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Viva vagus: Wandering nerve could lead to range of therapies

With outposts in nearly every organ and a direct line into the brain stem, the vagus nerve is the nervous system’s superhighway. About 80 percent of …

Here's Where To Download OpenToonz, Studio Ghibli's Free Animation Software

Along with the main software package, Dwango also released an effects development kit for advanced image processing like lighting and distortion …

A New Study Claims People With Higher IQs Don't Require Large Social Circles

Maybe that's why you're such a homebody.<p>While the average person is happier with a large friend circle, new research reveals those with higher IQs are better off with a small one.<p>Evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li of Singapore Management …

Canadian City Plans to Track Offenders With Technology That Doesn't Even Exist

Can sci-fi fight crime? Not likely.<p>Law enforcement agencies across North America have implemented intrusive practices with questionable effectiveness in the name of curbing crime: stop and frisk, "carding," and, some would argue, bulk metadata surveillance.<p>On Thursday, the tiny Canadian city of …

Singularity

The Unknown Universe – 10 questions still confounding cosmologists

We still have a long way to go when it comes to untangling the mysteries of the Universe. Stuart Clark takes a look at some of the most perplexing …

Russian troops 'fighting alongside Assad's army against Syrian rebels'

Syrian state TV reportedly broadcasts footage of Russian soldiers and armoured vehicle fighting alongside pro-Assad troops<p>Russian troops are fighting alongside pro-Assad forces in Syria, state television in Damascus and several reports have claimed.<p>The video footage claimed to show troops and a …

5 Chinese warships spotted off Alaska coast during President Obama's visit

Five Chinese navy ships have been spotted in the Bering Sea, off the Alaska coast, coinciding with President Obama’s visit to the state, a senior defense official confirmed to Fox News.<p>Navy Commander Bill Urban, a Pentagon spokesman, said Wednesday the sighting marked the first time ships from the …

Military

Sweden rethinking neutrality amid fear of Russian aggression

Sweden's 200-year-old posture of military neutrality has been eroding amid European integration, and a perceived new threat from Russia has politicians now talking about abandoning it altogether and joining NATO.<p>Swedish forces have been taking part in peacekeeping, military exercises and some …

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

Netanyahu urges Europe's Jews to move to Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has responded to this weekend’s deadly synagogue shooting in Copenhagen by urging European Jews to emigrate to Israel.<p>Netanyahu’s invitation comes despite reassurances from his Danish counterpart Helle Thorning-Schmidt that Denmark’s Jews belong there and that …

Ukraine crisis: Tanks 'cross border' from Russia

<b>A column of 32 tanks and 30 trucks has crossed into eastern Ukraine from Russia, the Ukrainian government says.</b><p>The trucks were carrying ammunition and fighters, said a military spokesman, but the BBC cannot confirm his report.<p>A fragile ceasefire has been in place since 5 September, although …

Russia

Ancient stone toolmaking didn't just spread out of Africa with humans

An advanced way of crafting stone tools, once thought to have only originated in Africa, may have been invented elsewhere independently, according to a new study. The finding provides evidence that this ancient technology did not spread across the world solely as a result of humanity's exodus from …

N Korea gives missionary hard labour for life

North Korea says it has sentenced a South Korean Christian missionary to hard labour for life after convicting him of attempting to set up underground churches and of espionage.<p>The country's official KCNA news agency reported that the man, who was arrested last October after crossing into the …

Here's What It's Like to Go for a Ride in Google's Robot Car

Maybe I was kidding myself, but from my vantage point in the back seat, I didn't feel unsafe in the least.<p>The Google self-driving car has come a long way. On a demo excursion through Google’s Mountain View campus and surrounding neighborhoods today, the white Lexus self-driving test vehicle I rode …