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Obama's Energy Guru on America's Nuclear Future

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz talks with PM about modular reactors, fossil fuels, and electricity shaming.<p>The United States has 100 nuclear reactors in 62 plants, supplying over 19 percent of our electricity. Several more plants are scheduled to start operating within the next decade. How does …

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and autism.<p>The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking …

Scientists have created a sugar-powered battery for our smartphones

Gadgets power our lives these days.<p>Just take Tuesday night’s State of the Union where thousands of journalists tweeted their reactions from smartphones across the world.<p>Others watched it on tablet computers.<p>All those devices run on batteries, many of which are toxic, and not especially …

Twitter wants to make Android smarter with Cover acquisition

Twitter has acquired Cover, an Android lock-screen replacement that automatically places apps that it thinks you'll want to use front and center based on your location and the time of day. Cover suggests that development will cease on its eponymous app for the time being, though it says that the …

Ask Anything: Why Is The Milky Way A Spiral?

The galaxy getdown<p>The shape of our galaxy is nothing special. Among the other clusters of stars that can be easily observed from our corner of the universe, a few are blobby and egg-shaped, but more than two-thirds are so-called “disc galaxies,” or ones whose stars have settled into flat orbits, as …

Mars!

The best time to see Mars in two years is here. Check out these great telescopic images of the planet and its moons, taken last week.<p>Anthony Wesley …

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A distant solar system had the ingredients to support life, study finds

Signs of life-sustaining planets pop up beside a dying star<p>In a solar system over 100 light years from Earth, researchers have spotted one of the building blocks of life-sustaining planets. That building block may not sound like much: just a single asteroid containing a lot of water. But it's this …

Using A Sexy Video Game Avatar Makes Women Objectify Themselves

Playing a video game as a sexy, crop-topped avatar made women more likely to accept rape myths like "most rape victims are promiscuous."<p>When we don a virtual reality avatar, our real-life behavior can change, too. Like, for example, when people embody a tall avatar, they have a tendency to act more …

Peripheral Vision 007: Tyler DeAngelo - 'wasting time is an important piece of innovation'

"There's something we miss when everything becomes virtual and goes online," says Tyler DeAngelo. "Tactile-ness gives it something that is more interesting and a deeper connection and makes it more meaningful." The ad executive invited us to Havas Worldwide's Chicago offices to show off his latest …