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Meet The Scientists Who May Have Found The Cure For Drug Addiction

Researchers are closer than ever before to finding a cure for dependence on stimulants like methamphetamine and cocaine. But will big pharma and the FDA stand in the way?

Robot Learns To Grab Objects By Asking The Internet

A survey of human opinions about how to grasp things trained a robot hand nearly as well as real-life experience did.<p>Some things are just harder for robots to do. You know, things like appreciating literature, or writing music. Or grasping objects with their fingers.<p>There are a lot of elements that …

Robotics

After clashes, Hong Kong protesters dig in

<i>Are you there? Share images, but stay safe.</i><p><b>Hong Kong (CNN)</b> -- Thousands of demonstrators bracing for the possibility of a police crackdown stood their ground in the heart of Hong Kong on Tuesday.<p>Protesters had masks, protective goggles and plastic raincoats on hand as they camped out on the main …

Why The CDC Thinks 1.4 Million People Might Contract Ebola By February

A crash course in modeling the outbreak of a deadly disease<p>Last June, the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone built a temporary ward in anticipation of an influx of Ebola patients. The makeshift building was covered with thin, tin metal sheets, haphazardly held to the walls by wire …

Obama admits ISIS threat was misjudged as U.S. splits emerge

A week after U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria began, lawmakers continued to question President Barack Obama's strategy for defeating the militant group ISIS, which he admitted in a televised interview Sunday was more powerful than the U.S. initially believed.<p>Echoing sentiments also expressed by James …

Rescuers rush to reach dozens trapped on erupting Japan volcano

Columns of thick white steam were rising from the 3,067-metre (10,121-foot) Mount Ontake, which erupted around noon on Saturday, spewing ash, rocks and steam on otherwise a sunny autumn weekend busy with tourists and hikers.<p>Seven people were unconscious and buried under ash, national broadcaster …

Video: Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, Now Farther Than Ever

Scientists found that fluctuating the electrical signal to the rodents' paralyzed legs can make them step higher and walk for longer.<p>Like a severed telephone line (from back in the days when phones had wires), a spinal cord injury can cut off communication between the brain and the rest of the body …

Algorithms

The F-22, world's priciest fighter jet, finally flies in combat

After nearly a decade of being derided as dangerous to fly and an example of wasteful military spending, the radar-evading F-22 fighter jet flew in combat for the first time in this week's U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria.<p>The Pentagon said it used the stealthy warplane in coordinated strikes with other …

Problem-plagued plane hits ISIS: F-22 goes into combat

The problem-plagued F-22 Raptor took part in its first combat mission Monday night, hitting ISIS targets in Syria. The price tag for those jets, which were in development for decades, is a staggering $412 million each -- triple its expected cost, according to the Government Accountability Office …

'Star Of David' Molecule Created After Decades Of Effort

After more than 25 years of effort, scientists say they've finally succeeded at synthesizing a so-called "Star of David" molecule.<p>The complex molecule--created at the University of Manchester in England--is made up of two molecular triangles that were coaxed to join up via a "self-assembly" process …

Mysterious Fireball Spotted Over The Rockies Was Actually A Russian Spy Satellite, Experts Say

A mysterious fireball that was spotted moving across the night sky and breaking apart above the Rocky Mountains earlier this month left observers totally baffled.<p>Some speculated that the blazing object may have been pieces from a meteor or other celestial body, but the science just didn't seem to …

Icelandic volcano: ‘Fire fountains burst into the air. It is a truly awesome sight’

It’s been an explosive few weeks in Iceland. In the Holuhraun valley, in the centre of the country, the Earth’s crust has been wrenched apart and molten rock spewed 130 metres into the sky. The fissure has produced a larger area of lava than any volcano on Iceland in a century – and could …

Spying cell towers may be spread across US

There are at least 19 bogus cellphone towers operating across the United States that could be used to spy upon, and even hijack, passing mobile phones.<p>So says Les Goldsmith, head of ESD America, a company that imports and sells tightly secured mobile phones that can detect "baseband" hacking …

Ebola Could Reach the U.S. By the End of This Month

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>There is an 18 percent chance that a case of the Ebola virus will reach the United States by the end …

The Big Picture: That's no moon, that's a movie theater

What do you do after you've retired from running the Official Star Wars fan club and magazine? You recreate the iconic space opera in your own home, of course -- at least that's what Vic Wertz and Lisa Stevens did. Not only is the above home theater a stunning tribute to George Lucas' films, but it …

Robin Williams tribute characters found in World of Warcraft data

The passing of actor Robin Williams affected fans from all walks of life, but gamers made a special claim to his legacy. Williams was a game enthusiast and a known fan of games like <i>Portal,</i> <i>The Legend of Zelda</i> and <i>World of Warcraft.</i> Now, the creators of the latter title seem to be working on an …

Sony's Boring PS4 Is Winning The Console War Despite More Exciting Competition

Sony's rather boring new-gen video game console, the PlayStation 4, has sold through over 10 million units to consumers.<p>This makes it the leader in the new-gen console race, which may come as a surprise to readers. After all, the competition has much more exciting and innovative video game consoles …

US hospital operator says Chinese hackers stole patient data

Community Health Systems says hackers gained access to identification data, but not medical records, of 4.5 million patients<p>Community Health Systems, a major US hospital operator, said that hackers probably from China broke into its systems and stole identification data for some 4.5 million …

The 10 Best Things From September 2014

Some things are just... better.<p>Each month at Popular Science, we sift through a mountain of new products—everything from gadgets and tools to books and movies—so that you don't have to.<p>View the gallery below to see 10 of our favorite things hitting the shelves (or are already on them) this …

Africa’s Multi-Level Floating Hotel with an Underwater Room

The Manta Resort is a beautiful, multi-room hotel that sits on the Indian Ocean island of Pemba. The spectacular getaway offers not only a place to rest your head for the night, but also some truly breathtaking views from its unique, underwater room. The floating structure, made of local hardwood, …

Hackers steal 4.5M patients' data

Chinese hackers stole 4.5 million patients’ names, Social Security numbers and other personal data from the computers of one of the country’s largest hospital chains, the company said Monday — the biggest reported cyberattack ever on a U.S. health care company.<p>Community Health Services and its …

Iraq crisis: Yazidi villagers 'massacred' by IS

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1101000/1101380_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534615351_7404400787049ca8b90122ed42ccbbd0<p><b>Militants in northern Iraq have massacred at least 80 men from the Yazidi faith in a village and abducted women and children, reports say.</b><p>Senior …

Islam

Ebola is not a “zombie disease,” China’s state-owned media affirms

“Expert: There is no evidence that coffee and onions cure Ebola.”<p>That’s the headline of a public service article on Xinhua (link in Chinese), China’s official news agency, that aims to dispel “internet rumors” about the virus that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa. Having thusly …

Ebola epidemic has been 'vastly' underestimated: WHO

World Health Organisation warns 'extraordinary measures' needed to contain deadly virus<p>The UN's health agency has said that the scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been vastly underestimated and "extraordinary measures" were needed to contain the disease.<p>As the official toll climbed to …

US air strikes hit Isis again as efforts intensify to evacuate Yazidi refugees

US fighter jets and drones struck vehicles and artillery belonging to the Islamic State (Isis) five times on Sunday, bringing the new US air war in Iraq into a fourth day of what President Barack Obama said might be a protracted effort.<p>As US officials and their allies scrambled to work out a plan …

Edward Snowden Reveals NSA's MonsterMind Program

It's a cyberwar robot that always hits back.<p>In the high desert near Bluffdale, Utah, there lurks a creature made entirely of zeroes and ones. Called "MonsterMind", the project is an automated cyber weapon, perched atop the data flows into the National Security Agency's Mission Data Repository. …

Surveillance