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Rumor: Microsoft Considering Digital Game Resale Program

Word around the interwebs is that Microsoft is currently looking into creating a marketplace where gamers can resell games they've purchased …

Microsoft

Life on earth 'began on Mars'

Geochemist argues that seeds of life originated on Mars and were blasted to Earth by meteorites or volcanoes<p>Evidence is mounting that life on Earth may have started on Mars. A leading scientist has claimed that one particular element believed to be crucial to the origin of life would only have been …

Bumpy reptile skull rewrites the prehistoric record

There weren't many skin treatment solutions that we know of some 266 to 252 million years ago. But even if there had been, they wouldn't have been able to help <i>Bunostegos akokanensis</i>, a giant, plant-eating reptile that roamed the central deserts of the then-single continent of Pangea. Three recently …

Plants do math to get through the night

New research shows that to prevent starvation at night, plants perform accurate arithmetic division.<p>The calculation allows them to use up their …

Mathematics

If PRISM Is Real, Why Are All These Tech Companies Denying Participation?

PRISM is real. Even the U.S. government now acknowledges its existence. The question that remains unanswered, though, is how involved Google, Apple, Yahoo, AOL, Paltalk and Facebook were. These companies are all named as “providers” on the original slides, including the dates the NSA started …

10 mindblowing uses for the world-changing substance that never was

Starlite could be the most valuable man-made substance ever created. It has the potential to revolutionise industries, save lives and change the …

Researchers build model of human colon and feed it to learn how disease spreads

A researcher at the University of California Riverside spent a year building a model of a human colon out of commonplace materials, then "fed" it with real food, to study how bacteria spreads from feces into the water supply. "I hadn't seen any research done that used a model colon to find out what …

Centuries-old frozen plants revived

Glacier retreat has markedly accelerated in the period since 2004 - and many new species lie beneath<p><b>Plants that were frozen during the "Little Ice Age" centuries ago have been observed sprouting new growth, scientists say.</b><p>Samples of 400-year-old plants known as bryophytes have flourished under …

Global Warming

Cambridge-based scientists develop 'superwheat'

<b>British scientists say they have developed a new type of wheat which could increase productivity by 30%.</b><p>The Cambridge-based National Institute of Agricultural Botany has combined an ancient ancestor of wheat with a modern variety to produce a new strain.<p>In early trials, the resulting crop seemed …

Administrative Law

Powering Times Square via Shanghai: How a global smart grid can fuel our insatiable data appetite

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>For the first time, this year the number of internet-connected devices is predicted to exceed the global population. While …