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Microsoft Looking to Bring Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS and Android

In a keynote conversation held at SMX Advanced conference in Seattle yesterday, Microsoft said the company wants Cortana, its new virtual personal …

Silk Road bitcoins worth $18M US to be auctioned off

The U.S. Marshals Service said Thursday it will auction roughly $18 million US in bitcoins seized last fall from Silk Road, a website that was …

Bitcoin

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? [Infographic]

A heatmap of war over water<p><i>Click here to see a larger version of this infographic.</i><p>As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already …

Brain stimulation: The military’s mind-zapping project

Shocking the brain with mild electrical current was once a controversial treatment for the mentally ill. Now evidence is emerging that it could quicken learning and improve attention, and as Emma Young discovers, the US military is very interested in its potential.<p>An unusual trial is underway at …

The Brain

Buying single-engine F-35s for Canada a 'serious mistake': report

The federal government is being urged to reconsider its expected decision to buy a fleet of F-35 fighters. This time the argument isn’t about cost or …

Canada

Human 'suspended animation' trials to start this month

The researchers behind it don't want to call it suspended animation, but it's the most conventional way to explain it. The world's first humans trials will start at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, with 10 patients whose injuries would otherwise be fatal to operate on. A team of …

Dealing with stress—to cope or to quit? Neurons determine

We all deal with stress differently. For many of us, stress is a great motivator, spurring a renewed sense of vigor to solve life's problems. But for …

Police the temporary foreign worker program — or kill it

<i>More from Tasha Kheiriddin available here.</i><p>Temporary Foreign Workers. Live-in Caregivers. Seasonal Agricultural Workers. The names sound so …

15-Minute Morning Workout Routine | The Art of Manliness

Adrian Peter Schmidt was born in the Alsace-Lorraine region of what is now France in 1872. His genetics and circumstances did not point to a future …

Seven tips on how to project a more professional image at work

iStock<p>1. Prevent wrinkles and missing buttons.<p>Inspect your clothes regularly and hang or fold your garments immediately after wearing. If you notice a button missing, sew it back on or take it to a seamstress.<p>iStock<p>2. Keep your clothes and shoes looking fresh and in good condition<p>Make friends with …

Clothing

Scientists create bionic particles 'inspired by Terminator'

The particles, a blend of inorganic semiconductors and organic proteins, are designed not to advance a machine race but rather to create biofuels<p>In what might come to be seen as a moment of apocalyptic hubris, scientists at universities in Michigan and Pittsburgh in the US have pioneered bionic …

4 DARPA Projects That Could Be Bigger Than the Internet

Forty years ago, a group of re­search­ers with mil­it­ary money set out to test the wacky idea of mak­ing com­puters talk to one an­oth­er in a new …

NYPD Is Looking Into Using Drones For Surveillance

New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton expressed his support Tuesday for the use of drones as a potentially reliable tool to help monitor and reduce crime in the city, calling the unmanned devices "extraordinarily effective."<p>“Myself, I’m supportive of the concept of drones, not only for …

Interesting Engineering

Is Graphene the New 'Wonder' Material?

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

Pioneering facial recognition scientist now fears his work's consequences

Dr. Joseph J. Atick is a pioneering researcher and entrepreneur in the field of biometrics and facial recognition. After investing in the technology in the early 1990s, he went on to make his fortune as the rest of the world started to catch on — by 2011, the <i>New York Times</i> reports that he'd made …

New Super-Strong, Self-Healing, Infinitely Recyclable Polymers Will Change How We Make Things

Recycling valuable chip components inside our electronics could suddenly become a lot more doable–and that’s just the beginning.<p>It’s nearly impossible to go through a day without encountering polymers–molecules that play a part in paint, plastic, food packaging, car and plane parts, clothes, cell …

Project Persphone: British Scientists Building 'Living Space Ark' To Save Humanity

British scientists are working on a space ark capable of sustaining humanity in the event of a global catastrophe.<p>Even though none of them will ever …

Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

He just needs to get it to them<p>At first glance, the bright red shipping container that sits by the side of the road in a slum outside Johannesburg doesn’t look like something that could transform hundreds of lives. Two sliding doors open to reveal a small shop counter, behind which sit rows of …

The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work

Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores.<p>Google's self-driving cars can tour you around the streets of Mountain View, California.<p>I know this. I rode in one this week. I saw the car's human operator take his hands …

Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists

In a neat demonstration of E=mc2, physicists believe they can create electrons and positrons from colliding photons<p>Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.<p>The theory underpinning the idea was first …

Army soldiers say 'Spice' is drug of choice - Futurity

Among a group of active-duty Army personnel who use illicit drugs, their drug of choice is synthetic marijuana, which is hard to detect in drug tests.

Sun's activity triggers lightning strikes

Streams of particles launched from the sun in the solar wind increase the number of lightning strikes on Earth by 32%<p>Activity on the sun significantly increases the rate of lightning strikes on Earth, say researchers, making it feasible to predict when lightning strikes will become more …

Cellular Compound May Extend Lifespan Without Need For Strict Dieting

Every day, our cells manufacture small amounts of a molecule that, in higher doses, might be the key to leading a longer, healthier life. A team of researchers has found that this molecule boosts the lifespan of worms by more than 50%, raising the possibility that it will increase human …

MoD creates 'coldest object in the universe' to trump GPS

A huge UK research effort is creating navigation technology thousands of times more accurate than GPS and completely immune to jammers and hackers - with future applications including nuclear submarines and your next smartphone<p>The MoD is pouring millions of pounds into research on a “quantum …

Scientists 3D-print shark skin to boost swimming

Harvard researchers are investigating properties of shark skin using a 3D-printer model<p>Researchers at Harvard University have created an artificial shark skin using 3D printing, in order to investigate how microscopic scales can improve movement through water.<p>Shark skin is peppered with millions of …

3D Printing

Russia halts rocket exports to US, hitting space and military programmes

Russia announces decision to halt export of crucial rocket engines in response to US sanctions over annexation of Crimea<p>Russia's deputy prime minister, Dmitry Rogozin, has announced it will halt the export of rocket engines crucial to the US military defence and space programmes.<p>The move marks a …

How To Boost Blood Supplies

Because we don't want to run out.<p>PROBLEM<p>The shelf life of donated blood is short, just 42 days, and during emergencies even a large supply can quickly run out. To prolong blood’s useful life, hospitals can freeze it, but they rarely do so because technicians need to add glycerol, which prevents ice …