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This Computer Runs On Water Droplets And Magnets

Don't try this with your laptop at home<p>As anyone who has experienced the devastation of spilling a glass of water on their laptop knows, H2O and computers don't mix. Almost equally as bad? Magnets. Both are terrible, horrible, no-good computer killing substances... which is why it was kind of a …

3D-Printed Biomaterial Restores Babies' Breathing

Airway splints save lives, then dissolve<p>3D aficionados have been printing everything from candy to guns, and the technique has been making its way into the biomedical realm, generating everything from functional organs to prosthetics. In 2012, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan …

Why Destiny Was The Best And Worst Game Of 2014

Bungie’s <i>Destiny</i> has inspired some of the most ambivalent thoughts I’ve ever had while clutching a gamepad.<p>Some people have said it’s the sort of game you either love or you hate. For me it’s much more of a love-hate relationship. It’s exactly what I want out of a video game, and yet its pieces are …

Rosetta: what went right with Philae, what went wrong and how it can be fixed

More than 10 years ago the European Space Agency (Esa) launched Rosetta with a plan to slingshot the spacecraft around Earth until it caught up with comet 67P, the final destination of a vessel meant to make human history in outer space. The spacecraft carried a lander, Philae, designed to touch …

Philae comet lander alien ‘cover-up’ conspiracy theories emerge

On Wednesday afternoon, the European Space Agency made galactic history when their Rosetta Mission successful landed its Philae probe on a speeding comet, the first time such an extraordinary feat has been achieved.<p>As with everything from the moon landing to the death of Elvis, an alternative …

USDA Approves A Genetically Modified Potato With Possible Health Benefits

Unlike other GMO crops, the potatoes' new qualities come from added doses of potato genes, instead of genes taken from other species.<p>There's a new Mr. Potato in town. This weekend, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a few new genetically modified potato varieties for farmers to grow …

IBM's Watson Will Give You Personalized Health Advice Based on Your DNA

IBM wants its supercomputer Watson to help you get healthy—by analyzing your genes. A startup called Pathway Genomics is teaming up with IBM to …

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More Kardashian controversy: from butts to the 'KKK' - CNN.com

‘Why I want to die at 75’

How long should we live? At BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas summit in New York, Ezekiel J Emanuel argued that we focus too much on racking up years, and it’s time for a new attitude to death.<p>Death – along with sex – is one of our two great taboos. So it came as some surprise when Ezekiel Emanuel …

Liquid hard drive could store 1TB data in a tablespoon

A liquid hard drive containing a suspension of nanoparticles could be used to store impressive amounts of data: 1 terabyte per tablespoon.<p>Researchers …

Multi-tasking nanoparticle both seeks and destroys cancerous cells

Nanoparticles hold great potential as a way of both detecting cancer cells and delivering the drugs to treat them. One hurdle that has proven …

Keystone showdown: Battle over pipeline lands before Nebraska high court

The national debate on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will concentrate on Lincoln, Neb., Friday as that state’s Supreme Court hears arguments in a case examining whether lawmakers short-circuited the regular approval process in an attempt to expedite the pipeline’s construction.<p>The court’s …

Here's Where We Think The World's Nukes Are Stored — And What It Says About Global Security

As they stress throughout their paper, which was also published under FAS's auspices, tracking the number and location of the world's nuclear warheads is an inherently uncertain endeavor. Nuclear-armed powers don't tend to reveal information about other countries' programs, and some governments, …

Edward Snowden a 'uniquely postmodern breed of whistle-blower'

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden gave an extensive interview to Wired magazine, speaking with author and journalist James Bamford over the course of three days in Moscow. The Russian capital is Snowden's home for the foreseeable future following the country's extension of asylum for the next three …

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Military shutting down facility targeted by conspiracy theorists

A US military research facility long at the center of conspiracy theories will be dismantled and shut down this summer, if all goes according to plan. HAARP, an acronym for High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, has been implicated in everything from mind control to extreme weather like …

Cambridge Physicists Find Wormhole Proof

<b>What's the Latest?</b><p>Physicists at the University of Cambridge have found a theoretical foundation for the existence of wormholes, which are tubes that …

Hubble Images Reveal Flickering Light Display At Saturn’s North Pole

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have managed to capture images of flickering auroral lights at Saturn’s north pole, revealing …

Asteroid crash 290 million years ago may have set Russian meteor on collision course with Earth

Scientists report that the meteorite that rocked Russia early last year may have been sent on a collision course with Earth after smacking into another asteroid as long as 290 million years ago. It's estimated that the parent asteroid — a much larger object from which the so-called Chelyabinsk …

Aliens Exist And Will Be Found Pretty Soon, Say Scientists

It used to be that if you asked an astronomer if there was intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, you’d get some sort of hedged response involving the vastness of the universe and statistical probabilities that you’d expect from a diligent scientist.<p>I’ve asked this question recently of a few …

The Week In Numbers: On-Demand Lucid Dreaming, The Science Of Lucky Streaks, And More

<b>40 hertz</b>: the frequency of electrical brain stimulation most likely to induce lucid dreaming, according to a a recent study<p><b>$65</b>: cost to hack your Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures<p><b>2030</b>: the year Russia plans to colonize the moon<p><b>1969</b>: year of NASA's Apollo 10 mission (here's …

Ask Anything: What Would People Eat In A Permanent Space Colony?

Once settled on another planet, colonists would likely start with hydroponic farming, using small-stature or dwarf cultivars that can be tightly packed together. It would make the most sense to plant fast-cycle salad crops first, says Jean Hunter, a professor at Cornell who studies food-processing …

Modified measles virus destroys cancer in early clinical trial

Promising early results from a clinical trial at the Mayo Clinic out this week suggest that a modified version of the measles virus can be used to target cancer cells and put the condition into remission. Researchers intravenously delivered 10,000 times the typical dosage of measles vaccine to two …

You won't need roads with this $85,000 hoverbike

With Hyperloop still a twinkle in Elon Musk's eye, we've got to look elsewhere for our futuristic transport. Thankfully, Aerofex has stepped up with its Aero-X, a hoverbike that is finally scheduled to launch in 2017. Two users can ride this motorbike-like vehicle, where the wheels have been …

Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists

Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.<p>The theory underpinning the idea was first described 80 years ago by two physicists who later worked on the first atomic bomb. At the time they considered the …

Scientists find switch for people to control their dreams

Have you ever had a dream where you realized you were dreaming? The technical term is a lucid dream. And people who are lucky enough to have them can often control the dreams, as well. This week, researchers showed for the first time that they could use electrical stimulation to switch lucid …

A Get-Smart Pill, With Side Effects — NOVA Next | PBS

What if there was a pill that helped you learn?<p>A new study, published in <i>Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience</i>, could change that, though. Researchers …

An electric current could let people control their dreams

A small amount of electrical current could be the key to letting people control their dreams. A new study led from the Goethe University Frankfurt has found that by applying current in certain frequencies to a sleeper's scalp, just above the forehead, that person may be able to gain some control …

Am I Asleep? A Jolt to the Brain Triggers Lucid Dreams

Scientists stimulate the brain with gamma waves and find that they can induce lucid dreaming, in which the sleeper becomes aware of the fact that they're in a dream.<p><b>Electric currents to the brain</b> can trigger lucid dreaming, the mysterious state in which dreamers are conscious they are dreaming and …

How to spot ISS in your sky

A new map-based feature in NASA’s Spot the Station program makes it even easier to track the International Space Station as it passes over you.<p>This …