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Shanghai introduces yuan-denominated gold benchmark price - Business

The Shanghai Gold Exchange, the world's largest physical gold exchange, launched a yuan-denominated benchmark price on Tuesday in Shanghai, a measure …

Scientists in Germany switch on nuclear fusion experiment

GREIFSWALD, Germany (AP) — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, …

Facebook Pays Astonishingly Little in Corporate Taxes

Facebook’s corporate taxes don’t appear to match its large profits.<p>The company’s revenues in the U.K. in 2014 were around $1 billion. According to …

RIP BB10: BlackBerry may eventually go all-in on Android

BlackBerry chief John Chen recently stated that his company is only going to make Android smartphones this year. And if a report from <i>Economic Times</i> is anything to go by, they company might only make Android phones for the foreseeable future, signaling the end of the 3 year-old BB10 platform…<p>“The …

Elon Musk’s high-speed Hyperloop travel pods move one step closer to reality

Elon Musk has been banging on about a so-called “fifth mode of transport” for some time. The futuristic high-speed Hyperloop train doesn’t yet exist, but it would get you from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes if it did.<p>The conceptual Hyperloop was first proposed by SpaceX and Tesla Motors …

Norwegian P2P Car Rental Marketplace Nabobil.no Pulls In $600K Seed

Europe seems to be creating peer-to-peer car rental marketplaces at a rate of knots. There’s heavily-funded Drivy in France, Snappcar in the Netherlands, GoMore in Denmark, and Rentacarlo in the U.K., to name a few.<p>The latest is Norway’s Nabobil, which opened its doors four months ago and today is …

Facebook passes Exxon to become 4th most valuable company in the world

Tech is in. Oil is out.<p>Facebook overtook Exxon Mobil on Monday to become the fourth most valuable company in the world by market capitalization, …

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Check out 10 technologies that could change your life in 2016

Introduction<p>Forget drones, FinTech and (especially) apps that claim to be 'digitally disruptive'. The big tech trends that will have a significant …

Brain activity pattern as unique as fingerprint

Your brain scans are quintessentially you, says a new Yale study.<p>Each of us is unique, with our own strengths, weaknesses and idiosyncrasies. While …

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Researchers Map A Protein ‘Tree Of Life’ For Species Across The Animal Kingdom

We're not so different after all<p>Proteins are a vast network of worker bees in our body, all carrying out different functions, from facilitating muscle movement to initiating thought. Roughly 20,000 unique proteins are synthesized by our genes, and work together in combination to execute complex …

Facebook Could Check Your Loan Applications Against Your Friends' Credit

Just call it “friendlining”<p>Facebook friend lists are a weird collection of your classmates, coworkers, distant relatives, former roommates, and other people you may have known at one point in your life. A new patent granted to Facebook would let lenders check those same friends' credit scores and …

A Ban on Autonomous Killer Robots Is Inevitable

But what will be banned, and when?<p>Last week, the Future of Life Institute (FLI) released an open letter calling for a ban on autonomous weapons. The institute defines these as systems that can “elect and engage targets without human intervention,” and proposes that, “Artificial Intelligence (AI) …

Will machines eventually take on every job?

Automation will continue to transform the global workforce, but taking an active role in that process will help us reduce the damages and increase the gains, finds Rachel Nuwer.<p>It’s a booming time to be a truck driver. According to data NPR compiled from the US Census Bureau, truck driving is …

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Samsung Smart TVs get a new payment system, card details can be transferred from smartphones

Samsung has created a simplified payment system for its Smart TV devices. This will be great news for millions of customers who purchase content from the no. 1 smart TV manufacturer. The new payment service is said to support “major credit cards, debit cards, PayPal and other mobile billing …

Amazon, Google Race to Get Your DNA Into the Cloud

Innovation<p>Amazon is in a race against Google to store data on human DNA, seeking both bragging rights in helping scientists make new medical discoveries and market share in a business that may be worth $1 billion a year by 2018.<p>Academic institutions and healthcare companies are picking sides …

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Laser treatment claims to turn brown eyes blue

Ever been stymied in a desire to bat your baby blues by the fact that your eyes aren't actually blue? An experimental new procedure could see you permanently change your peepers' hue.<p>Strōma Medical Corporation, based out of Laguna Beach, California, claims to have invented a new laser eye surgery …

Quantum physics can fight fraud by making card verification unspoofable

Decades of data security research have brought us highly reliable, standardized tools for common tasks such as digital signatures and encryption. But …

U.S. and UK's mass surveillance sharing program was illegal

LONDON — A UK tribunal ruled on Friday that intelligence sharing between GCHQ and the NSA before December 2014 was not lawful because of a lack of …

Surveillance

Robots embrace Ubuntu as it invades the internet of things

Canonical has revealed what I reckon is its biggest announcement in years: Ubuntu is about to invade the internet of things with a minimal version of …

Chief Medical Officer defends three-parent baby technique

Professor Dame Sally Davies has spoken up in favour of the treatment to replace defective mitochondrial DNA, a technique that would see IVF babies born with DNA from three different people<p>The Chief Medical Officer for England has refuted suggestions that a new technique that would see IVF babies …

Bioengineers develop tool for reprogramming genetic code

Biology relies upon the precise activation of specific genes to work properly. If that sequence gets out of whack, or one gene turns on only …

Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds

Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was dramatically …

Leaked Palantir Doc Reveals Uses, Specific Functions And Key Clients

Since its founding in 2004, Palantir has managed to grow into a billion dollar company while being very surreptitious about what it does exactly. Conjecture abounds. The vague facts dredged up by reporters confirm that Palantir has created a data mining system used extensively by law enforcement …

Six productivity apps you’ll never want to be without

Optimize your inbox<p>Boomerang<p>I love using Boomerang even more than I love <i>saying</i> “Boomerang.” This plugin has changed my entire e-mail behavior. It’s a genius tool that adds a “send later” button to your messages, allowing you to schedule your e-mails to go out at a chosen time in the future. It also …

Japanese messaging app Line has launched a taxi service in Tokyo

Japanese messaging giant Line is going head-to-head with Uber, launching a taxi service in Tokyo this week and detailing plans for a nationwide expansion. The new Line Taxi service is available from within the company’s primary app, with drivers and cabs provided by Nihon Kotsu, one of Japan’s …

Artist Turns DNA From Chewed Gum Into Sculptures

Plus, a perfume that can cover your genetic tracks<p>Two years ago, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg caused a stir in both the art and biosecurity worlds when she displayed busts of people she’d never met. She determined the facial features for her “Stranger Visions” show using DNA found in the streets …