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Sony packs entire camera into snap-on smartphone lens

<b>Sony's rumoured snap-on lenses for Android and iPhone will pack in an entirely separate image sensor, according to Sony Alpha Rumors.</b><p>Two rumoured …

Hyperloop revealed: Elon Musk foresees rapid transit in a tube

Electromagnetic acceleration: That's the high technology behind the high-speed transit concept that billionaire Elon Musk calls the Hyperloop.<p>Musk — who already plays leading roles in the SpaceX rocket venture, the Tesla electric car company and the SolarCity solar-energy company — unveiled his …

Watch These Robotic Plant Roots Grow Like The Real Thing [Video]

One day, they could be used to monitor soil. Or your inner organs.<p>This robot is putting down roots. Recently at the Living Machines conference in London, researchers from the Italian Institute of Technology debuted a system of robotic roots that can grow and turn in response to stimuli in their …

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Fukushima's Radioactive Water Leak: What You Should Know

The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has failed in an effort to control radioactive water leaking into the sea. What does it mean for people and the environment in Japan, and across the Pacific Ocean?<p><b>Tensions are rising in Japan over radioactive water leaking into the Pacific</b> …

Recycled Slate-ish Tiles Offer a Beautiful Alternative to Mined and Imported Slate

Slate-ish is a beautiful sustainable surface material made from reclaimed paper-laminate scrap. The durable, lightweight tiles offer a great …

This 'Smart Home' Makes More Power Than It Consumes

In Utah’s dry, arid desert climate, a new house yesterday was turned “on.” The builders of this house claim it will be the first of its kind for this climate: a smart home that produces more energy than it consumes—and at a price comparable to traditional homes.<p>Named the “Zero Home,” it comes …

Swinging CO2 Levels Show The Earth Is 'Breathing' More Deeply

Plant life on our planet soaks up a fair amount of the carbon dioxide that pours out of our tailpipes and smokestacks. Plants take it up during the summer and return some of it to the air in the winter. And a new study shows that those "breaths" have gotten deeper over the past 50 years.<p>This isn't …

Climate hurtles toward scorching in 2099

<b>STANFORD (US) —</b> Climate change is on pace to occur 10 times faster than any change recorded in past 65 million years, report scientists.<p>Without …

Climate Change

Chernobyl's legacy recorded in trees

The change in wood colour in these Scots pine logs indicates the year of the accident<p><b>Exposure to radiation from the 1986 Chernobyl accident had a lasting negative legacy on the area's trees, a study has suggested.</b><p>Researchers said the worst effects were recorded in the "first few years" but …

The Week In Numbers: The First Lab-Grown Burger, 3-D Printed Body Parts, And More

<b>$600,000</b>: the funding the National Institutes of Health has awarded to bioprinting projects since 2007. See how 3-D printed body parts will revolutionize medicine.<p><b>20,000</b>: the number of cow cells used to make the first lab-grown beef patty<p><b>$15,000</b>: the money this team hopes to raise for a campaign to …

When Power Goes To Your Head, It May Shut Out Your Heart

Even the smallest dose of power can change a person. You've probably seen it. Someone gets a promotion or a bit of fame and then, suddenly, they're a little less friendly to the people beneath them.<p>So here's a question that may seem too simple: Why?<p>If you ask a psychologist, he or she may tell you …

Uploading Too Many Photos to Facebook Makes People Like You Less, Study Finds

Those of you who have been waiting for a scientific reason to tell some of your friends to stop cluttering your Facebook News Feed with a new photo …

Flower Photography: 4 Quick Tips for Great Tulip Photos

Armed with the four simple, yet very effective strategies that I will share here, you can venture out to capture tulips, or any flowers, in a …

Microsoft committed to ARM platform, new stuff on the way

It's been a bad week for Windows RT. But Microsoft told CNET that it's still committed -- to ARM.<p>On Thursday, Nvidia's CEO suggested that RT -- which runs on its Tegra ARM chips -- is hurting its bottom line, and then a report surfaced Friday saying that Asus was exiting the RT tablet …

NSA releases outline of security programs, says it 'only' touches 1.6 percent of internet traffic

Even as President Obama proposes a review of NSA procedures and oversight, the organization published a seven page document laying out in broad terms what it does, how it does it and why it thinks that's OK. As <i>Ars Technica</i> points out, the memo claims "We do not need to sacrifice civil liberties for …

What If Internet Providers Encrypted Your Emails So The NSA Couldn’t Spy On You?

ABCNews reports that two of the biggest ISPs in Germany, Deutsche Telekom AG (which owns T-Mobile) and United Internet AG, are going to start automatically encrypting their customers’ emails beginning today. The encryption level is going to be low at first, possibly due to the speed of the rollout, …

Meteorite's age at center of Mars history debate

Planetary scientists dream of sending a geologist to Mars to study its rocks by hand. Until then, they have to settle for examining meteorites — chunks of the Red Planet that land on Earth after hurtling through space and surviving the searing fall through our atmosphere.<p>Though a little banged up, …