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Bitcoin Gets Another Boost As Circle Internet Raises $17 Million

After a stormy few weeks, the ship of bitcoin seems like it’s beginning to right itself.<p>Regulators are beginning to refine their thinking around the currency, and new startups based on the cryptocurrency keep raising money. The latest of these is Circle Internet Financial, which has raised $17 …

Distant new world may point to undiscovered planets in solar system

Today’s discovery of dwarf planet 2012 VP113 suggests that many planet-sized worlds lurk undetected beyond the orbit of Pluto, maybe even a giant ‘Super Earth’<p>We learned today that our solar system is larger than we had previously known. A newly discovered, extremely distant dwarf planet with the …

How Ceramics Could Prevent Nuclear Disaster

Pottery just got really high-tech<p>For more than 50 years, engineers have built the rods that hold nuclear fuel the same way, out of zirconium-based metal alloys. They maintain structural integrity at high temperatures and allow uranium neutrons to escape in order to produce nuclear reactions. But, …

Drake Equation: Estimating the Odds of Finding E.T.

The Drake Equation is used to estimate the number of communicating civilizations in the cosmos, or more simply put, the odds of finding intelligent …

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This Robotic Reading Suit Is The Best Worst Idea

Wow, cool. But also: _Don't tell me how to feel. _<p>Regular ol' reading is so <i>passé</i>. E-readers? Not good enough. Try harder, science.<p>Here's a good example: suit up and wire yourself into a book with this sensory fiction device.<p>Brought to you by the relentlessly experimental folks at the MIT Media Lab, …

Neanderthal genes helped modern humans evolve, studies suggest

Mating between Neanderthals and the ancestors of Europeans and East Asians gave our forebears important evolutionary advantages but may have created a lot of sterile males, wiping out much of that primitive DNA, new genetic studies suggest.<p>The comparison of Neanderthal and modern human genomes, …

The puppet show that reveals how you read minds

Psychologists can use dolls to reveal how we judge true and false beliefs in the world around us. Yet not everybody has this talent. as Jason G Goldman discovers.<p>One of the most famous lines of research in psychology began with a puppet show.<p>In a scientific experiment, children were invited to …

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The next DIY tech revolution

Build-it-yourself computer kits spawned PCs and Bill Gates. With a new wave that encompasses 3D printers, drones and even biotech, what will be possible?<p>In early December last year, first-time entrepreneur Alex Klein found himself stunned. After designing a $100 build-it-yourself computer kit …

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