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That Time Someone Actually Achieved the Alchemists’ Dream of Turning a Different Material Into Gold

Alchemists worked for centuries to achieve the production of gold, in order to enrich themselves and their sponsors. It finally happened in 1980, but …

Chemistry

Beyond Time

We conventionally think of time as something simple and fundamental. It flows uniformly, independent of everything else, from the past to the future, …

Physics

"Octonion" Math Could Underpin Physics

In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State …

Physics

Ask Ethan: Which Movies Get The Science Of Time Travel Right?

The way we travel through time, at a speed of one second per second, is so boring that we take it for absolute granted. Yet according to Einstein’s theory of relativity, we can not only travel forward through time at different rates by accelerating close to the speed of light, we could potentially …

Time Travel

Here’s the final nail in the coffin of open plan offices

A new study from Harvard Business School finds that open plan offices don’t live up to the hype–in fact, the idea that they promote interaction is dead wrong.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> The Conversation<i>.</i><p>Open plan offices have taken off because of a desire to increase interaction and …

Employment

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called “octonions.”

Physics

1 hour per day doing this mental exercise will exponentially increase your success

<b>“Remember, dreams without goals are just dreams and they ultimately fuel disappointment. Have dreams, but have goals, life goals, yearly goals,</b> …

Silicon Valley insiders say Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter are using 'behavioral cocaine' to turn people into addicts

Silicon Valley insiders have told the BBC that tech firms, including Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter, deliberately engineering their platforms to foster addictive behavior.<p>Aza Raskin, the inventor of the infinite-scroll feature that allows you to endlessly scroll down websites, said: "It's as if …

Social Media

More States Opting To 'Robo-Grade' Student Essays By Computer

Support the news<p>Here's a little pop quiz.<p>Multiple-choice tests are useful because:<p>A: They're cheap to score.<p>B: They can be scored quickly.<p>C: They …

“Skype A Scientist” Brings…Scientists To Your Classroom

Here’s how Skype A Scientist describes itself:<p><i>Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms around the world! Scientists will skype into the</i> …

Education Technology

At this Chinese school, Big Brother was watching students — and charting every smile or frown

At first, it just seemed cool.<p>When facial recognition cameras were installed at a century-old high school here in eastern China, students got in and out of campus, picked up lunch, borrowed books and even bought drinks from a vending machine just by peering into the cameras.<p>No more worrying about …

Artificial Intelligence

Facts don’t change people’s minds. Here’s what does

If you had asked me this question – How do you change a mind? – two years ago, I would have given you a different answer.<p>As a former scientist, I …

Al Gore

Three Ways to Use Flipgrid Now That All Features are Free

In case you missed it last week, Flipgrid was acquired by Microsoft. Microsoft then made all of the premium features of Flipgrid available for free …

Education Technology

Facebook Is Patenting Technology to Spy on You Through Your Smartphone Camera and Microphone

The company says it may not use these patents. Does that make you feel better?<p>Is Facebook using your computer camera to read your facial expressions and determine how you feel about what you see on your screen? Is it using your phone's microphone to eavesdrop on you and find out what television …

This insane golden chamber contains water so pure it can dissolve metal, and is helping scientists detect dying stars

Hidden 1,000 metres under Mount Ikeno in Japan is a place that looks like a supervillain's dream.<p>Super-Kamiokande (or "Super-K" as it's sometimes referred to) is a neutrino detector. Neutrinos are sub-atomic particles which travel through space and pass through solid matter as though it were …

Physics

This Quantum Theory Predicts That The Future Might Be Influencing The Past

No, seriously.<p>One of the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics could be explained by an equally weird idea – that causation can run backwards in time …

It’s a little scary how smart Google’s DeepMind just got

Oh joy – Alphabet Inc.’s AI subsidiary DeepMind has taken another step forward in understanding the world the way humans do.<p>The company that has …

The Stanford Prison Experiment was massively influential. We just learned it was a fraud.

The most famous psychological studies are often wrong, fraudulent, or outdated. Textbooks need to catch up.<p>The Stanford Prison Experiment, one of the most famous and compelling psychological studies of all time, told us a tantalizingly simple story about human nature.<p>The study took paid …

Don't Touch! A Scientist's Advice For Spotting Poison Ivy Before It Ruins Your Summer

It was a close encounter in 2012 that made microbiologist John Jelesko take an interest in poison ivy.<p>The Virginia Tech professor was cutting up a downed tree with an electric chainsaw. What he didn't realize was that his power cable had been dragging through poison ivy. So at the end of the day, …

Virginia Tech

Overtaxed Working Memory Knocks the Brain Out of Sync

Researchers find that when working memory gets overburdened, dialogue between three brain regions breaks down. The discovery provides new support for …

The Brain

MIT made a psychopathic AI based on a Hitchcock thriller

A team of mad scientists from MIT’s ghoulish Media Lab have created an AI-powered version of Alfred Hitchcock’s mother-loving murderer Norman Bates.<p>Norman is an intentionally-biased neural network designed to caption images. We’ve covered similar AI projects (this one was hilarious, and here’s one …

Maker of fearsome animal robots is edging into the light

BOSTON (AP) —<p>It's never been clear whether robotics company Boston Dynamics is making killing machines, household helpers, or something else entirely.<p>For nine years, the secretive firm — which got its start with U.S. military funding — has unnerved people around the world with YouTube videos of …

US government to use facial recognition technology at Mexico border crossing

This is an example of the growing trend of authoritarian use of technology to track and stalk immigrant communities<p>The US government is deploying a new facial recognition system at the southern border that would record images of people inside vehicles entering and leaving the country.<p>The pilot …

Research illuminates inaccuracies in radiocarbon dating

Radiocarbon dating is a key tool archaeologists use to determine the age of plants and objects made with organic material. But new research shows …

Artificial Intelligence (AI) In China: The Amazing Ways Tencent Is Driving It's Adoption

<b>Tencent Holdings</b><p>Tencent is a Chinese tech company founded in 1998 and based in Shenzhen that hosts 55% of China’s mobile internet usage on its platforms. Its mission is to “become the most respected internet enterprise.” The company is China’s biggest social network company with 1 billion users on …

Lazy cooks who use ready-made sauces are more likely to get cancer

Lazy cooks are nearly three times more likely to develop aggressive breast cancer compared to those who eat healthily, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers say foods which cause inflammation may be behind the increased risk and have drawn up a list of products linked to the disease.<p>Ready-made sauces …

Why Children Aren't Behaving, And What You Can Do About It

Childhood — and parenting — have radically changed in the past few decades, to the point where far more children today struggle to manage their behavior.<p>That's the argument Katherine Reynolds Lewis makes in her new parenting book, <i>The Good News About Bad Behavior.</i><p><i>"</i>We face a crisis of …

Parenting

Hamza Shaban on Twitter: "Google will also unveil new ethical principles about its use of AI next week, @kateconger reports. https://t.co/ehqMZNgCvo"

A Theory About Life After the Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Has Been Upended

A mass extinction event doesn't mean everything stays dead.<p>In <i>Jurassic Park</i>, Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm utters a line that famously goes like …

Artificial intelligence can recognize you by the way you walk

Airport lines are the worst, no matter how early you arrive. You’ve got to check your bags, then go through the necessary security and ID checks, and …