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Bambi: graffiti artist on why she's more than just a 'female Banksy’

Street artist, whose fans range from Robbie Williams to Rihanna, reveals importance of social issues and feminism to her work – but offers few hints as to her identity<p>Her work decorates the streets and underpasses of north London, as well as the homes of everyone from Kanye West and Rihanna to …

Facebook will now tell you if GCHQ is spying on you

Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos has announced that the social network will now inform users if it believes their account has been …

Is Our Universe a Fake?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television and multimedia program that features the world's</i> …

Inspirational Quotes From Bhagavad Gita That Will Completely Change The Way You Look At Everything!

50 Most Inspiring Quotes From The Bhagavad Gita<p>on October 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm<p>Credit: graphicstock.com<p>When Arjuna was faced with the dilemma of going …

Spirituality

This tiny 16-lens camera produces 52 megapixel photos

It's only the size of a smartphone, but Light's L16 "multi-aperture computational camera" houses an array of 16 individual camera units, each with …

Ray Kurzweil: In The 2030s, Nanobots In Our Brains Will Make Us 'Godlike'

Once we're cyborgs, he says, we'll be funnier, sexier and more loving.<p>Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil predicts humans are going to develop emotions and characteristics of higher complexity as a result of connecting their brains to computers.<p>“We’re going to be funnier. We’re going to be sexier. …

Singularity

The magic of cinema unlocked one man’s coma-bound world

An Alfred Hitchcock film helped to prove one patient had been conscious while in a coma-like state for 16 years. The discovery shows that neuroscience may still have lots to learn from the ancient art of storytelling, says Tom Stafford.<p>If brain injury steals your consciousness then you are in a …

The Brain

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Extinction

The best way to colonize Mars is crazier than Elon Musk's idea of dropping nukes on the planet

Yet the Red Planet holds great promise, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently discussed its future with comedian and television host Stephen Colbert.<p>Musk, who hopes to build a colony of 1 million people on Mars , told Colbert that there are two ways to warm the global temperatures on Mars, which would …

Stephen Colbert

This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy may be the most interesting website on the internet. Not because of the content—which includes fascinating entries on everything from ambiguity to zombies—but because of the site itself.<p>Its creators have solved one of the internet’s fundamental problems: How …

Stack Overflow

Artificial intelligence will make religion obsolete within our lifetime

After conquering the kitchen, the game show, and outer space, are our machines heading for religion next?<p>The singularity is a hypothesized time in …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Double black hole is powering quasar, astronomers find

<b>(CNN) —</b> Single black holes are impressive enough, but astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a galaxy being powered by a quasar that contains two of the time-space benders, "furiously whirling about each other," the space agency observed in a news release.<p>The galaxy, known …

Universe

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

Rethinking 'The Martian': Why Dust Storms Wouldn't Sabotage A Real Mars Mission

Martian dust storms rank among the most impressive in our Solar System. But no matter how menacing they appear from Mars orbit, they’re not likely to cause astronauts to abort future surface missions, says a planetary scientist who studies the phenomena.<p>Although such storms routinely engulf large …

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Black Holes

Banksy bans Disney lawyers from his 'Dismaland' theme park

The so-called 'Bemusement Park' in Weston-Super-Mare, includes a Jimmy Savile punch-and-judy show, and a fire pit to burn Jeffrey Archer novels<p>Banksy has banned Disney's lawyers from entering his new theme park, Dismaland.<p>The park, in Weston-super-Mare, is a sinister twist on Disneyland, featuring …

Pablo Escobar’s Favorite Hitman Is on Facebook and Spilling Dirt

Popeye Vásquez admitted to killing about 300 people as a righthand man to Pablo Escobar. Now he’s out of prison, on Facebook and Univisión, and …

The Secret Lives of Hackathon Junkies

I spent three days on a bus with a bunch of hackers. Here’s what I learned.<p>On the third day, half the people on the Startup Bus got motion sick. We hadn’t slept for two or three nights, the roads through the Smoky Mountains were perilously curved, the tour bus was traveling at top speed, and we had …

Startups

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Can We Unlearn Social Biases While We Sleep?

Putting gender and race stereotypes to bed<p>Your brain does a lot when you are asleep. It’s when you consolidate memories and integrate the things you’ve learned during the day into your existing knowledge structure. We now have lots of evidence that while you are sleeping, specific memories can be …

Stereotypes

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

Hacking North Korea

It can be hard listening to the stories of people who have escaped from North Korea -- or, to give its official name, the Democratic People's …

Alzheimer’s breakthrough: scientists home in on molecule which halts development of disease

Cambridge scientists raise prospect of new generation of treatments after finding technique to limit development of biggest cause of dementia<p>Scientists have found a method which could potentially stop the growth of Alzheimer’s disease in its tracks, raising the prospect of a wave of new treatments …

Mars One mission: a one-way trip to the red planet in 2024

The launch date is still a decade away but preparations are underway for the first human expedition to Mars. Here we explain about the mission, Mars spacecrafts and selecting volunteers to establish a colony on the planet<p>From more than 200,000 people who hoped to leave Earth and die on Mars, only …

Mars