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Google acknowledges 11 accidents with its self-driving cars

Google Inc. revealed Monday that its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago.<p>The company released the number after The Associated Press reported that Google had notified California of three collisions involving its …

Autonomous Cars

What would you pay to be happy?

The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in front of his hermitage in Nepal. He watches hundreds of miles of Himalayan peaks glowing in front of him in the rising sun. The scene “blends naturally and seamlessly with …

Happiness

Jeb Bush: It's 'Intellectual Arrogance' To Agree With Scientists About Humans Driving Climate Change

WASHINGTON -- Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday that while he acknowledges "the climate is changing," he's not clear on the extent to which human activity may be causing those changes.<p>"I don't think the science is clear of what percentage is man-made and what …

Climate Change

LG’s 55-inch 'wallpaper' OLED display hangs on the wall with magnets

It's one of LG's most impressive displays of screen technology yet: a 55-inch OLED panel that's just 0.97mm thick and weighs just 1.9kg (4.1 pounds). The panel is so thin that it can be stuck to the wall using a magnetic mat before being peeled off like wallpaper, reports Korean news agency <i>Yonhap</i>. …

7 Top Futurists Make Some Pretty Surprising Predictions About What The Next Decade Will Bring

From smartphone apps that can do seemingly everything to driverless cars and eerily humanlike robots, the past decade has seen dramatic advances in science and technology. What amazing advances are we likely to see in the <i>next</i> 10 years?<p>To find out, HuffPost Science reached out to seven top futurists …

US is becoming less Christian while percentage of non-believers grows

The dominant Christian share of the American population is falling sharply while the number of US adults who do not believe in God or prefer not to identify with any organized religion is growing significantly, according to a new report.<p>The trend is affecting Americans across the country and across …

Religion

NASA Wants Your Ideas for Improving Everyday Life on Mars

Investing

‘Albert Einstein Font’ Lets You Write Like a Physics Genius

Few people can hope to achieve the feats of genius Albert Einstein, but now, there may at least be a way to write like the famous physicist, thanks to a font styled after his handwriting.<p>The "Albert Einstein Font," which is based on hundreds of letters written by Einstein himself, lets you "write …

Physics

DNA editing takes a serious step forward -- for better or worse

It's a scenario that has haunted biologists since the dawn of the DNA age: the evil scientist custom-crafting a human being with test tubes and Petri dishes.<p>So when a Chinese team revealed last month that it had used a new laboratory technique to alter a gene in human embryos, it set off an urgent …

Genetics

GOP Attacks Earth Science At NASA, Climate Change Research In Peril

The GOP made an attack on NASA’s climate change research on Thursday, voting for a $300 million to $500 million cut to the agency’s Earth science …

Republicans

Physics means Zayn Malik could still be in One Direction, says Stephen Hawking

By Amelia Butterly <i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p><b>Prof Stephen Hawking says Zayn Malik could still be in One Direction - you just need to understand theoretical physics.</b><p>Appearing at an event at the Sydney Opera House, he was asked what the "cosmological effect" of Zayn's departure was.<p>"Finally, a question about …

Physics

Look At These Maps, Then Prepare For Decades Of Droughts And Floods

As parched California battles an epic drought, and the Northeast U.S. braces for the spring flooding season, the long-term outlook is even worse. Welcome to the new normal of climate change.<p>Prepare for a much drier future — or a much wetter one. Climate change is likely to bring significantly …

Climate Change

'Supersymmetry' art show puts you inside a particle accelerator

Gallery: 'Supersymmetry' art show puts you inside a particle accelerator<p>Gallery: 'Supersymmetry' art show puts you inside a particle accelerator<p>+ 4<p>+ 3<p>…

The Biggest Thing? Supervoid Spans a Billion Light-Years

BBC

For The First Time, Researchers Edit The Genes Of Human Embryos

Rumors that this research was underway turn out to be true<p>Rumors have been buzzing for months that a team of Chinese researchers was intending to edit the genes of a human embryo. According to a study published this week in <i>Protein & Cell</i>, the rumors are true. And though the researchers took pains, …

Genetics

The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future

The robots are coming, and they're getting smarter. They're evolving from single-task devices like Roomba and its floor-mopping, pool-cleaning …

Oldest Neanderthal DNA found in Italian skeleton

The calcite-encrusted skeleton of an ancient human, still embedded in rock deep inside a cave in Italy, has yielded the oldest Neanderthal DNA ever found.<p>These molecules, which could be up to 170,000 years old, could one day help yield the most complete picture yet of help paint a more complete …

Apple Is Buying Up 36,000 Acres Of Forest To Conserve It

The partnership with The Conservation Fund will help supply the company's virgin paper fiber.<p>Apple is partnering with an environmental nonprofit to purchase roughly 36,000 acres of private forestland, which will be sustainably harvested and used in Apple's packaging.<p>The land — two tracts in Maine …

Forests

NASA images show dwarf planet Ceres in highest-resolution yet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which has spent the past month orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres, managed to snap the highest-resolution images seen to date of …

How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120

A high-profile group of futurists is exploring the possibility of extending human life. How will they do it? Treat the body like a computer.<p>For as …

Singularity

How It Works: Death By Black Hole

A quantum quandary<p>As you fall feet first across an event horizon—the point where nothing can escape the black hole’s gravitational pull—you don’t feel anything change. But eventually, gravity is so much stronger at your feet than your head that you’re stretched apart, like Play-Doh, until you snap. …

Quantum Mechanics

At least ten planets, moons and dwarf planets have liquid oceans in our solar system and they likely have at least microbial life

Home<p>Uncategorized<p>At least ten planets, moons and dwarf planets have liquid oceans in our solar system and they likely have at least microbial life<p>Pin …

IBM's supercomputer wrote a cookbook, and it's coming out next week

The book, "Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson," is a collaboration between IBM's Watson and the Institute of Culinary Education that goes on sale April 14.<p>But this is far from an ordinary cookbook. This will be the first cookbook that's co-created by computer algorithms.<p>Around three years ago, IBM …

Which Way to Mars? Competing Visions for Missions Revive Debates

When will humans get to Mars? What path should they take? And can we afford the trip? These questions have been percolating since Project Apollo, but they're coming into sharper focus — partly because NASA is reviewing its long-term space exploration plans, and partly because there's a presidential …

Space Science

South Carolina police officer who shot fleeing black man 'looked like he was trying to kill a deer in the woods'

Michael Slager, a South Carolina policeman, has been charged with murder after killing Walter Scott as he ran away, but the father of the dead man say that the case would have been "swept under the rug" without bystander's video<p>It started as a routine police traffic stop for a faulty brake light, …

An Extremely Detailed Geography of Climate Change Beliefs

Who's most worried about global warming in America?<p>First, the not-so-bad news: 63 percent of Americans believe that, yes, global warming is happening. Now the groaner: Less than half think humans are causing it, thanks to hotbeds of skepticism in places like Rusk County, Texas (37 percent), and …

Monkeys Are Causing Internet Outages, As Our 404 Page Predicted

Om nom nom<p>You can harden fiber-optic internet cabling against heat, ice, flooding, mold, and even crushing pressures. But apparently not monkeys. The cable's freshly extruded plastic casing is too damn alluring to resist an exploratory chewing session.<p>The Indian government is learning this the hard …

Monkeys

Large Hadron Collider helps scientists confirm existence of the Force

Physics. You never know what's next — first we had gravity and electromagnetic force, then scientists told us about the strong and the weak force, …

Obama Makes Global Climate Pledge, But GOP Has Other Ideas

The Obama administration delighted environmental groups and the international community Tuesday with a pledge to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 28 percent by 2025 — a prelude to a possible global climate agreement to be negotiated in Paris later this year.<p>But with …

Clean Technology