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Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs With Their Brains, Raising Hope for Paralyzed People

New technologies offer a window into how the brain creates movement.<p>WASHINGTON, D.C.—Experimental wheelchairs and exoskeletons controlled by thought alone offer surprising insights into the brain, neuroscientists reported on Monday.<p>Best known for his experimental exoskeleton that helped a paralyzed …

Velvet worm named after Studio Ghibli's Totoro

Velvet worms are adorable caterpillar-y looking things, silently plodding along on stumpy legs in tropical forests around the world. A recently …

Ron Wyden Blasts CIA For Censoring Torture Report

Humble spud poised to launch a world food revolution

Dutch team is pioneering development of crops fed by sea water<p>In a small army field-hut Dr Arjen de Vos shows off his irrigation machine with pride. Pipes lead out to several acres of muddy field, where only a few stragglers from the autumn harvest of potatoes, salads, carrots and onions are left. …

Stinkbugs Have Spread to 41 States; Can We Stop Them?

Parasitic wasps may be one solution to controlling the invaders' march.<p>If you don't yet know what a brown marmorated stinkbug (<i>Halyomorpha halys</i>) is, consider yourself lucky.<p>These invasive insects are marching their way across more and more of the United States, spoiling fruit harvests and driving …

Enric Sala and Pristine Seas Receive EMA Heroes Award

Changing Planet<p>Armed with his camera, which is armed in turn with a two-sided lighting rig, Enric Sala ascends from a coral tower off New Caledonia. (Photo by Manu San Felix)<p>“With six documentary films and counting, chronicling his essential work, Dr. Enric Sala is not only a true inspiration,” …

The Future of Civilization Is a Battle Between Google and Wikileaks

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New York City

Decrypting Google: Don't be modest

AS A service, Google has become indispensable to people's interactions online. As a business worth $400 billion after 16 years, its success has been breathtaking. Yet in terms of management, it has set up radically different ways of organising itself from those of traditional businesses. Few people …

Silicon Valley

Tiny Spanish Island Nears Its Goal: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

It actually takes quite a lot of fossil fuel power to reach the tiny Spanish island of El Hierro. You have to catch a commercial jet flight, a propeller plane and then a ferry to reach what was once the end of the known world, before Columbus set sail.<p>But once you're there, there's no need for …

Google Adds Missions to its Ingress Smartphone Game

Google is introducing a “missions” mode for Ingress, a massively multiplayer video game that requires players to visit real world locations.<p>The new quests are similar to scavenger hunts, with a series of waypoints stringed together like walking tours. Some locations require that players use the …

Seek thermal camera brings heat vision to your Android phone

As smartphone cameras continue to advance we are seeing increasing megapixels, the abilities to take better night shots, 4K recording, optical image stabilization and many other improvements in the area of pictures and video. But what about more off-the-wall features like heat vision? Although no …

Android Phones

TinyScreen Color Display Allows You To Create Your Own Smartwatch And More (video)

Makers and developers that enjoy building electronic projects might be interested in a tiny new colour display that has launched over on the …

Bluetooth

Tesla museum crowdfunding project closes in on $200,000

Contributors who donate $125 will be given an engraved brick at museum site in Long Island<p>The latest crowdfunding campaign for the Nikola Tesla museum is closing in on its $200,000 goal, less than two days after it started.<p>The Oatmeal blogger Matthew Ingram created a campaign that allows people to …

Everything You Need to Know About Social Network Ello

You’ve probably seen it pop up in your Facebook feed. Or maybe someone on Twitter linked to their account. The entire internet is alive with talk of Ello, the anti-Facebook social network.<p>An anti-Facebook sounds pretty cool right? But what exactly does that mean? And is it worth your time and …

Slack Makes its First Acquisition

Flickr co-founder Steward Butterfield launched his latest startup Slack out of beta back in February, with a view towards helping its users collaborate in the workplace. And today it has announced its first acquisition, snapping up a two-person ‘bootstrapped’ team called Spaces.<p>A buzz has been …

D-Wave CEO: Our Next Quantum Processor Will Make Computer Science History (Video)

In a joint interview, D-Wave's Vern Brownell and DFJ's Steve Jurvetson discuss the weird world of quantum computing.<p>Things get weird at the atomic scale.<p>The rules of classical physics governing the objects we can see and touch break down. Particles can occupy two places at once or connect across …

Multitasking may be affecting the density of your grey-matter

Reading this article on a laptop while watching TV and idly scrolling through tweets on your phone? You're a multitasker, and it may be changing the structure of your brain. New research from the University of Sussex suggests that people who simultaneously use multiple media devices on a regular …

Tasty or addictive? Chinese restaurant serves noodles laced with opium poppy

The noodles were not just tasty. They were addictive.<p>A Chinese noodle vendor in northern Shaanxi province has been detained for 10 days after admitting he added powdered poppy plant — from which opium is made --- to his dishes to keep customers coming back, Chinese media has reported.<p>The owner said …

Want A Job In The Future? Go Into Health Care

At a time of widespread unemployment, one part of the economy has consistently provided jobs: health care. In the past decade, the industry added 2.6 million positions, according to a report last year from the Brookings Institution. That’s a growth rate of 22.7%, compared to just 2.1% for all other …