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The eight scientific breakthroughs set to revolutionise our future

Science is the scaffolding on which innovation is built. From quantum computers to 3D-printed organs, genetic tweaking and super-strong materials, …

Central Banks Bought More Than $3B In Gold In 2013: UBS

Gold has been on a definite downtrend since last October, with bullion falling a dramatic 5.1% in February alone. As prices have dropped and investors lost faith, central banks have been on the opposite side of the trade, gobbling up bullion at a rate of 27-metric tons a month, according to UBS’ …

Will we ever detect gravitational waves directly?

(This piece originally appeared in the “Will we ever?” column at <i>BBC Future</i>. Though I added a few visuals, I left the UK spellings and BBC stylebook …

Seven Things You Should Always Wear On A Plane

Dressing appropriately for air travel means knowing what will keep you comfortable on the plane. And, given the cramped seats and various temperature changes on flights, this isn't always easy. The following seven items, which provide plenty of comfort plus a touch of style, are essential for any …

Hashtags Are the Ugly Bumper Stickers of the Internet

It seems like everywhere you look on the Internet these days, you’ll see the ubiquitous hashtag. The hashtag was the "Word of the Year" in 2012, and …

Planck telescope: A map of all the 'stuff' in the cosmos

<b>Europe's Planck telescope, which last week showed us a picture of the oldest light streaming across the Universe, has another trick up its sleeve.</b><p>It has also mapped the distribution of all the matter in the cosmos.<p>This was done by analysing the subtle distortions in the ancient light introduced as …

Speed Of Light In Vacuum Is Not Actually Constant, Study Finds

Oh, and a vacuum may not really be void of matter.<p>Can you trust nothing in life? A new physics paper suggests that the speed of light in a vacuum may not be constant, and that a vacuum isn't actually entirely empty of stuff.<p>The paper, by a team of French physicists, finds that the speed of a photon …

Location Data Can Uniquely Identify Cellphone Users

A new study demonstrates how easy it is to identify people from the location-tracking data on their cellphones.<p>Just a few data points from a location-tracking cellphone are enough to identify most people, a new study found. It doesn't matter if those data are "anonymized" so they aren't linked to …

U.S. Writes Its Worries About Buying IT Gear From China Into Law

The U.S. government officially remains concerned about the possibility of cyber attacks from China. And it has quietly imposed new restrictions on …

If This Economist Is Correct, Then The Value Of A 'Cypriot Euro' Could Be Weak For Years

"Thanks to political mismanagement, we now have a first: capital controls in the eurozone," said Nicolas Veron, a senior fellow at Bruegel in Brussels and a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington. "How long is temporary? It could turn out like Iceland, …

After One Of The Greatest Stock Market Crashes Ever, Cyprus Is About To Crash All Over Again

The Cyprus stock market once had a good run.<p>Opened in 1996, it reached as high as 5,500 points in the fall of 2007. That was just before the country entered the Eurozone.<p>But right now the Cyprus market is closed indefinitely as a result of the country's financial meltdown.<p>And as soon as it reopens, …

STEPHEN ROACH: 5 Key Things Will Tell Us If China's Economic Model Is Changing

During a debate with Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates at Asia Society, Roach said he differs with Chanos on one key thing: China's ability to change its economic model.<p>Roach believes that China is rebalancing its economy and moving away from exports and investment, to consumption and services-led …

Moody’s: Here’s what Cyprus’ exit from the euro zone would look like

Credit rating firm Moody’s is out with another quick note on the Cyprus situation, ahead of the planned reopening of the troubled island nation’s banks Thursday. The takeaway: The risks of Cyprus leaving the euro zone are on the rise. “While the risk of a euro exit by Cyprus is substantial, Moody’s …

The Only 3 Indicators Of Chinese Monetary Policy That You Need To Watch

But there has been much confusion about what metrics to track. Should we be watching broad money supply, measures of credit like loan growth, total social financing (TSF) and so on, or interest rates.<p>In a new note, Bank of America's Ting Lu writes that the three best indicators of China's "monetary …

Is Graham Richardson psychic?

In the course of last week’s Crean Immolation, there was only one commentator who finished the day of chaos with a perfect record of prediction. That …

The Official Story of Who Shot Bin Laden Has Given Way to a Stupid Media Feud

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>"You really believe this story? Osama Bin Laden?" asks Chris Pratt in the action movie version of …