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Washington Post's Science Section Descends Into Pseudoscience About Acupuncture

Every Tuesday, the <i>Washington Post</i> has a special section devoted to health and science. It’s usually my favorite section, with features such as “medical mysteries” and highlights of the latest news from the world of science.<p>Not this week. Instead, the front page of the section featured a lengthy …

Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.<p>Indian specialist Dr Himanshu Bansal, working with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc, has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who …

Stem Cells

This New Bio-Inspired Material Harvests Water Out Of Thin Air

All wet<p>What do you get when you combine a beetle, a cactus, and a pitcher plant? A whole new way to harvest water out of thin air.<p>In a paper published today in <i>Nature</i>, researchers explain how they combined the water-collecting traits of two desert-dwellers (a Namib desert beetle and a cactus) to …

The 25 private colleges where students go on to earn the most money

Sticker prices on private colleges and universities tend to be steeper than public schools.<p>The average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015-16 school year was <b>$32,405</b> at private colleges in the US, while public universities cost an average of <b>$23,893</b>. For state residents at public colleges, average …

College & University

Japanese scientists fire the world's most powerful laser

A team of researchers from Osaka University recently fired the most powerful laser on the planet: a 2 petawatt pulse, that's 2 <i>quadrillion</i> watts, albeit for just one trillionth of a second. It's called the LFEX (Laser for Fast Ignition Experiments) and it measures more than 300 feet in length. …

Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

"I have a hard time saying this with a straight face, but I will: You can teleport a single atom from one place to another," says Chris Monroe, a biophysicist at the University of Maryland.<p>His lab's setup in a university basement looks nothing like the slick transporters that rearrange atoms and …

Quantum Physics

How The Turtle Got Its Shell

The fossilized remains of a bizarre-looking reptile are giving scientists new insights into how turtles got their distinctive shells.<p>Some 240 million years ago, this early turtle-like creature lived in a large lake, in a fairly warm, subtropical climate. But it didn't have the kind of shell modern …

CRYENGINE adds support for Oculus Rift, Linux and Android TV

Some of you may not have heard about Crytek before, but their engine powers some of your favorite gaming titles (including huge ones like Crysis and Far Cry). They literally changed the game and now they are going to expand their horizon by empowering developers to reach new platforms.<p>With …

Virtual Reality

11 shot, 1 fatally, on deadly night in Detroit

DETROIT — In two separate incidents, 11 people were shot in Detroit in a matter of hours Saturday, one fatally.<p>Ten people were shot at a block party on a basketball court on the city's west side Saturday night. One of those victims died.<p>Police do not know the reason for the shooting, and are still …

Game of chances: inheritance is a question of probability, not destiny

We must get over the idea that genes determine – in all but a handful of cases, they simply create minuscule changes in the odds<p>His nickname was “the Hexed”, and his curse left him childless – probably sterile – along with a suite of disabilities so profound that no single disease can be …

Belgium unblocks seized Russian accounts

<b>Russian state accounts frozen by Belgium in a move condemned by Moscow have been unblocked, Belgium's foreign minister says.</b><p>The assets were seized in a move triggered by a court ruling over the now-defunct Yukos oil firm.<p>In July 2014, an international arbitration court said Russian officials had …

'If I burn out, I burn out': meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius

He fused the atom at 14, has advised the US government on counter-terrorism and plans to beat cancer – and he’s still only 21. What scares Taylor Wilson? Asking a girl for her number ...<p>Taylor Wilson has a Geiger counter watch on his wrist, a sleek, sporty-looking thing that sounds an alert in …

Genius

July 2015

Amazon Drone Patent Means You May Never Have To Leave Your House Again

Planned delivery system is machines almost all the way down<p>For many, drone delivery was a novelty until Amazon jumped into the game. With a much-hyped concept video, Amazon provided a straightforward image of robot postmen, bringing packages to customers on demand. Amazon filed the patent for the …

The 19 most game-changing weapons of the 21st century

We've come a long way since the stealth bomber.<p>Just as smart gadgets have invaded our homes and revolutionized our lives over the last 15 years, next-level weaponry has transformed the military.<p>The imperatives of the military have always been one of the main drivers of technological …

Military

The top 14 skills in the red hot market for marketing jobs

Has the market for marketers heated up?<p>Short answer: Yes.<p>Slightly longer answer: Yes, absolutely!<p>For a more complete answer, read on …<p>We all know that the marketing industry is changing quickly — so quickly that most organizations are having a hard time keeping up. So it’s no surprise that …

Xiaomi Boosts Its Business In India With Strategic Investment From Tata Sons Head

Xiaomi is making a push to be a local player in India. Days after unveiling its first phone customized to the South Asia country (the impressive $205 Mi 4i), Xiaomi announced that it has taken investment from leading Indian businessman Ratan Tata.<p>Tata (pictured above with Xiaomi VP of global Hugo …

India

Study makes surprising link between TV time and childhood obesity

The ill effects of being a couch potato kick in fast for kindergartners, a new study suggests.<p>Kindergarten children who watched television for more than one hour a day were 52% more likely to be overweight than their schoolmates who watched less TV, researchers said Sunday. The kids who spent at …

Research

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

Are these the most beautiful faces in the world?

Scientists have used e-fits to create portraits of the most beautiful man and woman in the world - and say David Gandy and Natalie Portman are the closest real life examples<p>A computer programme usually used to draw up e-fits of wanted criminals has been used to create the faces of the most …

March 2015

New Galaxy S6 Leak Promises Radical Samsung U-Turn

Samsung smartphones are known for two things: 1. Selling millions, and 2. Being jammed full of TouchWiz bloatware. But apparently Samsung is about to rethink the second of these with its upcoming radical Galaxy S6.<p>The news comes from an interesting source. Reddit user ‘SamsungRep2015’, whose …

Phones

Why Google Just Published a Windows Bug Before Microsoft Fixed It

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Google Cardboard Is Virtual Reality On A Budget

A smartphone, a corrugated box, and an immersive experience<p>Instead of building a headset from scratch, Google created Cardboard, a complete virtual reality (VR) experience made from $25 worth of parts (a corrugated box, plastic lenses, rubber bands, glue, and magnets). A smartphone fits into the …

Virtual Reality