Clay Whittaker

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How James Mattis Tried to Explain Trump to the World

“Just as Mattis sought to reassure nervous allies, back home there were numerous reminders that the populist and intemperate impulses of his boss will not be tamed.”<p>The stifling heat of the tarmac beneath the wings of his C-17 aircraft, the dragon’s breath backwash from nearby helicopters, and the …

Middle East

Donald Trump is 'just six Senate votes from impeachment'

Donald Trump is just six Senate votes from impeachment, according to an analyst at a prominent independent think-tank.<p>Support for the President among …

Scientists Modify Viruses with CRISPR to Kill Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

CRISPR-Powered Viruses<p>Earlier this month, the annual CRISPR 2017 conference was held at Montana State University. Attendees were the first to hear …

Scientists Discover That Our Brains Can Process the World in 11 Dimensions

Seeing Like Never Before<p>Neuroscientists have used a classic branch of maths in a totally new way to peer into the structure of our brains. What …

A New Study Suggests Watching Porn Before a First Date Might Help You Get a Second

So there's that.<p>A new study from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzilya in Israel has found that watching pornography before a first date might increase your odds of getting a second date. No, it's not because your sweaty post PornHub glow makes you naturally irresistible; it is because it "gets you …

Research

US secretary of state questions how the US and China will 'live with each other' in the coming half century

Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state has said he is uncertain of how America and China will continue to co-exist "for the next half century".<p>Speaking during his first state visit to Beijing, Mr Tillerson said he was committed to establishing an "era of peace" with China, but was surprisingly …

Tory activist: Why is Vladimir Putin’s cyber army trashing my reputation with hateful fake news?

At the age of 26, Azi Ahmed turned her back on an arranged marriage and 
instead chose to sign up to the SAS’s Territorial Army unit.<p>At 4ft 11in and weighing just 7st, she was an unlikely recruit to the elite squad’s reserve. Even more so that she was a Muslim.<p>Sixteen years on, Ms Ahmed, a …

From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics.

The Canadian government pulled families of diplomats from its embassy in Cuba on April 16, 2018 after 10 Canadians...<p>This story originally appeared …

Fortress at the End of Time is a brilliant throwback to classic science fiction

A multilayered and thoughtful short novel<p>When a soldier is stationed at the furthest human outpost in the galaxy, he’s confronted with an incredible challenge: staying alive in a meaningless existence, hoping to one day be promoted to a better location.<p>Joe M. McDermott’s new short novel <i>The Fortress</i> …

The Donald Trump Cabinet Tracker

The Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo to serve as secretary of state on Thursday afternoon, hours after the president lost his nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.<p><i>Updated on April 26 at 1:03 p.m. ET</i><p>President Trump lost one Cabinet pick on Thursday, but he won the confirmation of another: …

Donald Trump

How Wasted Are You? This Wearable Will Tell You

It displays your blood alcohol content level on your phone.<p>We've all heard plenty about Fitbit and other wristbands that promise to Change Your Life For The Better!, but one new wearable gadget may actually revolutionize the way you drink.<p>Marketed as "a premium wearable for happy hours, wine …

Alcohol

Micro-dosing: The Drug Habit Your Boss Is Gonna Love

What started as a body-tinkering, mind-hacking, supplement-taking productivity craze in Silicon Valley is now spreading to more respectable workplaces, maybe even to your office, where the guy down the hall might already be popping a new breed of brain-boosting pills or micro-dosing LSD—all in the …

Peter Thiel

One small step for man, one giant step for robot suit with man inside

A South Korean robot similar to the one imagined in the film "Avatar" takes its first steps.<p>When you mention South Korean tech companies, the name Hankook Mirae Technology isn't the first to come to mind. But on Tuesday, the company made its 13-foot, 1.5-ton manned robot, the Method-1, take a step …

Robotics

Gravitational waves, lab-grown bones and bullet-shredding foam: The year in science

But turn your attention to the scientific landscape and things look a lot more hopeful. This was the year in which we took gene editing to new …

Biotech Breakthrough: Engineers Made a New Material That Can Be Programmed

A Material You Can Teach<p>Engineers from Tufts University have just created a new, versatile material that could be optimized for a number of purposes, …

Security Keys Can Keep Your Private Data Safe Better Than Any Other Method

Over the past decade, there has been a massive surge of various social networks, cloud services, online gaming platforms, and other services that …

Information Systems

Breathing modulates brain activity and mental function

New research shows that the rhythm of breathing directly impacts neural activity in a network of brain areas involved in smell, memory and emotions<p>The rhythm of breathing co-ordinates electrical activity across a network of brain regions associated with smell, memory, and emotions, and can enhance …

The Brain

NASA Has Compiled a List of the Best Air-Cleaning Plants for Your Home

Many of us spend most of our time indoors, so it’s important to cultivate a space that’s a healthy one. A simple—and beautiful—way to do this is through houseplants; they add some green to your home while being an effective way to purify the air.<p>NASA hardly seems like the organization that would …

LSD makes people more optimistic. Researchers want to understand why

When most people think of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) the image that comes to mind is hallucinating hippies at Woodstock, but the drug's original use was psychotherapeutic.<p>As early as the 1960s, researchers showed that LSD reduces depression, anxiety and pain in patients with advanced cancer, …

Submarine defense: Russian subs posing Pacific threat to US Navy

According to Head of the US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris, Russia is a Pacific threat and the program of modernizing its Navy “signals the …

Military

This robot-made pizza in Silicon Valley should terrify Domino's and Pizza Hut

A Silicon Valley-based startup wants to take a slice out of the nearly $40 billion pizza industry in the most Silicon Valley-way possible — using robots to make its pies.<p>Zume Pizza, founded in 2015, set out to make better pizza faster by streamlining the process through technology. Robots use …

Blink wireless security cameras run for two years on a pair of AA batteries

Hands-on with the anywhere (but outside) camera<p>Over the last year or so we’ve seen an uptick in availability of small and relatively cheap wireless security cameras. I mean truly wireless, using Wi-Fi to transmit data and batteries to provide power. That magical combination of features allows this …

Scientists Have Discovered A Way To Kill Superbugs Without Antibiotics

As antibiotics become more commonplace, whether we need them or not, superbugs are worrying doctors and turning up more and more often. So the race is on to find methods to kill superbugs without antibiotics, and a new paper might reveal a major breakthrough.<p>Shu Lam, a graduate student at the …

The 'Earth Next Door' May Have a Breathable Atmosphere - And We Could Find Out in 2 Years

Eep.<p>The funny thing about the discovery of Proxima b - the closest planet to our Solar System, which is also rocky, Earth-sized, and potentially …

A $50 device and an app can easily steal your PC's log-in

You'd think protecting your computer with a strong password can keep it safe, but apparently, all it takes to steal your log-in credentials is a $50 piece of hardware and an app. According to R5 Industries principal security engineer Rob Fuller, he was able to pilfer usernames and passwords from …

A Bolt of Lightning Has Killed 323 Reindeer in Norway

A single lightning strike is believed to have killed more than 300 reindeer in Norway.<p>A total of 323 reindeer were found dead in the southern part of …

These Are The Best Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality, Study Finds

And... breathe.<p>If you're looking to improve the quality of air in your home, potted plants are a good place to start. But not all indoor plants are …

The Average Joe Accused of Trying to Sell Russia Secrets

When promotion after promotion passed satellite engineer Gregory Allen Justice by, he allegedly turned to the Russians to solve his family’s dire …

Majority of mathematicians hail from just 24 scientific ‘families’

Evolution of mathematics traced using unusually comprehensive genealogy database.<p>Most of the world’s mathematicians fall into just 24 scientific …

Inside the Real US Ground War On ISIS

As the US and its allies prepare to launch a major offensive for Mosul, US service members are on the ground in growing numbers — and increasingly in harm's way. Mike Giglio reports from the bases and front lines where they work around northern Iraq.<p><b>ERBIL, Iraq</b> — The Black Hawk helicopter pushed …

War