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Sharm el-Sheikh

Scientists awarded $22M in Zuckerberg-backed Breakthrough Prize

The awards were given to researchers from around the world who have solved mysteries such as secret brain circuits and shape-shifting spaces.<p>Prizes totalling $22 million were presented to scientists in a ceremony in Mountain View, California on Sunday night, as the winners of this year's …

Innovation

Steve Jobs movie is unceremoniously dumped out of theaters

Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s <i>Steve Jobs</i> movie had another disastrous showing at the box office over the weekend. With earnings declining more than 69 percent from the previous weekend to just $823,000, the movie was dumped from 2,072 screens — more than any other film.<p>By comparison, the new Bond …

Aaron Sorkin
Islamic State (ISIS)

Paul Krugman just made perfect sense of Donald Trump, Ben Carson and angry white Republican voters

The NYT columnist connects the volatility of right-wing politics to a new malaise among the white working class<p>Paul Krugman has just written his malaise column.<p>In today's New York Times, he tries to understand why there is a "darkness spreading over part of our society." He notes the study on …

Vitamin D Can Turn You Into Superman, Says Science

Vitamin D Can Turn You Into Superman, Says ScienceStaff Photo by Derek Davis: Monday, Nov. 10, 2008. Vitamin D Capsules. (Photo by Derek …

Holistic Medicine

Earth's climate entering new 'permanent reality' as CO2 hits new high

UN experts urge immediate action to cut emissions as CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere are on track to hit historic high, up 43% on pre-industrial times<p>The Earth’s climate will enter a new “permanent reality” from next year when concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are likely to pass a …

Climate Change

The White House is prepping for a single weather event that could cost $2 trillion in damage

On October 29, the White House's National Science and Technology Council released its strategic plan to prepare for an extreme weather event in space that could destroy satellites, spacecraft, and vital telecommunications systems.<p>Many of these electrical systems depend on one another, which is a …

Weather

Saudi Arabia's mission to blow everyone out of the oil market isn't over yet

The country's policy of pumping so much oil that prices stay too low for competitors to make a profit has led to losses at big oil companies, suppressed inflation globally, and even seen Saudi Arabia's own sovereign debt downgraded.<p>And the country has no plans to stop.<p>The chairman of Saudi Aramco, …

Oil

The Gene Hackers

A powerful new technology enables us to manipulate our DNA more easily than ever before.<p>At thirty-four, Feng Zhang is the youngest member of the core faculty at the Broad Institute of Harvard and M.I.T. He is also among the most accomplished. In 1999, while still a high-school student, in Des …

New Android adware reportedly “nearly impossible” to remove

Lookout has discovered a new form of adware that roots a device after the user installs it, then entrenches itself as a system application. This makes it impervious to any normal means of deleting it, even factory resetting the device.<p>This is a new, more sophisticated version of typical adware, …

Google Play

Inside The Z Machine, Where Scientists Turned Hydrogen Into Metal

Tackling an 80-year-old theory<p>For 80 years, researchers theorized that hydrogen could transform into a metal. This year, scientists at Sandia National Laboratories finally proved it.<p>They took deuterium, an isotope of hydrogen, and applied 3 million times the atmospheric pressure using the Z …