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The Future Of Nanotechnology And Computers So Small You Can Swallow Them

Tiny computers have allowed us to do things that were once considered science fiction. Take the 1960s film, <i>Fantastic Voyage</i>, where a crew is shrunk to microscopic size and sent into the body of an injured scientist.<p>While we aren't shrinking humans quite yet, scientists are working with …

US vs. China: Whose century is it, anyway?

In Hong Kong earlier this fall, I was asked to participate in a debate titled “Whose Century Is It Anyway?” The discussion keyed off of <i>Fortune</i> …

The Pentagon is figuring out how to make bodies heal themselves

Humans are quite feeble. We break easily, and just about every part of us deteriorates as we age. But the Pentagon’s research division, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), hopes to fix that. Today (Oct. 5), the agency said it had selected seven research facilities—including MIT, …

Organic Chemistry

The 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Must Read Before You Die, According to Amazon

Assembling the list of the most essential science fiction and fantasy books is a huge undertaking, but Amazon has tackled it. And their list is not …

Petraeus: Don't freak out over China dumping U.S. debt

There are lots of real threats to America -- but China selling U.S. debt isn't one of them.<p>That's the message from David Petraeus, the former four-star American military general, who now works in the world of finance.<p>"I don't think that China's sale of some of its holdings, in order to prop up …

The woeful state of China's SOEs in charts

This week China announced weak reforms for its massive state-owned companies that are the latest evidence that President Xi Jinping is not …

‘Mindfulness’ Messes With Your Memory

If Oprah practices mindfulness, it must be a good thing—right? But new science disagrees.<p>Mindfulness—that buzzword that means, “focusing on emotions …

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

15 Qualities You Need to Develop Mental Toughness

Mental toughness is a huge indicator of success. Here's how to know if you've got it.<p>We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be because of a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.<p>Whatever the challenge, you have to …

If we live in one of multiple universes, here's how we could find out

The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical physics.<p>But the idea that we live in a "multiverse" made up of an infinite number of parallel universes has long been considered a scientific possibility — …

Quantum Mechanics

The CEO of China's fake Goldman Sachs isn't talking

When it comes to Chinese knockoffs, the sky's the limit.<p>Counterfeiters have already produced millions of fake handbags, along with knockoff iPhones, Apple Watches and even realistic-looking fake Apple and IKEA retail outlets.<p>But now there's a new high-water mark: Somebody has set up a fake Goldman …

Goldman Sachs

Firepower up close: Witnessing a South Korean military drill

<b>Pocheon, South Korea (CNN) —</b> On the side of a hill in Pocheon, about 18 miles (30 kilometers) from the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea, targets are laid out.<p>They're huge painted numbers and drawings of tanks bearing the North Korean star emblem.<p>Through a megaphone, a soldier …

5 Questions to Ask Whenever You Feel Like Giving Up

The hardest decision you'll ever make is to move on; before you do, answer these 5 questions.<p>As entrepreneurs we believe in our ability to build the future more than anyone else possibly could. In our mind there is never any doubt that what we are creating is needed by the world. That's why we will …

People aren’t petri dishes: Why antibiotics fail

Bacteria are pretty wily creatures. Take for example Salmonella, which are killed by antibiotics in lab tests but can become highly resistant in the …

The 5,000-Year Secret History of the Watermelon

Ancient Hebrew texts and Egyptian tomb paintings reveal the origins of our favorite summertime fruit.<p>To taste a watermelon is to know “what the angels eat,” Mark Twain proclaimed.<p>The angels, however, would have gagged if they had eaten the watermelon’s wild ancestor—a bitter fruit with hard, …

Chinese stocks have been hammered again

At the mid-session break the benchmark Shanghai Composite index is off 3.12%, adding to the 6.1% fall seen yesterday.<p>Earlier in the session the index fell as much as 5.06%, taking the two-day loss to 10.92%.<p>The index suffered a technical correction of more than 10% in less than two trading sessions.<p>…

Stock Markets

This fish ‘snoozes’ for years without food or water

African lungfish, <i>Protopterus annectens</i>, can live in suspended animation, called aestivation, without food and water for three to five years. They …

Report: Kaspersky developed malware to trip up competition

<i>Reuters</i> reports that a pair of former employees have accused Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs of building malware to trick its competition into flagging and quarantining important, non-viral, files on customers' computers. Basically the malware would inject malicious bits of code into important PC files …

A-levels 2015: Record number of students take tougher subjects

As 300,000 students collect A-level results, Joint Council for Qualifications reveals number taking so-called facilitating subjects rises to more than 50pc<p>The number of A-level students taking tough subjects preferred by Oxbridge has reached record numbers as more scramble to get a place at an …

Quantum ‘keys’ keep secrets safe from code breakers

Just outside Washington, DC, a heavily armored truck, protected by armed guards, rumbles toward the Pentagon. Its cargo is critical to keeping the …

MIT designs small, modular, efficient fusion power plant | Kurzweil

A cutaway view of the proposed ARC reactor (credit: MIT ARC team)<p>MIT plans to create a new compact version of a tokamak fusion reactor with the goal …

3 unavoidable stages you have to face before you achieve success

We intrinsically know most of the elements of success: hard work, dedication, vision, ideas, applied talent, character, loyalty, teamwork, strategy, execution, drive, adaptability, accountability...etc.<p>However, there are at least three counterintuitive elements that are absolutely essential if you …

Self-improvement

Airbus patents plane that could fly from Paris to Tokyo in three hours

Plane manufacturer wins US approval for proposed hypersonic jet that would slash flight times by jumping above the atmosphere<p>Airbus has won a patent for a hypersonic passenger plane, but Concorde’s hydrogen-powered successor is unlikely to leave the drawing board any time soon.<p>The proposed …

Can we reverse the ageing process by putting young blood into older people? | Ian Sample

A series of experiments has produced incredible results by giving young blood to old mice. Now the findings are being tested on humans. Ian Sample meets the scientists whose research could transform our lives<p>On an August morning in 2008, Tony Wyss-Coray sat in a conference room at the Veterans …

Stanford University

China's manufacturing shows zero growth in July

The Chinese Federation for Logistics and Purchasing reported that the country's purchasing managers' index dipped to 50 from June's 50.2 on a 100-point scale, on which numbers above 50 show activity expanding,<p>The Chinese government has cut interest rates four times since November and launched …

China

China's stock-market crash has come at the worst possible time for Beijing

After a boom in activity earlier this year, the Shanghai Composite Index has tumbled during July.<p>But China has a bigger problem — in short, the growth of nominal gross domestic product (the size of the economy without accounting for inflation) has been dramatically outstripped by the growth of debt …

Stock Markets

7 Simple Tweaks That Make Your Brain Work Remarkably Well

Your brain is influenced by a wide array of factors. Here's how to get it working at its best.<p>Have you gotten through all the important tasks you need or hope to get done today? Neither have I. Yet with ever-more-loaded schedules, tight deadlines, and the constant flow of new opportunities, most of …

Too little of this hormone may make you overeat

A hormone deficiency in the brain may be a reason why we eat even if we’re not hungry.<p>Mice who didn’t have enough of the hormone (called GLP-1) …

10 Photoshop alternatives that offer powerful editing and photo management controls

One could argue that, as an image editor, Adobe Photoshop is in a class by itself — a unique industry standard. So perhaps it’s counterintuitive to suggest alternatives or replacements for it.<p>Still, some people who bought Photoshop in the past did so because it was the best image editing app, even …

FDA strengthens warning on prescription anti-inflammatory medications

A decade's worth of research on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, has prompted the<p>Food and Drug Administrationto demand stiffer warnings on the labels of such prescription medications as celecoxib (marketed commercially as Celebrex) and diclofenac (Voltaren) about the increased risk …