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MIT discovery resurrects potential of molten salt batteries for grid level power storage

One of the primary problems with renewable energy, particularly wind and solar, is that power gets generated when the wind or sun is available, …

Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

Illinois team says cell tech great for mobes and 'leccy carsA band of boffins from Illinois have published a paper detailing a new battery design for …

First Gene Therapy For Inherited Disease Gets FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday approved the first gene therapy to treat an inherited disease.<p>The treatment is called Luxturna, a genetically modified virus that ferries a healthy gene into the eyes of patients born with retinal dystrophy, a rare condition that destroys cells in the retina …

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New trials show cancer immunotherapy can be incredibly effective—and incredibly dangerous

CAR T continues to show promise for otherwise incurable cancers.<p>In the past decade, immunotherapies have become an increasingly promising way of combatting cancer. Most of them work by hijacking the body’s immune system and employing it to fight disease. But one treatment has arguably shown the …

Cancer drug shows unexpected fat-melting side effects

A drug developed originally to treat breast cancer and diabetes has been found to offer an unexpected and beneficial side effect. Scientists have …

The world is abandoning coal-fired electricity at an astonishing pace

Coal is the dirtiest of fossil fuels—it produces per kilogram the least amount of energy and the greatest amount of pollution—and the world is quickly abandoning it.<p>According to findings published by the NGOs Greenpeace and CoalSwarm on Wednesday (Oct. 18), countries are using coal less and less to …

Poliovirus kills off cancer cells, stops tumor regrowth

Researchers from Duke University in Durham, NC, may have discovered a new way of killing off cancer cells.<p>The team was jointly led by Dr. Matthias …

Ancient Stone Carvings Show a Comet Swarm Hitting Earth Around 10,950 BCE

Around the time civilisation changed forever.<p>Researchers have translated famous ancient symbols in a temple in Turkey, and they tell the story of a …

The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought

In a brilliant new experiment, physicists have confirmed one of the most mysterious laws of the cosmos.<p>There might be no getting around what Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.” With an experiment described this week in <i>Physical Review Letters</i>—a feat that involved harnessing …

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America Is Surging Ahead of the Climate Goals Trump's EPA Pick Is Suing to Kill

In 2016, a coalition of 28 states sued the Environmental Protection Agency alleging that a new federal plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions called …

AI that knows you're sick before you do: IBM's five-year plan to remake healthcare

A mix of artificial intelligence and custom silicon could help people diagnose themselves with a range of conditions before they show symptoms.<p>A chip …

Hey Comcast subscribers, now you can use the Roku Xfinity app instead of a cable box

Tech titans and pundits agree: The future of TV is apps. Comcast and Roku take another step toward the future today.<p>The Xfinity TV app for Roku is now available in beta form. It allows Comcast subscribers to watch live and on-demand TV, as well as cloud DVR recordings, without having to use the …

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Scientists have achieved a 60-year-old dream to engineer life with an alien genetic code

All of life, as we know it, is created from the same four letters: A, T, G, and C. These letters form the basis of DNA, and the way they are laid out in our genetic code is what makes you unique from the trillions of other life forms on Earth.<p>But what if we were to add just two more letters to the …

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Apple has confirmed it is joining the Partnership on AI

The group, known as Partnership on AI, is working to ensure that AI is developed safely and ethically, thereby avoiding the nightmare robot uprising scenarios that have been described by the likes of renowned scientist Stephen Hawking and Tesla billionaire Elon Musk.<p>Tom Gruber, head of advanced …

Powerful earthquake shakes Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile - A powerful earthquake shook southern Chile on Sunday, prompting officials to order an evacuation of coastal areas to guard against a possible tsunami..<p>The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake’s magnitude at 7.6 and said it struck at 11:22 a.m. local time (9:22 a.m. EST; 1422 GMT) …

World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That's Cheaper Than Wind

A transformation is happening in global energy markets that’s worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the …

Our galaxy’s most-mysterious star is even stranger than astronomers thought

A star known by the unassuming name of KIC 8462852 in the constellation Cygnus has been raising eyebrows both in and outside of the scientific …

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For years the complaint against offshore wind was prohibitive cost. The new worry is that it is suddenly becoming too beguilingly cheap.<p>The world’s biggest wind companies are driving down power contracts so fast in their coat-throat battle for market share that they may be making impossible …

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Microsoft announces new AI-powered health care initiatives targeting cancer

Microsoft has announced a quartet of new initiatives focusing on using artificial intelligence in health care. The company says its researchers are effectively working to "solve" cancer, deploying machine learning techniques for tasks like analyzing tumors and designing new medication regimes. …

Hollywood is starting to worry about a Netflix monopoly

Netflix is starting to make Hollywood nervous. The streaming service spends $6 billion a year on content, which is staggering: HBO spends a little more than $2 billion, which is already considered a lot.<p>That money is a godsend for anyone hoping to make a show, and the streaming service isn’t shy …

Plex adds a DVR feature for over-the-air and CableCARD tuners

Ask any media hound about the best way to stream your your video files, and they'll probably direct you to Plex. Now, the streaming software is getting even more useful with a long-awaited feature: DVR support. Just plug an HDHomeRun tuner (with antenna) into your PC, set it up in Plex, and you can …

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Meet Niku, the Weird Object Beyond Neptune That Nobody Can Figure Out

Something strange is happening at the outer reaches of the solar system.<p>An object beyond the orbit of Neptune is acting oddly, violating the traditional rules of orbit, and scientists can't quite explain it yet. The trans-Neptunian object, or TNO, has been nicknamed Niku, a Chinese word for …

White Dwarf Lashes Red Dwarf with Mystery Ray

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, along with other telescopes on the ground and in space, have discovered a new type of exotic …

Major breakthrough against heart failure after scientists use stem cells in 'astonishing' trial which could help millions

Heart attack patients who were not expected to live are fit and healthy after scientists regenerated their hearts with stem cells in a ground-breaking trial which could help millions of people with heart failure.<p>The research is the first to show that scarring of heart muscle, associated with a …

This devious phone virus blocks calls to your bank so you can't stop it your stealing money

But one piece of malware has found a way to get around this — by blocking the victim from contacting the bank altogether.<p>Android.Fakebank is a piece of malware targeting Android smartphones. Once it gets onto your device, it tricks the victim into replacing any banking apps they have installed with …

Samsung releases truly wireless Gear IconX Bluetooth earbuds

Samsung has officially unveiled truly wireless earbuds that they are calling the Gear IconX. These fitness earbuds have zero cables – not even one to keep them together. Each is fully independent of its counterpart, but their cordlessness hasn’t resulted in a slouch in specs. Ready for the …

Google's DeepMind could be used to treat blindness

Google's DeepMind is teaming up with NHS-funded Moorfields Eye Hospital to research whether machine learning can help the fight against blindness.<p>The …

Root achieved for AT&T Galaxy S7 and other carrier variants

Android is mature enough that root is no longer a basic necessity, but for fans of custom ROMs and those who can’t live without in-depth tweaking, root access is still highly desirable.<p>Some of the hardest devices to root are carrier-locked models, but there’s little that carriers and manufacturers …

Here's the cyborg tech that Elon Musk says he'll do if no one else does

After Mars, are neural laces next?<p>In a sweeping conversation at the <b>Code Conference</b>, Elon Musk touched on a number of projects he's working on — and several he might.<p>Here's a new one. Asked about the advancements in tech, Musk praised the state of innovation but said he would like to see more in …