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When Will The First Star Go Dark?

Ever since the first star in the Universe ignited some 13.7 billion years ago, the Universe has been flooded with light. When enough matter — mostly hydrogen and helium gas — gravitates together into a single, compact object, nuclear fusion will take place inside the core, giving rise to a true …

Black Holes

This motorized wheel adds electric power to your bike

GeoOrbital brings a novel idea to Kickstarter<p>Many different kinds of personal transportation are undergoing an electric revolution, but electric <i>bikes</i> might make up the biggest section of the market. In fact, it's boomed fast enough that we're already seeing weird, alternative ideas pop up. A …

Bike Lanes

Facebook's AI director says he's been dreaming of a supercomputer on a USB stick — and now he has one

Movidius, based in San Mateo, California, has essentially put a deep learning chip inside a USB drive. Deep learning involves "training" a computational model so it can decipher natural language.<p>The "Fathom Neural Compute Stick" has been designed to connect to existing systems (running Linux) and …

Deep Learning

January 2016

What Do the Words You Use Say About You?

A lot.<p>Your personality can be determined just by looking at the way you text message. You can make accurate judgments about your favorite author’s …

Universal flu vaccine comes closer, scientists say

<b>Researchers say they are closer to developing a vaccine to give life-long protection against any type of flu, after promising trials in animals.</b><p>Two separate US teams have found success with an approach that homes in on a stable part of the flu virus.<p>That should remove the problem with current flu …

Flu

Scientists just made an important step toward a revolutionary flu shot you would only have to get once in your life

But according to two studies published today in Nature and Science , annual flu shots could be a thing of the past.<p>Unlike vaccines for measles or the chickenpox, which only need to be administered once or twice in a lifetime, flu vaccines are necessary every flu season as different strains become …

Why a "universal" flu vaccine may soon be a reality

AS THE weather gets colder and the nights start to draw in, the annual ritual of the flu shot draws near. This year the world's capacity for …

7 Hobbies Science Says Will Make You Smarter

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For a long time, it was believed that people are born with a given level of intelligence and the best we could do in life was to live up to our potential. Scientists have now proven that we can actually <i>increase</i> our potential and enjoy …

The Brain

Take a walk on the surface of ‘Earth’s cousin’ - Kepler 452b

What would it be like to walk on Kepler 452b? We don’t know much — but what we know is enticing. This strange new word may be Earth-like, but it’s …

Universe

Your New Dream Alarm Clock Will Also Make You Coffee

Because some of us can't even get out of bed without caffeine<p>Waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee is one of life's singular pleasures. Too bad it comes with a downside: someone actually has to be awake and out of bed to brew it. Enter the most amazing thing to happen to coffee addicts …

Publication Opportunities for Writers: April and May 2015

Over 60 publication opportunities for both established and emerging writers. Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions. Granta …

The Solar System Is Slowly Re-Arranging Itself

The Enūma Anu Enlil, a series of 70 clay tablets, was found in the ruins of King Ashurbanipal’s library in Nineveh (on the eastern bank of the River …

Astronomy

Tech 2015: Deep Learning And Machine Intelligence Will Eat The World

Despite what Stephen Hawking or Elon Musk say, hostile Artificial Intelligence is not going to destroy the world anytime soon. What is certain to happen, however, is the continued ascent of the practical applications of AI, namely deep learning and machine intelligence. The word is spreading in all …

How to Train Your Voice to Be More Charismatic

Scientists Analyze Public Leaders’ Voices to Discover the Basis for Charisma<p>By<p>Robert Lee Hotz<p>Scientists are tuning in on the power of the spoken word, seeking the secrets of charisma.<p>By analyzing the harmonics of pitch, frequency and timbre, researchers at University of California, Los Angeles are …

Charisma

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

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Extreme shrimp might hold clues to alien life, NASA says

Shrimp crawling around rock chimneys spewing hot water deep in the Caribbean Sea may hold clues to the kinds of life that can thrive in extreme environments on other planets, NASA says.<p>The shrimp are called Rimicaris hybisae (no, we can't pronounce it either). They live in clumps on hydrothermal …

5 immigration myths debunked

President Obama is taking executive action to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.<p>His plan has been a tough sell to the American people, especially with the new Republican-controlled Congress. But many experts agree that some of the arguments against immigration are based …

New York's 10 Coolest Hidden Museums - PAPER

<i>While exhibits at the Met, MoMA or the Whitney might get most of the media attention -- and tourists' admission fees -- there's a slew of under-the-radar (and underrated) institutions scattered throughout New York City worth a visit. From a *very* impressive collection of trolls to a museum</i> …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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Brain's Reaction to Virtual Reality Should Prompt Further Study

<b>Findings could provide insight into how doctors could restore human memory.</b><p>UCLA neurophysicists have found that space-mapping neurons in the brain …

GOP leaders uniting around plan to avoid shutdown

House Republican leaders are beginning to coalesce around a strategy to avoid a government shutdown in less than a month.<p>The likely proposal would fund nearly the entire government through September 2015, but immigration enforcement related funding would be renewed on a short-term basis, according …

Underwater Robot Makes Puzzling Find on Antarctic Sea Ice Thickness

Antarctica's ice paradox has yet another puzzling layer. Not only is the amount of sea ice increasing each year, but an underwater robot now shows the ice is also much thicker than was previously thought, a new study reports.<p>According to climate models, the region's sea ice should be shrinking each …

The P.G. Wodehouse of environmental writing: Why Lydia Millet is the funniest literary writer you may never have read

<b>Lydia Millet (W.W. Norton/Ivory Orchid Photography)</b><p>A comic thriller about mermaids, the natural world and ruthless capitalism? Yes, it’s possible and it’s great<p>Laura Miller<p>November 24, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>I never expected anyone to write an environmental thriller about mermaids in the comic vein of a …

The rise of the robotic servant

Chores are the bane of domesticity. Dull and repetitive tasks have already been farmed out to robots in industrial workplaces, so why not our homes, too? On a small scale, they've already arrived, just not quite in the way film and TV promised. For this week's <i>Rewind</i>, we take a look at some of the …

1 million people are helping Microsoft test Windows 10

Microsoft released its first Windows 10 Technical Preview at the beginning of October, and the company is now revealing that 1 million people are helping test the upcoming operating system through the Windows Insider Program. "That equates to a lot of people using the Windows 10 Technical Preview …

Mysterious Air Force space plane to land soon in California

<b>(CNN) —</b> The U.S. Air Force's mysterious unmanned space plane, the X-37B, is about to come back to Earth after nearly two years in orbit on a mission the military won't tell us much about.<p>The X-37B is expected to land at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Air Force said.<p>The base did not …