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The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy

In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Co. noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units and …

Big Bang Mystery Extends Into Nearby Galaxy, Puzzling Cosmologists

Theory suggests stars should contain three times as much lithium as they do.<p>A star cluster some 80,000 light-years from Earth looks mysteriously deficient in the element lithium, just like nearby stars, astronomers reported on Wednesday.<p>That curious deficiency suggests that astrophysicists either …

Neurons reveal the brain’s learning limit

Scientists have discovered a fundamental constraint in the brain that may explain why it’s easier to learn a skill that’s related to an ability you …

This Weird Tumbleweed Robot Might Change Planetary Exploration

A rolling sphere of rods and cables being developed by NASA takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'.<p>As the Mars Curiosity rover's "Seven Minutes of Terror" video showed us, landing on a distant world can be extraordinarily difficult. Now scientists are envisioning a robot that could just be dropped …

Robotics

The amateur geneticist who surprised science

Kim Goodsell is unlucky enough to have two very rare diseases. Her doctors blamed coincidence, but was it? She taught herself genetics to find out, and as she tells Ed Yong, no-one expected what she would discover.<p>Kim Goodsell was running along a mountain trail when her left ankle began turning …

Iceland raises threat level at Bardarbunga volcano

Alert level for aircraft flying in the area raised to orange as Icelandic Met office fears another ash cloud<p>The threat of a volcanic eruption in Iceland has increased, according to the country's Meterological office, with "intense seismic activity" reported at the site of the Bardarbunga …

How to rescue rhinos without killing them

To protect rhinos from poachers, wildlife experts capture and relocate them, but complications from anesthesia kill one or two a year.<p>Positioning …

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history

The ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus in Western Africa is now by far the biggest in the 38-year history of the disease, with 1,145 deaths and 2,127 suspected cases recorded as a virulent strain of the disease spreads across across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone<p>Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Facial Recognition: Now Helping You Find Hot Dates, Cute Pets

Introducing the services Three Day Rule and PetMatch<p>Facial-recognition software cut its teeth on criminal mugshots, but now it offers an arguably more civic service: uniting people with potential life partners. Algorithms search for a match based on your prior dating or pet-ownership preferences. …

Pets

Turning Old Lead Batteries Into New Solar Energy

MIT team's work could curb toxic waste while contributing to clean power<p>Used car batteries can leech chemicals and create lead pollution when they're incorrectly trashed. A team at MIT believes that this lead can be cut out of the waste stream entirely -- and put to good use creating emissions-free …

Clean Energy

Clear material on windows harvests solar energy

A new type of “transparent” solar concentrator can be used on windows or mobile devices to harvest solar energy without obscuring the view.<p>Past …

Our life with the Neanderthals was no brief affair

LONDON (Reuters) - Far from wiping out Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed along with their shorter and stockier cousins for thousands of years, giving plenty of time for the two groups to share ideas - and have sex.<p>An exhibit shows the life of a neanderthal family in a cave in the new …

Edward Snowden Reveals NSA's MonsterMind Program

It's a cyberwar robot that always hits back.<p>In the high desert near Bluffdale, Utah, there lurks a creature made entirely of zeroes and ones. Called "MonsterMind", the project is an automated cyber weapon, perched atop the data flows into the National Security Agency's Mission Data Repository. …

Stem cell research gets huge boost from Australian zebrafish discovery

Australian researchers studying zebrafish have made one of the most significant ever discoveries in stem cell research.<p>They have uncovered the mystery of how a critical type of stem cell found in blood and bone marrow, and essential to replenishing the body’s supply of blood and immune cells, is …

Why is the speed of darkness faster than the speed of light?

Michael Stevens explains why darkness moves faster than light in this new episode of Vsauce. I usually find these explainers interesting because they …

'Poop Pills' Could Replace Fecal Transplants of Gut Bacteria - D-brief

By Breanna Draxler | October 7, 2013 4:22 pm<p>If you’re one of those people that has trouble swallowing pills, try not to think what’s in these ones as …