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Bitcoin Is Falling Out of Favor on the Dark Web

Steep transaction fees and wild price fluctuations have made the cryptocurrency harder to use in the illicit markets that originally made it famous.<p>Of all of bitcoin’s uses—as a currency, a payment system, an investment, a commodity, a technology, a remittance network, a market hedge—perhaps its …

Bitcoin

Finally, Smart Glasses That Actually Make You Look Smart

There's a case to be made that eyeglasses themselves were history's first piece of wearable technology.<p>But the high-tech versions being rolled out …

Researchers create an e-skin that shows your heartbeat in real-time

Researchers from the University of Tokyo announced last week a new advancement in wearable technology: A highly flexible electronic skin display that shows your health information, allowing you to monitor vitals at a glance.<p>Made from nanomesh, the display is flexible, breathable, and stretchable — …

The Echo Spot is the only Amazon device with a tiny, round screen — and that's both the best and worst thing about using it

It has a screen, but not one big enough for serious video-watching.<p>It's small, but not as small as the Echo Dot.<p>It can play music, but it doesn't sound as good as the Echo or Echo Show.<p>So, what is it <i>for</i>?<p>After several weeks of testing the Spot, I'm still not really sure. At launch, the Echo Spot's …

Amazon has a $27 multi-color LED light strip that syncs to your music

When we first caught wind of the DotStone Music-Syncing LED Strip Lights, we thought they sounded kind of cheesy, to be honest. Then we actually …

Huge Dinosaur Found in Egypt Is First of Its Kind

The newfound species offers a rare glimpse into the final chapter of the age of dinosaurs in Africa.<p>When it comes to looks, the long-necked dinosaur <i>Mansourasaurus shaninae</i> isn’t all that remarkable. But the new species of sauropod is still turning heads among paleontologists.<p>Discovered in Egypt, …

Logitech made a VR keyboard kit so you can type in the Vive

Logitech is making a virtual reality accessory kit that lets you see its keyboards inside VR, called Logitech Bridge. The Bridge system works with HTC’s Vive VR headset, using a Vive tracking disk, a Logitech G gaming keyboard, and an accessory that connects the two. Once you’ve hooked the tracker …

Virtual Reality

3D gel stacks can grow enough stem cells to treat brain disease

Programmed stem cells promise to tackle all kinds of illnesses, but there's one catch: making them. It's hard to cultivate large numbers of them, and the need to grow them on 2D surfaces isn't very practical. That's where researchers might come to the rescue: they've developed a method of growing …

Does Alzheimer's originate outside the brain?

Scientists have long thought that Alzheimer's disease originates in the brain, but new research suggests that a key protein that triggers the disease …

The best instant cameras you can buy

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p><i>Fujifilm/Business Insider</i><p>The Insider Pick:<p>When instant print cameras initially appeared in the 1950s, there was a feeling of wonder …

Dogs Have Feelings—Here's How We Know

Dogs can be trained to sit and stay in an MRI.<p>Do our pets love us—or just the treats we give them? To find out, Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University, trained dogs to go inside an MRI scanner. He managed to map their brains as they responded to different stimuli and describes the …

Go, Baby! These Animal Babies Grow Up Without Any Help From Parents

Why some offspring are left to fend for themselves from day one.<p>We all need a push once in a while—but hopefully it’s not a literal one.<p>WAQ reader Hannah wrote in asking, “Do mother birds push their babies out of the nest?”<p>Daniel Roby, an ornithologist at Oregon State University, says he’s never …

Why North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test may have been a game-changing explosion

Deep inside a North Korean mountain on September 3, the government of leader Kim Jong Un set off its largest-ever nuclear test blast.<p>The explosion occurred at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, a series of tunnels located within Mount Mantap where the government, which calls itself the Democratic …

North Korea

Experiment reveals evidence for a previously unseen behaviour of light

Beams of light do not, generally speaking, bounce off each other like snooker balls. But at the high energies in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN they have just been observed doing exactly that<p>Light is useful, versatile and perplexing. We see with it - that is, we make sense of our surroundings …

Physics

Upgrade downturn: why are people holding on to their old phones?

It is less than a fortnight until the launch of the new iPhone, but shoppers outside Apple’s flagship London store express no enthusiasm at the thought of queuing up for it.<p>A common refrain among phone owners outside the shop is to point to their handset and state: “I’ll probably wait till it …

Mobile

Rule that patients must finish antibiotics course is wrong, study says

Telling patients to stop taking antibiotics when they feel better may be preferable to instructing them to finish the course, according to a group of experts who argue that the rule long embedded in the minds of doctors and the public is wrong and should be overturned.<p>Patients have traditionally …

Medicine

This Time-Lapse Video Shows Cells Dividing Into A Tadpole, Without Using CGI

Blink and you'll miss it.<p>It is fair to say that in a world where computers are able to turn almost anything into reality, we have become a little …

Scientists have caught viruses talking to each other—and that could be the key to a new age of anti-viral drugs

Some of the greatest scientific discoveries have been accidental. To that list, Israeli scientists have added one more. They’ve discovered for the first time an instance of viruses leaving messages for other viruses.<p>What makes the discovery remarkable is that scientists expect such communication …

Biology

Fasetto Link Wireless External Drive

A shockproof, waterproof and palm-sized NAS. The Link weighs just 4oz and measures a mere 2″x 2″x 1″ but can house up to 2TB of data. Transfer your …

Gear & Gadgets

Japan launches 'space junk' collector

As well as delivering supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), the vessel has a device that will remove space junk in orbit. The launch was …

This Fish Has Adapted to Toxic Waters That Should Kill It

Thanks to rapid evolution, the Atlantic killfish can survive in an environment filled with toxic pollutants.<p>Populations of Atlantic killfish living …

Biology

Ammonia Has Been Detected in Earth's Lower Atmosphere For The First Time

There's no escaping it.<p>For the first time, scientists have detected trace amounts of ammonia in the upper troposphere - the lowest of Earth's …

Your Dog Remembers All Those Awful Things You Did

Ever wonder if your dog recalls those times you were were a really shitty owner? The latest science shows they most certainly do.<p>A new study …

Eating fiber keeps gut microbes from eating you

The gut microbiota plays a crucial role in maintaining our body's overall health. New research shows what happens if we do not feed our gut microbes …

Medical Research

Cryonics: does it offer humanity a chance to return from the dead?

While it used to be the stuff of science fiction, the technology behind the dream has advanced in recent years<p>The decision of a teenage girl to have her body cryogenically frozen in the hope of being reanimated by medical advances in the future is one with which many could sympathise. But does …

Singularity

This paper-like battery charges in one minute and lasts for 10,000 cycles

Research company ITRI has introduced an Ultrafast Rechargeable Aluminum Battery (URABat), said to be a safer and more efficient alternative to lithium-ion batteries. Developed in partnership with Stanford University, the URABat can be fully-charged in one minute for more than 10,000 cycles.<p>The …

Clean Energy

Researchers discover new antibiotics by sifting through the human microbiome

Most antibiotics in use today are based on natural molecules produced by bacteria—and given the rise of antibiotic resistance, there's an urgent need …

Biology

We Finally Know How London's Famous Killer Fog Formed

On December 5th, 1952, a veil of fog rolled over the city of London. It was the start of the deadliest air pollution disaster in British history, and …

Humans Are Still Evolving - But in Ways That Might Surprise You

We're changing what it means to be human.<p>It’s often said that through our innovations in science, agriculture, and medicine, humans have become …

Chinese Scientists Become First to Use CRISPR Gene-Editing on Humans

Chinese scientists are attempting to use CRISPR to develop a new treatment for cancer patients, and the U.S. will soon follow their lead.<p>A team of Chinese scientists from Sichuan University in Chengdu have become the first to inject a person with cells modified with the gene-editing tool …