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A record number of out-of-state students brings windfall for UC system

The University of California system is expected to enroll a record number of out-of-state students this fall — and will receive millions of dollars in return.<p>More than a fifth of all UC freshmen will come from such places as Texas, Washington, China and India and each will pay an additional $23,000 …

The Scientifically Best Way To Get Through A Day On No Sleep

Sure, boss, I'll get—*yawn*—right to it.<p>Science is an endeavor by a bunch of flawed people, and the institution can be problematic—hey, we're all human—so I'm not usually one to say things like, "I love science!" This time, however, I'm grateful. <i>New York</i> Magazine talked with sleep researchers about …

19-Year-Old Becomes The Youngest Person To Fly Solo Around The World

Flyin' planes and settin' records, all in the name of computer science<p>Matt Guthmiller is a young man who went on a sort of old-fashioned adventure. He circumnavigated the globe, becoming, upon his return, the youngest person to do so alone in an airplane. Congrats, Matt!<p>The journey took …

A Microchip That Mimics the Human Brain

IBM researchers build a chip that simulates a million neurons and more than 250 million synapses. Related: Origami Robot Folds and Crawls by Itself<p><b>A new brain-like microchip has 1 million</b> electronic neurons and more than 256 million artificial synapses connecting. IBM researchers and their …

Broken Teeth And Fake-umentaries: Another Shark Week Gone By

A great white attacks a submersible "SharkCam" deployed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, shattering its teeth on the metal biteproof cylinder. Off Baja California, the crew of a research boat feeds a single great white 400 pounds of tuna in a boyish science test to see how much one …

NASA researchers use extreme origami to build space solar panels

Here's the dilemma: rockets have only so much space, yet satellite solar panels are much more useful when they're <i>big</i>. The solution? Make them foldable using the ancient art of Japanese origami. Researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have figured out how …

Creation of functional 3D brain-like tissue could aid in study of the brain

One approach to studying the brain rather than working on the whole thing at once is to examine small bits of it. With that in mind, researchers at …

A Pocket Fitness Tracker That Studies Your Breathing

Your breath can reveal more than what you had for lunch—it can indicate how stressed you are, too.<p>Fitness trackers use suites of sensors and algorithms to turn data from your training regimen into (hopefully) meaningful information about how race-ready you are. But for the rest of the time—when …

Can this brain-sensing headband give you serenity?

<b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>Ariel Garten's high-tech headband monitors brain activity<br>• Called 'Muse,' the device transmits information to your computer<br>• Can pour beer, control music volume, turn on lights just by thinking<br>• By tracking brain waves, could help users reduce stress<p><i>Editor's note: Leading Women connects</i> …

Death rates for four most common cancers in Britain fell 30% in 20 years

Death rates for four cancers which account for half of all cancer deaths in the UK have fallen by almost a third since the early 1990s, new figures show.<p>Over the past two decades the combined death rates for breast, bowel, lung and prostate cancer have fallen by 30%, according to data from Cancer …

Parent-reported cases of disability in children rise

More parents — especially upper-income ones — are reporting that their children have a physical, developmental or mental health disability, a study finds.<p>The number of non-institutionalized children age 17 and younger with disabilities rose 16% between 2001 and 2011, with nearly 6 million children …

Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes western Iran

A strong earthquake rattled western Iran near the Iraq border early Monday, causing extensive damage and scores of injuries, authorities said.<p>There were no immediate reports of deaths from the quake, which was measured at a magnitude of 6.2 and was felt across a broad swath of western Iran and …

Ukraine: Dozens killed in shelling of convoy

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine accused pro-Russia separatists of killing dozens of civilians in an attack early Monday on a convoy fleeing a besieged …