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Transplanted testicles will always make the donor’s sperm

That’s why doctors don’t transplant them<p>A veteran of the US Armed Forces has a new penis and scrotum after the most extensive penis transplant yet, Johns Hopkins Hospital announced this week. Not included in the transplant? Testicles — because the testicles would continue to make the donor’s sperm …

Does Sweating Release Toxins?

"Sweating out toxins" is one of the commonly listed benefits of hot yoga and in-home saunas. You've heard the claim before, but <b>have you ever wondered if it's actually true</b>?<p>I'm going to answer this in just a moment, but I'll begin by saying, if you're a hot yoga fan don't get all mad and stop …

Toxins

This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like

KASHGAR, China — This is a city where growing a beard can get you reported to the police. So can inviting too many people to your wedding, or naming your child Muhammad or Medina.<p>Driving or taking a bus to a neighboring town, you’d hit checkpoints where armed police officers might search your phone …

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The 20 Most Influential People in Tech Right Now

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Fake attack shows how hackers could hijack our water

Cybersecurity researchers have developed a new form of ransomware that was able to take over control of a simulated water treatment plant. After …

How does HTTPS protect you (and how doesn't it?)

We have long advised Web users to look for HTTPS and the lock icon in the address bar of their favorite browser (Firefox!) before typing passwords or …

Information Systems

The tragic fate of the people who stop sleeping

A handful of families are cursed with “fatal insomnia”, a cruel disease that leads to months of sleepless nights and terrible exhaustion. Will a controversial cure save their lives?<p>Silvano was on a cruise ship when the family curse struck. An elegant 53-year-old with striking red hair who enjoyed …

The blessing and curse of the people who never forget

A handful of people can recall almost every day of their lives in enormous detail – and after years of research, neuroscientists are finally beginning to understand how they do it.<p>For most of us, memory is a kind of scrapbook, a mess of blurred and faded snapshots of our lives. As much as we would …

The Brain

The woman with a strange ‘second sight’

A blind woman describes how she learnt she had one of the world’s most intriguing senses.<p>It ranks among the most curious phenomena in cognitive neuroscience. A handful of people in the world have “blindsight”: they are blind, but their non-conscious brain can still sense their surroundings.<p>Milina …

Battery bonanza: From frogs' legs to mobiles and electric cars

<b>Murderers in early 19th-Century London sometimes tried to kill themselves before they were hanged.</b><p>Failing that, they asked friends to give their legs a good, hard pull as they dangled from the gallows to ensure their death. Their freshly hanged bodies, they knew, would be handed to scientists for …

How many hours of sleep do you actually need?

It depends on how well you want your brain to work<p>Sleep is a time suck. If you multiplied the average recommended number of hours we should sleep in a day—eight for a typical adult—by the number of days in an average lifespan (78.8 years in the United States), that would amount to about 9,587.3 …

Cognition

Credit card with a fingerprint sensor revealed by Mastercard

<b>A payment card featuring a fingerprint sensor has been unveiled by credit card provider Mastercard.</b><p>The rollout follows two successful trials in South Africa.<p>The technology works in the same way as it does with mobile phone payments: users must have their finger over the sensor when making a …

The addiction that’s 'worse than alcohol or drug abuse’

If you can’t turn away from Facebook, Snapchat or other social media, you aren’t alone. And now, there are therapists who can help you with a digital intervention.<p>If you can’t seem to resist a scroll through your Facebook or Instagram feed during working hours, or if you feel anxious when you can’t …

Hackers Are Emptying ATMs With a Single Drilled Hole and $15 Worth of Gear

Not so long ago, enterprising thieves who wanted to steal the entire contents of an ATM had to blow it up. Today, a more discreet sort of …

Men: How to Get Rid of Your Potbelly, FAST

Home » Health & Fitness » Men: How to Get Rid of Your Potbelly,...<p>I often see men in the gym with a big potbelly poking out beneath their tight …

What Does It Mean When Apple “Sherlocks” an App?

Perhaps you’ve read that F.lux, which reduces eye strain and helps you sleep, is being “Sherlocked” later this month. What does that mean?<p>In short, …

What Is Unix, and Why Does It Matter?

Most operating systems can be grouped into two different families. Aside from Microsoft’s Windows NT-based operating systems, nearly everything else …

Android is Based on Linux, But What Does That Mean?

Android may be based on Linux, but it’s not based on the type of Linux system you may have used on your PC. You can’t run Android apps on typical …

Inside the Hunt for Russia's Most Notorious Hacker | WIRED

Inside the Hunt<p>for Russia’s Most<p>Notorious Hacker<p>Inside the Hunt for Russia’s Most Notorious Hacker<p>by Garrett M. Graff | illustrations by Chad …

Drone-catchers emerge on a new aerial frontier

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (Reuters) - The enemy drone whined in the distance. The Interceptor, a drone-hunting machine from Silicon Valley startup Airspace Systems, slinked off its launch pad and dashed away in hot pursuit.<p>The hunter twisted through the air to avoid trees, homed in on its target, fired a …

US man loses appeal over encrypted drives

<b>A US man has lost an appeal over his refusal to decrypt hard drives seized during an investigation regarding child sexual abuse images.</b><p>The man, who has not been named in court documents, has been held in custody for nearly 18 months.<p>No criminal charges have been filed against him.<p>The man's lawyer …

10 Habits That Will Dramatically Improve Your Life

#1: Stay away from people who erode your quality of life.<p>In Hans Christian Andersen’s fable <i>The Red Shoes</i>, a young girl longs for a pair of pretty red shoes. She ultimately tricks the blind woman who cares for her into buying her a pair. Her love for the red shoes causes her to give them priority …

The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 2: The Fall | WIRED

<i>Read part I of this story here.</i><p><i>“I imagine that someday<br>I may have a story written about<br>my life and it would be<br>good to have a detailed account of</i> …

The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 1 | WIRED

<i>“I imagine that someday I may have a story written about my life and it would be good to have a detailed account of …

US man held for sending flashing tweet to epileptic writer

<b>A man accused of sending a flashing image to a writer in order to trigger an epileptic seizure has been arrested, the US justice department says.</b><p>John Rayne Rivello, 29, of Maryland, sent Kurt Eichenwald an animated image with a flashing light on Twitter in December, causing the seizure.<p>He has been …

It's time to face the ugly reality of face recognition

A hoax hit Facebook this week. Fake news about a fake app called Facezam claimed that the app could track down anyone by simply scanning their …