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The robotic personal assistant that just got $23M

Investors just poured $23 million into perfecting Amy.<p>That may sound a little less weird once you know that Amy is an artificially intelligent personal assistant and the brainchild of a startup called X.ai.<p>Clients can "cc" Amy -- or her counterpart Andrew -- on emails requesting a meeting. Then she …

Artificial Intelligence

How To Extract Your Own DNA

Using basic kitchen supplies<p>Every one of your cells contains DNA, the molecular blueprint that makes you you. Accessing that blueprint may seem like a job for scientists. But extracting DNA from your cells is actually surprisingly simple.<p>Mac Cowell, an advocate for open-source biotechnology, …

China's Quantum Satellite Could Change Cryptography Forever

QUESS could hold the key to uncrackable communications<p>In the age of relentless cyberattacks and global electronic surveillance, nations and citizens are looking for any means to secure their communications. China is poised to launch a project that may provide the path to an uncrackable …

Quantum Mechanics

Hubble Shatters The Cosmic Distance Record; Most Distant Galaxy 'A Shocker'

Thanks to an incredible combination of luck, technology and human ingenuity, the Hubble Space Telescope has identified, measured and confirmed a galaxy farther away in space — and closer to the Big Bang — than ever before. Because the Universe is expanding, and the fabric of space in between …

Universe

Could You Hack Your Brain To Get More Motivated?

We know we should put the cigarettes away or make use of that gym membership, but in the moment, we just don't do it. There is a cluster of neurons in our brain critical for motivation, though. What if you could hack them to motivate yourself?<p>These neurons are located in the middle of the brain, in …

The Brain

Inside the Artificial Intelligence Revolution: A Special Report, Pt. 1

We may be on the verge of creating a new life form, one that could mark not only an evolutionary breakthrough, but a potential threat to our survival …

Sollys: A Modern Solar Lamp by Alexander Main

A product designer, Alexander Main has released a design for what he describes “as a new innovative approach of solar technology integration in home …

Industrial Design

'Five-dimensional' glass discs can store data for up to 13.8 billion years

"For future civilizations — or whatever else is out there"<p>Photographs fade, books rot, and even hard drives eventually fester. When you take the long view, preserving humanity's collective culture isn't a marathon, it's a relay — with successive generations passing on information from one …

Human Rights

Scientist May Have Discovered Alternate Universes

Alternate or parallel universes may actually exist, according to the findings of one astrophysicist, but many in the scientific community aren't convinced.<p>Ranga-Ram Chary, U.S. Planck Data Center's project manager in California, recently discovered a "mysterious glow" by mapping the Cosmic …

Dark Matter

Microlattice: Metal That's 100 Times Lighter than Styrofoam

It's springy, and makes a sound like "Boeing"<p>While Airbus is figuring out how to stack folks double-height in Business Class, Boeing has been looking …

Engineering

Stephen Hawking Says 'God Particle' Could Wipe Out the Universe

Stephen Hawking bet Gordon Kane $100 that physicists would not discover the Higgs boson. After losing that bet when physicists detected the particle …

Physics

Tens of Thousands of Passwords Changed Globally by Vigilante Hacker

A seemingly altruistic piece of software named Linux.Wifatch has sneaked into tens of thousands of devices around the world, prompting suspicion that …

8 Ways You Can See Einstein's Theory of Relativity in Real Life

Photo Credit: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty<p>Slide 1 of 15<p>Profound implications<p>Relativity is one of the most famous scientific theories of the 20th …

Physics

Obama Mocks Gun Rights Activist: 'Crack Pot Conspiracy Theories'

Friday in a press conference at the White House, President Barack Obama mocked gun rights activists as “absolutists” and declared they “think that …

NASA's Project LUCIFER Shocks Even Conspiracy Theorists

There is a new conspiracy theory that is shocking those who keep up with them, and it is about NASA’s Lucifer project.<p>Those who are interested in …

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Dinosaurs

Asteroid-Mining Plan Would Bake Water Out of Bagged-Up Space Rocks

PASADENA, Calif. — A new way to harvest asteroid resources is being eyed as a possible game changer for space exploration.<p>The patent-pending …

Ultrathin 'invisibility cloak' can match any background

In the movie "Predator," an alien uses a cloaking device to hide in plain sight, but the effect is far from perfect: The alien's attempt to conceal itself is thwarted by distortions of light bending around it. Now, researchers have built an ultrathin "invisibility cloak" that gets around this …

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

App Store

Robots learn to evolve and improve

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1185000/1185837_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522220319_4f46afe655a984eca2b72410aa74ce7b<p><b>Engineers have developed a robotic system that can evolve and improve its performance.</b><p>A robot arm builds "babies" that get progressively …

Robotics

What's at the Center of Black Holes?

Produced from the implosion of massive stars, black holes are wells in the fabric of space-time so deep that nothing, not even light, can escape them.<p>…