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Scientists engineer dengue fever-resistant mosquitoes, release them in Vietnam

Dengue fever is one of the most virulent mosquito-borne diseases afflicting the planet. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.5 billion people worldwide are currently at risk of contracting dengue, and the organization estimates that there may be 50–100 million new infections each …

Antibiotic-resistant diseases cause at least 23,000 deaths per year in US, says CDC

"If we are not careful, we will soon be in a post-antibiotic era," CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden told reporters this week. "Without urgent action now, more patients will be thrust back to a time before we had effective drugs."<p>You've likely heard warnings that antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi …

'Prsm' is the social network that knows everything about you, courtesy of the NSA

Social media fragmentation is a real problem in the modern landscape. Foursquare may let you check in at a restaurant, and your Netflix queue may go to Facebook, but who's keeping track of the calls you make from your cellphone or Skype number? What service will give a group of interested strangers …

Journalism

Elon Musk just started building a real 'Iron Man' laboratory

The SpaceX founder plans to unveil gesture-based system next week<p>SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has often been compared to a real life version of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Director Jon Favreau has openly said that Musk inspired his depiction of Stark in the first <i>Iron Man</i> film, and both …

An electroshock Facebook deterrent converts mindless browsing into pain

Along with the idea of "digital detox" or technological self-control comes the idea of tech as an addictive substance, producing dependence or disease. Frustrated by their excessive Facebook use, two friends studying at the MIT Media Lab took this idea to its logical conclusion: harsh and painful …

MIT Media Lab

Edital conjunto: Fapesp e Finep destinam R$ 30 milhões à inovação em SP - Startupi

A Fapesp e o Finep lançaram um edital de seleção pública para o Programa PIPE/PAPPE de subvenção Econômica à pesquisa para inovação. A chamada …

Speed bumps and vomit are the Hyperloop’s biggest challenges

If it’s built, the Hyperloop may feel more like a roller coaster than a train<p>It’s now been three days since Elon Musk unveiled his alpha plans for the Hyperloop, the radical and ambitious high-speed transit line that promises passage from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 35 minutes. And while …

Elon Musk

You can't have a private conversation over email, shuttered 'secure' service explains

"The days where it was possible for two people to have a truly private conversation over email, if they ever existed, are long over," writes the technical operations manager at Silent Circle, formerly the provider of a secure email service. Silent Circle shut down its email service earlier this …

Encryption

Pick Your Own Food At This Vertical Farm Built From Shipping Containers

Durham’s Farmery has reinvented the farm many times over, in an attempt to make local, urban food more viable.<p>The Farmery isn’t a farm exactly. Nor is it just a store. It’s a mix of the two–and a kind of comment on the food system at the same time. Built by Ben Greene, in Durham, North Carolina, …

Aquaponics

Alt-week 8.17.13: Fukushima's permafrost plan, the rodent afterlife and quantum teleportation

<i>Alt-week takes a look at the best science and alternative tech stories from the last seven days.</i><p>Two years on, the Fukushima nuclear meltdown is still causing problems, and the Japanese government is looking at a particularly cool way (<i>literally</i>) to address them. Similarly chilling is the prospect …

Cientistas escolhem 12 entre 10 mil asteroides como candidatos a serem rebocados para perto da Terra para estudos e futura exploração: http://folha.com/no1326068

Sudden mass death of birds over Winnipeg, Canada, remains a mystery

Some alarming news surfaced in Canada last week, when more than 50 black birds suddenly dropped dead out of the sky over Winnipeg, Manitoba, on August 7th, according to the CBC. The birds, which were later confirmed to be grackles, reportedly began flocking together by the thousands over cars and …

Stone fortress illegally built atop Beijing skyscraper

The professor who built a villa on top of a Beijing skyscraper has been ordered to prove it was built legally or dismantle his new home. Professor Zhang purchased the top floor of a 26-story building some time ago, and spent six years building the two-story villa that sits on its roof. Reportedly …

China

Your meat addiction is destroying the planet

<i>“Jesus,” Molly said, her own plate empty, “gimme that. You know what this costs?” She took his plate. “They gotta raise a whole animal for years and then they kill it. This isn’t vat stuff.” She forked a mouthful up and chewed.” – William Gibson</i>, Neuromancer <i>(1984)</i><p>On Monday, August 5th, 2013, at a …

Dude, Where’s My Stuff? How Tile App Could Create A National Lost-And-Found

Tile creates tiny, Bluetooth-connected devices you can affix to anything you don’t want to lose–like your keys, laptop, or luggage.<p>When <i>Fast Company</i>‘s assistant news editor Jessica Hullinger became the victim of a recent bike theft–shortly after she was gifted a brand-new bicycle–she had few options …

Startups paulistas ganham nova opção de acesso ao crédito; entenda - Startupi

Os projetos de pequenas e médias empresas feitos em São Paulo ganharam uma nova opção de acesso a crédito após ter sido firmado um convênio entre a …