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What the Golden State Killer case means for your genetic privacy

<b>(CNN) —</b> Fears about the privacy of our data have become commonplace amid credit monitoring hacks and a political firm accessing Facebook users' information. A recent arrest takes it one step further, raising questions about how our genetic information is being used and who has access to it.<p>Nearly …

Genetics

Is your computer capable of gigabit speeds? Here's how to quickly find out

Quickly get information about your Windows computer's network connections.<p>Is your computer gigabit speed-capable? Does it support the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard? At what speed does it connect to your current network? What the hell is your current IP address? And how do you find the MAC address? …

Wi-Fi

How to Hack Your Hormones So You Can Sleep Better, Gain Muscle, and Have More Sex

Science says you can control your chemistry. Here’s how<p>Think of your body as a Fortune 500 company. There are layers of management, countless systems that must work together seamlessly, and tons of goals that occasionally conflict.<p>In other words, it’s complicated. Thankfully, you don’t have to …

Wellness

10 things Apple Music users need to know

Whether you just signed up, or have been a member from day one, Apple Music has plenty of hidden features. Here's some you should know.<p>When Apple Music launched, it was immediately apparent the app wasn't as intuitive as we had come to expect from Apple, a company known for thinking through each …

Apple Music

How to find out everything Google knows about you

In exchange, you agree to share information about yourself that Google can share with advertisers so their ads are more effective. For instance, airlines want to target people who love to travel. Children's clothing makers want to target parents.<p>Google uses a lot of methods to learn about you. …

Former NASA scientist to challenge Buffett's views on climate

A former NASA climate scientist will go toe-to-toe with business tycoon Warren Buffett this weekend over a shareholder's climate change resolution …

Revive Your Old Laptop Without Spending a Dime

A whole new life awaits your old laptop with Neverware’s CloudReady Chrome-based software<p>By<p>Joanna Stern<p>Joanna Stern<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@JoannaStern<p>JoannaStern<p>joanna.stern@wsj.com<p><i>Lenovo ThinkPad T400, beloved laptop, was laid to rest after its slowing hard drive and spinning hourglass</i> …

Windows 10

Our Favorite Pictures of Cats You've Never Heard Of

What does it feel like when everyone else finds the Higgs, and you don't?

A couple of weeks ago we hosted a small-ish meeting at UCL, the sixth “Boost” workshop. I’ve written about these before and I enjoy them a lot. It was great to welcome lots of friends and colleagues to my own university this time (and nice not to have to fly much this summer!). Apart from the …

Kickstarter has a new king: Coolest, an all-in-one cooler

Back when it introduced its first smartwatch, there's no doubt that Pebble took the crowdfunding world by storm. But, more than two years after Pebble broke <i>and</i> set new records on Kickstarter, a cooler is now doing the same. As of today, Coolest is the most successful Kickstarter ever, at least in …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

I Lived Out Of My Car For Four Months To Join The Tech Revolution

<i>Varner wrote about his experiences on Quora in March 2013. Recently, he provided Business Insider with an introduction to that Quora post explaining what he's been doing since he stopped calling his 2004 Honda Civic home.</i><p>Two years ago, I jumped head-first into the Silicon Valley tech world. Armed …

Entrepreneurship

World's coolest molecules

It's official. Yale physicists have chilled the world's coolest molecules.<p>The tiny titans in question are bits of strontium monofluoride, dropped to …

This lizard's DNA might hold the key to regenerating human tissue

The humble green anole has but a few claims to fame: it was featured on the cover of the very first <i>Animorphs</i> book, and it can self-amputate and regrow its tail after coming face to face with a predator. It's that latter ability that's tickled the scientific community's fancy (though c'mon, <i>Animorphs</i> …

Machine that keeps lungs alive outside body tested

DETROIT — Creamy-pink and glistening, they lie on a stainless steel exam table — this pair of lungs inflating and falling in a rhythmic, ghostly pattern.<p>At the University of Michigan, researchers are pushing the limits of medicine, eking out new ways to boost the numbers of organs that are …

Extreme Rainfall Is The New Normal, And We're Not Ready For It

Heavy rains are flooding cities and towns from Nebraska to Michigan to Maine. Is the problem failing infrastructure, global warming...or both?<p>Six weeks worth of rain fell on greater Detroit on Monday, much of it during afternoon rush hour. Local drainage systems quickly topped out, and the deluge …

Intel’s next-gen 14 nanometer Broadwell chips will be in devices by the end of 2014

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Intel(s intc) announced a few new details about its Core M chip on Monday, which is manufactured using a 14 nanometer process. …

Acer Chromebook 13 Can Run Up to 13 Hours on a Single Charge

Acer's new Nvidia Tegra-K1-powered Chromebook 13 could be the first console-level, gaming-ready Chrome laptop.<p>The new 13-inch Chromebook, which was …

Film-maker defies China's censors to reveal horrors of the Great Famine

For modern Chinese students it is not the Great Famine but the Three Years of Difficulties. The catastrophe remains so sensitive that their history books do not document how many starved to death, or why. Yet more than 50 years ago, at the height of the disaster, a handful of their predecessors …

How It Works: The Highest-Efficiency Solar Cell

I'm going to soak up the sun.<p>Solar cells typically convert no more than 20 percent of incoming energy into electricity, in part because they capture only certain wavelengths of light. Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have developed a solar cell that converts …

Clean Energy

Turn Your Umbrella Into A Mobile Weather Station

I'm pinging in the rain, just pinging in the rain...<p>Besides keeping you dry, in the future your umbrella could also help scientists measure rainfall. Researcher Rolf Hut, from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, has created a prototype umbrella incorporating a gauge that can detect …

Water

The New DNA Test That Could Replace Pap Smears

The concept for Pap smears has been around for almost 100 years. Now a new test could replace it as a first-line screen for cervical cancer, but not everyone agrees that's a good idea.<p>There's a new, high-tech alternative to the Pap smear, the cervical swab-based test that women are supposed to get …

Cancer

5 Animals That Aren't Dinosaurs

Dark Matter Might Be Hiding In Microscopic Black Holes, Astrophysicists Say

Dark matter, the invisible and mysterious stuff that makes up most of the material universe, might be hiding itself in microscopic black holes, says a team of Russian astrophysicists.<p>No one knows what dark matter is. But scientists do know that it must exist, because there is not enough visible …

Farmers Need To Get 'Climate Smart' To Prep For What's Ahead

The planet's top experts on global warming released their latest predictions this week for how rising temperatures will change our lives, and in particular, what they mean for the production of food.<p>The report, sadly, is massive and excruciatingly hard to digest. Our hats go off to the good folks …

The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story

This, I would think, should be self-evident: Generally speaking, big creatures eat smaller creatures that, in turn, eat even smaller creatures, like this ...<p>And just as obviously, one would expect the food chain to be pyramid-shaped: a few big creatures at the top eating more middle-sized creatures …

Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters

This week, the federal government announced a record-breaking $5 billion settlement in a remarkable environmental case. The toxic legacy of the company involved, Kerr-McGee, stretches back 85 years and includes scores of sites across the country.<p>Kerr-McGee ran uranium mines in the Navajo Nation, …