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Japan Just Became the First Country to Deploy Rovers on an Asteroid

The Hayabusa 2 mission is visiting an asteroid 200 million miles from Earth to collect samples. The mission profile involves a lot of robots, bullets, and explosives.<p>In 2014, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft on a four year journey to Ryugu, an …

Aerospace

For The First Time, Physicists Have Used Antimatter in One of The Most Famous Physics Experiments

The results were... weird.<p>For the first time, scientists have performed an iconic physics experiment with a positron - the antimatter counterpart of …

Physics

Russia’s Military Intelligence Agency Isn’t Stupid

Don’t let the reporting on the suspected Skripal attackers fool you: Moscow got what it wanted.<p>Six months after the attempted assassination of Sergei …

Russia

So Long, Swedish Welfare State?

To outside observers, Sweden seems to have it all. It combines a high living standard with a strong social security net, some of the most progressive …

Europe

Google launches new search engine to help scientists find the datasets they need

Dataset Search could be a scientist’s best friend<p>Google’s goal has always been to organize the world’s information, and its first target was the commercial web. Now, it wants to do the same for the scientific community with a new search engine for datasets.<p>The service, called Dataset Search, …

Google Scholar

Cambridge Scientists Develop a Whole New Way to Harness Energy From Sunlight

Semi artificial photosynthesis takes a cue from plants.<p>One of the more long shot efforts to not only develop more renewable energy, but also to help …

Clean Energy

What Warren Buffett learned searching for a health insurance executive

The prospective CEOs for a health care company that Warren Buffett is launching with fellow billionaires Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon all agreed on one thing, Buffett said recently: The system is broken. But that didn't mean they were eager to identify the problem.<p>"When we were interviewing people to …

Health Care

Machine Learning Is A Moneyball Moment For Companies

Put succinctly, the Oakland A’s baseball club was able to pick up undervalued players in order to overcome their capital constraints and competitors with deeper financial pockets. Beane reshaped his organization, using data driven decisions that went counter to established thinking and action at …

Machine Learning

What Comes After Putin Could Be Trouble

In Russia, long reigns have been known to end badly. After the 50-year rule of Ivan the Terrible, for example, the nation descended into a period of political infighting, social upheaval and economic strife known as the “Time of Troubles.”<p>Can Vladimir Putin, who will have ruled 24 years when his …

Russia

Australian lawmaker calls for ‘final solution’ to Muslim immigration

In his his maiden speech Tuesday, Sen. Fraser Anning, the sole representative of the fringe Katter Australian Party, advocated a ban on Muslim and …

Lung cancer tumor growth halved with new approach

New research from Sweden has taken strides toward finding a cure for lung cancer. It focused on noncoding molecules that have been puzzling …

Discovery reveals why toxic Alzheimer's plaques don't always lead to dementia

One of the fundamental pathological markers seen in patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease is a build-up of two proteins - amyloid beta and tau …

Dementia

FCC Chairman defends lying about fake DDoS attack – even after admitting he knew the truth

After a year of investigation, a truth that many news outlets and net neutrality advocates have been shouting about since 2017 has been proven. …

Turkish court rejects release appeal of US pastor at centre of row

A Turkish court has rejected a new appeal to free US pastor Andrew Brunson, as Ankara doubled down on its row with the US by increasing tariffs on US products.<p>The court in the western city of Izmir ruled that Mr Brunson, who faces 35 years in jail on terror and espionage charges, will remain under …

Google confession: Yes, we track your location, even when you turn off Location History

Google clarified that it does in fact collect users’ location data, even if the user’s Location History setting is turned off. The admission comes …

Meet the Landsknechts – 10 Wild Facts About the Most Murderous Mercenaries of the Renaissance

<b>By Richard Anderton</b><p><b>DURING THE</b> 16th Century the most feared soldiers on Europe’s battlefields were the <i>landsknechts</i>. These German mercenaries had such …

Military History

Google's AI Division DeepMind Just Made A Machine Learning Breakthrough

Google’s AI division is making artificial intelligence more alien, a copy of Fahrenheit 451 you need to burn to read and the arrival of Windows Mixed Reality headsets - this is what you might have missed this week in tech news.

Physicists Say There Could Be a Strange Source of 'Negative Gravity' All Around Us

It moves upwards against gravity.<p>The macro world as we know it is governed by Newton's laws of motion and gravity - what goes up, must come down.<p>But …

The mystery of Russia’s missing wealth shows how Putin retains his power

Russia is a nuclear power. But an economic power it is not. Last year, the country’s GDP totaled around $1.6 trillion, less than that of the state of Texas. Nor is its wealth growing: Russia’s GDP in 2017 was smaller than it was in 2013, adjusting for price changes.<p>And yet there’s no question of …

Lira crisis: action by Turkey's central bank fails to quell contagion fears

The Turkish lira was under severe pressure on Monday as an intervention by the country’s central bank, and defiant words from president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, failed to to quell investors’ fears that the country’s financial crisis could spread to European markets<p>The lira pulled back from a fresh …

Central Banks

Jeff Bezos told Amazon execs to consider 3 questions before offering someone a job, and they're still spot-on 20 years later

Amazon is always looking to fill a ton of jobs.<p>But before you can land a corporate role with the online retail behemoth, you have to tick three particular boxes in the minds of the hiring managers and executives vetting you.<p>At least, that's the process CEO Jeff Bezos recommended to his team 20 …

Jeff Bezos

Missouri Republican who said ‘Hitler was right’ wins state House primary

“Jewish people can be beautiful people, but there’s ideologies associated with that that I don’t agree with...Jews today are a remnant of the tribe …

Russian Prime Minister Says U.S. Sanctions Will Be Considered an Act of 'Economic War'

(MOSCOW) — Russia’s prime minister has sternly warned the United States against ramping up sanctions, saying that Moscow will strike back with …

There's a Tiny Strange Galaxy Orbiting The Milky Way And No One Knows How It Got There

A weird and ancient neighbour.<p>A galaxy in nearby space called Segue 1 is quite the oddity. It's very small, and very faint, it hangs out very close …

Black Hat Researcher Shows Why Air Gaps Won't Protect Your Data

Got a secret? Put it behind an air gap by disconnecting your computer from the internet. That works, right? At Black Hat, a researcher showed off …

Blue light from phone screens accelerates blindness, study finds

Light from digital devices triggers creation of toxic molecule in the retina that can cause macular degeneration<p>Scientists say they have found how blue light from smartphones, laptops and other digital devices damages vision and can speed up blindness.<p>Research by the University of Toledo in the US …

Macular Degeneration

Facebook is shedding massive traffic – and it’s apparently flocking to YouTube

Four billion. That, according to a new study shared with <i>CNBC</i> by market research firm SimilarWeb, is how many monthly page visits Facebook has shed in …

We Are Paying For The Russian Invasion Of Georgia Ten Years Ago: I Was There

Ten years ago almost to the day, in a tin-can of a car with two impromptu pals, I found myself bouncing along a rutted muddy track across tilled earth toward Russian lines. The Kremlin had just invaded Georgia. They occupied the town of Gori, Stalin’s birthplace and home of the Stalin museum. The …

Russia

Apple banned Alex Jones’s Infowars. Then the dominoes started to fall.

Apple’s Infowars ban altered an industry overnight — and dealt a significant blow to fake news.<p>Within the past 24 hours, Apple, Facebook, and YouTube have all joined in summarily banning far-right broadcaster and known conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars network from their platforms.<p>The …

'Blatant Interference:' Why Saudi Arabia Just Expelled Canada's Ambassador to the Kingdom

Tensions are running high between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Canada.<p>On Monday, Saudi Arabia announced it had expelled Canada’s ambassador to the …