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8 Water Tricks That'll Melt Your Mind

Annotated Standards

Annotated Standards<p>of Science<p>Ryan McGill<p>Austin Gydesen<p>Bethany Felker<p>Initial Draft<p>Austin Gydesen, Ryan McGill, Bethany Felker<p>Annotated Standards Group …

Europe tells Google what to do to better protect people's privacy

To say Google's had problems in Europe would be an understatement. If it's not been battling fines over its illegal WiFi snooping or trying to handle people's rights to be forgotten, it's faced numerous sanctions over its privacy policies. In a bid to ease the pressure on the search giant, privacy …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, from an underwater spy to cheerleader robots.<p><b>More galleries</b> <br>Fire-bombing airliners and awesome black holes<p>An eerie aurora and a night-time launch<p>Smoking aerobatics and lurid lightning<p>Wading rhinos and wasp …

What's in a face? Clues to evolution, scientists say

Helen of Troy might have had "the face that launched a thousand ships," but that visage might not float anyone's vessel in Fiji.<p>It turns out that a person's bias toward highly feminine or masculine facial features in the opposite sex might have more to do with how many people live close by than …

Evolution

Study finds solar system’s water older than the sun

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) - Water found in Earth’s oceans, in meteorites and frozen in lunar craters predates the birth of the solar system, a study published on Thursday shows, a finding with implications for the search for life on other planets.<p>Scientists have long debated whether the solar …

Facebook Says Wi-Fi Drones Will Be Jumbo Jet-Sized

The Internet is only one flying robot away.<p>If a new Facebook plan is successful, the easiest way to access the cloud may be ... in the clouds. Facebook wants to spread Wi-Fi Internet to unconnected parts of the world with drones, and at a summit in New York earlier this week, the company revealed …

The US just created the world’s largest marine sanctuary

The US is establishing the world’s largest marine protected area to preserve some of the country’s most wildlife-rich waters in the Pacific Ocean.<p>US president Barack Obama will sign an executive proclamation today, three months after he initially proposed action, detailing the expansion of the …

Conservation

D-Wave CEO: Our Next Quantum Processor Will Make Computer Science History (Video)

In a joint interview, D-Wave's Vern Brownell and DFJ's Steve Jurvetson discuss the weird world of quantum computing.<p>Things get weird at the atomic scale.<p>The rules of classical physics governing the objects we can see and touch break down. Particles can occupy two places at once or connect across …

Beyond GMOs: The Rise of Synthetic Biology

Genetically modified organisms today usually have just one engineered gene. Scientists now want to create organisms with whole new gene clusters.<p>Thousands of researchers will descend on Boston this fall for an event billed as the world’s largest gathering of synthetic biologists. The field is …

Spacewatch: Swansong for Iridium flares

At its best, the International Space Station outshines every star and can come close to rivalling Venus, the brightest planet. It is, though, occasionally surpassed by the glints of sunlight reflecting from the antennae of Iridium satellites – glints that are popularly known as Iridium …

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Finally has a Verified account

Dick Costolo has been Twitter’s chief executive since October 2010, but until now his account on the behemoth social network wasn’t Verified.<p>Well, today that’s finally changed. If you head over to his profile page, you’ll now see the iconic blue badge and white tick underneath his picture. It’s …

Apple: Bending in iPhone 6 Plus From Normal Use 'Extremely Rare', Only 9 Customers Have Complained

Apple has commented on the ongoing complaints about the iPhone 6 Plus bending in user pockets, telling CNBC that the new iPhones include steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and that they use the "strongest glass in the industry."<p>The company went on to say that only nine customers …

Ecology and Evolution Paper 2014

The effect of increased salt concentrations, specifically sodium chloride and calcium chloride, on the per capita growth rate of Spirodela …