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Oldest Human DNA Reveals Mysterious Branch of Humanity

The oldest known human DNA found yet reveals human evolution was even more confusing than thought, researchers say.<p>The DNA, which dates back some …

NASA sets $2.25m prize for 3D printed Mars habitats

Getting astronauts safely to Mars is only the start of your problems when you’re trying to explore the red planet: then you have to give them …

Is NASA one step closer to warp drive?

Potentially good news for those who want to zip around our solar system, and beyond, at speeds approaching that of light -- and maybe even faster.<p>NASA, according to NASASpaceFlight.com, is quietly claiming to have successfully tested a revolutionary new means of space travel that could one day …

Space Travel

13 qualities Google looks for in job candidates

Since he took over as the head of People Operations — also known as HR — at Google in 2006, Laszlo Bock has helped the company grow from 3,000 to …

World Economic Forum

This Vehicle is a Combination Skateboard and Golf Cart

…and that is why it is called a "Golfboard"<p>Like you, I figured this had to be a gag. But apparently the Golfboard is a legitimate …

Scientists in China edit human genome in embryos for the first time

New study confirms rumors in the scientific community, heralds new debate over the ethics of human genetic engineering<p>For the first time ever, scientists have reported editing the genetic code in human embryos. The work, carried out by researchers in China, sought to remove a gene responsible for a …

Robotic hands cook any dish with skill of master chef...then clean up

The robotic kitchen are modelled on the actions of Masterchef winner Tim Anderson<p>Most Masterchef winners open their own restaurants, set up catering companies or write cookbooks.<p>But 2011 winner Tim Anderson has spent the last two years helping to devise the ultimate kitchen gadget – a pair of …

Intent of Russian military aircraft near U.S. shores remains unclear

The air is frigid and the wind is howling as Air Force Col. Frank Flores lifts a pair of foot-long binoculars and studies a hazy dot about 50 miles west across the Bering Strait.<p>"That's the mainland there," he shouts above the gusts.<p>It's Siberia, part of Russia, on the Asian mainland.<p>Named for an …

Iraq, U.S. Are Divided on What’s Next in Battle Against Islamic State

After retaking Tikrit, Americans look to Mosul while Iraqis want to reclaim province of Salahudeen<p>By<p>Matt Bradley in Baghdad and<p>Matt Bradley<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@mattmcbradley<p>Matt.Bradley@wsj.com<p>Dion Nissenbaum in Washington<p>Dion Nissenbaum<p>The Wall Street …

Middle East

Woolly mammoth could roam again as extinct DNA merged with elephant

Harvard University spliced recreated genes from a woolly mammoth into the DNA of an elephant and found they functioned normally<p>A major step forward in bringing back the woolly mammoth has been taken by scientists at Harvard University who have inserted DNA from the extinct mammal into the genetic …

Hysterical video shows why phone calls on the Apple Watch are going to be a nightmare

We’re all looking forward to the Apple Watch, but there’s one thing I’m definitely <i>not</i> looking forward to: the ability to answer phone calls on my wrist. And this clever video shows exactly why.<p>The NSFW video below, by New York-based YouTube comedy team Rated WTF, is already pretty hysterical, just …

Apple Watch

Learning while you sleep isn't impossible, as long as you're a mouse

Findings could bring hope to people suffering from PTSD<p>Fake memories have been created in sleeping mice, according to a study published today. The findings suggest that similar techniques could one day be used to treat conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in humans, though major …

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

The Wankband aims to be the Apple Watch of masturbation

Every wearable maker out there right now is trying to figure out how they’re going to compete with the Apple Watch once it lands. Leave it to adult website Pornhub to actually figure it out: It’s just unveiled a tongue-in-cheek concept for a wearable band that would allow you to charge your other …

Apple Watch

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Europe to clash with FIFA over winter World Cup

If the views of Lyon president and European Club Association executive board member Jean-Michel Aulas regarding the proposal to switch the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar from June to the last two months of the year are any indication, the continent’s top teams and FIFA are heading for quite a clash.<p>…

Internet debates: ‘What color is this stupid dress?’

“What color is this stupid dress?”<p>That’s the question I (as well as most of the Internet) asked friends tonight at the local bar, after a picture of an ugly<p>gold-and-white… errr … black and blue bridesmaid’s dress swept the Internet late Thursday night.<p>An impassioned fight broke out between my …

How To Design The World's Biggest Airport Terminal

How do you make an airport terminal that spans 173 acres feel like anything but a monster? Zaha Hadid attempts the impossible in Beijing.<p>Beijing’s new airport is going to be a monster. At 7.5 million square feet, it covers about the same amount of space as 130 football fields put together–all …

Nasa puzzled by strange shiny spots on Ceres

Nasa researchers have spotted something weird on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres -- a pair of mysterious shiny patches that reflect …

UCLA physicists offer a solution to the puzzle of the origin of matter in the universe

Courtesy of Alexander Kusenko<p>Alexander Kusenko<p>Most of the laws of nature treat particles and antiparticles equally, but stars and planets are made of …

After the Qatar World Cup, will English football become a summer game?

Switching the Qatar World Cup in 2022 to the winter could have huge knock-on effects. English fans and broadcasters may prefer a change in the seasons, says Jim White<p>From the moment Sepp Blatter opened his little envelope to reveal that Qatar would host the 2022 World Cup, there was one certain …

Magic Leap offers details on mystery headset, blasts Microsoft HoloLens

More details surrounding the mysterious augmented reality and virtual reality company called Magic Leap trickled out this week, giving us more …

Apple changes the way it collects garbage on the Mac App Store

Attention all Mac developers! You know how when your city changes its trash-collection policies it leads to months of confusion? That’s about to happen on the Mac App Store: If you want to continue selling apps there, you’ll have to switch how you collect your garbage.<p>On Friday, Apple posted a …

Apps

Premier League review: Manchester United need a new striker as Robin van Persie's decline looks irreversible

Why Louis van Gaal must buy a centre-forward, Simon Mignolet's comeback and Wilfried Bony spurs Edin Dzeko into form in our round-up of the weekend's football<p>After his team's <b>tactically dunderheaded defeat at Swansea</b> there appears much work ahead for <b>Manchester United</b> manager <b>Louis van Gaal</b>. He …

Your iPhone has been hacked by the NSA

That iPhone in your hands? It’s been compromised by the National Security Agency through its SIM card, and government spies can access your phone through a backdoor installed on it without even needing a court order.<p>Sound scary? It is, and it’s the latest bombshell to be dropped by American …

Surveillance

Man caught driving while using phone, laptop and headphones in car

LONDON — This is taking multi-tasking to dangerous levels.<p>A cyclist has captured a driver in Aberdeen, Scotland, at the wheel of his hefty Land …

A Leyton Orient player earns £20,000 a week, but it's a rare breed of sportsman who can be filthy rich but stay hungry for success... like Cristiano Ronaldo

One player at Leyton Orient is understood to be earning more than £20,000 a week.<p>Take a deep breath.<p>Yes, twenty grand.<p>That’s a million a year plus …

How extreme fear shapes what we remember

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

The Brain

Apple really could be about to launch its own stylus

Steve Jobs famously hated styluses — but as of late there’s been more and more to suggest that the forthcoming 12-inch+ iPad Pro could sport an optional, Apple-created pen to help act as an input device.Today, there’s a bit more fuel to the fire in the form of a newly published Apple patent …

IPad Air