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The new lift technology that will let cities soar far higher

When Frank Lloyd Wright sketched out his Mile High Skyscraper in 1956, it was four times taller than the Empire State Building, the tallest building at the time. Such was Wright’s faith in the technologies of modernity – foremost among them, steel frame construction and elevators – that he …

Climate Change Will Destroy Your Lifestyle

The U.K. Met Office, Britain's official weather service, created a poster of maps showing how climate change will set in motion a domino-style disruption of human lifestyles. Working with various academic institutions and the U.K. Foreign Office, the Met Office produced a total of seven maps—one …

Detecting industrial pollution could be an effective approach to finding ET

According to researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), we might soon be able to detect hints of technologically advanced …

Universe

Duolingo: The Future of Learning a Language

Every iPad user has that app he or she uses when they have some time to blow. Generally, it’s something that isn’t very constructive. Some entail throwing birds at pigs, while others reading through gigantic amounts of news you’re never going to use. For those of us who want to be more …

How To Prove That Light Can Be Converted Into Matter

A decades-old hypothesis gets closer to solidity.<p>In 1934, two American physicists theorized that if one could make two photons collide, the collision would produce two positron-electron pairs—and thus convert light into matter. If proven in a lab, the process would be a pure demonstration of …

Physics

Organic Pacemaker Could Save Your Life

Scientists have reprogrammed heart cells, turning them into biological pacemakers, in a breakthrough development for cardiac treatment.<p>The technique, which has only been tested in pigs so far, initially holds out hope for infants born with heart block, a condition in which the organ’s natural …

Google Offers A Free Crash Course In Android Development

Google has teamed up with Udacity to make available a free course in Android development available to all – complete with videos, quizzes, course materials and forums. The course is called “Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals,” and it provides everything you need to learn how to make an …

How Machine Learning Can Teach Your iPhone To “See”

Now Warden’s tackling a new challenge: teaching smartphones (and cameras in general) how to recognize objects.<p>Back in April, Warden released a …

Ukip support plummets to push Tories back into the lead

Poll shows Tories picking up majority of deserters as Farage's party drops back into single figures, with Labour on 33%<p>Ukip support has plunged back from its high point of the European elections, giving a boost to all the established Westminster parties and pushing the Tories into the lead, …

Stunning Time-Lapse Video Shows the Earth Seen From 250 Miles Above

Astronaut Alexander Gerst recorded footage from the International Space Station as it soared over Brazil and the Atlantic Ocean at speeds around …

Astronomer predicts life beyond earth in '10 to 20 years'

Nasa are holding a meeting to discuss the search for life beyond Earth.<p>They say observatories are making new discoveries about hundreds of other worlds in our galaxy.<p>Michael Merrifield a professor of astronomy at the University of Nottingham told 5 live Breakfast, "probably in the next 10 or 20 …

Astronomy

Russia attacks U.S. oil and gas companies in massive hack

The Cold War didn't end in the 1990's. It simply moved online.<p>That much is clear after a security firm reported this week that Russian hackers have launched unprecedented, highly-sophisticated attacks on Western oil and gas companies.<p>The cyber operation nicknamed Energetic Bear is the latest …

LG cooks up more flexible & less hazy 18-inch OLED panels

LG Display has outdone itself, with more flexible displays than it’s ever made before.<p>The company announced today a flexible 18-inch panel made of organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, as well as a new transparent OLED panel in the same size thats beats previous models on light transmittance and …

UK Fast Tracks Emergency Surveillance Law

The UK government has confirmed it will introduce emergency legislation next week that will require Internet and phone companies to keep records of customer metadata.<p>It said the aim of the new emergency legislation is to maintain existing data retention powers, after a European Court of Justice …

Somebody Flew a Drone Into a Fireworks Display and This Is What Happened

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly through a fireworks display?<p>This video, shot from a drone with an on-board camera, shows exactly …

How to Completely Delete Facebook From Your Life

If you're seriously considering deleting your Facebook account, you're not alone.<p>Start typing in the letters "dele" into Google and you'll see …

Move Over 3-D Printing, The Future Is Objects That Morph And Shift Shape

We’re a long way from Ikea bookcases that put themselves together, but the idea of having programmable, self-assembled “4-D printed” objects isn’t as far off as you think.<p>Airplane wings that change form in response to air pressure and temperature. Flat-pack furniture that self-assembles when you …