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Gold is going to explode once China has enough

The best way to do that is to increase its voting power at the IMF and have the yuan included in the IMF basket for determining the value of the special drawing right. Getting those two things requires the approval of the United States because the U.S. has veto power over important changes at the …

Cryptocurrency

France releases terror alert app in time for Euro 2016

With the Euro 2016 football tournament starting on June 10th, France has unveiled a smartphone app that alerts users to terrorist attacks. Called SAIP (System to alert and inform the population), it allows you to opt-in to geolocalization or select up to eight regions to monitor. If you're at a …

Chinese Students Face Up to 7 Years in Prison for Cheating on College-Entrance Exams

Chinese students sitting down to the most important exams of their lives this week needed no reminder of how high stakes were. But they got one — the …

The dark side of the universe – a primer | Cosmos

<b>Over the past 40 years astronomers</b> have realised that everything we can see – all the stars, planets and galaxies – make up less than 5% of the …

Dark Matter

10 things you need to know before the opening bell

<b>The World Bank slashed its global growth forecast.</b> The World Bank cut its global growth forecast for 2016 to 2.4% from 2.9% as a result of "sluggish growth in advanced economies, stubbornly low commodity prices, weak global trade, and diminishing capital flows." The bank sees "mounting risks" and …

Markets

SpaceX Plans To Re-Use A Rocket For The First Time This Fall

After four successful upright landings<p>Here we go again. At least, that's the hope.<p>Today, Elon Musk tweeted out a picture of SpaceX's used rockets hanging out in a giant hanger, itching to be re-used. There are now four lucky rockets that have landed successfully. According to the tweet, one of them …

AI will create 'useless class' of human, predicts bestselling historian

Smarter artificial intelligence is one of 21st century’s most dire threats, writes Yuval Noah Harari in follow-up to Sapiens<p>It is hard to miss the warnings. In the race to make computers more intelligent than us, humanity will summon a demon, bring forth the end of days, and code itself into …

A former FBI hostage negotiator says there's one question you should ask when you can't get the salary you want

At some point, the hiring manager may tell you that, yes, you'd be a valuable asset, but they just can't go any higher.<p>Assuming you really want the job, it's tempting to accept their answer and leave feeling like a pushover.<p>Don't.<p>There's a more important question you should be asking than how much …

Employment

Jupiter's Ocean Moon Europa May Be A Good Place To Swim, But Could We Live There?

Europa has a frozen crust and high radiation, but some scientists anticipate finding life there.<p>Jupiter's ocean moon Europa -- one of the planet's four main moons -- may be chemically balanced to spawn life similar to Earth's oceans, according to a new study.<p>There's been a lot of recent talk, …

Ransomware in real time: How hackers infiltrate secured systems

Security-software providers are in a constant cat-and-mouse game with ransomware makers who can find ways to penetrate even well-guarded systems. The following is an account of a real attack that happened in February of this year, as described by Chris Whidden, a security engineer based out of New …

Scientists made see-through wood that's stronger than glass

Researchers at the University of Maryland were able pull away color and chemicals from a block of wood to leave it impressively see-through. The result is a material that is both stronger and more insulating than glass, with better biodegradability than plastic. "We were very surprised by how …

10 facts about black holes

One contender for the smallest thing in the universe is the singularity at the center of a black hole. (Shown here, an artist's drawing of a black hole pulling gas away from a companion star.)NASA E/PO, Sonoma State University, Aurore Simonnet<p>Black holes are the only objects in the universe that …

Stephen Hawking

Pentagon report says China weaponizing man-made islands in South China Sea

A new Pentagon reported released Friday said that China has reclaimed more than 3,200 acres of land in the South China Sea and the country’s focus has shifted to developing and weaponinzing the man-made islands.<p>The Defense Department said three of the artificial lands in the Spratly Islands sport …

China

NASA Wants to Build a Magnetic Force Field and a Deep Sleep Chamber For Astronauts on Mars

A self-assembling space habitat, a deep sleep chamber to shuttle astronauts on long journeys, and a protective magnetic force field are the latest …

Even with sci-fi tech, it may be impossible to explore the known universe

For the entire history of humanity, we’ve lived on this one small unassuming planet in the spiral arm of a very average galaxy called The Milky Way. …

Astrophysics

Could these newly-discovered planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf host life?

Three Earth-sized planets are thought to have surface temperatures which would allow liquid water, making them potentially hospitable to life<p>Three distant worlds that orbit a feeble star in the constellation of Aquarius are the most likely places discovered so far to find life beyond the solar …

Patents from Boeing, NASA, Google, and more

Drawing inspiration from living beings, NASA intends to put “pain” receptors throughout in the outer shell of spacecrafts. The result: the space crafts exterior turns into a living skin capable of sensing even the slightest “discomfort” in the form of stress or physical damage.<p>The shell of the …

Boeing

Earth - The real reasons nothing can ever go faster than light

It was September 2011 and physicist Antonio Ereditato had just shocked the world.<p>The announcement he had made promised to overturn our understanding of the Universe. If the data gathered by 160 scientists working on the OPERA project were correct, the unthinkable had been observed.<p>Particles – in …

Physics

An early look at Elon Musk's Gigafactory, a building that could change the world

That's where Tesla's Gigafactory comes into play.<p>For those unfamiliar, Tesla describes its massive 5.5 million-square-foot Gigafactory as a way to "accelerate the world's transition to sustainable transportation."<p>The first Gigafactory, outside Sparks, Nevada, is an ambitious manufacturing facility …

Tesla

Astronomers say they’ve found the biggest structure in the universe and they named it the BOSS

The BOSS is big. Really big. <i>Yuuuuuge</i>.<p>So big that when a star is born on one side of the BOSS, it takes a billion years for the light to reach the other side.<p>So big that comparing the BOSS to the next biggest thing like it is like comparing Andre the Giant to your 3-year-old nephew.<p>What is the BOSS? …

Universe

China blocking access to disputed South China Sea atoll – reports

Philippine media claims ships from Beijing are guarding the disputed Quirino Atoll in the Spratly islands and chased fishing vessels away<p>China has reportedly stationed up to five ships around a disputed atoll in the South China Sea, preventing Filipino fishing vessels from accessing traditional …

Scientists figure out how to create affordable smart windows

Imagine having the power to tweak your windows' opacity depending on the weather. That's one application a group of MIT scientists believe they've made possible by conjuring up an equation that can predict how light goes through a rubber-like polymer structure. The rubbery material they used called …

Jeff Bezos' Rocket Reached Space and Returned Yet Again

Blue Origin craft makes second landing after second trip to space.<p>Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and SpaceX's Elon Musk have transformed the space race from a game of nations into a personal squabble between two billionaires, and science is the better for it. They keep knocking down the barriers to cheap …

Space Travel

The Space Launch System Is a Big Rocket With Nowhere To Go

Billions of dollars have been poured into a project that the agency admits lacks focus.<p>According to all previous public statements, the Space Launch System (SLS) should be the next big rocket, ready to launch astronauts into deep space from Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center. But the heavy …

Space Exploration

Sean Parker on tech industry's 'tricks': 'Social media feeds our narcissism'

Facebook’s earliest evangelist says company’s first responsibility is to its shareholders, and engineers’ algorithms have ‘unintended consequences’<p>A generation ago, Sean Parker would have us believe, parents worried that their children were becoming couch potatoes, passive consumers of information …

Watch NASA Test A Rocket Engine That Could Fuel Up On Other Planets

Let 'er rip!<p>Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that we're all very worried about here on Earth. But up in space? That's a whole different ballgame.<p>Unlike liquid hydrogen, which is the fuel of choice for today's rockets, methane is more stable, can be stored safely at higher temperatures, and is …

Father's Day: 20 uplifting quotes

Literature

Earth 'entering new extinction phase' - US study

<b>The Earth has entered a new period of extinction, a study by three US universities has concluded, and humans could be among the first casualties.</b><p>The report, led by the universities of Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley, said vertebrates were disappearing at a rate 114 times faster than normal.<p>The …