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Scientists Have Created an Artificial Synapse That Can Learn Autonomously

This is crazy.<p>Developments and advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have been due in large part to technologies that mimic how the human brain …

Augmented eternity: scientists aim to let us speak from beyond the grave

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab and Ryerson University in Toronto believe that by applying artificial intelligence to all the data we produce each …

The cure for cancer could be as simple as a vaccine

How cool would it be to stop cancer dead in its tracks using a vaccine that would work regardless of cancer type? It turns out that humanity is …

Merkel says China market status resolvable

German chancellor Angela Merkel believes China could be granted market economy status without a trade war erupting between Beijing and western …

Primitive Quantum Computers Are Already Outperforming Current Machines

The future is now.<p>By now, most readers of Futurism are probably pretty well acquainted with the concept (and fantastic promise) of quantum …

Facebook Confirms it Will Sponsor Trump's Republican National Convention

With Donald Trump all but nominated as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate, Facebook has confirmed to Recode that it will remain a sponsor …

Can You Solve This Viral Mathematics Puzzle That's Splitting The Internet?

Editor's Blog Photo credit: wavebreakmedia/ShutterstockBrain Dare have posted this mathematical brain teaser on their Facebook page and it’s been …

Mathematics

A swarm of thousands of crabs headed in the same direction in the Pacific is baffling scientists

A newly released video from a small underwater vehicle found something quite surprising: A swarm of thousands of crabs all headed in the same direction, 1,263 feet deep in the Pacific Ocean, according to Motherboard.<p>And it looks like something out of your worst nightmare.<p>Or, if you're a scientist …

El Niño

How to encrypt your iOS or Android device

Keep your personal data protected in a few easy steps.<p>The battle between Apple and the FBI has brought a renewed focus on the importance of encryption. Regardless of what your opinion on the case may be, I shouldn't have to explain the significance of protecting your personal data -- and it all …

Information Systems

Modern Humans May Have Caused The Extinction Of Real 'Hobbits'

Watch how scientists use 3D imaging to examine when -- and why -- this ancient hominin species became extinct.<p>Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a mysterious human "hobbit" species once thrived. They sustained themselves off fauna, and even slew dragons -- well, Komodos.<p>It sounds like a …

An ancient site spotted from space could rewrite the history of Vikings in North America

The ancient chronicles told of a larger-than-life Viking warrior with a shock of red hair, banished from his home for killing another man, who sailed with hundreds of followers to an icy island in the sea. And they told of his son, who set out only a few years later to an even more distant place he …

Archaeology

Armchair archaeologists can explore Richard III's grave in online model

An interactive model of King Richard III’s grave, gives an archaeologist’s-eye view of the skeleton of one of England’s most vilified monarchs<p>At last, an archaeological dig you can explore from your sofa: Leicester university have launched an interactive digital reconstruction of the hastily-dug …

Having multiple online identities is more normal than you think

A few months ago during a family reunion, my husband wanted to show visiting relatives photos of our home renovation. He brought up my Instagram feed on his laptop and started showing family members photos I took of the house. I bristled instantly. Right next to the photos of my kitchen and …

Hackers compromised Linux Mint's install files (updated)

Some Linux fans just got a hard lesson about the importance of double-checking install files. The Linux Mint team is warning users that hackers compromised the ISO (drive image) downloads for 17.3 Cinnamon on February 20th, pointing people toward a modified version with a security backdoor. The …

Ice sheet releasing Mississippi River’s worth of phosphorus

Every year, Greenland’s ice sheet releases as much of this key marine nutrient as the mighty Mississippi releases into the Gulf of Mexico, says a new …

Need to Punch Some Holes In Mars Rocks? Practice Here.

Not all rocks are created equal. It’s a mundane but inescapable fact that turns out to be particularly problematic if you’re designing a drill for a robot that will be poking holes in Mars.<p>But who really worries about such things? A team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the newest Mars …

Robotics

New dinosaur species offers evolutionary clues

Paleontologists say a 201-million-year-old dinosaur fossil found two years ago on a Welsh beach could offer vital clues to understanding the evolution from the late Triassic to the early Jurassic Period.<p>Dracoraptor hanigani has been classified as a new species. It's one of the oldest Jurassic …

Scientists investigate suspected meteorite death in southern India

CHENNAI (Reuters) - Indian scientists are investigating whether a man was killed by a meteorite, which if confirmed would be the first recorded death from falling fragments of space rock in almost 200 years.<p>Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, has said a bus driver at a college …

These Fish Species Are Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

Scallop and salmon are among the species of fish most vulnerable to the warming of ocean waters due to climate change, according to new research.<p>The …

Google removes Samsung's first Android ad blocker from the Play Store

For violating developer guidelines<p>Just days after it shot to the top of the Play Store, Android's newest ad blocker has been removed for violating developer guidelines. Called Adblock Fast, the plug-in from startup Rocketship Apps worked within Samsung's mobile browser thanks to a partnership with …

Digital Advertising

Alphabet’s time at the top short-lived as Apple again becomes world’s most valuable company

Following the release of its Q4 earnings earlier this week, Alphabet saw it stock prices surge to upwards of $800, increasing by 8 percent thanks to its strong earnings report. This jump on Alphabet’s part caused the company’s market capitalization to increase as well, rising to over $540 billion. …

Investing

Google Chrome will now save you from shady fake download buttons

Google announced today that its Safe Browsing service in Chrome now flags websites that use social engineering content like fake download buttons, fraudulent updates, and ads designed to mimic the branding on a page in an effort to spread malware.<p>These types of social engineering ads can be common …

Google

Asteroid 2013 TX68 passed safely Monday

The asteroid – whose precise trajectory was unknown – passed Earth on March 7 at 13:42 UTC (8:42 ET) at some 10 times the moon’s distance.<p>UPDATE …

Astronomy

Mammoth meat was never served at 1950s New York dinner, says researcher

Woolly tale about Explorers Club soiree falls over as leftover gobbet turns out to be sea turtle after 21st-century DNA analysis<p>Woolly mammoth was never served at a lavish 1950s New York dinner where rare and extinct species were trumpeted as being on the menu, a researcher has said after putting …