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New Form Of Carbon Is Harder Than Diamonds, And Glows

Q-carbon is a girl's new best friend<p>Diamonds might be forever, but they're no longer the hardest form of carbon on the planet. Sorry, diamonds.<p>In a series of recently published papers, including a paper published this week in the <i>Journal of Applied Physics</i>, researchers from North Carolina State …

North Carolina State University

You probably have herpes, the WHO says | Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - Two-thirds of the world’s population under 50 have the highly infectious herpes virus that causes cold sores around the mouth, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, in its first estimate of global prevalence of the disease.<p>More than 3.7 billion people under the age of …

Public Health

Apple's Record 4Q 2015 Results: $11.1 Billion Profit on $51.5 Billion Revenue

Apple today announced financial results for the third calendar quarter and fourth fiscal quarter of 2015, setting a number of company records. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $51.5 billion and net quarterly profit of $11.1 billion, or $1.96 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $42.1 …

Apple should have been awarded injunction against Samsung, court says

Apple should have been awarded an injunction against Samsung in their long-running smartphone patent war, the US court of appeals ruled on Thursday.<p>The court of appeals for the federal circuit in Washington DC said the lower court, led by US district judge Lucy Koh, abused its discretion by denying …

Washington D.C.

Report: Contactless payments will grow by 100% in 2015

Thanks to Apple’s mobile payments push, Apple Pay, contactless payments are on the rise, according to a new report issued from market researcher …

FinTech

MERS Cases Increasing in Saudi Arabia, And The Hajj Is Coming

When last we checked in on the elusive disease MERS—Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, caused by a virus related to the cause of the worldwide SARS epidemic in 2003—it had been brewing in the Gulf states for three years, but was triggering international alarm because of an outbreak in Korea.<p>That was …

Of 100 Published Psychology Studies, Less Than Half Could Be Reproduced Successfully

Prepare your grains of salt<p>One of the pillars of scientific research--perhaps the one that makes science as definitive as it is--is that any study should be capable of being repeated under the same methods and conditions and if the research holds true, the same result will be found every time the …

Psychology

Polio: Vaccinated British man shed virus for 30 years

<b>A British man who was vaccinated against polio has been producing the virus for nearly 30 years.</b><p>He had an immune disorder that mean the weakened polio virus used to vaccinate him in childhood survived in his body.<p>Over time it has mutated into a form of the virus that can cause paralysis and he had …

Public Health

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 faces stylus issue

<b>Some early adopters of a new Samsung phone have said the device's stylus suffers from a design flaw.</b><p>The S-Pen stylus for Galaxy Note 5 models can be stored within the body of the phone, but when inserted upside down it appears to snag on an internal mechanism.<p>Users have reported that when the …

Samsung Galaxy

Super-superbugs: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be deadlier

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be tougher superbugs than previously thought: Not only are these bacteria harder to treat, they appear to be "fitter" in general, meaning they survive better in the host and cause more deadly infections, a new study suggests.<p>The findings go against the prevailing …

Medicine

Apple is reportedly considering teaming up with BMW to build an electric car

Since February, there has been a slew of reports about Apple's interest in the automotive industry. It reportedly has hundreds of employees working on the project, codenamed "Project Titan." There's no guarantee that we will ever see a commercial release, but the Cupertino company is clearly …

Fiat Chrysler

Facebook, eBay, And Google Side With Samsung Against Apple

Some of the world's biggest tech companies are picking sides in Apple vs. Samsung.<p>Google, Facebook, and eBay are supporting Samsung's objection to the court decision ordering it to fork over profits from smartphones found to infringe upon certain Apple patents.<p>It's the latest development in a …

How to Delete Old iCloud Backups & Free Up More Storage Space on iPhone

If you’ve recently upgraded your iPhone, you’ve probably noticed that your older iOS device still appears on iCloud’s list of backups. These old iCloud backups could be taking up a lot of unnecessary storage space and don’t do you any good either. All the documents, data, and settings you need …

iCloud

New Ebola case reported in Liberia

Liberia has announced the return of the deadly Ebola virus, more than six weeks after the country appeared to have eradicated the disease.<p>"A new case of Ebola has been reported in Margibi County," said deputy health minister Tolbert Nyensuah on Tuesday. "The person has died and was confirmed …

Genetics

Apple wants to change the way we read news, and it could upend the entire media industry

It's a curated-news service that serves up stories and media from various news organizations and packages them into a beautiful magazine-style interface.<p>The idea isn't revolutionary. Plenty of other apps, such as Flipboard, offer the same services and have been doing so for much longer.<p>But for …

Digital Advertising

Avian Flu Outbreak Takes Poultry Producers Into Uncharted Territory

An avian flu outbreak is sweeping across the Midwest at a frightening pace, ravaging chicken and turkey farms and leaving officials stumped about the virus's seemingly unstoppable spread.<p>Now reaching to 15 states, the outbreak has been detected at 174 farms, according to the U.S. Department of …

Bird Flu

The Month In Plagues: Parasitic Worm Sex, Lemony Malaria, And More

Your monthly roundup of infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web:<p><i>In outbreak news</i><p>The Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa. Liberia was reportedly Ebola-free earlier this month, but has since had a new patient. The severity of the outbreak in Sierra Leone prompted a three-day …

Public Health

We Accidentally Created A Super Termite Hybrid In Florida

Oops<p>You know all those stories where humans accidentally create a monster that eventually runs amok and destroys everything? That cautionary tale is playing out in real-time in Florida right now. With termites.<p>In a new study published in <i>PLOS One</i> scientists found that two incredibly invasive species …

North Carolina

Behold, The Cyber Ant [Video]

Colonizing the factory floors of the future<p>In a lab in Germany lives a strange breed of ant. These ants have ceramic limbs and 3D-printed bodies. They gain sustenance by charging their batteries through metal antennae against electric rails. Where eyes should be there are two parts of a stereo …

Robotics

Study shows humans are evolving faster than previously thought

Results of largest ever genetics study of a single population could also help refine dates for major events during human evolution<p>Humans are evolving more rapidly than previously thought, according to the largest ever genetics study of a single population.<p>Scientists reached the conclusion after …

Northern Europe

Enhancing Corporeal Security By Listening In On Bacterial "Chatter"

Microbial signals can warn our bodies of a possible attack<p>Surveillance is one of the most effective ways to maintain overall public safety. By learning about the activities in the environment, one can assess the potential for threats to be realized as well as get a handle on any growing concerns. …

Biology

Revealed: the terrifying 9ft-long crocodile which walked like a human

US scientists say they have discovered fossils of the ‘Carolina butcher’, a pre-dinosaur beast with sharp teeth<p>Scientists have unearthed fossils in the United States of a big land-dwelling crocodile that lived about 231 million years ago, walked on its hind legs and was a top land predator right …

Dinosaurs

Predicted 58 million iPhone sales will crush the competition this quarter

Like a Terminator in a downhill marathon, the runaway sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus aren’t slowing down in a hurry.<p>Analysts expect Apple’s smartphone to trample all competition in its path this quarter, with massive sales of more than 50 million units.<p>A new report in the Korean press dials into …

Crocodiles eating a human shocks British tourists on Zambezi sunset cruise

Conservationists say the body is likely to have been that of a suspected poacher whose group was ambushed by Zimbabwean rangers days earlier<p>British tourists were shocked to see crocodiles eating a man as they took a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River between <b>Zimbabwe</b> and <b>Zambia</b>.<p>The group and their …

The Looming Threat of Artificial Unintelligence

Stop fantasizing about super-smart A.I., and start worrying about dumb algorithms<p>Brace yourself. In these crucial weeks before the May release of <i>The Avengers: Age of Ultron</i>, editors and writers are going to unleash an onslaught of think pieces about the real-life threat of artificial intelligence …

Marvel Studios

The Blackphone 2 Is An Ultra-Secure Smartphone Made For Secret Agents

A phone so secure, its makers will pay you if you can hack it<p>There's nothing worse than getting hacked. Ask anyone at Sony, which lost an estimated $100 million in the malicious hacks committed against the company last year. Silent Circle, a company founded by Internet security legend Phil …

Parasitic Wasps Infected with Mind-Controlling Viruses

In November, <i>National Geographic</i> put a ladybug and a wasp on its cover. They made for a sinister pair. The wasp, a species called <i>Dinocampus coccinellae</i>, lays an egg inside the ladybug <i>Coleomegilla maculata</i>. After the egg hatches, the wasp larva develops inside the ladybug, feeding on its internal …