you're so <i>talented</i>," but truthfully, talent has little to do with it.<p>Creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed, just like any other. Juggling takes practice, as does …

Creativity

Man Diagnosed 'Comatose' For 23 Years Was Actually Conscious All Along

In what can only be described as a harrowing instance of misdiagnosis, a Belgian man presumed comatose for 23 years after a near-fatal car crash was actually conscious and paralyzed the entire time. Rom Houben, whose real state was discovered three years ago but only now made public, could be one …

Wikipedia isn't perfect, but as a model it's as good as it gets

The row over Channel 4's revelations that people using government computers have been making questionable edits to Wikipedia pages is intriguing. It would of course be scandalous if it transpired that officials within the UK government or police service had <i>conspired</i> to tamper with Wikipedia pages …

22 Pictures That Prove We're Living In The Damn Future

The future is now, y'all.

Drones

Four Women Doing Fine After Getting Vagina Implants Made From Their Own Cells

The women have Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, which gives them underdeveloped vaginas and uteruses.<p>So. Yes. A team of doctors is reporting that they grew vaginas in a lab and implanted them in four girls who had underdeveloped vaginas and uteruses because of a rare genetic condition. This …

Wake Forest University

Researchers Made A Shark-Stalking Robot — Then The Sharks Turned On It

Last November, scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Ocean Systems Laboratory took an autonomous shark-stalking robot to Guadalupe, Mexico, to track and film great white sharks. Two weeks ago, they released the footage, and it looks as though the stalker became the stalkee.<p>The …

The lost art of passwords: What we lost when hackers conquered the Internet

These days we’re adopting increasingly complex passwords to protect our information. Here’s what we’re giving up<p>News this week that Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion passwords makes me want to throw up my hands in resignation and change all my passwords back to “password.”<p>A security expert …

Pump Up The Bass, Feel Like A Boss

Pump-up songs make us feel capable and powerful. Athletes know that intuitively — batters swagger out to raucous walk-up songs, stars like Serena Williams and Lebron James warm up with headphones on (except when, in James's case, the headphones come off to blast Wu-Tang Clan in the locker room).<p>But …

Man Uses “WarKitteh” to Discover Unprotected Wi-Fi Networks in His Neighborhood

• Home<br>• Miscellaneous<br>• News<br>• Man Uses “WarKitteh” to Discover Unprotected Wi-Fi Networks in His Neighborhood<p>Chris Hauk - Aug 9, 2014<p>The cute little kitteh …

'Canvas fingerprinting' has a new enemy, and its name is Ghostery

Just two weeks after news broke about a new, seemingly unstoppable method for tracking consumers online, we’ve heard about a way of stopping it.<p>Canvas fingerprinting is a new method for tracking your every move on desktop and mobile devices as you hop from site to site. It is hard to block, resides …

Russian criminals steal 1.2 billion passwords

Russian criminals have stolen 1.2 billion Internet user names and passwords, amassing what could be the largest collection of stolen digital credentials in history, a respected security firm said Tuesday.<p>There's no need to panic at this point -- Hold Security, the firm that discovered the theft, …

These Are the 7 Deadly Sins of Googling

This post is in partnership with Fortune, which offers the latest business and finance news. Read the article below originally published at …

Visual microphone can pick up speech from a bag of potato chips

You may want to be careful about the conversations you hold in the future; if you're near a window, someone might be listening in. A team of researchers from Adobe, Microsoft and MIT have developed a visual microphone algorithm that picks up audio by looking for microscopic vibrations in video …

An Upcoming iPhone Feature From Apple Will Completely Transform How You Use Apps

Apple calls it Extensibility, and it basically allows your apps to share both information and functionality with one another, which means less time spent switching among apps.<p>Let's say you have a favorite app for editing your photos, such as Adobe Photoshop Express.<p>Before Extensibility, you would …

Email app lets you 'leak' your secrets without owning up to them

"I drank all the coffee on purpose, so you'd have make a new batch." That's the first missive I received from Leak, an anonymous email service, which is -- so far -- not as barbed (or arguably, as interesting) as what Secret's social stream has offered up. However, the web-based Leak requires no …

Scrabble dictionary adds 5,000 new words including 'selfie' and 'hashtag'

Hashtag triple word score.<p>For the first time in nearly a decade, Scrabble players are going to have some new words on their boards.<p>The fifth edition of the game's official dictionary includes 5,000 new words, according to publisher Merriam-Webster. The dictionary goes on sale Wednesday.<p>"Hashtag" …

Google sheds light on its child porn detector after sex offender arrest

Thanks to Google, a sex offender was recently arrested after the company tipped off authorities about finding illegal photos of children in his email. Despite the good that came out of it, it raised a number of questions, such as "does Google regularly look into the contents of our email?" A Gmail …

Forget Glass. Here Are Wearables That Protect Your Privacy.

Clothing has historically played an important role in protecting our privacy, namely by covering up our “private parts.” But it can do even more to protect us. At hacker conference Hope X, designer Becky Stern of Adafruit gave a whirlwind tour of “disruptive wearable technology” — “disruptive” not …

Robotic exosuit gives shipbuilders a strength boost

Shipyard workers in South Korea have been testing prototype exosuits to aid construction.<p>It seems like it's only a matter of time until the industrial robotic exosuit appears, with first Panasonic and now Daewoo prototypes in development. In fact, Daewoo looks to be a step ahead, having already …

South Korea

The Reddit "Cat Facts" Prank Is Now An Amazingly Annoying App

A classic Reddit troll has now been turned into the greatest cat-related prank app of all time. Say hello (kitty) to Cat Facts (free with in-app purchases, Android), which is designed to drive your friends mad with constant, never-ending bits of information about your favorite furry friends.<p>Two …

Nanu Is a Skype-Like App Optimized for 2G

There’s yet another calling app on the market that’s out to challenge dominant player Skype.<p>Nanu, an Android app that was launched today, touts the ability to make free calls even via a sluggish 2G network connection, and to non-Nanu users including landlines and mobile phone numbers.<p>The catch? Ads.<p>…