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SpaceX founder Elon Musk plans to get humans to Mars in six years

SpaceX founder tells meeting of astronautical experts that his only purpose is to ‘make life interplanetary’, revealing plans for reusable ship to Mars<p>SpaceX founder Elon Musk has outlined his highly ambitious vision for manned missions to Mars, which he said could begin as soon as 2022 – three …

Space Travel

Google's new messaging app Allo is a little bit snoopier than expected

Google said Allo would only store user data ‘transiently’ – but reports suggest it has rolled back on the promise in return for better performance<p>Google’s new messaging app, Allo, is just a bit snoopier than the company promised it would be back in May.<p>The app is already viewed with suspicion by …

Privacy

How to get the internet performance you're paying for

You’re paying a lot of money for your internet connection, whether it’s a basic 1.5-megabits-a-second package or a top-tier 100+Mbps screamer. It only takes a few minutes to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth-- and unfortunately, it's not always the case that you are.<p>If your internet feels …

How Google And Others Are Plotting The Revenge Of The Web App

Evolving technology and app store frustrations could give the once-overhyped web app another shot at relevance.<p>For Alex Russell, a developer at Google, making web apps better isn’t just a job: It’s a personal belief.<p>Since last year, Russell has been championing a new breed of web-based apps that …

The World Has a Sex Problem. It's Hurting Growth

When it comes to identifying the causes of the two major economic problems currently facing the developed world -- rising inequality and a slowdown in economic growth -- sex is rarely mentioned. However, as far as Thomas Malthus, the original economic doomster, was concerned, the “passion between …

United Nations

It's Called "Battered Race Syndrome." Or, Something Like That

We are ridiculed for being angry<p>We are pressured to quietly pacify our pain<p>We are mocked for feeling victimized<p>We are urged to 'forgive' in the face of incessant wounding<p>Our hearts hurt. Our souls weep.<p>And our minds whisper: <i>Stay woke. Still rise.</i><p> Imani Michelle Scott<p><i>"I asked an African American</i> …

Mental Health

Beautiful Pictures of Frozen Flowers

<i>0°</i> est une série du photographe Bruce Boyd, originaire d’Afrique du Sud et fasciné par la glace. Ce projet est une étude de la transformation et de …

Why Britain became the first rich nation

Why is Britain, still today, such a prosperous country?<p>Why were we the home of the Industrial Revolution, the first nation to truly industrialise and transform our living standards?<p>Why was it Britain that hosted the Great Exhibition of 1851 – just two centuries after the bloodbath of the English …

A Physicist Has Created a Lab-Sized "Black Hole"

The experiment's results may finally prove that Hawking radiation exists.<p>Black holes swallow up everything, and nothing escapes. This property, the most iconic characteristic of these mysterious space phenomena, had its first major challenge this week when Techonion professor Jeff Steinhauer posted …

What ‘The Art of the Deal’ Reveals About Leadership Fairy Tales

2016 might be the year we recognized the impact of an often-derided literary genre: leadership self-help. It dawned on me on a recent visit to the University of Pennsylvania’s bookstore, where an alumnus’s book rested between newer releases on the prime real estate of the best-seller table: Donald …

London? Scotland? No, it’s the North that has given the most to art, literature, language and comedy

The North of England is its own country in all but name. With no official boundaries, no flag, no anthem and no pomp, it stands sure of itself despite pitiless devastation from the South, harassment from Scotland over the centuries, and the envied peril of unique success.<p>Were it a country in its …

How the Brain Processes Language on Acid Is a Trip

A new study found that LSD's activation of semantic pathways has implications for creativity and psychedelic therapy.<p>The Beatles' <i>Revolver</i>. Steve Jobs' innovations in developing Apple. A Canadian architect's quest to design an "ideal mental hospital".<p>Lysergic acid diethylamide, colloquially known as …

TV comedy has gone back to the 70s, says Frankie Boyle

Comedian says British broadcasters have hit a stale patch and ‘you wouldn’t know there had been alternative comedy’<p>British comedy has hit a stale patch, with broadcasters unwilling to take risks on alternative and edgier shows, according to the controversial comedian Frankie Boyle.<p>Interviewing …

Donald Trump Hires His Own “Bridgegate” Scandal

Ex-Christie aide Bill Stepien is getting a second chance from the Trump campaign.<p><b>Donald Trump’s</b> campaign is fast becoming a revolving door for political henchmen with questionable histories. Less than one week after <b>Paul Manafort</b> resigned as campaign chairman amid mounting evidence of unsavory …

Don’t Worry, Be Gloomy: Negative Feelings Have Benefits Too

It’s been 53 years since the smiley face—that bright yellow circle with the schematic grin and black-dot eyes—first appeared.<p>Hundreds of millions of …

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Hackers Have Apparently Already Tricked Facial Recognition Technology Using Your Facebook Photos

Facial recognition software has been heralded by many tech companies as the new fingerprint–a simple, reliable means of identity authentication. After all, save a few rare exceptions, you’re the only who looks like you. Unfortunately, as cyber locks become more sophisticated, so do cyber lock …

Mars Looks Eerily Similar To Earth In This Dramatic New Panorama

NASA's Curiosity Rover snaps another great shot!<p>It ain’t Earth, but it sure could’ve fooled us.<p>A dramatic 360-degree panorama, released Friday by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, shows the surface of Mars looking a lot like the southwestern U.S.<p>The image, which was shot on Aug. 5 by the Mast Camera …

New Mexico

More sleep trouble with daily marijuana habit

Daily marijuana users report more sleep disturbance than people who use marijuana less often or not at all, new research finds. This counters the …

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Reprogramming gut bacteria as “living therapeutics” - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

An MIT spinout, Synlogic, is aiming to create a new class of medicines, by re-programming bacteria found in the gut as “living therapeutics.” Based …

What It's Like to Do Prison Time Without Ever Being Convicted of a Crime

We spoke to Moazzam Begg, a British man caught in center of the war on terror, and held for years in prisons around the world for no clear reason.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>Moazzam Begg's had a markedly unusual adult life. He spent years in some of the world's most notorious …

These new-fangled 'books' are enslaving our brains

Sir –<p>I have been interested in the recent correspondence about the menace of people reading books while walking along the street, becoming so engrossed that they bump into each other – or into us innocent passers-by. In my experience, it is the fiction addicts who are the worst.<p>The other day, I was …

The biggest box-office hit the year you were born

Moviegoing has been one of America's favorite ways to kill time for about a century now, and box-office earnings have been a reliable predictor of …

Why Do Couples Get—and Stay—Together?

For decades, Helen Fisher—of the Kinsey Institute and Match.com—has examined the forces that turn lust into love into something else.<p><b>This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of ELLE.</b><p>"I grew up in a glass house designed by Eliot Noyes, right up the hill from Philip Johnson's …

Losing “The Nightly Show” matters: Larry Wilmore’s satire was crucial for our democracy

<b>Larry Wilmore (AP/Richard Shotwell)</b><p>“The Nightly Show” had a major impact, and leaves a big hole — whatever Comedy Central or Malcolm Gladwell think<p>Sophia A. McClennen<p>August 20, 2016 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This week saw the end of one of the most significant satire news shows in our nation’s history. But if …

Comedy Central

Method to entangle thousands of atoms could lead to record clock stability

Physicists have proposed a method for entangling hundreds of atoms, and then entangling a dozen or so groups of these hundreds of atoms, resulting in …