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Solar cell generates power from raindrops

Rain is normally a solar energy cell's worst nightmare, but a team of Chinese scientists could make it a tremendous ally. They've developed a solar cell with an atom-thick graphene layer that harvests energy from raindrops, making it useful even on the gloomiest days. Water actually sticks to the …

Fukushima's Ground Zero: No Place for Man or Robot

The robots sent in to find highly radioactive fuel at Fukushima’s nuclear reactors have “died”; a subterranean “ice wall” around the crippled plant …

Nuclear Energy

There is a 'game changer' technology on Wall Street and people keep confusing it with bitcoin

Goldman Sachs says the technology "has the potential to redefine transactions" and can change "everything."<p>JPMorgan last month announced it was launching a trial project with the blockchain startup led by its former executive, Blythe Masters.<p>Her company, Digital Asset Holdings, has secured funding …

Blockchain

Tiny wireless sensor never needs a battery

The internet of things is a nice idea, but there's one big catch: you have to power all those smart devices, which is no mean feat when some of them might not even have room for a battery. Dutch researchers think they have a solution, though. They've built an extra-small (2 square millimeters) …

No cane do: UK school bans blind girl’s walking aid

A blind seven-year-old girl in the city of Bristol in the UK may not bring her cane to school for “health and safety reasons.” Seriously.<p>Hambrook Primary School in Bristol cited a risk assessment for Lily-Grace Hoops’s walking cane, which found it to be a <i>“high risk,”</i> as it could trip up teachers …

Using The Blockchain To Fight Crime And Save Lives

Andrew Thomson Contributor<p>Andrew Thomson is founder and CEO of VentureRadar, a London-based technology scouting startup that uses big data to connect companies with clients.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Emotionally intelligent computers may already have a higher EQ than you<br>• 7 Unexpected Virtual …

Blockchain

Robust Android ransomware spreading across American devices

Malware developers have been forced to code more advanced software as security measures evolve and people become more educated. They need to be a little more tricky now, and the bad news is these attackers are not really falling behind the big corporations that try to protect us. Ransomware has …

Google Play

Quantum 'keys' keep secrets safe from code breakers - Futurity

Alexander Sergienko and other physicists are using quantum mechanics to keep encrypted messages safe from code breakers. Here's how it works.

Quantum Computing

Louis C.K. Taking 'Extended Hiatus' From 'Louie'

"After writing, directing, starring in and mostly editing 61 episodes of television, [C.K.]'s anxious to take a break from the show and work on other …

Neurons like you've never seen them before - Futurity

A new system can image and analyze neurons on a much finer scale than was ever possible. The work is already overturning assumptions about how …

Neuroscience

Blue moon lights up the night sky around the world, in pictures - Telegraph

Earth's magnetic field may be 4 billion years old - Futurity

Earth's magnetic field could be 4 billion years old—or 500 million years older than scientists thought.

Philae comet lander falls silent

The Rosetta team is hoping that a software patch will help re-establish reliable contact with the little Philae lander, lodged somewhere on the …

Space

Ian McKellen on Playing an Elderly Sherlock in Mr. Holmes: 'It's Never Too Late to Solve a Puzzle and to Find Yourself'

Ian McKellen sees a bit of himself in every character he plays – but that goes double for his latest role as the enigmatic Sherlock Holmes.<p>“If I …

Big universe, big data, astronomical opportunity

The future of astronomy is not in acquiring new data, but in mining the old<p>Astronomical data is and has always been “big data”. Once that was only true metaphorically, now it is true in all senses. We acquire it far more rapidly than the rate at which we can process, analyse and exploit it. This …

Big Data

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

Taylor Wilson has a Geiger counter watch on his wrist, a sleek, sporty-looking thing that sounds an alert in response to radiation. As we enter his parents’ garage and approach his precious jumble of electrical equipment, it emits an ominous beep. Wilson is in full flow, explaining the …

Imperial College London

Nasa test out engine for world's most powerful rocket

Nasa has completed a test of an RS-25 engine, which will power the Space Launch System to make it the most powerful rocket ever built<p>Nasa calls it the Clark Kent of rocket engines because of its commonplace exterior yet ferocious power, and it hopes that one day the RS-25 engine will power its <b>Space</b> …

Health may hinge on being cheerful during stress - Futurity

How we react to stressful situations may play a key role in our long-term health, according to a recent study of people's emotions and real-life …

Health

One-Armed Robot Beats Samurai In Sword Competition

Computerized precision for deadly melee arts<p>For thousands of years, nothing on Earth was deadlier with a sword than a human. People have since largely moved on from slicing weapons to firearms and explosives, but the art of swordsmanship remains a squarely human domain. Or at least it did, until …

Five things you can do to be happier right now

Most people are wrong about the things that will make them happy. Professor Paul Dolan says it's actually quite simple<p>Earning more money; <b>bagging the fabulous job</b> you have always wanted or travelling the world might seem like the <b>key to happiness</b>.<p>But according to happiness expert Prof Paul Dolan, …

How to solve it: here's the answer to Denise's birthday problem

The last word on Albert, Bernard, Cheryl and Denise. With workings.<p>Guzzlers, how did you get on?<p>Let me first restate the problem. Albert, Bernard and Cheryl became friends with Denise, and they wanted to know when her birthday is. Denise gave them a list of 20 possible dates.<p>Denise then told …

Mathematics

Why falling in love is similar to being drunk

A new study suggests that the love hormone oxytocin has similar affects to being drunk<p>Poets, songwriters and authors have written of the intoxicating effect of falling in love.<p>But a new study suggests that the love hormone oxytocin has similar affects to being drunk, and not just the more pleasant …

How pandas may be eating their way to extinction

A giant panda may look like a vegetarian on the outside, but it definitely looks like a carnivore on the inside.<p>A genetic analysis of 121 samples of panda poop finds that the community of microbes living inside these animals' guts is optimized to digest meat. This is despite the fact that giant …

Louis C.K. pushes boundaries during 'Saturday Night Live' monologue

Louis C.K.hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the third time on Saturday night, but, as he joked, it may be his last visit.<p>The comedian, whose FX show "Louie," is a consistent critical favorite, used his monologue time to address several topics slightly edgier than the usual "SNL" monologue fare, …

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana Secrets

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.<p>There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.<p>In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial …

YouTube to launch paid music service in a few months | Reuters

(Reuters) - Google Inc’s (GOOGL.O) YouTube is set to launch its long-awaited paid monthly subscription service called YouTube Music Key in a few months, said Robert Kyncl, the online video service’s head of content and business operations, at the Code/Media conference.<p>A picture illustration shows a …

YouTube