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First 3D map of Earth's interior shows where volcanoes come from

It's no secret that Earth's volcanoes are the result of magma rising through the planet's mantle, but have you wondered just where those 'roots' run? UC Berkeley can provide an answer. It just created the first-ever detailed 3D map of the Earth's interior by studying the path of seismic waves. The …

Online fossil hunters to help comb Kenyan desert

<b>Members of the public are being invited to help hunt for fossils in the Kenyan desert, in an online citizen science initiative called Fossilfinder.</b><p>Volunteers will sift one million images from the arid Turkana Basin, a key area for fossils of early human ancestors.<p>These photos were taken by …

Paleontology

The Brave New Museum Sputters Into Life

Art museums are eagerly embracing visit-enhancing technologies—but what do they really add to the experience?<p>With so many visitors—particularly the young—obsessively attached to digital devices as instruments of learning and sharing, even the most traditional art museum officials can no longer deny …

Illustration

How Quantum Computers Are Prepared for Hackers

By Dan Goodin in Ars Technica<p>By Jacob Soll in Politico Europe<p>By the Editors of Bloomberg View<p>By Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden in Wired<p>By Max Rosett in the …

Tiny Cube color digitizer lets photographers sample and match hues

It’s no secret: Photographers are really picky about color. Despite the many color matching apps and gadgets out there, there’s always a place for something different and hopefully better. Palette, a tech company from Australia, has unveiled the Cube, a tiny device that scientifically detects, …

This 3D cancer model shows how tumours mutate

A new 3D modelling technique has revealed exactly how cancerous cells grow and mutate over time. It is hoped the new insight will help researchers …

Apple Patents Earbuds With Noise-Canceling Sensor Smarts

Apple continues looking at ways to improve its earbuds — including potentially ditching the iconic white cables which had such a starring role in iTunes ads, back in the day.<p>According a patent filed in February last year but published this week and spotted by AppleInsider, Cupertino is looking at …

HandUp, A Startup Focused On The Homeless, Launches Donation Gift Cards For Those Living On SF’s Streets

Two-and-a-half years ago, Rose Broome had a moment that most San Franciscans are all too familiar with. She passed a homeless woman on the streets, but didn’t know what the best way to help her would be. Most people might brush that thought aside, but Broome didn’t.<p>“People are frustrated and …

In-Flight Wi-Fi Prices Jump as Demand Surges

Breaking the Galaxy Note 5 is as easy as reinserting the stylus backwards

Owners of Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5 should be careful about how they handle the device's stylus. According to reports from various outlets, reinserting the Note 5's S Pen into the smartphone the wrong way can permanently disable the handset's stylus detection feature. This means that functions …

U.S. Maintains Control Over Internet Governance For A Bit Longer

Fears of a Russian-Chinese-Iranian internet takeover have subsided as Congress and the web’s governing body begin to see eye to eye.<p>What would the internet look like if countries like Russia, China, and Iran claimed influence over the web's domain name system? American policymakers don't want to …

The New Chip-Equipped Credit Cards: Safer, And (For Now) More Confusing

Credit-card issuers are racing to get new cards with embedded chips into customers’ hands. But merchants aren’t ready for the shift.<p>If you live in the U.S. and have a credit card, you’ve almost certainly received a replacement card out of the blue in the last three months, often paired with an …

Russia’s Space Program in Crisis After Decades of Brain Drain, Neglect

MOSCOW — It might be the only country that can rocket humans into space, but Russia’s once-great space program is being dragged back to Earth by decades of brain drain and financial hardship.<p>“The Russian space industry is in an obvious state of crisis,” said Asif Siddiqi, a professor at Fordham …

Space Exploration

Surplus food for the homeless is just an app away

On-demand smartphone apps are known for addressing the whims and desires of the comfortable. It turns out they can also serve the greater good.<p>One lunch changed Komal Ahmad's life.<p>It was 2011. She had just come back from Navy summer training and was attending the University of California at …

Apple's new Safari will let you block ads, which makes some people happy and some people very scared

The Internet works best for most people when it's frictionless: skipping from site to site like a stone flipping easily on water, with no pop-ups, no …

Microsoft Demotes Lumia Smartphones As iOS Takes Priority

This week’s reorganisation of the leadership team at Microsoft by CEO Satya Nadella is one more step away from a hardware-led Redmond towards a company focused on delivering the best possible software, no matter the platform. That said, there was another moment that was even more telling than the …

Mobile

Microsoft made a better YouTube search engine than Google

YouTube might never be dethroned as the king of online video, but Microsoft has just made a compelling case for visiting Bing before you watch anything on YouTube.<p>Microsoft gave a much-needed makeover to its Bing video search feature this week, and the final product is pretty good. It features …

Bing

Imperson’s new tech lets fans chat with their favorite fictional characters

Imperson has launched a platform that lets TV and movie fans chat with virtual personas of their beloved on-screen characters, opening up the possibilities for more immersive and personalized marketing efforts.<p>The company’s new technology lets brands implement conversational characters with an …

Apps

Tweets versus Wall Street: analysts fear for Twitter in the battle for advertising

The social network’s results and revenues are failing to impress investors – especially when compared with Facebook’s and Google’s<p>Good news travels fast, but bad news even faster – especially if it’s the release of lacklustre results from Twitter. That’s what happened on Tuesday last week when, …

Summer camps across the country seek to build the next generation of cybersecurity experts

The federal government is helping to teach kids the basics of cybersecurity by offering more than 40 expenses-paid camps across the country this summer.<p>At Vermont's Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they'll be able to take home. At Dakota State University in South …

Cybersecurity

Pilot to fly solar plane across Pacific for 5 days, 5 nights

BEIJING (AP) — A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.<p>André Borschberg, 62, is due to fly over the Pacific Ocean for five days and five nights in …

Solar Impulse

Meet the man responsible for Google's billion-dollar acquisitions

On its top ten acquisitions alone, it has spent more than $24.5 billion dollars.<p>That's a lot of money, but Google has learned how to make the most of those purchases. Time Magazine recently wrote that the company had "perfected" the Silicon Valley acquisition, in part because its so good at …

Andy Rubin

Internet 'rationing' needed as UK cannot keep up with demand

The Internet is already consuming at least 8 per cent of Britain's power output, equivalent to the output of three nuclear power stations, and demand is soaring, says one academic.<p>Internet access may soon need to be rationed or restricted because the UK’s power supply and communications network …

Internet of Things

You buy the TV, Google ‘upgrades’ its software and then YouTube doesn’t work …

Google has upgraded its software meaning that many people can no longer watch YouTube on their ‘smart TV’ and set-top box. What can you do?<p>Did you buy a smart TV or set-top box or tablet any time before January 2013? Do you watch YouTube on it, perhaps through an app? Bad news: Google has shut down …

Apple pushing music labels to kill free Spotify streaming ahead of Beats relaunch

Aggressive tactics from the music giant have garnered scrutiny from the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission<p>The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are looking closely into Apple’s business practices in relation to its upcoming music streaming service, according …

Music Industry

Goldman programmer found guilty of stealing bank's high-frequency trading code

This is Aleynikov's second conviction, after his first one in federal court on similar charges was overturned. This criminal case, in New York state court, was again marked by plenty of courtroom drama and weirdness, including a bizarre dispute between two jurors over an allegedly poisoned avocado …

Crime

Japan mulls 2018 moon landing, seeks to keep up with rivals

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency is considering an unmanned mission to the moon by 2018 or early 2019, part of an effort to beef up aerospace technology and keep pace with China and other emerging powers.<p>The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, included the possibility of a lunar landing …

Space Exploration

YouTube will stop working on the older Apple TV and other aging devices soon

New features and architecture mean burning down the old<p>Like burning down a forest to make sweet nutrients for new growth, YouTube is winding down its service to myriad older devices today. All in the name of progress, of course. In a notice, spotted by <i>MacRumors</i>, YouTube notes that "select" devices …

Google is making a giant change this week that could crush millions of small businesses

The algorithm will start favoring mobile-friendly websites (ones with large text, easy-to-click links, and that resize to fit whatever screen they're viewed on) and ranking them higher in search. Websites that aren't mobile-friendly will get demoted.<p>About 60% of online traffic now comes from mobile …

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