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The canary next door: Shrinking bird populations warn us to take environmental action

I recently bought a white-noise machine for my night stand. Not because I live on a busy street or my neighbors are loudmouths, but because of an …

How humans (maybe) domesticated themselves

Long before humans domesticated other animals, we may have domesticated ourselves.<p>Over many generations, some scientists propose, humans selected …

How a Film From the 1960s Imagined Space Stations and Moon Bases

A retro-futuristic idea about space travel that still has some merit.<p>Humans have been dreaming of long-term spaceflight for decades decades. While there's always been a curiosity in traveling to the stars, the Space Race of the 1960's kickstarted a desire to make concrete steps towards a future in …

They Were Shorter and at Risk for Arthritis, but They Survived an Ice Age

Shortness, reduced mobility and sore joints may not come to mind when you think of survival of the fittest. But human evolution could suggest otherwise.<p>In a new study, researchers found that as early humans migrated into colder northern climates, a genetic mutation that knocks about a centimeter …

Amazon is launching a series of Alexa training workshops worldwide

With over 15,000 voice-activated apps and growing, Amazon’s Alexa platform has momentum. And Amazon is expected control 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market this year, outpacing Google Home and others. Now the company is doubling down on its investment in the developer community, with …

Smart Homes

Hulu is adding HBO just in time for ‘Game of Thrones’

It’s not TV. It’s online.<p>Just in time for “Game of Thrones,” you will now be able to get HBO programming through Hulu for $15 a month. Of course, for the same price you can already get HBO Now, HBO’s standalone online streaming service.<p>Despite the marginal convenience of getting one bill or …

Game of Thrones

Apple Planning to Launch Three New OLED iPhones in 2018

Earlier this year, a supply chain report said that Apple plans to make all of its iPhones with an OLED screen by 2019. Apple was believed to be preparing to adopt OLED panels for 60 million units of the "iPhone 8" in 2017, and then the company would double the adoption of OLED panels in 2018 before …

Google's free 3D drawing app is like MS Paint for VR

Google has released a new app that will make it much easier to create that VR experience you've whipped up in your head -- and it won't cost you a single cent. The big G's "Blocks," now out for the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, will give you a way to draw 3D objects directly in virtual reality. …

You can now tip your Uber driver in the app

A change is gonna come<p>Starting today, Uber’s new in-app tipping option is being rolled out in 100 cities in the US and Canada, including major markets like New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. After downloading an updated version of the app, riders will be asked whether they’d like to …

Scientists Have Uncovered The Atomic Structure of a Key Alzheimer's Protein For The First Time

This is huge.<p>For the first time, scientists have revealed the chemical structure of one of the key markers of Alzheimer's disease, capturing …

Juno Shatters Scientists' Jupiter Theories in Just 365 Days

Last July 4th, NASA's Juno spacecraft slowed its record breaking pace just enough to get caught in the pull of Jupiter's gravity. (The timing, …

This giant crocodile was an apex predator 166 million years ago

Paleontologists have reconstructed the skull of this Jurassic crocodilian with "T-rex teeth."<p>For decades, paleontologists have wondered about a …

How A Solar Eclipse First Proved Einstein Right

Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity is our most successful, most sophisticated theory of gravity of all-time. Explaining everything from GPS signals to gravitational redshift, from gravitational lensing to merging black holes, and from the timing of pulsars to the orbit of Mercury, the …

Physics

NASA has a plan for preventing asteroid strikes, and it’s going to test it

The threat of an asteroid striking Earth is pretty scary — and not just in all the ways Hollywood movies have depicted — but human technology has …

Meet KELT-9b: A Gas Giant Planet So Hot, It Rivals Our Sun

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Photobucket accused of blackmail after quietly requiring users to pay $400 a year to hotlink

What is this, 2002?<p>Thousands of listings from online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay are now filled with unsightly error images by Photobucket after the photo hosting site quietly introduced a $399 annual fee to users who want to embed images on third party websites. Users are now accusing …

Nokia's new smartphones start at £120 in the UK

Now Nokia's name is back in the public consciousness thanks to the all the hype surrounding the 3310 reissue, manufacturer HMD Global is onto more serious matters: Bringing Nokia back as a smartphone brand. HMD first announced the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 back at MWC in February, and finally we have firm …

Alexa is learning more new skills every day

Just two months after Amazon announced it was "doubling down" on its Echo ecosystem, the company has confirmed that its Alexa voice platform has passed 15,000 skills. Impressive, especially in comparison to Google Assistant's 378 voice apps and Cortana's meager 65 -- but what's more impressive is …

Samsung needs data before Bixby is ready for English speakers

Wondering why Samsung still hasn't enabled Bixby voice features in English despite promising a launch in the spring? Apparently, it's down to a lack of info. A spokesperson tells the <i>Korea Herald</i> that the company just doesn't have enough "big data" to make its AI-powered voice assistant available in …

Extremely detailed images of living cells can now be taken over time

Advanced microscope technology now lets us view objects at the nanoscale, meaning, when it comes to biology, we can see details of living cells that were never possible before. But doing that comes with a few requirements that have been fairly limiting. For instance, you have to be able to pack a …

Optus confirms 4G and fixed-line outage

Optus is investigating the cause of its hour-long 4G and fixed-line broadband outage overnight, which impacted customers in NSW, Victoria, and the …

Massive iPhone Leaks Confirm 25 New Features

This is quite remarkable. Apple’s iPhone 8 may already be the most leaked iPhone in history and we have learned a huge amount about what this potentially game changing phone will deliver. But now two of the world’s most famous leakers have delivered the mother lode…<p>In new reports KGI Securities’ …

Mobile Technology

Does Dark Energy Exist?

<i>Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI Science Center. Sutter is also host of Ask a Spaceman,</i> …

This is why you might look like your partner according to science

Bit weird, but okay...<p><b>Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde</b><p>Science throws up some curveballs when it comes to explaining why you’re attracted to your other half. …

A new weapon for the war on cancer: a broad-spectrum circulating tumor cell capture agent for diagnostics

Engineered opsonin protein captures circulating tumor cells in the bloodstream with high efficiency<p>By Lindsay Brownell<p>(BOSTON) − Cancerous tumors are …

Astonishing Video Provides A Rare Glimpse Inside An Active Fusion Reactor

Could fusion energy still be the answer to all our problems?<p>A fascinating video showing rare footage inside a fusion reactor has surfaced again after …

Scientists can’t rule out collision with asteroid flying by Earth in 2029

Asteroids are one of the most serious threats to life as we know it, but scientists and skywatchers have gotten pretty good at predicting exactly …

Han Solo movie split shows franchise directors face long odds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ambitious artists have long chafed at Hollywood's intrusions. Orson Welles' struggles with the studio system were legendary. Director Billy Wilder compared F. Scott Fitzgerald's adventures as a screenwriter to "a great sculptor who is hired to do a plumbing job."<p>Given that, the reaction to …

AT&T is rapidly expanding its rural wireless internet service

AT&T wasn't kidding when it said it would expand its rural wireless internet service in short order. The carrier has launched its fixed-in-place cellular access in eight more southeastern states, providing broadband to over 70,000 locations that would otherwise have poor or non-existent internet …

Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pro with S Pen is now available

Samsung has released the Notebook 9 Pro, its first laptop with an S Pen. Announced at Computex last month, the Notebook 9 Pro features a 360-degree hinge allowing it to operate as a laptop and a tablet. It comes in 13.3-inch and 15-inch variations.<p>Both versions feature seventh-generation Intel Core …