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Uber wants to cure travel sickness with light, air blasts and moving seats

Uber is working on a system to prevent travel sickness in cars, which it sees as a barrier to the adoption of self-driving vehicles, stopping people from doing other things as they are ferried to their destination.<p>According to a patent, which describes a “sensory stimulation system for autonomous …

Autonomous Vehicle

Canada’s anti-coal push set to clash with U.S. clean fossil fuels plans in Bonn

OTTAWA — Climate change talks in Germany are headed for a collision course on coal this week — and Canada is right in the middle of it.<p>Environment …

Can a Carbon 'Vacuum Cleaner' Save the Planet?

We humans are really, really good at making carbon dioxide. Last year our smokestacks and tailpipes puffed out more than 60 trillion pounds of the greenhouse gas, monkeying with the planet’s climate and acidifying the oceans.<p>What we’re not so good at is cleaning up our mess. Most efforts at …

Carbon Dioxide

'Monster' planet discovery stuns scientists

Astronomers have discovered a planet the size of Jupiter orbiting a star that’s only half the size of the sun — a celestial phenomenon that contradicts theories of planet formation.<p>NGTS-1b, a massive, 986-degrees-hot ball of gas revolving around a red M-dwarf star 600 light years from Earth, is the …

Text-to-speech app Spokata keeps you informed while multitasking

<i>App Attack is a weekly series where we search the App Store and Google Play Store for the best apps of the week. Check out App Attack every Sunday</i> …

Apps

Best-Ever Algorithm Found for Huge Streams of Data

It’s hard to measure water from a fire hose while it’s hitting you in the face. In a sense, that’s the challenge of analyzing streaming data, which …

Mathematics

When The State Sinks, Science Is The Anchor

As Europe was being torn apart in the early 17th century by conflicts between Catholics and Protestants — that would lead to the devastating Thirty Years War in 1618 — the German astronomer Johannes Kepler wrote:<p>"When the storm rages and the shipwreck of the state threatens, we can do nothing more …

Personal Computers

Science may have cured biased AI

Scientists at Columbia and Lehigh Universities have effectively created a method for error-correcting deep learning networks. With the tool, they’ve been able to reverse-engineer complex AI, thus providing a work-around for the mysterious ‘black box’ problem.<p>Deep learning AI systems often make …

Canada must prepare now for the post-carbon economy

Last week, TransCanada Corp. aborted the $15.7-billion Energy East Pipeline project citing regulatory hurdles. Despite the $1-billion loss, the company made a wise financial decision. It is unlikely TransCanada could have earned a significant return on its investment.<p>The economics of energy cannot …

Boost for solar cells also makes self-driving cars safer - Futurity

Scientists aiming to solve a solar cell problem landed on an improvement for self-driving cars. Here's what they discovered.

What Amazon's $294 Million Bill Tells Others in EU's Sights

European Union regulators sent a warning to any company using fees on intellectual property rights to shift profits away from the taxman -- slapping …

Layered Security Goes Beyond Hardware In IIoT Implementations

Industry is certainly starting to take note of the IIoT, which raises cybersecurity issues because it requires connecting field devices and other …

MIT Researchers Propose an Ancient Technology to Store Clean Energy

What's old may become new again.<p>A new proposal from MIT researchers looks at how firebricks, clay bricks used in ovens as far back as 3,000 years …

Clean Energy

A Teenager Won $250,000 For His Video Explanation Of Einstein's Special Theory Of Relativity

What were you doing when you were 18 years old? If we had to guess, we'd say you probably weren't winning hundreds of thousands of dollars for a …

Newly processed photos of Jupiter taken by NASA’s Juno probe

Seán Doran shared some recently processed photos of Jupiter that he worked on with Gerald Eichstädt. The photos were taken by NASA’s Juno probe on a …

Battle for Mosul could be prelude to wider, deadlier Shia-Sunni conflict

Iraqi Shia militias backed by Iran — sometimes even flying the Iranian flag — were the easiest forces to spot and to speak with last December as they …

Pacific Crest Trail Map: Hike the PCT

19.3K<p>SHARES<p>There aren't many paths that stoke dreams like the Pacific Crest Trail. On its more than 2,600-mile journey from Mexico to Canada, the PCT …

Lawrence Krauss on Cosmic Natural Selection: Why the Universe Isn’t Fine-Tuned for Our Benefit

April 26, 2017 by Hemant Mehta<p>Back in February, <b>Lawrence Krauss</b> delivered the British Humanist Association’s annual Darwin Day Lecture. He spoke about …

In Mexico, an Epidemic of Fuel Thefts Becomes a Crisis

SAN SALVADOR HUIXCOLOTLA, Mexico — Some of the day’s first customers pull into the produce market at dawn, but not with fruit and vegetables on their minds. They’re looking for cheap, stolen gasoline.<p>On the edge of the market, dozens of vendors have set up shop, with stacks of five-gallon …

We've Lost Sight Of The Most Important Rule In Debating Science

It was almost 100 years ago that the most famous debate in science history took place. The topic up for consideration was the nature of the spiral objects in the sky: were they proto-stars in the process of forming, or were they island Universes, similar to and far outside of our own galaxy? …

Universe

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Graphene used to sieve salts from seawater

Scientists continue to explore the potential of graphene, aka the one-atom thin sheet of bonded carbon atoms that was created more than a decade ago after researchers first peeled a few layers off a block of graphite with some Scotch Tape — before going on to refine their technique until a sheet …

Wall Street’s WhatsApp problem: Illegal texting through encrypted messaging is out of control

Dirty jokes and NSFW GIFs. Snaps of unsuspecting colleagues on the trading floor. Screenshots of confidential client positions.<p>All that — and, on …

How Earth became a giant snowball 700 million years ago

Around 717 million years ago, the Earth froze over. The Sturtian glaciation, as this event is known, was no ordinary Ice Age but one so extreme that …

New 360-degree NASA video shows what it's like to get blasted by a moon rocket engine with 500,000 pounds of thrust

In a wrap-around video released on Tuesday, the space agency showed off the mighty thrust of its RS-25 rocket engine.<p>Four of these engines will attach to the bottom of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS).<p>SLS is a 321-foot-tall (70-meter-tall) rocket designed to rival Saturn V rockets that launched …

A 3D Animation That Compares the Scale of the Smallest Known Particles to the Universe Itself

A 3D animation by Reigarw Comparisons measures the scale of the smallest known particles to the size of the universe itself, scaling up incrementally …

This Woman Is Said to Rival Einstein, and She's Only 23

Einstein For Millennials<p>At age 14, Sabrina Pasterski walked onto the MIT campus to request notarization of aircraft worthiness for her single-engine …

Is water the fuel of the future?

Soon, water may be powering all your favorite appliances.<p>Scientists have developed a speedy new system to find materials that could potentially be …

Clean Energy

Our Universe is too vast for even the most imaginative sci-fi

As an astrophysicist, I am always struck by the fact that even the wildest science-fiction stories tend to be distinctly human in character. No …